Tree Trimming Requirement
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - State utility regulators are trimming a plan to require more extensive tree-trimming by Missouri's public utilities. The move comes amid fears that consumers could have been hit with a costly rate increase. The Missouri Public Service Commission is considering tree-trimming requirements after storms that caused thousands of trees and limbs to knock down power lines around the state. Utilities estimate it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to comply with a proposed rule published this summer. The commission is expected to vote next week on a revised rule that would be less stringent -- and less costly.