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Fuel Surcharge Increases KCP&L Bills

Liberty Tribune, August 31, 2013 The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by KCP&L-Greater Missouri Operations Co. to change the fuel-adjustment charge on the monthly bills of its electric customers. The FAC change reflects fuel and purchased power costs during the six month period December 2012 through May 2013. It also reflects the company’s annual FAC true-up. In that filing, GMO stated the true-up reflects an under-collection of approximatel ...

Gas Rate Freeze Deal Good for Consumers

St. Louis Post-Disptach, July 3, 2013 Laclede Gas Co. would not raise natural gas delivery rates for St. Louis area customers for at least two years under an agreement submitted this week to help the utility win approval of its $975 million purchase of Missouri Gas Energy. The 43-page agreement, filed Tuesday with the Public Service Commission, was signed by Laclede, the Missouri Office of Public Counsel, the PSC staff and several other parties. [CCM note: The agreement inclu ...

Two Groups Receive Funding to Help Consumers Choose Health Insurance

The Beacon, August 19, 2013 A few years ago, Missouri had a surplus of funds for assisting visually impaired people in the state but had difficulty reaching these clients. The state sought the help of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, based in Jefferson City. “The state couldn’t spend all of the money because it couldn’t find the population needing the services,” explains Catherine Edwards, executive director of the association. “They came to us and guess wh ...

CCM Testifies for Access to Healthcare

Consumers Council of Missouri advocated for the expansion of Medicaid to give more Missourians access to affordable health care -- one of CCM's primary issues -- in testimony before the Missouri House Interim Committee on Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and Reform.   Joan Bray, Interim Director of CCM, spoke before the committee on Wednesday, August 14, at Forest Park Community College. Bray's two main points were for the state of Missouri to fulfi ...

Response: Lifeline Phones Fulfill Name, But Program Needs Better Oversight

Commentary in The Beacon, July 22, 2013 Many challenges face the future of the Universal Service Fund Lifeline telephone program, which extends affordable, discounted telecommunication service to elderly people, people with low incomes or disabilities, and those receiving government assistance. It has been successful in connecting and keeping millions of customers on the telecommunications network and thereby linked to 21st century life. Unfortunately, Lifeline, as with many ...

Bank Regulator Tells Eagle Bank & Trust to Improve Service to Community

St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance, August 2, 2013 Eagle Bank and Trust Company of Missouri has received a “Needs to Improve” rating on its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) exam dated May 21, 2012.  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released the CRA evaluations for banks that were recently evaluated on how services are meeting the credit needs of the community. The St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) p ...

Editorial: Stop the Political and Economic Evil of Payday Lenders

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 11, 2013 In the payday loan industry can be found the full fruits of many of the political and economic evils that plague modern America. Joseph Pulitzer, founder of this newspaper, called it by its name 106 years ago: predatory plutocracy. On Sunday and Monday of last week, the Post-Dispatch co-published, with ProPublica, the independent investigation journalism organization, an examination of the payday loan industry written by Paul Kiel. Thi ...

High-Cost Lending Industry Remains Powerful in Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (ProPublica) - August 2, 2013 As the Rev. Susan McCann stood outside a public library in Springfield, Mo., last year, she did her best to persuade passers-by to sign an initiative to ban high-cost payday loans. But it was difficult to keep her composure, she remembers. A man was shouting in her face. He and several others had been paid to try to prevent people from signing. “Every time I tried to speak to somebody,” she recalls, “they would scream, ‘Li ...

High-Cost Lenders Work to Co-op African-American Leaders

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 5, 2013 In February 2012, the Rev. Starsky Wilson of St. Louis sat down at a table in the Four Seasons Hotel. The floor-to-ceiling windows revealed vistas of the city’s skyline. Lined up in front of him were two lobbyists and an executive, he remembers. The meeting was part of an extraordinary counteroffensive by payday and other high-cost lenders against a ballot initiative to cap what such lenders can charge in interest and fees. Outspending ...

Ameren Missouri Ordered To Refund $26.3 Million on Customers’ Bills

Associate Press, August 1, 2013 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • State regulators have determined that Ameren Missouri owes its electric customers slightly more than $26 million for failing to include some revenue in its calculations. The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an order for the St. Louis-based company to refund the money to customers. But Ameren Missouri won't be sending out checks. Instead, the $26.3 million will be applied by adjusting a fuel charg ...

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