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Judge Denies Topeka Man's Request to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A judge has denied the request of a man accused in a Topeka murder to withdraw his guilty plea. Rashawn Anderson pleaded no contest to first degree murder in the July 2005 shooting death of Christopher Caraway.

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Chapman Residents to Vote Next Spring on Bond Issue

Updated: 12/10/2008 - People in Chapman will vote next spring on a bond issue to rebuild schools damaged in the June 11th tornado. The Abilene Reflector Chronicle reported Wednesday that USD 473 patrons are expected to hit the polls in the April general election.

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Topeka's Capper Foundation Honors Supporters

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Easter Seals Capper Foundation held its Donor Appreciation Program Wednesday night at Shawnee Country Club in Topeka. The annual event honors those who've given their time and talents to support the organization.

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Electric Coops Negotiate More Aid with FEMA

Updated: 12/10/2008 - It's the one year anniversary of an ice storm that hit the state, causing hundreds of thousands of power outages, at least one death, car accidents and flooding. Many rural cooperatives are still dealing with problems the ice caused to power lines, including federal financial assistance.

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Office Depot cutting 112 stores, 2,200 jobs

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Office Depot Inc. will close about 9 percent of its North American stores and cut 2,200 jobs over the next three months while planning to open fewer locations next year in an effort to cut costs.

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Oil prices jump on rumor of Saudi cuts

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Oil prices rose in volatile trading Wednesday after rumors spread that Saudi Arabia told major customers of significant production cuts.

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Wholesale inventories, sales plunge in October

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Wholesalers cut back on their inventories in October by the largest amount since the period following the 2001 terrorist attacks while they watched their sales plunge by a record amount.

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Federal deficit on pace to reach record $1T

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The federal government ran a record budget deficit in November, putting Uncle Sam on track to post an all-time high annual shortfall of $1 trillion or more.

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Office Depot cutting 112 stores, 2,200 jobs

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Office Depot Inc. will close about 9 percent of its North American stores and cut 2,200 jobs over the next three months while planning to open fewer locations next year in an effort to cut costs.

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GMAC extends deadline for tender offers

Updated: 12/10/2008 - GMAC Financial Services, the financing arm of General Motors, said Wednesday that its bid to become a bank holding company and qualify for aid under the government's $700 billion bank rescue plan may be in danger because it hasn't raised the capital needed to meet federal requirements.

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Stocks resume climb after one-day sell-off

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Wall Street climbed back on an upward track Wednesday, rising in late trading as a surge in gold and other commodities prices gave investors a reason to snap up energy and materials stocks.

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Before handouts, big firms bankrolled conventions

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Financial giants now being bailed out by the government spent millions underwriting the Democratic and Republican conventions last summer, just weeks before coming to Washington begging for multibillion-dollar handouts.

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WWII's Tuskegee Airmen invited to inauguration

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Tuskegee Airmen, who made history during World War II as the country's first black military pilots only to return home to discrimination and exclusion from victory parades, have been invited to Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Bush frustrated with UN peace efforts in Darfur

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President George W. Bush bemoaned the pace of U.N. efforts to end a wave of killings in Darfur, delivering strong words after meeting with a victim of the violence who was hidden by a red, black and white sheath for her safety.

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Bush cites falling teen drug use, but reports vary

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President George W. Bush is trumpeting progress in the battle against illicit drugs, citing declining drug use in high school and a shrinking supply of cocaine in the country.

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Administration changes to farm worker hiring afoot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - As it prepares to leave office, the Bush administration is moving to make it easier for U.S. farming companies to hire foreign field workers, which farmworker groups say will worsen wages and working conditions.

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Officials say Obama chooses energy, EPA posts

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama intends to round out his environmental and natural resources team with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and three former Environmental Protection Agency officials from the Clinton administration.

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Pakistan detains 2nd alleged Mumbai plotter

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Pakistan announced the arrest of a second reputed key player behind the terror assault on Mumbai, and officials stressed Wednesday that they are investigating an Islamic charity the U.S. and India call a front for the group blamed for the attack.

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Greek government defends handling of riots

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Five days of rioting that saw bands of youths marauding through the streets has shocked a generally tolerant Greek public and led many to question how the situation was allowed to degenerate. The police and government are now under intense scrutiny, despite saying they went out of their way to avoid bloodshed.

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A young life changed forever by Iraq's war

Updated: 12/10/2008 - She was a beautiful, round-faced little girl with large, coal-black eyes and an instant smile. Two years later, the 3-year-old is blind and scarred, her mother is dead and her father's new wife can't cope with caring for her.

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Countries agree on goals for new UN climate treaty

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Delegates from nearly 190 countries agreed Wednesday on a series of goals to be included in a global warming treaty, but the U.N. conference failed to make a real commitment to reduce the amount of carbon emissions.

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