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25 years ago: Wolf Creek turns out its first electricity

September 25, 2009

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Autumn temperatures were expected to push into the regin with an overnight low of 40 degrees in prospect.

Local high school pupils scored far better than usual on national tests and Lawrence youngsters generally outscored most of their Kansas counterparts.

The Kansas Wolf Creek nuclear power plant turned out its first electricity in initial tests, and officials were pleased, calling it a “major milestone” in power output for the state.

A contract to sell Kansas Public Service Co., Lawrence’s privately owned natural gas utility. to Missouri Public Service was signed by officials of both companies. It was a stock transfer worth about $4.7 million. Bill Salome was president of KPS. Various official agencies needed to approve the move but no problems were anticipated. The Missouri firm was based in Raytown.

A search was still on for five Kansas State Penitentiary escapees, three of them serving life terms for murder. One of the escapees was a man serving time for armed robbery in Lawrence in 1983.

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