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Cause of March 25 Fire in Hutch still Undetermined

Updated: 05/11/2009 - More than six weeks after a three-alarm fire in downtown Hutchinson, fire officials are still investigating to find the cause. Test results for possible accelerants are not yet available.

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Early Road Aid Said to Leave out Neediest

Updated: 05/11/2009 - An Associated Press analysis has found that counties with high jobless rates stand to receive the least help from President Obama's plan to spend billions of stimulus dollars on roads and bridges.

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Program Swaps Med School Costs for Rural Service

Updated: 05/11/2009 - The Kansas Medical Student Loan Program, which pays for a student's tuition and provides $2,000 a month for living expenses. Students must practice in a rural community of Kansas for every year they take part.

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Former Speaker Endorses Tiahrt in Kanasas Senate Race

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has endorsed Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt's bid for a Senate seat. Tiahrt is battling fellow congressman Jerry Moran for the seat currently held by Sam Brownback, who says he'll run for Kansas Governor in 2010.

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Former Kansas Sheriff's Son Pleads Guilty

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Leroy Green III pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a minor and one count of rape. He was originally charged with 15 counts involving four children under the age of 14 between October 2001 and August 2008.

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Kansas Governor Willing to Revisit Death Penalty Law

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Gov. Mark Parkinson told reporters Monday that if the evidence is the death penalty is poor public policy or hasn't been applied in a fair manner, he would be happy to look at it.

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Kansas AG Prosecuting Suspect in Osborne Co. Murder

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Kansas AG Steve Six will be in the courtroom prosecuting Kenneth Wilson of Salina. Wilson is charged with premeditated first-degree murder of Portis resident Jeffery ``Scott'' Noel during a burglary in March 2008.

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Former Kan. Sheriff's Son Pleads Guilty

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Leroy Green III pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a minor and one count of rape. Green is the son of former Sheriff Leroy Green Jr., who was defeated in his re-election bid last month.

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ACLU Argues First Amendment in Activist Subpoena

Updated: 05/11/2009 - The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a political activist in a federal obstruction investigation. Papers filed in the case claim subpoenas sought by prosecutors have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights.

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STIMULUS WATCH: Early Road Aid Leaves Out Neediest

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Counties with high jobless rates stand to receive less help from President Obama's stimulus plan for roads and bridges. For example, Riley County, Kan. - with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate - will get $56 million. Elk County, Pa. - 14 percent unemployment - will get nothing.

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Suspect in Aurora Slaying Arrested in Hays

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Aurora police say 21-year-old Corey Ray Albat was being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, after being captured in Hays, Kan.

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Governor Lists Highlights of Legislature's Recently Ended Session

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Governor Mark Parkinson (D-Kan.) said among the highlights of the legislative session were balancing the budget without increasing taxes, changing the state's unemployment insurance law, and passing a comprehensive energy package.

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Shuttle fueled, readies for launch to Hubble

Updated: 05/11/2009 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis was fueled Monday for one last flight to the Hubble Space Telescope, an extraordinarily ambitious repair mission that NASA hopes will lift the celebrated observatory to new scientific heights.

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Park Owner's Past Keeps Him Behind Bars

Updated: 05/11/2009 - A judge in Wichita says past legal issues are behind his decision to lower bond for the former owner of a defunct amusement park, Thomas Etheredge.

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Mexican students return to class

Updated: 05/11/2009 - MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Millions of children, many wearing surgical masks, returned to scrubbed and disinfected classrooms Monday after a nationwide shutdown to curb the spread of swine flu in Mexico. The worldwide toll of deaths linked to the illness rose to 61.

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Pope in Israel calls for Palestinian homeland

Updated: 05/11/2009 - JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland immediately after he arrived in Israel Monday, a stance that could put him at odds with his hosts on a trip aimed at improving ties between the Vatican and Jews.

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Pentagon: U.S. Soldier Kills 5 Comrades, 3 Hurt

Updated: 05/11/2009 - A Pentagon official says a U.S. soldier killed five fellow troops at American base in Baghdad. The five were killed in a shooting Monday afternoon, Baghdad time, at Camp Liberty near Baghdad International.

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Obama has meeting today to discuss health care

Updated: 05/11/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hospitals, insurance companies, drug makers and doctors are planning to tell President Barack Obama today that they'll voluntarily slow their rate increases in coming years in a move that government economists say would create breathing room to help provide health insurance to an estimated 50 million Americans who now go without it.

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Peel 'em and Weep: First-class Stamps Rise 2 Cents

Updated: 05/11/2009 - The price of a first-class stamp for mailing a letter - or paying a bill - climbed to 44 cents Monday, though folks who planned ahead and stocked up on Forever stamps will still be paying the lower rate.

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