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White House to Break Ground on 'Kitchen Garden'

Updated: 03/19/2009 - First lady Michelle Obama is breaking ground Friday for a garden on the South Lawn that will provide produce for the White House kitchen. The White House says she will be joined by local elementary school students who will help with the planting and harvesting the crops later in the year.

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Astronauts successfully install solar wings

Updated: 03/19/2009 - Spacewalking astronauts installed the last set of solar wings at the international space station Thursday, accomplishing the top job of shuttle Discovery's mission. Steven Swanson and Richard Arnold II struggled with some cable connections, but managed to hook everything up.

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Diabetes Screening to be Held March 23

Updated: 03/19/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Kansas Diabetes Advisory Council will host a diabetes screening event for legislators from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Defensive Driving Course Offered

Updated: 03/19/2009 - The Topeka Police Department will hold the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course, Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 100.

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Police Say Mass Text About Gang Initiation is Hoax

Updated: 03/19/2009 - A cellular telephone text message began circulating Thursday indicating there would be a gang initiation at Wal-Mart that evening, wherein three women would be shot as part of the initiation. TPD says this is a hoax.

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Tar Heels: 'Huge probability' Lawson won't play

Updated: 03/19/2009 - North Carolina coach Roy Williams says Ty Lawson's recovery is going slower than expected and that there's a "huge probability" Lawson will sit out today's NCAA game against the 16th-seeded Radford Highlanders.

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Oil Hits High for 2009 as Dollar Plunges

Updated: 03/19/2009 - Oil prices hit new highs for the year Thursday after a decision by the Federal Reserve to spend billions snapping up U.S. bonds sent the dollar tumbling.

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FedEx 3Q Earnings Tumble on Weak Global Economy

Updated: 03/19/2009 - FedEx said Thursday its fiscal third-quarter profit tumbled 75 percent as severe weakness in the global economy offset the benefit of lower fuel prices.

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Wall Street Heading for Modestly Lower Open

Updated: 03/19/2009 - Investors are set to give up some of their gains ahead of a key reading on unemployment. Stock futures are lower a day after a rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's plans to pump more money into the economy.

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Asia Stocks mostly Higher after Fed's $1.2T Plan

Updated: 03/19/2009 - Asian stocks were mostly higher Thursday on guarded optimism the U.S. Federal Reserve's $1.2 trillion spending plan would bring a quicker end to the worst global slowdown in decades. But Japanese exporters got whacked as the dollar tumbled against the yen.

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Morris Communications To Cut Employee Wages

Updated: 03/19/2009 - The Augusta Chronicle reports that Morris Communications, owner of the Topeka Capital-Journal and WIBW AM and FM radio will cut employee wages by 5-10%.

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Sebelius Signs Bill Protecting Kansans’ Health

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) has signed a senate bill allowing the state access to resources that will keep kids safe from lead poisoning, and a house bill that requires vehicles be moved out of the roadway after an accident that is non-injury and non-fatal.

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Texas prostitution ring catered to the rich, police say

Updated: 03/18/2009 - A Houston, Texas, couple is facing felony charges in connection with what authorities allege was an upscale prostitution ring that screened clients before charging them hundreds of dollars a session.

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Good Kids are Recycling

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Seeing all those plastic bottles going into landfills sparked these Indian Hills Elementary 5th graders into action. Here's what they did.

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Hard-pressed for money, parting with prized possessions

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Jim Vincent loved everything about his 1972 Plymouth 'Cuda. The purr of its V8 engine. The way the sun danced off it after a spit-shine wax. Whenever he revved the engine, he also thought about his father, who first brought home one of the muscle cars more than 30 years ago.

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Suspect in Slaying of Family Kills Himself

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Answers to what led to the slayings of a mother and her three children in a western North Carolina home might have died along with the suspect, who killed himself as police closed in on him along a stretch of Utah highway, investigators said Wednesday.

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Stormont Achieves Recognition

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Stormont Vail hosted a news conference Wednesday to announce its nursing services has achieved "magnet" recognition, the highest level of recognition a health care organization can get.

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