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GOP Insists Schools Can Take Budget Cuts

Updated: 01/19/2009 - House Speaker Mike O'Neal and other Republicans argue that schools can make budget cuts on the noninstructional side. But Kansas Association of School Boards lobbyist Mark Tallman said what constitutes noninstructional funding often is up for debate.

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Hutchinson Man Shoots Film about Polio Survivors

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Nathan Guy of Hutchinson is working on a film about survivors of polio. He's raising $30,000 to finish it in time for the Post-Polio Health Conference in Georgia in April.

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Kansas City St. Pat's Day Parade Route Changed

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The Kansas City St. Patrick's Day parade will travel a 1.3-mile route beginning at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a landmark church built with stones cut by Irish masons, and continue to the Westport entertainment district.

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Economic Crisis Hurts Kansas' Affordable Housing

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Topeka-based Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition says on any given night, there are 18,000 homeless people in Kansas. The national homeless count fell 11 percent last year, but advocates say the mortgage crisis is causing a turnaround.

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Reports: Billionaire Could Boost Stake in NY Times

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The New York Times Co. is in talks with billionaire Carlos Slim Helu about a possible investment of hundreds of millions of dollars that could help the newspaper publisher to meet debt payments, according to published reports.

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Montana Group Says Bid to Classify Walleye a Native Species is No Fish Tale

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Walleye enthusiasts want the Montana Legislature to fully embrace the fish, but some find their proposal hard to swallow. A bill up for a state Senate hearing this week calls on legislators to declare walleye, with big eyeballs and meat that is easily separated from bone, a native of Montana even though scientists widely say the fish was transplanted to the state.

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Britain announces 2nd banking rescue plan

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Britain announced a second rescue plan for the country's ailing banks on Monday, hoping to thaw frozen lending by offering to insure banks against large-scale losses on bad assets they already hold.

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213 China families take milk case to highest court

Updated: 01/19/2009 - More than 200 families whose babies fell ill after drinking tainted infant formula said Monday they are taking their case to China's highest court after being repeatedly ignored by lower courts.

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Britain announces 2nd banking rescue plan

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Britain announced a second rescue plan for the country's ailing banks on Monday, hoping to thaw frozen lending by offering to insure banks against large-scale losses on bad assets they already hold.

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SKorea names new minister for NKorea

Updated: 01/19/2009 - North Korea warned Monday that it does not engage in "empty talk" and has "guns and bayonets" aimed at its southern neighbor, heightening tensions surrounding its threat to take military action to counter what it calls South Korean plans to invade.

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Science vs. emotion in NJ's river dolphins debate

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Federal wildlife officials are convinced science is on their side in the decision to leave a family of bottlenose dolphins in a frigid New Jersey river over the winter, even if it means letting them die.

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Financial burden of homeownership spread unequally

Updated: 01/19/2009 - When it comes to homeownership, Hispanics in New Jersey, single parents in California and senior citizens in Rhode Island all have something in common: More than a third have an unaffordable mortgage.

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Future of abstinence-only funding is in limbo

Updated: 01/19/2009 - With the exit of the Bush administration, critics of abstinence-only sex education will be making an aggressive push to cut off federal funding for what they consider an ineffective, sometimes harmful program.

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Obamas, Bidens enjoy Lincoln Memorial concert

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln's statue, Bruce Springsteen and a red-robed gospel choir kicked off a spirited preinaugural concert Sunday before tens of thousands on the National Mall.

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Regulators were warned about parachuting financier

Updated: 01/19/2009 - An Indiana financial manager who parachuted from a small plane in a suspected bid to fake his death handled lucrative accounts in several states for years despite repeated accusations that he was bilking investors.

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Russia, Ukraine to sign gas deal, end standoff

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The Ukrainian prime minister arrived in Moscow on Monday as Russia and Ukraine prepared to sign a deal ending a contentious dispute that cut off Russian natural gas shipments to Europe for nearly two weeks.

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Plane's recorders support hero pilot's account

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The "black box" recorders recovered from the US Airways jetliner that splashed down in the Hudson River captured thumping sounds, the sudden loss of engine power and the pilot's calm "Mayday" call, evidence that seems to back up the crew's account of hitting a flock of birds shortly after takeoff.

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Israel to pull out of Gaza by Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Israel hopes to pull all its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the time Barack Obama is inaugurated as president of the United States on Tuesday, Israeli officials said.

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Gitmo war court back for what may be last session

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Military judges in a Guantanamo war crimes court pressed forward Monday with hearings for five men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks and for a Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier.

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Saudi Arabia to donate $1 billion to rebuild Gaza

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The Saudi king said Monday his country will donate $1 billion to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after the devastating Israeli offensive and told Israel that an Arab initiative offering peace will not remain on the table forever.

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Obama Visits With Troops, Honors King on Holiday

Updated: 01/19/2009 - With history intersecting the transfer of power, large crowds thronged to the capital Monday, on the eve of Barack Obama's elevation to the presidency as America honored slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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