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Emergency Response Training Session Planned

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Representatives from several state agencies will be participating in training next week to better coordinate their responses during a disaster.

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MGP Ingredients to End Ethanol Production

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Atchison-based MGP Ingredients Inc. says it plans to leave the ethanol business and will temporarily shut down distillery operations in Illinois, requiring the temporary layoffs of 79 workers.

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Kansas City, Kansas Officer Shoots, Kills Man

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A KCK officer fatally shot a man Tuesday afternoon in the hallway of an apartment building. Police said the officer shot the man after getting into an altercation with him. The officer suffered minor injuries.

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Jurors Visit Sites Connected to Sandersholm Killing

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Jurors have visited sites connected with the abduction and killing of a Cowley College student after hearing from witnesses who testified the defendant had stalked them.

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Herbal Tea Ingredient Helps Beetle-plagued Trees

Updated: 02/03/2009 - But instead of brewing up a cup, U.S. Forest Service scientists found that sprinkling tiny flakes containing the pheromone verbenone over lodgepole pine forests cut the number of trees attacked by bark beetles by two-thirds.

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Jonas Brothers Visiting CW With Concert Film Peek

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The CW network says the singers will host a night of programming Feb. 10 that includes the dramas "90210" and "Privileged." They'll provide a sneak peek of their new 3-D concert film based on their "Burning Up" tour.

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Elton John to Close Las Vegas Show

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Elton John is playing his final notes on the red piano in Las Vegas. Promoters say the pop singer will close his Las Vegas Stripshow, "The Red Piano," on April 22.

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Stocks Jump Following Rebound in Home Sales

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Major stock indexes jumped more than 1 percent Tuesday, and the Dow Jones industrials rose more than 140 points to snap a three-day slide as some of the day's data turned out to be more upbeat than expected. Still, analysts cautioned that the economy will keep showing fresh bruises in the coming months and that stock trading will remain volatile.

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'Idol' Axes 43 Hopefuls in 1st Round in Hollywood

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Hollywood was just a layover for the 43 hopefuls cut Tuesday during the first round of Hollywood Week on "American Idol." The 147 contestants plucked from nationwide auditions performed an a cappella song of their choosing on the Kodak Theatre stage with 104 singers advancing to the next step in the Fox singing competition.

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Bat-killing Syndrome Spreads in Northeast

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.

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Pentagon Study: US Should Pare Afghanistan Goals

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A classified Pentagon report urges President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces.

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Job Prospects Unclear for the Ousted Blagojevich

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Ousted as Illinois governor and looking for a job, Rod Blagojevich returned to national television on Tuesday to proclaim his innocence on corruption charges — perhaps angling for a future book deal or talk show.

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Supporters Reach Out to Jodi Sanderholm's Mother

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The mother of Jodi Sanderholm is getting support during the trial of her daughter's accused killer from women who've been there. The mothers of murder victims Kelsey Smith and Rachel Dennis sat with her in court on the first days of Justin Thurber's trial.

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Topeka City Council Approves Sumner Auction

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Zaire Thomas, representing True Foundation World Ministries, is now the owner of the historic Sumner School. Sandra Lassiter, representing Community First, would not rule out a lawsuit against the city.

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Bike Shop Ruling Could Take Weeks

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The Topeka Capital Journal reports Tuesday Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis says he couldn't say when he will issue a ruling.

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Long-Range Rocket From Gaza Hits Israel

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A long-range Grad rocket from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday as delegates of the militant Islamic Hamas organization met in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials striving to mediate a long-term truce with Israel.

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Jet Lands Safely After Bird Hits Engine

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A United Airlines jet returned safely to the Denver airport Tuesday after a bird was sucked into one of its engines shortly after takeoff.

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Mob Sweep Nets 30 Alleged Wiseguys In R.I.

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Rhode Island authorities investigating organized crime have arrested 30 people, including a man sent to prison for the 1973 shooting death of a Boston detective.

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