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District 1: Shawn Leisinger

Updated: 03/11/2009 - It's the week for District 1 candidates on "13 News at 4." Here's Shawn Leisinger's interview on our program Wednesday.

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Gas Leak Postpones Space Shuttle Discovery Launch

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Hit by more valve trouble, NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery just hours before it was to head to the international space station Wednesday because of a hydrogen gas leak.

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Westar Honored for Service

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Westar Energy received top honors for its fast response to restoring power to residents in a 2007 ice storm.

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State Issues Emergency Suspension of Day Care Home in Wichita

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued an Emergency Order of Suspension against Queens Home Day Care Home, a registered day care home operated by KyQueena L. Barnes, located at 1002 Eastmoor in Wichita.

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Teen Kills 15 in Germany Before Taking Own Life

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A 17-year-old wielding a Beretta 9 mm pistol burst into classrooms at his former high school Wednesday and gunned down students — some of whom died with their pencils still in hand — in a rampage that ended with 15 dead before he took his own life, authorities said.

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Obama Backs Pet Projects and Signs Spending Bill

Updated: 03/11/2009 - President Barack Obama, sounding weary of criticism over federal earmarks, defended Congress' pet projects Wednesday as he signed an "imperfect" $410 billion measure with thousands of examples.

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Smoking Ban Advocates Speak in Topeka Wednesday

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Giving all Kansans the right to breath clean air was the message behind a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday. The American Cancer Society urged Kansas legislators to listen to constituents on the "Clean Indoor Air Act".

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Rollover Accident in Shawnee County Wednesday Night

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A rollover accident in Shawnee County Wednesday night luckily ended with no injuries. Sheriff's deputies say a woman lost control of her minivan at 93rd and Paulen, over corrected, and the vehicle rolled.

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Man Dies in Accident on 24 Highway

Updated: 03/11/2009 - One person was killed in a rollover accident in Pottawatomie County Wednesday evening. It happened at US-24 Highway and Legion Lane.

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Kansas Unemployment Rate Spiked in January

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The state's unemployment rate in January was its worst in more than 25 years. The state Department of Labor reports today that the faltering national economy caused the rate to jump to 6.4 percent. That compared with 4.9 percent in December and 4.3 percent in January 2008.

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Ancient golden jewelry found in Egyptian tomb

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Egyptian officials says archaeologists have found ancient golden jewelry in a pharaonic-era tomb that belonged to a senior official under Egypt's most powerful queen. The Supreme Council of Antiquities says five golden earrings and two rings were found in the tomb of Gahouti, the head of the treasury under Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago.

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Some states push back against stem cell research

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A showdown is shaping up in some of the nation's most conservative states over embryonic stem cell research, as opponents draw language and tactics from the battle over abortion to counter President Barack Obama's plan to ease research restrictions.

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Review: Bookmark for public radio saves your place

Updated: 03/11/2009 - I'm sort of a public radio junkie, so if I'm in my car and the kids haven't usurped the radio dial, I'm likely tuned to "Morning Edition," "Marketplace" or "Fresh Air." Unfortunately, my short daily commute often leaves me catching just part of a compelling story or interview.

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National Semiconductor to cut 1,725 jobs

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Faced with a steep decline in sales, chip maker National Semiconductor Corp. said Wednesday it will eliminate more than one-quarter of its work force, or 1,725 jobs.

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Review: Bookmark for public radio saves your place

Updated: 03/11/2009 - I'm sort of a public radio junkie, so if I'm in my car and the kids haven't usurped the radio dial, I'm likely tuned to "Morning Edition," "Marketplace" or "Fresh Air." Unfortunately, my short daily commute often leaves me catching just part of a compelling story or interview.

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Human-like robot smiles, scolds in Japan classroom

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Japan's robot teacher calls roll, smiles and scolds, drawing laughter from students with her eerily lifelike face. But the developer says it's not about to replace human instructors.

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Microsoft vows openness for mobile app store

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Microsoft Corp. plans a central market to sell programs for cell phones running the Windows Mobile system. It hews closely to the setup of Apple Inc.'s App Store for iPhones, with one notable exception - Microsoft promises to communicate more openly with outside software developers.

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