Up To Date
10:59 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The End Of Life For A Champion Tree

The felled logs of the giant silver maple.
Courtesy/Christopher Jones

Trees have lives, but even as long as those lives can be, trees do die. When a tree's condition threatens structures and utility lines, property owners come face to face with the inevitable. On this edition of Up to Date, one such owner tells the tale of a tremendous silver maple that once shaded his backyard. Joining the conversation is a spokesperson for KCP&L with steps utilities take to keep power lines clear and safe.


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Up to Date
11:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Electricity Infrastructure & Security

Westar Energy Flat Ridge Wind Farm
zkoenig Panoramio

Compared to other areas of the country, Missouri and Kansas have it pretty good when it comes to energy pricing.

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1:49 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Relentless Heat, Hard Choices: Family Struggles As Utility Bills Rise

The Landes family; Logan,Mason, Grandma Billie, and Cheryl.
Courtesy of Landes family

The living room of Cheryl Landes' small apartment has the cozy feel of your grandmother’s living room.

No surprise.  She’s often watching four grandkids, as well as her own 13-year-old son.

This afternoon, two of them are playing with their hand-held electronic games. They can play alone, or together. They laugh as their small computers make music.

Cheryl’s 90-year-old mother, Billie,  lives here too. She quietly sinks into a club chair. She has chronic lung disease, and dementia.

Both Cheryl and her grandson have asthma.

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