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Empire District Electric has asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to raise its rates for MIssouri electric customers. Empire spokesperson Julie Maus tells News Talk KZRG they're asking to raise revenues by about $24.3 million.

"So what that would mean for a typical residential customer using 1000 killowatt hours per month is an increase of about $9.87 per month."

Maus went on to explain that Empire is asking for the increase to pay for a project at its Asbury power plant. "And that project involves the construction of a new air quality control system.  And those updates are necessary to meet new air quality standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency."

Maus says it will take about eleven months for the Public Service Commission to review Empire's request.

The people of Joplin got their first chance to look inside the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center Thursday night. Classes at the new High School will start Tuesday. News Talk KZRG got some comments from people who toured the school.

"I think it's confusing, very confusing."
"I think that it's going to be a very big asset to the community."
"It's different than normal schools and it's brand new, so it's going to take a lot of time to get used to."
"Fantastic.  It'll be great once it's finished."

The building isn't 100 percent finished. The gym, for example, doesn't have any baskets up and there aren't any lines painted for basketball or other sports.

Joplin School Board President Anne Sharp tells News Talk KZRG what feedback she's received.  "I think a lot of people are just in awe. It's just a humongous building and most of the comments I get are: 'It's beautiful.  It's really big.'"
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