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GM, Ford Suspend Russia Production

Updated: 07/01/2009 - U.S. car giants General Motors and Ford suspended operations on their production lines in Russia Wednesday as the deepening economic crisis squeezes Russian consumers' demand for new cars.

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Sears Tower To Open 103rd Floor Glass Balcony

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Sears Tower is offering a new way to push your fear of heights right over the edge. A glass ledge, actually, suspended from the building's 103rd floor Skydeck.

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Shawnee County Begins Westlawn Application Review Process

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Assistant Shawnee County Counselor Shawn Leisinger, says the county received 800 to 900 applications for refunds from Westlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. He anticipates issuing checks in late July or early August.

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California Democrat Henry Waxman Hospitalized

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A powerful House committee chairman with a central role in President Barack Obama's global warming and health care legislation has been hospitalized.

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Funeral Services Set For Lake Perry Drowning Victim

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Visitation for Robert Courter will be held 6pm Thursday at O'Trimble Funeral Home, with the funeral 10:30am Friday at Nortonville Christian Church. Courter drowned Monday evening at Lake Perry trying to help his fiance's three-year old son.

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UN Probe Into Slaying Of Bhutto Begins

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The United Nations formally began a six-month investigation Wednesday into the slaying of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a process that the government hopes will lead to her killers being brought to justice.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Says Spain Changed Her Life

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Oscar-winning actress says she traveled to Spain as a teenager, fell in love with the country, and embraces the culture to the point that she visits at least once a year and makes sure her young children, Apple and Moses, also speak the language.

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Kansas Regulators To Discuss Racetracks

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Woodlands horse and dog track in Kansas City, Kan., and Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac are both closed and say their futures depend on the amount of revenue they can claim from slot machines.

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CenturyTel Completes Purchase Of Embarq

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Federal Communications Commission signed off last week on the Monroe, La.-based CenturyTel's proposed purchase of Embarq, based in Overland Park, Kan.

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Water Referee Says Nebraska Owes Kansas $10,000

Updated: 07/01/2009 - In his final report released late Tuesday night, arbitrator Karl Dreher says Nebraska should only have to pay Kansas $10,000 for overusing Republican River water in 2005 and 2006.

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Residents Of Pittsburg Save Fireworks Show

Updated: 07/01/2009 - After the city eliminated $17,000 it usually donated for the annual fireworks show, Pittsburg, Kansas citizens began a campaign to raise the nearly $30,000 needed to put it on.

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Economist: Midwest Economy Shows Improvement

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Mid-America Business Conditions index released Wednesday rose to its highest level since September of last year, to 49.3 in June from 46.6 in May.

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KU Endowment Association Posts Big Losses

Updated: 07/01/2009 - With the fiscal year ending Tuesday, KU Endowment Association officials predict investments will be about negative 20 percent when the final accounting is completed later this year.

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Ex-prof Gets 4 Years For Passing Military Secrets

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A federal judge sentenced a retired University of Tennessee professor to four years in prison Wednesday for passing sensitive information from a U.S. Air Force contract to two research assistants from China and Iran.

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Jackson's Will Filed In Court, Officials Say

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A lawyer filed Michael Jackson's will -- written seven years ago -- with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday morning, court officials said.

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Minimum Wage Law Goes Into Effect

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A law that takes effect July 1 bumps the hourly wage from $2.65 to $7.25, starting Jan. 1. That will mirror the federal minimum after July 24 and comes as the state's unemployment rate stands at 6.9 percent, the highest this decade.

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Sears Tower To Open 103rd Floor Glass Balcony

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Sears Tower is offering a new way to push your fear of heights right over the edge. A glass ledge, actually, suspended from the building's 103rd floor Skydeck.

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Obama White House Not Appealing Transgender Ruling

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Obama administration is not fighting a nearly $500,000 judgment for a Library of Congress hiree who lost the job while undergoing a gender change from a man to a woman.

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Manufacturing Index Shrinks Less Than Expected

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A report on manufacturing activity shows the sector contracted less than expected in June, posting its best showing since last August and another sign that a recovery may be near.

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Bees Seek Sanctuary In Caldwell Church

Updated: 07/01/2009 - First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell is creating quite a buzz. About a week ago, a church custodian noticed pools of liquid in the Sunday school rooms. Once she started cleaning it up, she discovered it was honey.

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FDA panel recommends smaller doses of painkillers

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A Food and Drug Administration panel on Tuesday voted 20-17 that prescription drugs that combine acetaminophen with other painkilling ingredients should be pulled off the market.

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Is Twitter The News Outlet For The 21st Century?

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Twitter's constantly updating record of up-to-the-minute reaction has in some instances threatened to usurp media coverage of breaking news. It has also helped many celebrities, athletes and politicians bypass the media to get their message directly to their audience.

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Budget Issues Force Kansas Courts To Add Surcharge

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A $10 surcharge on most fees imposed by the Kansas court system took effect Wednesday because of efforts by the state Supreme Court to close a budget gap. It will stay in effect through June 2010.

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