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YMCA Character Award Winners

Updated: 04/28/2009 - We take time to honor some local residents who take the time to give back to their community.

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Stimulus Package Will Affect City Transportation Projects

Updated: 02/13/2009 - The Kansas Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting with officials from cities and metro areas in Kansas to discuss how the federal economic stimulus package might affect local transportation projects.

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Bald eagles Find Home in Western Kan.

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A nesting pair of bald eagles has been spotted at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in western Kansas for the first time.

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Kansas Senator Defends Private Plane Purchases

Posted: 02/13/2009 - The Kansas Republican says it's time to cool the "overheated'' rhetoric on use of private business planes. He wants to remind the public that the makers of those private planes and jets are also getting hit in the economic downturn.

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Kan. Man Gets 15 Yrs. for Burying Body in Basement

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Chilo Hernandez of Wichita was sentenced Thursday for second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Jennie Heltsley. Hernandez was living in the back half of the house when Heltsley went missing in December 2007.

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Kan. GOP Director Stepping Down

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan said Thursday he will leave March 31 to pursue other job opportunities. He said he's weighing offers in the political and private sectors, adding that he wasn't fired or asked to leave.

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Regents Could Gain Control of Admission Standards

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Under the bill introduced by Republican House member Deena Horst of Salina, regents would set admission standards that could be different for each university in accordance with each institution

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Kan. High School Teacher, Student Had Sex

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Lucas-Luray High School English teacher Nina Urban is free on $10,000 bond after Thursday's hearing on a charge of unlawful sexual relations. Her lawyer said a preliminary hearing will be set at a later date.

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Fiery Plane Crash in Upstate NY Kills 50

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Federal investigators are searching through the rubble of a deadly plane crash near Buffalo for the "black boxes." The smoldering scene is still too hot to collect debris. But investigators are going after the fight data and cockpit voice recorders in the plane's largely intact tail.

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World Markets Rise after Wall Street Bounceback

Posted: 02/13/2009 - World stock markets rose Friday, boosted by a late turnaround on Wall Street and renewed hopes about government economic stimulus plans as Group of Seven finance ministers gathered in Rome.

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PepsiCo 4th-quarter Profit Falls on Some Charges


Posted: 02/13/2009 - PepsiCo, the world's second-biggest beverage maker, says its fourth-quarter profit fell partly on restructuring and impairment charges, but adjusted results met analysts' expectations.

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Note To Cell Phone Junkies: Txtng + Date :(

Posted: 02/13/2009 - So you're on a first date and you notice your potential love interest looking down and fiddling with a cell phone under the table. Or maybe he or she isn't even attempting to hide it.

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Toyota Cutting US Execs' Pay, Offering Buyouts

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Toyota Motor Corp. is reacting to the slump in U.S. auto sales by further cutting North American production, slashing executives' compensation up to 30 percent and offering buyouts to about 18,000 workers.

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Congress Readies Final Vote on $790B Stimulus Bill

Posted: 02/13/2009 - President Barack Obama's massive, $790 billion economic stimulus plan is on track for a Friday vote in the House, Democratic leaders say, after a 24-hour delay caused by late, lingering controversy.

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Recall, Closure Ordered For TX Peanut Corp. Plant

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Texas health officials shuttered a peanut plant operated by a company at the center of a national salmonella outbreak and ordered it to recall all products after inspectors found dead rodents, feces and feathers above a production area.

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Gaza Mlitants Fire Rockets Into Israel

Posted: 02/13/2009 - An agreement between Hamas and Israel to bring quiet to the war-torn Gaza Strip could be announced within days, Hamas officials said, as rocket fired from the territory Friday further strained an informal cease-fire.

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Beyonce, Hudson Win Image Awards

Posted: 02/13/2009 - It was a dreamy night for a couple of "Dreamgirls." Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson both glided away with trophies Thursday and wowed the audience with individual performances during the 40th annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Suspect Charged In Deadly Australian Fire

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Authorities charged a man Friday with lighting one of the wildfires that killed a total of more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to guard him from public fury.

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Iraqi Police Say Female Suicide Bomber Kills 35

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A female suicide bomber attacked a procession of Shiite pilgrims - many of them women and children - south of Baghdad on Friday, killing 35 people and injuring 65 others, officials said. It was the third straight day of deadly bombings against Shiite pilgrims.

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Jury: Florida Smoker Died Because Of Addiction

Posted: 02/13/2009 - The jury that decided a 40-year chain-smoker was helplessly addicted to nicotine must now decide whether tobacco giant Philip Morris owes his family potentially millions of dollars for his death from lung cancer.

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Plane Crash Near Buffalo Kills 49

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A commuter plane coming in for a landing slammed into a suburban Buffalo home in a fiery explosion that killed all 48 people on board and one person on the ground, authorities said. It was the first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in the U.S. in 2 1/2 years. CNN video included

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