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U.S. shares blame for Mexico drug violence, Clinton says

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The United States shares the blame for Mexican drug trafficking and the attendant violence that has killed thousands in the past year alone, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

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Pentagon report: China's military expanding its capabilities

Updated: 03/25/2009 - China's military is developing longer-range ballistic and anti-ship missiles that are "shifting the balance of power in the region" and could help Beijing secure resources or settle territorial disputes, a report released by the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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Fans See Hawks Off to Indianapolis

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Fans gathered at Forbes Field in Topeka to see the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team off to Indiana for the Sweet 16. KU takes on Michigan State Friday.

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House Wants to Speed Up Budget Process

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Members passed a bill Wednesday to require the governor to submit her budget recommendations to legislators by the first Monday in December. The House's 94-30 vote sent the measure to the Senate.

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Fire Burns Through Historic Hutchinson Building

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Officials say units were called just before 2 a.m. Wednesday and that the smoky fire burned for at least three hours. An unknown number of residents in the neighboring Leon Building were evacuated.

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House Approves Drug Test for Aid

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Kansas House has approved a bill mandating random drug tests for about 14,000 Kansans who receive cash assistance.

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Rewneable Energy Bill Clears Legislature

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Kansas legislators approve a bill designed to attract companies that manufacture equipment for solar and wind energy production to the state. The measure allows the state to issue up to $5 million in bonds to help such firms.

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Tiller Takes the Stand

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A doctor accused of violating Kansas' late-term abortion law testified that the executive director of the state's medical board recommended the physician he used for the second independent opinion required for the procedure.

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Hedge Funds Stand to Gain, but Also Face Oversight

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Hedge funds are being offered a sweet deal to help the Obama administration rescue the U.S. banking system: A low-risk opportunity to scoop up soured bank assets that could one day make them a killing.

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Services Scheduled for Former Senator

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A memorial service for former Kansas Sen. James. B. Pearson is scheduled for April 3 in Baldwin City. Pearson died at his home in Gloucester, Mass., on Jan. 13 at the age of 88.

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House Votes to Stop Casino Annex

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The voice-vote approval Wednesday was on a bill that bans unilateral annexation of a narrow strip of land to gain access to noncontiguous tracts. A final vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate.

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Increase in Kansas Minimum Wage Step Closer

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A bill raising the minimum wage in Kansas receives first-round approval in the House. The state's minimum wage is now $2.65, the lowest of any of the 45 states that set their own wage rates for workers who aren't covered by federal law.

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Utility Official Found Dead in Home

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Police say a high-ranking Board of Public Utilities official who was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the Kansas City, Kan., utility has been found dead in his home.

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House Approves Proposed Change on Gun Rights

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual's right to own a firearm is one step from going to a statewide vote.

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Group's Anti-religion Message on Kan. Billboards

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A nonprofit group that promotes separation of church and state and challenges faith-based initiatives has placed a billboard in Wichita praising Charles Darwin.

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House Approves Higher Minimum Wage

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Kansas House approves a bill to raise the state's lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage. The U.S. Labor Department says 45 states have their own minimum wage. Just a half-dozen, including Kansas, set the wage below the federal level.

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Stocks Manage Moderate Gain After Erratic Session

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Wall Street is showing it still has some moxie. Investors shook off an attack of nerves that wiped out a big early advance Wednesday and then barreled back into the market right before the close.

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NYC Transit Agency Adopts Fare Hikes, Service Cuts

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Officials running the nation's largest mass transit system voted Wednesday to impose steep fare hikes and painful service cuts to close a $1.2 billion budget gap.

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Top Vatican Official Rededicates Mass. Menorah

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Vatican's top liaison to Jews helped rededicate a menorah in memory of Holocaust victims Wednesday amid fallout from the Holy See's botched decision to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop.

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Phoenix Mayor Welcomes Border Buildup

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Posing as police officers, gunmen in bulletproof vests pulled over a motorist, took him to a Phoenix house, bound him with zip ties and held him for a $30,000 ransom in an abduction that may have been carried out by Mexican drug smugglers.

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ND Mayor 'Optimistic' After Blast to Clear Ice Jam

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Demolition crews blasted chunks of ice near a huge ice jam in the Missouri River on Wednesday in a bid to open a channel, like pulling out a giant plug to drain a flood threatening the city.

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Stocks Manage Moderate Gain after Erratic Session

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Wall Street has managed a moderate gain after an attack of nerves had investors giving back a big early advance and then barreling back into the market right before the close.

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