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Salina Smoking Ban Faces Repeal Effort

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Opponents of a smoking ban in Salina want new city commissioners taking office in April to vote to repeal the ordinance before it takes effect in May. Failing that, they will ask commissioners to approve a special election.

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Officials: US troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The United States will withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration day, according to administration officials who expect Obama to make the announcement this week.

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Police: Several Shot along Mardi Gras Parade Route

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Police say several people have been shot along a Mardi Gras parade route, and two suspects are in custody. Authorities don't believe the injuries are life threatening.

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Kansas Governor Still Hasn't Talked to Obama on HHS

Updated: 02/25/2009 - In Washington, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is considered a leading contender for health and human services secretary. She says she saw the President several times while at the Governor's Assoc. meeting, but did not talk about the HHS job.

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Kansas House Gets New Member to Replace Deployed Rep

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Former Rep. Melanie Meier, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, resigned Saturday after receiving orders to deploy. She wanted former Rep. Candy Ruff to replace her while she's gone, but party precinct officials instead chose her former opponent, Don Navinsky.

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Kansas Governor Sees Hope for Budget in Stimulus Money

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that she and other governors were pleased that states are receiving the first round of stimulus funds this week. The money for Medicaid will free up general tax revenue.

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Kansan Wins 60th Pancake Race

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Twenty-two-year-old Tasha Gallegos of Liberal won the 60th Pancake Day Race with a time of 57.5 seconds. Jane Hughes won the Olney race in 1 minute, 2 seconds. A Kansas woman living in England also took part in the trans-Atlantic race.

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Homeland Chief Orders Gulf Coast Recovery Review

Posted: 02/24/2009 - In one of her first moves as Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano has ordered a fresh review of hurricane recovery efforts in the gulf coast 3 1/2 years after two killer hurricanes swept ashore.

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Consumer Confidence Plummets to New Low in Feb.

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Americans' already battered confidence in the economy went into free fall in February, sinking to new lows as consumers grow more fearful over massive job cuts and shrinking retirement accounts.

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How Heart Handles Anger Predicts Irregular Beat

Posted: 02/24/2009 - How the heart handles anger seems to predict who's at risk for a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. Negative emotions like hostility and depression have long been considered risks for developing heart disease, and deaths from cardiac arrest rise after disasters such as earthquakes.

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Bernanke: Economy Suffering 'Severe Contraction'

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday the economy is suffering through a "severe contraction" and pledged to use all available tools to lift the country out of the recession that already has cost millions of Americans their jobs.

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Economy Doesn't Dampen Mardi Gras Party

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Thousands of revelers are expected to line the streets Tuesday morning for one more day of parades. Jim Belushi and his Sacred Hearts band ushered in the final day, playing hits including "Soul Man" and "Hard to Handle" into the morning.

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Obama to Address Congress, Nation on Economy

Posted: 02/24/2009 - In a prime-time speech from the House of Representatives, Obama will make his case Tuesday that much more has to be done to turn around the economy - a message he knows he must explain.

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Living Canvas: An Inside Look At The Art of Tattoing

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Staring at a blank canvas can be intimidating to any artist, but what if that canvas is someone's arm or ankle or shoulder? Meet the artists and family of Fine Line Tattoo and Piercing.

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Artist Shares Private Journey In Her "Artist Book"

Posted: 02/24/2009 - The latest exhibit at the Sabatini gallery in the Topeka-Shawnee County Library breaks the boundaries of books. Meet one of the artists behind one of those books called "Migration".

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Octomom Fell Fast From Miracle Mom To Punch Line

Posted: 02/24/2009 - It seems so long ago now, but for just a day or two last month Nadya Suleman was known as Miracle Mom, the amazing woman who did what had never been done before: gave birth to the longest-surviving set of octuplets.

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Beauty And The Brain, Women Use More Than Men

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Beauty is in the brain of the beholder. Go to any museum and there will be men and women admiring paintings and sculpture. But it turns out they are thinking about the sight differently.

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New Report Expected To Show More Gloom On Economy

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Americans' moods, already the gloomiest in decades, are expected to darken more this month according to forecasts for the Conference Board report on consumer sentiment in February.

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Local Exhibit Doesn't Judge Books By Their Covers

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Yes, the library is the place to find books. But one exhibit stretches the definition of books in a whole new way. The new exhibit at the Sabatini gallery, "Books Beyond Binding", doesn't bind a book to the typical definition.

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Economy Doesn't Dampen Mardi Gras Festivities

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Partiers in New Orleans are taking one last chance to eat, drink and be merry before Lent. Thousands of revelers are expected to line the streets Tuesday morning for one more day of parades and glitzy celebrations.

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