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Ethics Commission Drops Fine Against Activist

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The state ethics commission has dropped a $7,500 against a conservative Republican activist who spoke publicly about a complaint he filed against a state senator.

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Kansas County Sees Minorities in Majority

Updated: 05/14/2009 - New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that Kansas is home to one of six counties nationwide that have reached ``majority-minority'' status.

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"Angels & Demons" Actor Slams Author

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Actor Stellan Skarsgard says he's no big fan of Dan Brown's writing and accepted a role in "Angels & Demons" only after reading the script based on Brown's book.

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Fort Riley Major Killed in Iraq

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The Pentagon said Wednesday 60-year-old Maj. Steven Hutchison of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Sunday after a homemade bomb went off near his vehicle in Al Farr, Iraq.

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Salina Teacher Kicked by Student

Updated: 05/14/2009 - A middle-school teacher in Salina is recovering from a leg injury after a disruptive 14-year-old kicked him while he was trying to remove her from his classroom.

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Military, KU Complete First Year of Program

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Ten U.S. military officers and one from Argentina are about to complete the first year of a new collaboration with the University of Kansas.

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Man Wins Right to Ride Segway

Updated: 05/14/2009 - A local man has won the right to ride his Segway through West Ridge Mall. John McElroy reached a settlement with the mall's owners, Simon Property, that allows him to ride the personal mobility device.

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Dealers Learn Whether They're Being Shut Down

Updated: 05/15/2009 - Chrysler is shutting down 789 dealers across the country. In Kansas, 15 dealers received their pink slips from the automaker Thursday via UPS.

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Parkinson Tabs Chief of Staff for Lt. Gov. Position

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Gov. Mark Parkinson introduced Troy Findley as his new Lt. Gov. Findley served seven years as Chief of Staff under former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and now Parkinson. Findley says he will not run for elected office in 2010.

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Church Tower goes Up

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Walls made in Nebraska made its way on semi trucks to a church located at 17th and Gage.

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Parkinson's Chief of Staff Named Lt. Gov.

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Parkinson announced the appointment of Troy Findley on Thursday. Findley has been the governor's chief of staff for nearly seven years, serving Kathleen Sebelius before Parkinson.

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Obama continues push for credit card bill

Updated: 05/14/2009 - RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says changing the way credit card companies bill customers is critical to fixing the nation's ailing economy.

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Astronauts hook up new camera for Hubble

Updated: 05/14/2009 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A pair of spacewalking astronauts overpowered a stubborn bolt and successfully installed a new piano-sized camera in the Hubble Space Telescope on Thursday, the first step to making the observatory better than ever.

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House Democrats consider aid for health insurance

Updated: 05/14/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats are looking at big health care changes, including federal aid to help families earning up to $88,000 pay for insurance and a requirement that all must carry coverage.

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Chrysler moves to eliminate 789 of 3,200 dealers

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships by early next month, saying in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.

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Pelosi says she learned of waterboarding in 2003

Updated: 05/14/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under strong attack from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in the method's use.

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Chrysler Moves to Eliminate 789 of 3,200 Dealers

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships by early next month, saying in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,294

Updated: 05/14/2009 - As of Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at least 4,294 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Calif. firefighters wary of mountain wind gusts

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Firefighters are keeping an anxious eye on wind gusts that could re-ignite embers from a Southern California wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes last week.

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Iraq base shooting victims united by circumstance

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The paths that brought six men together in a Baghdad military clinic traced across the globe, from South America to rural Missouri, from the islands of Alaska to deepest Antarctica, before intersecting in a tragic shooting spree.

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At least 9 die after migrant boat sinks off Fla.

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Rescuers searched Atlantic waters off Florida Thursday for survivors a day after an overloaded boat capsized and sank with about 30 people aboard, mainly Haitian immigrants fleeing their country's crushing poverty.

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