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Ex-Petraeus Adviser Shares Views on 2 Wars

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Retired Army Col. Pete Mansoor, who served as an aide to Gen. David Petraeus in the Iraq, said Thursday that while the path in Iraq is clear, based on the efforts of the 2007 surge of forces, the president must set the tone and the objective for Afghanistan.

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New Kansas Senator Surprised by Vote

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Sen. Tim Owens was surprised when a noncontroversial bill was greeted with a chorus of "no" votes. Turns out, it was an initiation for new members of the Senate.

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Term-limited Kansas Governor Losing Another Key Staffer

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Jeremy Anderson, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' deputy chief of staff, plans to become a vice president with a Kansas City, Mo., firm, Parris Communications Inc. His last day on the governor's staff is Friday.

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Kansas Governor Forms Group to Study State Facilities

Updated: 01/22/2009 - An executive order issued by Sebelius on Thursday creates a special commission to study possible closings of state hospitals and other institutions. Recommendations are to be drafted by Dec. 1.

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Kansas Bill Allows Prosecutors to Have Guns in Court

Updated: 01/22/2009 - With no debate, the Kansas Senate has voted for a bill that would let county, state and federal prosecutors carry concealed guns into county courthouses. It now goes to the House.

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Topeka Chamber of Commerce Fired Up for Future

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Local economic leaders celebrated adding 400 new jobs to the community over the last year at the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Thursday.

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'Button' Takes 13 Oscar Noms, 'Slumdog' Gets 10

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The romantic fantasy "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led Academy Awards contenders Thursday with 13 nominations. Other best-picture nominees are "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Reader" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

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School Bus Driver Accused of Fondling Girl, 6

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Prosecutors say Billy J. Reynolds, a 16-year Durham employee, engaged in lewd touching of the girl in October, November, December and on Jan. 6, the day he was arrested.

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Wichitan Pleads to Lesser Charge in Street Killing

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Police say 20-year-old Brandon Hardyway didn't like the way someone in a car next him was looking at him, so he opened fire on the car. The bullets killed Ridge, who was a passenger in the car.

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KU Laying Off 11, Won't Rehire 110

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The University of Kansas is cutting 11 jobs and not filling 110 others to satisfy a legislative mandate to cut 7 percent of its budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

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GOP Leaders Want $300M Cut from KS Budget

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Senate GOP leaders announced their new target during a Thursday morning caucus meeting. There were no objections from the Republican senators present.

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Crime Down in Capital City

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said Wednesday crime in Topeka is down. But, Miller says property crime continues to be a serious issue his department will continue to work on.

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Fire Burns NYC Hospital; 600 Patients Moved

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A fire at a major hospital sent smoke pouring through an emergency room Wednesday, injuring at least six firefighters and forcing 600 patients to be moved across the sprawling complex.

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2 Condemned To Death For Role In China Milk Crisis

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A Chinese court condemned two men to death and handed a life term to a dairy boss Thursday for their roles in the country's contaminated milk scandal, which ignited public anger and accusations of cover-ups.

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Palin To News Organizations: Leave My Kids Alone

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is going on the offensive against news organizations and bloggers she says are perpetuating malicious gossip about her and her children.

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Study: Cleaner Air Adds 5 Months To US Life Span

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally funded study.

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