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Nominations For 8 Wonders Of Kansas Customs Sought

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Nominations are being sought for the "8 Wonders of Kansas Customs.'' It's the latest contest by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, an organization that educates people about the state.

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Poll: 64% Say Too Much Jackson Coverage

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Nearly two in three Americans say news organizations have given too much coverage to the death of Michael Jackson, but half say the media have struck the right balance between covering the pop star's personal life and musical career.

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State Audits Kansas High School Group

Updated: 07/02/2009 - A state audit has found that Kansas high schools get to keep a much smaller percentage of gate receipts for athletic events than most schools in surrounding states.

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DEA Joins Michael Jackson Death Probe

Updated: 07/12/2009 - The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use.

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Army Using Wiki To Update Field Manuals

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Authors of Army doctrine and field manuals are launching a pilot project to collect reaction from soldiers and officers on a Wiki site.

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Johnson & Johnson Pays $1B For Elan Stake

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will take an 18.4% stake Ireland-based drug developer Elan Corp. with a $1 billion investment. The news sent Elan's shares soaring.

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467K Jobs Cut In June; Jobless Rate At 9.5%

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting that the economy's road to recovery will be bumpy.

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Three Colleges Sue Kansas Board Of Regents

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Three community colleges have sued the Kansas Board of Regents claiming unequal funding for some of their vocational and technical programs.

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Obesity Rates Rise; Kansas Ranks 18th Fattest

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The nation's annual obesity rankings show Mississippi is still the most portly state among baby boomers, with some 32.5 percent of its baby boomer residents classified as obese.

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Bad Economy Brings Out Scammers, Crackdown

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The economic downturn appears to be bringing out the worst in some people. The Federal Trade Commission announced a major crackdown Wednesday on scammers trying to take advantage of people worried about the tough economy by promising jobs that don't exist, get-rich-quick schemes, debt-reduction scams and other phony service

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Staten Island Ferry Boat's Hard Docking Injures 15

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A hard docking at the St. George ferry terminal in Staten Island happened Wednesday night at the end of rush hour. About 800 people were on board. 15 people were injured, none seriously.

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Public Memorial Planned For Jackson; Neverland Won't Be Site

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Michael Jackson's family says memorial plans don't include his Neverland ranch. The Los Angeles Coliseum and Staples Center are reportedly potential sites, but a source says those talks are preliminary.

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Prison Guard Fired, Rehired Before Near Death

Updated: 07/01/2009 - -- An Arkansas prison guard fired after an inmate was left in his own excrement for a weekend and nearly died had been previously fired for having stolen food and rehired by the prison system, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

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Police: Robbers hit NY gas station, ran out of gas

Updated: 07/01/2009 - State police in New York say two Pennsylvania men robbed a gas station and might have gotten away if they had also fueled up. Troopers said they caught 29-year-old Lonnie Meckwood, of Carbondale, and 51-year-old Phillip Weeks, of Tunkhannock, after their getaway car ran out of gas while the were trying to escape late Monday night.

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Trio Charged With Visa Fraud

Updated: 07/01/2009 - An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Mahesh Gangineni and his wife, Komali Donavalli, of Topeka along with Sankar Chava of Littleton, Colorado with conspiracy to fraudulantly obtain an H-1B visa.

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At Least 14 Bodies Found In Mexico Mass Grave

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Police said Wednesday that they have uncovered a mass grave in central Mexico with the remains of 14 or 15 people believed to have been executed by the Zetas drug gang.

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Shawnee County Judge Allows Witnesses In Judd Hearing

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Shawnee Co. Judge Nancy Parrish has rejected a prosecution motion to block witnesses at an evidentiary hearing on whether to dismiss charges against Topeka Police officer Jason Judd related to an off-duty shooting.

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"Miracle" Crash Survivor Taken to Paris

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The apparent lone survivor of this week's jet crash from Yemen to Comoros, clung to the debris for more than 13 hours before she was saved.

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