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New Bill seeks to Limit Home Appraisal Rates

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A new proposal would limit how much a home appraisal could increase each year. The bill would only allow for a home's value to increase by 2% a year.

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Mayor Under Fire After Shooting Dogs

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A shooting in a small southeast Kansas town leaves two pets dead, and the man behind the gun is the city's mayor.

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Community Mourns Teen Killed in Accident

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Friends of Corey Davis, 16, say they'll miss his bear hugs. Wetmore Principal, David Schmitz, said Davis was a great friend and had a good sense of humor. Davis died Monday in an accident about five miles north of Netawaka.

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Chrysler, GM Sales Tumble

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Chrysler's U.S. vehicle sales plunged 55 percent in January, while General Motors' tumbled 49 percent and Ford's dropped 40 percent, starting 2009 at an abysmal pace for the whole auto industry as lower sales to fleet buyers like rental car companies weighed down the results.

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Google Earth Explores Mars, Oceans

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Google Inc. on Monday launched a new version of Google Earth that allows users to explore the oceans, view images of Mars and watch regions of the Earth change over time.

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Starbucks Value Meals May Become Reality

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The allure of the value meal has long seduced penny-pinchers craving a cheeseburger. Now, as the dismal economy slurps up profits, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to find some sales salvation in its own value meal variety.

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Pentagon: U.S. Should Pare Afghanistan Goals

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A classified Pentagon report urges President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces.

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MySpace Removes 90,000 Sex Offenders

Updated: 02/03/2009 - MySpace says about 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from its huge social networking Web site.

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Bat-Killing Syndrome Spreads in U.S.

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A mysterious and deadly bat disease discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.

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Bale Snaps On Movie Set

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Dark Knight indeed. Christian Bale can be heard in newly surfaced audio delivering a long, profanity-laced verbal thrashing to a cinematographer and anyone who tried to calm him down on the set of the upcoming "Terminator Salvation."

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Lesbian Couple Who Fought For Gay Marriage Divorcing

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A lesbian couple who led the fight for gay marriage in Massachusetts has filed for divorce. Julie and Hillary Goodridge were among seven gay couples who filed a lawsuit that led to a court ruling making Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriages in 2004.

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Daschle's Decision Could Slow Health Care Reform

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination as health and human services secretary clouds hopes that President Barack Obama will make significant progress on health reform in his first 100 days in the White House.

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Victim in Hwy. 75 Accident Identified; Road Re-opened

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The Kansas Highway Patrol says 16-year old Corey Davis from Netawaka was killed in a Monday night crash at Hwy. 75 and K-20. Davis was a sophomore at Wetmore High School. Hwy. 75 didn't reopen until just before 9:30 am Tuesday.

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Bill Would Abolish Kansas Turnpike Authority

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The Kansas Turnpike Authority would be abolished and its powers and functions shifted to the state Department of Transportation under a bill before the Legislature.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Planning Cost Cuts

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Tuesday it will be announcing cost-cutting plans Feb. 18, when Goodyear releases its earnings report of the 2008 fourth quarter and full year.

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Judge Rules Against City of Topeka in ERP, Helicopter Lawsuit

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Shawnee Co. District Court Judge Larry Hendricks ruled Tuesday that the City of Topeka's contracts for a police helicopter and a human resource software system are null and void. He also said the City Council does not have authority to override a mayoral veto.

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Animal-Human Embryos Questioned

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Eggs from animals don't reprogram human DNA in correct way to generate stem cells, study says.

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