Kansas regulators to review Westar merger with Great Plains

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

Shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger of Kansas' largest electric company with a Missouri firm.

Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy Inc. and Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. announced in a news release Tuesday that more than 90 percent of the shares voted at each company approved the transaction.

The revised deal creating a company with a combined equity value of about $14 billion still requires regulatory approval.

The Kansas Corporation Commission issued an order Tuesday setting out a schedule next year that includes an evidentiary hearing March 19-27. Its order is due by June 5.

The companies made public the revised transaction this summer after the commission denied their original request after concluding the price was too high and would leave the combined utility financially weaker than separate companies.

  • NEWSNewsMore>>

  • Kansas group aids in finding missing people

    Kansas group aids in finding missing people

    Kansas Missing and Unsolved has been around for about four years, and in that time they have created hundreds of flyers to be shared on social media to inform the public about missing people.

    Kansas Missing and Unsolved has been around for about four years, and in that time they have created hundreds of flyers to be shared on social media to inform the public about missing people.

  • Neighborhood Christmas light display attracts visitors from all over

    Neighborhood Christmas light display attracts visitors from all over

    Lights, music, and candy canes. All the makings for one of the best drive through Christmas light displays in town and the name Candy Cane Lane is no coincidence. 

    Lights, music, and candy canes. All the makings for one of the best drive through Christmas light displays in town and the name Candy Cane Lane is no coincidence. 

  • Church develops plan to build village on property

    Church develops plan to build village on property

    A 33-acre lot in West Wichita in the 6100 block of Maple is mostly vacant now, but the owner of the property wants that to change. 

    A 33-acre lot in West Wichita in the 6100 block of Maple is mostly vacant now, but the owner of the property wants that to change. 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • Kansas woman sentenced to life for raping young girl

      A Kansas woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for at least 25 years for raping a 16-month-old girl. 

    • US Supreme Court allows Kansas death sentence to stand

      The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to review for a second time the case of Scott Cheever, allowing his capital murder conviction and death sentence to stand.

    • Man killed, 2 hurt in southwest Wichita shooting

      Police have identified a man who was shot to death in southwest Wichita early Saturday morning. 

    • 2 Pitt State profs arrested amid illegal recording inquiry

      Two Pittsburg State University associate professors have been placed on paid leave amid an investigation into the illegal recording of a nude or partially clothed person. 

    • Where is the snow?!

      Wichita residents on average will see the first snowfall on December 2 according to statistics kept by the National Weather Service but so far this year, maybe only a flurry has been seen.

    • Pratt County deputies make big meth bust

      Pratt County Sheriff's deputy seized several pounds of drugs during a routine traffic stop Friday morning. 

    • Girl has blunt message for Aetna after her brain surgery request was denied

      The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. 

    • Shockers climb to No. 3 in AP basketball poll

      The Wichita State Shockers moved up to 3; KU dropped to 13.

    • Man killed in accident in Rush County

      One man is dead after an accident in Rush County Saturday morning. Alan Stiles was headed west on KS-4, just over six miles east of La Crosse when the vehicle drifted on to the shoulder.  

    • Authorities identify woman found in Kansas lake

      Authorities have a woman whose body was found in a southeast Kansas lake on Thursday.