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Topeka Street to Close Wednesday

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Southwest Munson Avenue, east of Gage Boulevard, will close at 8:30 am Wednesday. It is expected to reopen by 5 pm. Crews will be relocating a gas line for a street project.

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Woman Accused in Chase that Injured Officer in Court

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A preliminary hearing for 27-year old Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen of Topeka began Tuesday in Douglas County Court. She faces 11 counts stemming from a December 2nd high speed chase that left an officer injured.

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Kansas AG Looking into Manhattan Gas Prices

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A spokesperson says people have contacted the AG's office, complaining gas prices in Manhattan run about ten cents a gallon more than in other places. She says they're looking into it.

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City, Regents Skeptical of Governor's Budget Cuts

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Topeka city officials say the Governor's proposed budget reductions would cost the city $1.5 million. The Board of Regents says dealing with a $120 million cut to higher ed could have consequences.

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Council Plans Top-to-Bottom Charter Review

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten urges his council colleagues to plan for a lengthy review of the city's charter ordinance, possibly including changes he'd like to make.

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Security Benefit Cutting 120 Jobs

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Security Benefit announced several moves Tuesday to cut costs. Among them is the elimination of 120 jobs, 70 of them in Topeka. Affected workers are being notified this week.

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Scranton Residents Reeling After Four Found Dead

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Official details are slow in coming after the Tragedy in Scranton. Osage County law enforcement confirms they don't have anyone in custody and aren't searching for anyone the day after four peopele were found dead in a Scranton Home, three of them children. A blaze set in the home has been ruled arson.

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Thornburgh Raised $107K in Campaign Funds in 2008

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Republican Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh reports raising about $107,000 last year for his campaign for governor. Thornburgh began raising money in 2007 to run for governor in 2010.

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Helicopters to Arrive Back at Fort Riley

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Approximately 14 helicopters assigned to the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, are expected to arrive at Fort Riley on Jan. 17. The aircraft are the first to arrive back at Marshall Army Air Field.

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Kaw Area Technical School Gets New Dean

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A local technical school is welcoming a new face to the ranks. Roxanne Kelly has been named the new dean of the Kaw Area Technical School.

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State Agencies Asked to Sacrifice to Make Up Budget Deficit

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Universities, cities and counties are being asked to help get the state out of a budget hole expected to grow to nearly one billion dollars by next year. State Budget Director, Duane Goossen, broke down the Governor's proposal Tuesday.

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Turnpike Service Area Shuts for Reconstruction

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Travelers won't be able to refuel, eat or shop at the convenience store in Kansas Turnpike service area near Lawrence until July. The EZ Go Store is closing for reconstruction, shutting off a supply of food, fuel and collectibles during the next six months for a $3.7 million rebuilding project.

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Bio Lab Step Forward For Kansas

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas officials say landing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is another milestone in efforts to become a world leader in animal health research.

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Composer Gives Kids Some Spirited Notes

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Some fifth-graders shifted their learning from the chalkboard to the keyboard today. Students from East Indianola Elementary School and Lyman Elementary joined together to create their new school chant with the help of composer Michael Abels.

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Blagojevich To Preside Over Senate; His Future In Their Hands

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The state Senate that will decide whether to throw impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of office will be sworn in Wednesday by — who else? — impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In an ironic, surreal scene, the governor will preside briefly over the chamber that will hold his political life in its hands in less than two weeks.

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Clinton Intends To Revitalize Diplomacy

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she intends to revitalize the mission of diplomacy in American foreign policy, calling for a "smart power" strategy in the Middle East and implicitly criticizing the Bush administration for having downgraded the role of arms control.

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States Push To Tax Web Sales

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Internet retailers rebel as governments seek new revenue to close budget gaps.

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Investor Had Concerns About Missing Pilot

Updated: 01/13/2009 - An investor who had entrusted money to an Indiana financial manager suspected of trying to fake his own death in a plane crash said Tuesday he had complained to state regulators that the man was unfairly charging high fees and pocketing the money.

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Israel-Gaza Talks Get "Serious"

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Israel's chief negotiator will go to Egypt for "decisive" talks on a cease-fire with Hamas, officials said Tuesday, as the sound of battles between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants rang out in the crowded streets of Gaza City.

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Democrats Push For Bush Investigation

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The incoming Obama administration should launch a criminal investigation of Bush administration officials to see whether they broke the law in the name of national security, a House Democratic report said Tuesday. President-elect Barack Obama has been more cautious on the issue and has not endorsed such a recommendation.

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