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Kansas Senate Passes Deficit Bill

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Senators gave final approval to a budget deficit reduction bill Thursday. The vote was 25-14. The measure now goes to the House.

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Kansas Rep. Tiahrt to Announce Plans for 2010

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Congressman Todd Tiahrt says he'll announce his 2010 political plans Saturday in Topeka at a GOP annual meeting. He's already filed paperwork to run for Senate.

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2 KU Journalism Students Earn Top Honor

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Two Kansas University journalism students are earning high marks in their field. Two of the school's students placed first and second in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program in the in-depth writing category.

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First Black Iraqi Runs in Elections

Updated: 01/29/2009 - He calls himself the "Iraqi Obama" and hopes to channel President Barack Obama's good luck by becoming the first black Iraqi to win an election.

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Heartland Visioning One Step Closer to Goal

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Heartland Visioning members are one step closer to making Topeka a better place. They met Thursday at the Ramada Hotel to announce foundation teams and benchmark team chairs.

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New Emergency Facility Nearing Completion

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Stormont-Vail expects to complete its new emergency department in June. It will nearly triple the current ER space and increase emergency staff by 20-percent.

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Former ESU Registrar Charged with Felony Theft

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A former Emporia State University registrar is charged with felony theft. Jill Megredy is accused of stealing $4,100 between March 20 and May 20 of 2008 from the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, by writing herself checks from its local account.

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Authors to Washington Post: Save Book World

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Historians Robert Dallek and Sean Wilentz and author-essayist Barbara Ehrenreich are among the more than 100 writers who have signed an open letter asking The Washington Post not to shut down its stand-alone Sunday Book World section.

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Illinois Governor Removed from Office

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office Thursday. He says he will continue to fight to clear his name.

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Seaman District Gives Gift of Life

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Community Blood Center reports collecting 66 units of blood during a drive at Seaman High School Thursday.

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Topeka Students Mark 100th Day of School

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Topeka's USD 501 had its 100th day of school Thursday. Students at McEachron Elementary were among those celebrating with various activities based on the number.

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Man Stabbed in Neck, Dropped Off at Hospital

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Topeka Police say a 29 year old man was dropped off at a local hospital with life-threatening stab wounds Wednesday night. The person who dropped him off fled the scene. Police continue investigating.

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Tips Needed in Unsolved Topeka Murder

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Topeka Police are putting out a request for the public's helping solving a nearly year-old homicide. Michael Holley died after being shot several times outside of Deep Pockets Billiards, 4310 SW 21st St., overnight February 23, 2008.

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Obama Seeks GOP Help

Updated: 01/29/2009 - President Barack Obama's economic stimulus legislation is headed for the Senate after a surprisingly partisan vote in the House in which Republicans united in opposition and 11 mostly conservative Democrats defected.

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New Home Sales Hit Record Low

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Caution returned to Wall Street Thursday as unemployment claims reached a record high and new home sales hit a record low — two glaring signs that the economy is still in a deep slump. The major stock indexes gave back all of Wednesday's gains, and then some.

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Suspects Used Cold as Weapon

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A 19-year-old woman who thought she was going to a party was instead driven to a rural wooded area and abandoned in 8-degree weather in a long-planned attack by three friends angry with her over an insurance claim, police said Thursday.

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Senate Republicans: GOP Needs to Define Principles

Updated: 01/29/2009 - After crushing defeats in back-to-back elections, the top Senate Republican warned Thursday that the GOP risks remaining out of power in the White House and Congress unless it better explains its core principles to woo one-time faithful and new loyalists.

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UN Visits Boat People Detained in Thailand

Updated: 01/29/2009 - U.N. officials were allowed to meet Thursday with boat people detained by Thailand and interviewed a dozen migrants as young as 14 about their perilous journey and allegations they were abused.

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