Wood never heard Appling's alleged illicit conversation.
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Wood never heard Appling's alleged illicit conversation.

Date: October 10, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

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Commissioner Lin Appling os accused of holding an improper conversation with a powerful Kansas City utility while on tour at one of their facilities.

Not so says Warren Wood.

Wood is a former employee of Missouri's Public Service Commission who was on the tour with Appling.

 
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Description: Through any of the portions of that tour that I was near Commissioner Appling, I heard no other discussions that would in any way relate to the current rate case.


Wood says any discussions of rate increase referred only to a 2006 increase of just over eleven percent.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.


Intro: A Public Service Commissioner is under fire after reports of improper discussions with a powerful Kansas City Utility while on tour at one of their plants.

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from Jefferson City. 

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Commissioner Lin Appling is accused of discussing a proposed rate increase before it was heard by the Public Service Commission.

One man who was on the tour with Appling says he heard no such conversation.

Warren Wood was an employee of the Public Service Commission when he went on the tour, and says the only conversation he heard about a rate increase referred to a case that had long since passed through the commission.

 

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Description: You know, being at the, being at the site when this tour was conducted there was a brief mention of the eleven and a quarter percent return granted in the previous rate case.


When asked if he heard Appling discuss anything that might apply to the current case, Wood responded with a definitive "No."

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.