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WESTERN RESOURCES ANNOUNCES SALE OF OPERATIONS

 TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials at Western Resources, Inc. (NYSE:WR), today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Palmyra, Mo., natural gas operations to United Cities Gas Company (NASDAQ: UCIT). The sale price is $665,000.
 The properties sold to United Cities Gas Company include 1,351 natural gas customers in Palmyra representing approximately 893,528 mcf of natural gas sales.
 "We are pleased that United Cities, a company with a proven commitment to providing customer service, will be the new energy provider for Palmyra," said John E. Hayes Jr., Western Resources' chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer. "Though we have valued our long relationship with our Palmyra customers, the sale of these operations will enable our company to focus on those operations in which we have more natural synergies."
 "United Cities is looking forward to assuming its role as the new gas company in Palmyra," said Gene C. Koonce, United Cities president and chief executive officer. "We pledge to continue to provide a high level of customer service and will use our current operation in Hannibal to provide additional support to the Palmyra service area."
 Before the sale is consummated, approval must be secured from the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC). Full details of the transaction will be included in the filings with the MPSC.
 Western Resources, through its operating companies KPL, KG&E, and Gas Service, provides natural gas service to approximately 1,083,000 customers in Kansas, western Missouri, and northern Oklahoma, and electric service to approximately 578,000 customers in eastern and central Kansas. Western Resources is headquartered in Topeka, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WR.
 United Cities Gas Company provides natural gas and propane service to approximately 300,000 customers in 10 states. It is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., and traded on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol UCIT.
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 /CONTACT: Michel Quakenbush of Western Resources, Inc., 913-575-1927, or Linda Kelley of United Cities Gas Company, 615-373-0104/
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CO: Western Resources, Inc.; United Cities Gas Company ST: Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee IN: OIL SU: TNM

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