Speaker: Kansas Gov. Cancels Meeting With Leaders

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal says Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has canceled a Monday meeting with legislative leaders.

The news Friday came amid speculation about Sebelius as a potential nominee for U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.

O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, said he doesn't know what to make of the cancellation. The Democratic governor meets regularly with legislative leaders, and her latest session was set for 8 a.m. Monday.

In Washington, Sebelius has been viewed as a leading contender for the Health and Human Services job since President Barack Obama's first pick, Tom Daschle, withdrew earlier this month.

Sebelius has ducked reporters' questions about the Cabinet-level job for several days. Spokeswoman Beth Martino did not return a telephone message Friday morning.

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