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ND Governor: More Blasts Needed to Break Ice Jam

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Demolition crews blasted chunks of ice near a huge ice jam in the Missouri River on Wednesday in a bid to open a channel, like pulling out a giant plug to drain a flood threatening the city. Officials planned two more rounds of explosives.

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Unified Democrats Mirror Obama Budget Priorities

Updated: 03/25/2009 - In a springtime show of unity, congressional Democrats welcomed President Barack Obama to the Capitol Wednesday and unveiled budget blueprints that embrace his key priorities and point the way for major legislation this year on health care, energy and education.

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Pioneering Historian John Hope Franklin Dies at 94

Updated: 03/25/2009 - John Hope Franklin, a towering scholar and pioneer of African-American studies who wrote the seminal text on the black experience in the U.S. and worked on the landmark Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation, died Wednesday. He was 94.

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Abortion Charges

Updated: 03/25/2009 - An attorney whom one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers consulted is expected to resume testifying tomorrow.

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U.S. shares blame for Mexico drug violence, Clinton says

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The United States shares the blame for Mexican drug trafficking and the attendant violence that has killed thousands in the past year alone, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

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Pentagon report: China's military expanding its capabilities

Updated: 03/25/2009 - China's military is developing longer-range ballistic and anti-ship missiles that are "shifting the balance of power in the region" and could help Beijing secure resources or settle territorial disputes, a report released by the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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Fans See Hawks Off to Indianapolis

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Fans gathered at Forbes Field in Topeka to see the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team off to Indiana for the Sweet 16. KU takes on Michigan State Friday.

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House Wants to Speed Up Budget Process

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Members passed a bill Wednesday to require the governor to submit her budget recommendations to legislators by the first Monday in December. The House's 94-30 vote sent the measure to the Senate.

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Fire Burns Through Historic Hutchinson Building

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Officials say units were called just before 2 a.m. Wednesday and that the smoky fire burned for at least three hours. An unknown number of residents in the neighboring Leon Building were evacuated.

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House Approves Drug Test for Aid

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Kansas House has approved a bill mandating random drug tests for about 14,000 Kansans who receive cash assistance.

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Rewneable Energy Bill Clears Legislature

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Kansas legislators approve a bill designed to attract companies that manufacture equipment for solar and wind energy production to the state. The measure allows the state to issue up to $5 million in bonds to help such firms.

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Tiller Takes the Stand

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A doctor accused of violating Kansas' late-term abortion law testified that the executive director of the state's medical board recommended the physician he used for the second independent opinion required for the procedure.

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Hedge Funds Stand to Gain, but Also Face Oversight

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Hedge funds are being offered a sweet deal to help the Obama administration rescue the U.S. banking system: A low-risk opportunity to scoop up soured bank assets that could one day make them a killing.

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Services Scheduled for Former Senator

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A memorial service for former Kansas Sen. James. B. Pearson is scheduled for April 3 in Baldwin City. Pearson died at his home in Gloucester, Mass., on Jan. 13 at the age of 88.

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House Votes to Stop Casino Annex

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The voice-vote approval Wednesday was on a bill that bans unilateral annexation of a narrow strip of land to gain access to noncontiguous tracts. A final vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate.

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Increase in Kansas Minimum Wage Step Closer

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A bill raising the minimum wage in Kansas receives first-round approval in the House. The state's minimum wage is now $2.65, the lowest of any of the 45 states that set their own wage rates for workers who aren't covered by federal law.

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Utility Official Found Dead in Home

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Police say a high-ranking Board of Public Utilities official who was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the Kansas City, Kan., utility has been found dead in his home.

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House Approves Proposed Change on Gun Rights

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual's right to own a firearm is one step from going to a statewide vote.

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Group's Anti-religion Message on Kan. Billboards

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A nonprofit group that promotes separation of church and state and challenges faith-based initiatives has placed a billboard in Wichita praising Charles Darwin.

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