- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Mo. utility 'cold weather' rule takes effect
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - November's arrival means Missouri's "cold weather rule" is in effect, protecting many residents from having their heat cut off when it's freezing outside.
The rule applies to natural gas companies and electric utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission.
It bars shutoffs of heat-related gas and electric service whenever the temperature is expected to fall below 32 in the following 24 hours.
The rule also requires utilities to offer more lenient payment terms for reconnections, and to give residents plenty of notice before service is disconnected for unpaid bills.
The cold weather rule is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31. It does not apply to electric co-ops, municipal utilities and providers that deliver propane by truck.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.