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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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Environmental Officials To Discuss Sludge Probe

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton says tests in four northwest Missouri counties where sludge from Prime Tanning was used as fertilizer did not contain high enough levels of chromium 6, a known carcinogen, to pose a health problem.

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Kansas Again Delays Aid Payments To Schools

Updated: 07/01/2009 - For the second time in a month, Kansas delayed aid payments to public school districts because of budget problems. Budget Director Duane Goossen said Wednesday that the state also delayed $31 million worth of tax refunds from June into next week.

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Amtrak Passenger Found Dead On Kansas Train Tracks

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A man who'd been a passenger on Amtrak's Southwest Chief was found dead along the tracks in the Marion County town of Florence Tuesday morning. It's not known how he got off the moving train.

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EPA To Kansas: Start Over On Coal Plant Proposal

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's acting regional administrator sent a letter Wednesday to Kansas Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby. The federal agency wants to make sure that KDHE has public hearings on Sunflower Electric's coal plant proposal.

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Man Receives Award For Working To Stop Crime

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Sending a message to criminals has earned a group an honor. Organizers of Topeka's National Night Out Against Crime accepted the award as they prepare for the August event.

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Germany To Overturn Nazi Treason Convictions

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Germany's governing parties agreed Wednesday on a blanket measure to overturn Nazi-era verdicts convicting people of treason, nearly 65 years after the end of World War II, and it will go before parliament next month.

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SC Gov's Revelations Befuddle Residents, Lawmakers

Updated: 07/01/2009 - South Carolina residents — and the simply curious around the world — have watched Gov. Mark Sanford's lovelorn saga unfold, the central character spewing an odd script that would seem more appropriate for a soap opera than state government.

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Mississippi's Still Fattest But Alabama Closing In

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Mississippi's still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby boomers. It's time for the nation's annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there's little good news. In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Legal Group's Records Tell Little About Sotomayor

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A Puerto Rican civil rights organization advised by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor campaigned against seating conservative Robert Bork on the high court in the late 1980s, according to new documents that shed light on the group that's become a key focus of Republicans questioning Sotomayor's fitness to be a justice.

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Sanford Backs Out Of Vow To Release Records To AP

Updated: 07/01/2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has backed out of a promise to release personal financial records to the media proving he did not use state money for trips to see his mistress.

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Schwarzenegger Declares Calif. Fiscal Emergency

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency to address California's deficit and has ordered state offices closed three days a month to save cash.

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Emotion, Few Details, In Obama's Health Care Pitch

Updated: 07/01/2009 - President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that Wednesday. Fighting back tears, Debby Smith, 53, told Obama of her kidney cancer and her inability to obtain health insurance or hold a job.

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