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      Public speaks out over power line proposal

      Almost 200 people showed up in Mexico, Mo. tonight to learn about a project to bring high voltage power lines through their community.

      The project, called the Grain Belt Express, would bring high voltage direct current transmission lines across 700 miles from Kansas through North Central Missouri.

      According to developers, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line will deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east that have strong demand for clean, reliable energy.

      Tonight's meeting was one of several planned to educate the community about the plan. Meetings will take place in Hannibal and Monroe City tomorrow.

      The project is still in the planning stages, but developers hope to start operating these power lines in 2018.