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Oil Rises Above $44 Despite Grim US Corporate News

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Oil prices rose above $44 a barrel Friday on investor optimism that falling U.S. gasoline costs amid the worst recession in decades may increase demand for crude.

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H&R Block Posts Profit in Fiscal 3rd Quarter

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Kansas City based H&R Block Inc. said Friday its third-quarter profits surged as it prepared more tax returns in the early season and saw smaller losses from discontinued operations.

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Jobless Rate Is Expected To Jump To 7.9 Percent

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The Labor Department will release a report today that is expected to show the unemployment rate rising to 7.9 percent and a loss of 648,000 jobs in February, making it an especially cruel month for America's workers.

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Stock Futures Fall Ahead of Feb. Jobs Report

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Traders weren't taking any chances Friday, sending stock futures lower ahead of what's likely to be another unnerving reading on the job market. Ahead of the market's opening, Dow futures fell 41 points, or 0.62 percent, to 6,590.

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Boeing Union Rejects Contract; No Strike Authorized

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted 180-84 to reject a contract offer from Boeing. But they also voted 140-118, with six absententions, against a strike.

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Barbara Bush Joking as She Recovers from Surgery

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Dr. Gerald Lawrie told reporters in Houston that Mrs. Bush is expected to be released from the intensive care unit on Saturday. She'll then be hospitalized another week for observation.

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Dry Conditions Fuel Fire in Silver Lake

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Fire officials say high brush and weeds just east of the former lake area in Silver Lake caught fire. Crews from several departments spent four hours fighting it.

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Topeka Man Accused of Sex Crimes with Child

Updated: 03/05/2009 - A Topeka man is accused of sex crimes involving a child. The Shawnee County District Attorney's Office Thursday charged 19-year old Lawrence Gritten Jr. with one count of raping a child under the age of 14 and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.

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Lawmakers Honor Slain KU Law Students

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Kansas Senate heard a resolution honoring Jana Mackey Thursday. The 25-year old was killed by her ex-boyfriend last July in Lawrence.

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Road Work in Topeka Friday

Updated: 03/05/2009 - 13 News is on your side with some road construction details in Topeka. Starting Friday at nine a.m. eastbound I-70 will be down to one lane at the Polk-Quincy Viaduct Bridge for drain cleaning work.

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Osage County Accident Injures 5 People

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Osage County Sheriff's Office says a one-vehicle accident just before 5pm Thursday on Paulen Road, a half mile north of Highway 56 west of Overbrook injured 5 people.

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Visit Topeka Welcomes New President

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Visit Topeka welcomed in its new president Thursday with a special reception. It was held at the Expocentre, where attendees enjoyed food and drinks.

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AG Six Secures New Tobacco Settlement Funds

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Kansas will receive $4.5 million in a new tobacco settlement money. Attorney General Stephen Six made the announcement Thursday. The companies had been withholding the money.

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Kansas Governor Enjoying Time Awaiting HHS Confirmation

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she continues enjoying each day as Kansas Governor, but is also excited for the opportunity to work on issues helping children and families if confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary.

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Topeka Woman Charged with Having Sex with Inmate

Updated: 03/05/2009 - A Topeka woman has been charged with two counts of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate. Court records say 33-year-old Brenda Jo Hitt made a first court appearance Thursday in Shawnee County District Court. She was arrested and charged Wednesday.

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Four Inducted Into Topeka Business Hall of Fame

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The three living inductees included Sam Barham, founder of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Maynard Oliverius, President and C.E.O. of Stormont-Vail, Kent Garlinghouse of M-C Industries and Nancy Perry, former C.E.O. of the United Way of Greater Topeka.

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