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Topeka's Literacy Campaign Kicks Off

Updated: 02/01/2009 - About 50 locals kicked off the "Big Read" literacy campaign at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Sunday. Two librarians offered the first event of the month-long program for Harper Lee's book "To Kill a Mockingbird." Their presentation focused on the historical context surrounding the book.

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Mail Theft on the Rise in Kansas and Missouri

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Law enforcement authorities in Kansas and Missouri warn residents that mail theft is on the rise, particularly of mail containing checks and credit cards. A group of local, state and federal authorities met last week in Oskaloosa, Kan., to map out their strategy as they confront a spike in mail theft in their northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas area.

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Kansas Falls Behind in Casino Race

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Problems in the financial markets forced developers in three of Kansas' four gaming zones to scrap their plans.

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Topeka Officer of the Year Credits Partner

Updated: 02/01/2009 - The Topeka Police Officer of 2008 says he can't take credit for the award. He credits his fellow officers, and especially his K-9 partner, for the great work they do.

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Mrs. Obama's new roles as first lady, mom-in-chief

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Michelle Obama's predecessors have carved out enough different roles as first lady that she is now free to fashion the job in a way that suits her. The first lady will take her time defining her new role, but already she's dropping clues.

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Girls Learn New Dance Moves at Washburn University

Updated: 02/01/2009 - About 30 girls learned new moves from Washburn University's Dancing Blues cheer team at a fundraiser clinic this afternoon. The college students taught girls from kindergarten through sixth grade a choreographed dance number to perform at the women's basketball game this evening at Washburn University.

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Fire Ignites Twice, Slows Highway Traffic Near Wanamaker

Updated: 01/31/2009 - If you were driving near I-470 and I-70 Saturday afternoon you may have seen shooting flames and smoke. Grass just to the south of the Sports Center caught fire twice Saturday, creating huge plumes of smoke that at times, slowed traffic on the highway.

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Gaza militants fire rocket into Israel

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza on Saturday that exploded close to the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon without causing any damages or injuries, an Israeli military spokesman said.

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Somalia's new moderate Islamist president sworn in

Updated: 01/31/2009 - A moderate Islamist leader was sworn in as the country's new president Saturday after parliament elected him to stabilize a country wracked by violence and anarchy for nearly 20 years.

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Google users get bogus warning on site searches

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Computer users doing Google searches during a nearly one-hour period Saturday morning were greeted with disturbing but erroneous messages that every site turned up in the results might be harmful.

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Will family's 4th generation at GM be its last?

Updated: 01/31/2009 - As a 10-year-old, Rollin Green was awestruck when he saw the line of hulking orange-and-silver robotic arms swinging with rhythmic precision during his first visit to an auto plant. But something impressed him even more:

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Official: GOP senator tops list for commerce post

Updated: 01/31/2009 - President Barack Obama appeared Saturday to be leaning toward appointing a third Republican to his Cabinet, a move that would place the fiscally conservative Sen. Judd Gregg at the head of the Commerce Department even though a liberal Democrat was initially tapped for the post.

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GOP governors press Congress to pass stimulus bill

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

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Obama readies road map for new bailout spending

Updated: 01/31/2009 - President Barack Obama on Saturday promised to lower mortgage costs, offer job-creating loans for small businesses, get credit flowing and rein in free-spending executives as he readies a new road map for spending billions from the second installment of the financial rescue plan.

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National Guard Museum Offers a New Kind of Boot Camp

Updated: 01/31/2009 - The Kansas National Guard Museum hosted a symposium on current threats at home and abroad Saturday. About 60 local residents attended the free presentation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and enjoyed chili, cinnamon rolls and conversation after the talks.

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Moran, Tiahrt Set For Senate Square-Off

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Kansas Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are set to duke it our for the 2010 republican senate nominiation. Senator Sam Brownback will not be running for re-election.

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