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Black Ministers Will Ask Burris to Resign

Posted: 02/19/2009 - One cites the new senator's effort to raise money for disgraced Blagojevichago pastors; had originally supported Burris' appointment.

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Oklahoma Man Charged in Kansas Bank Robbery Heist

Posted: 02/19/2009 - 39-year-old Ross A. Williams of Claremore, Okla., is accused in a three-count complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Wichita of killing Willie Neal Jr. of Georgia. Prosecutors say Williams robbed a bank and Neal, a bystander, was killed as Williams fled.

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Tougher Penalties for Cockfighting

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Kansas would join the majority of states that make cockfighting a felony under a bill that passed the Senate on a 38-2 vote.

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Kansas Universities See Higher Enrollment

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The state Board of Regents reported Thursday that nearly 85,000 students were enrolled for the spring semester. That's about 1,200 more than the number for the spring 2008 semester.

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Kansas House Rejects Campaign Finance Bill

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas House has rejected a bill requiring campaign finance reports from certain groups that sponsor ads to influence elections. The vote was 69-54 against the measure Thursday.

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Kansas Senate backs Tougher Seat Belt Law

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas Senate passed a primary seat belt law Thursday. It also requires all passengers in motor vehicles to wear seat belts instead of only front-seat passengers.

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Senate Advances Kansas Minimum Wage Bill

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas Senate 33-7 to increase the state's minimum wage. The current state hourly minimum wage is $2.65. On Jan. 1, 2010, it would go to $7.25, which will be the federal minimum as of July 24. The measure now goes to the House.

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What a mess! Experts ponder space junk problem

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Think of it as a galactic garbage dump. With a recent satellite collision still fresh on minds, participants at a meeting in the Austrian capital this week are discussing ways to deal with space debris - junk that is clogging up the orbit around the Earth.

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Woman says Connecticut chimpanzee bit her in '96

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A woman said Thursday that she was bitten more than a decade ago by the chimp who severely mauled his owner's friend this week, and that both the owner and police should have done more in response.

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Judge dismisses charges in GOP phone jamming case

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A federal judge has dismissed the latest charges against a former Republican official who was cleared of taking part in a plot to jam Democratic phone lines in New Hampshire on Election Day 2002.

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Beloved parts of border changed almost overnight

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Every weekend he can, Gene Elwell heads to the desert and races his buggy over the largest sand dunes in the U.S. Nearly 200 miles west, on California's Pacific shores, the Rev. John Fanestil spends every Sunday at Friendship Park, where people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border touch hands and talk through holes in a chain-link fence.

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Police: Cancer researcher killed in Atlanta condo

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A prominent researcher who studied the links between cancer and obesity was beaten to death in her condominium after a chance encounter with a man who claimed to be interested in buying it, police said Thursday.

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Texas may let hunters shoot pigs from choppers

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Millions of wild pigs weighing up to 300 pounds have been tearing up crops, trampling fences and eating just about anything in their path in Texas. But now they had better watch their hairy backs. A state lawmaker is proposing to allow ordinary Texans with rifles and shotguns to shoot the voracious, tusked animals from helicopters.

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Arizona 9-year-old pleads guilty in shooting death

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A 9-year-old boy accused of methodically shooting his father and his father's roommate to death last fall pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of negligent homicide, settling the case that shocked the nation.

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N. Korea Steps Up Rhetoric Ahead Of Clinton Trip

Posted: 02/19/2009 - North Korea stepped up its war rhetoric Thursday, saying its troops are "fully ready" for war with South Korea just hours before a visit to Seoul by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Late-night Trading Yields Hope for Calif. Budget

Posted: 02/19/2009 - An early morning vote began Thursday on a deal that brought hope of a budget passage inside California's Capitol after legislative leaders agreed to make major election and government reforms in exchange for one last vote from a moderate Republican.

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Oil Above $35 Amid Grim Economic News

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Markets shrugged off a steady barrage of grim U.S. economic news to push oil prices above $35 a barrel Thursday, with a drop in the dollar encouraging investors to buy crude.

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Roland Burris Feels The Heat As Questions Swirl

Posted: 02/19/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris is pleading with ordinary Illinoisans to stop a "rush to judgment" amid growing fury over the new senator's shifting accounts of how he came to be appointed to the Senate.

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Cops And Their Horses Train For Mardi Gras Madness

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Blaring bands and waving flags, stumbling drunks and splashing beer, glittery trinkets flying toward curb-to-curb crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands - Mardi Gras could almost have been invented to spook horses.

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