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Kansas lawmakers look to help cities with huge energy costs


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Driven by pleas from desperate local officials, Kansas legislators moved unusually quickly Wednesday to create a state low-interest loan program to help cities cover spikes in costs associated with providing heat and electricity to their residents during last month's intense cold snap.

The House approved, 124-0, a bill that would allow the state to loan out $100 million of its idle funds immediately to cities that operate their own electric and natural gas utilities, to cover "extraordinary" energy costs last month. Cities would have up to 10 years to pay off the loans...

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