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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Grass Fire In Rich Hill

Rich Hill Fire Department along with Butler Fire Department are in route to a reported grass fire in Rich Hill just off of I-49 at mile marker 121. Bates County Live
will keep you updated with any information that comes available.

Grass Fire North Of Drexel

The Amsterdam and Adrian Fire Departments are responding to assist The Drexel Fire Department and Central Cass Fire Department on a large grass fire. The location of this fire is 5711 367ST North of Drexel on the Kansas Side of the state line. Bates County Live will update this when and if more information becomes available.

New Missouri bill would allow execution using firing squad

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri could carry out executions with firing squads under legislation proposed in the House.

The state currently puts inmates to death with injections of lethal drugs, although existing law also permits use of lethal gas - the method by which 39 people were executed from 1938 to 1965.

The House bill adds an option of executions by firing squads consisting of five law enforcement officers chosen by the state corrections director. Missouri's next execution is scheduled for Jan. 29.

The state recently switched from three-drug to single-drug lethal injections after pharmaceutical companies stopped selling the three drugs to prisons. It's unclear where Missouri obtains the single drug, and there have been demands to halt executions until the source is revealed.

Weather Update: Wind Advisory From 9am - 6pm

The main concern today will be windy conditions across the area. Wind gusts across NW Missouri and NE Kansas will gust to 40 to 50 MPH. A Wind Advisory has been issued for these locations from 9AM to 6PM. Across the KC Metro and central Mis...souri and east central Kansas wind gusts will still be strong between 30 to 40 MPH. Partly sunny skies this morning will become mostly cloudy this afternoon with a 20% chance of a shower. High temperatures will range from the mid 30s to the mid 40s.

Missouri Gas Energy Warns Customers of Phony Bill Scam


Missouri Gas Energy Warns Customers of Phony Bill Scam
KANSAS CITY, MO (January 17, 2014) – During the coldest part of winter, scam artists are impersonating utility companies to defraud customers. Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) is warning customers of an email scam that could lead to identity theft.

Some customers are reporting receiving fake utility bills through email. The account statement appears to be from a utility provider other than MGE providing false account information with links for payment.

“Sadly, scammers try these techniques on natural gas customers during the cold winter months. If you are concerned about a suspicious email, phone call or any contact from someone claiming to be an MGE representative, call MGE immediately,” said Ron Crow, vice president, customer experience. “Our team is here to help.”
Tips for our customers:
  • If you have any questions about your MGE bill, please contact our customer service line directly at 816-756-5252 or 800-582-1234.
  • If you receive a call claiming to be MGE and you feel pressured or unsure if the person is a MGE employee, hang up and call our customer service line directly.
  • Never provide your social security number, credit card, debit card or bank account information to anyone who calls, texts or sends an email requesting such information.
  • All MGE field employees drive marked vehicles, wear MGE uniforms and carry an ID badge. On occasion, work being performed for MGE is done by contractors. However, they also have MGE identification in addition to their personal identification.
  • If a customer is unsure if the person at their door is a MGE employee, we encourage them to call the MGE Customer Care team at 816-756-5252 or 800-582-1234 to verify if a service technician is on their premise.
  • Customers can always call 911 to report fraudulent activity.

Missouri Gas Energy has provided natural gas service to the residents of the Kansas City metropolitan area and western Missouri for nearly 150 years. Now owned by Laclede Gas Company, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE:LG), we are part of the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, delivering natural gas to more than 1.13 million customers. Missouri Gas Energy serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in 30 counties. For more information, please visit