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Calif. Weighs Tough TV Energy Standards

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Visit any electronics store and it's clear that flat-screen TVs are among their best sellers — and that they hope consumers continue a years-long tradition of upgrading their home entertainment systems for the Super Bowl.

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Despite Layoffs, Federal Work Force is Growing

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Companies are cutting jobs by the tens of thousands. State and local governments are penny-pinching, too. So what about Uncle Sam? Tough times for him as well?

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Spears Gets Restraining Order on Lutfi, Ghalib

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Britney Spears has obtained a restraining order against former pal Osama "Sam" Lutfi and one-time boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, court records show. Attorneys for Spears and her father, who is her legal conservator, received the order Friday. The documents state that Lutfi, Ghalib and attorney Jon Eardley have been trying to gain control of Spears' affairs.

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Super Bowl Ads Promise Glitz, Guffaws, Groans

Updated: 01/31/2009 - It's time for that annual winter ritual where people gather before their TV screens to whoop and holler as they gobble down unhealthy treats. Yes, it's Super Bowl time. And Sunday's NFL championship wouldn't be complete without a look at its uber-expensive advertising, which is priced at an all-time high.

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Grandma: Octuplets Mom Obsessed With Having Kids

Updated: 01/31/2009 - The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week conceived all 14 of her children through in vitro fertilization, is not married and has been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager, her mother said.

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Obama Promises Lower Mortgage Costs, New Loans

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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Cops Stop Man Driving Construction Lift At 3 A.m.

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Police knew something wasn't quite right after they spotted a man driving a piece of construction lift equipment down a street at 3 a.m. on Thursday. The man, who appparently had been drinking, was in the lift bucket of the Genie Boom with an unopened six-pack of beer and a bag of beef jerky when police pulled the vehicle over. He was clocked at 2 mph.

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"Virtual Dome" Over Super Bowl Stadium

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Super Bowl XLIII will be the first in Tampa, Fla., since 9/11, with some 100,000 guests and 4,500 media members flocking to town.

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1 Million Without Power From Frigid Storm

Updated: 01/31/2009 - A crippling winter storm has plunged about a million customers into the dark from the Midwest to the East Coast, and thousands of people in ice-caked Kentucky have sought refuge in motels and shelters.

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Scientology Promoted in Bart Simpson's Voice

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Bart Simpson is known for prank calls, but Nancy Cartwright, who provides Bart's voice on "The Simpsons," has been heard this week in a phone message using the voice of the cartoon fourth-grader to promote Scientology.

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Arizona Tour Bus Crash Leaves 6 Dead

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Arizona Highway Patrol says at least six passengers were killed and 16 more hurt when a tour bus crashed near the Hoover Dam Friday.

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Former Day Care Provider Appealing Conviction

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Michelle Bolze-Sann was sentenced to 32 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter and aggravated child endangerment related to the death of a child in her care. She's appealing the conviction.

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Police Investigating East Topeka Shooting

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Topeka Police are investigating a shooting that happened in the 700 block of SE Locust Friday night. One person suffered what police describe as potentially life-threatening injuries.

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Crews Battle House Fire on Branner

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Topeka fire crews were called to 725 Branner just after 7:30pm Friday. They arrived to find flames coming from the structure.

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Topeka Kicks Off "Big Read" Sunday

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Topeka and Shawnee County library kicks off "The Big Read" Sunday, Feb. 1. The book of choice this year is Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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