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Consumer agency urges Kansas regulators to reject solar rate

Nov. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A consumer advocacy agency has urged state regulators to reject Evergy’s proposal to add charges to recover the cost of providing solar energy. The Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, a state agency which advocates for consumers in utility cases, requested a temporary plan...

Uptick in utility scams possible with moratorium's end

Nov. 30, 2020 7:14 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Customer advocates and utility companies are warning Maryland residents about utility-related scams now that the state’s moratorium on shut-offs has ended. The warnings came after Maryland residents racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in debt since the moratorium began in...

Massachusetts alleges gym chain illegally charged fees

Nov. 24, 2020 3:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Sports Clubs gym chain continued to charge membership fees even after closing its facilities in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, then failed to refund those fees when requested in violation of state consumer protection laws, the Massachusetts attorney general's office...

Advocates want voice in Mississippi mental health system

Nov. 22, 2020 10:43 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s new coordinator of mental health accessibility should include advocates for patients and consumers conversations about improving access to services, leaders of several groups say. Executive directors of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities; Disability...

Critics: Indiana panel's report could lead to coal bailout

Nov. 22, 2020 10:13 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A group of state lawmakers and energy experts has approved a new state energy report outlining how Indiana should proceed at a time when electric utilities are seeing a big shift from coal to renewable energy sources. The 21st Century Energy Task Force, formed by Indiana’s...

WVa high court deals setback in state's Catholic church suit

Nov. 16, 2020 7:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general cannot use a consumer protection law to sue a Roman Catholic diocese over sexual abuse allegations, the state's high court said Monday. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion in response to a lawsuit the state filed last year accusing...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, a woman walks past a personal finance loan office in Franklin, Tenn. The rules that dictate how third-party debt collectors interact with consumers are getting an update. These rules say how to apply the more than 40-year-old Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, which serves as a consumer guidebook on dealing with debt collectors. Some changes will help consumers, like one that limits when collections accounts can be reported to a consumer’s credit profile.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Correction: NerdWallet-Millennial Money-New Debt Rules story

Nov. 12, 2020 5:09 PM EST

In a story Nov. 10 about rules covering third-party debt collectors, The Associated Press — in an article supplied by the personal finance website NerdWallet — reported erroneously that collectors can’t ask for a post-dated check for them to cash later. Collectors can ask for a post-dated...

Alabama reaches $60 million settlement with Terminix

Nov. 5, 2020 9:24 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has reached a $60 million settlement with Terminix International for systematically overcharging customers for termite services and failing to honor service contracts, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Thursday. The attorney general said the pest control company...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 5, 2020 10:36 AM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Rally sets bad example for public health Reading Eagle Nov. 5 In a normal year, we would have been celebrating President Donald Trump’s decision to hold a campaign rally in Berks County. Our area is routinely...

FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, an Interjet plane sits on the tarmac at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. The Mexican airline has cancelled its flights for at least two days, Nov. 1 and 2, citing cash-flow problems and fleet maintenance. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Struggling Mexican airline Interjet resumes its flights

Nov. 4, 2020 4:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Troubled Mexican airline Interjet resumed flights Wednesday and pledged to pay back wages owed its employees, after the carrier suspended flights for three days, citing cash flow and maintenance issues. Interjet has said it has suffered because of a drop-off in revenues due to the...