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Kansas Schools say They Still Face Budget Woes

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Educators say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposal to freeze funding will force a reallocation of dollars among districts even before the current fiscal year ends. And, they say, rising costs make it likely that there will be some effects in the state's classrooms.

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Kansas Sheriff Corrals Hundreds of Sheep

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Hutchinson News reports on its Web site that the Morton County Sheriff's Department took custody Wednesday of 716 head of sheep, a calf and two dogs for not being properly corralled.

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Kansas Board: Maintenance Backlog Grows on Campuses

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The board says the six public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, have a backlog of $825 million. That's up from $663 million in 2006.

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Senior Hamas Leader Killed In Airstrike

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Hamas interior minister was part of the top five in the leadership group, Israel has confirmed the attack which killed Said Siam today.

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Plan to Stop Statehouse Renovation Opposed

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Suspending the Statehouse renovations is part of the House Republicans' legislative agenda for this year. But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jay Emler says that's not a good idea because resuming the work will cost even more money.

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Bush Defends Record, Says Farewell

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The outgoing President says 9/11 changed him, then he worked to "keep the country safe." Bush also saluted his successor in his speech in the East Room address.

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Burris Sworn In As Obama's Successor

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Fellow lawmakers gave Burris a standing ovation after Vice President Cheney swore him in, one week after turning him away from the halls of their chamber.

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The "Miracle on the Hudson"

Updated: 01/15/2009 - US Airways plane carrying 155 passengers went down in the frigid waters of the Hudson River Thursday.. the plane struck birds, and everyone on board was safely rescued. Here's more on how it happened.

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Topeka Symphony Serenades Students

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Topeka Symphony invited students from all over Northeast Kansas to the Topeka Performing Arts Center for a free concert Thursday.

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Sebelius Recognizes MLK Day

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 19, 2009, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Kansas during a Statehouse ceremony Thursday.

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Fort Riley to Open New Child Development Center

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Fort Riley’s Child Youth and School Services will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Whitside Child Development Center, 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 located near Irwin Army Community Hospital.

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“Getting Fit for Pregnancy” Important for Healthy Babies

Updated: 01/15/2009 - KDHE and Greater Kansas Chapter March of Dimes are joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to share the message that a mother’s health, including her weight before, during and after pregnancy, is an important foundation for having a healthy baby.

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Topeka Police Catch Burglary Suspects in the Act

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Steven Gene Heuson and Maurice Burnett were booked into jail for felony burglary, felony criminal damage to property and felony attempted theft. An officer witnessed them trying to break into a Topeka furniture store.

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State University Buildings Continue to Deteriorate

Updated: 01/15/2009 - An updated report by the Kansas Board of Regents details maintenance needed on the six state university campuses, totalling $825 million, a 24% increase since 2006.

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Jenkins Chosen for GOP Whip Team

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will serve as an Assistant Whip for the House GOP. The Whip team works to craft policy solutions.

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Helicopters to Arrive at Fort Riley This Weekend

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Approximately 14 helicopters - two UH-60 Black Hawks and 12 AH-64 Apaches - will arrive in two flights that afternoon. The aircraft are the first to arrive back at Marshall Army Air Field following the "Demon" Brigade's 15-month deployment.

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Yemen: Fisherman Killed during Pirate Chase

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A Russian helicopter attack on Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden earlier this week killed a Yemeni fisherman and three others, security officials said Thursday.

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Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow Headline Inaugural Balls

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Singers Marc Anthony, Sheryl Crow and Jack Johnson will entertain inaugural ball-goers. Faith Hill, Carole King and Patti LaBelle will croon at special dinners honoring Joe Biden, Colin Powell and John McCain.

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Opposition leader detained in Sudan

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Authorities detained an opposition leader who urged Sudan's president to surrender to the International Criminal Court to face charges of genocide in Darfur, his son said Thursday.

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DVD teaches autistic kids what a smile means

Updated: 01/15/2009 - It wasn't until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like. Jenny, a green trolley car with a human face, had a furrowed brow when her wheel buckled and she got stuck on a track. But after being rescued by friends, she smiled broadly - and that's when something clicked for little Jude Baines.

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Venezuela seeks investments from Big Oil

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Squeezed by slumping crude prices, Venezuela is reaching out to the multinational oil companies it once demonized as imperialist profiteers.

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BofA, Wells workers on downed US Airways flight

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. said Thursday a number of employees of the banks that dominate the city's business community were on board a US Airways plane that crashed into New York's Hudson River.

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High End Document Company Moves to Topeka

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A Dutch company has moved into Topeka boasting what it calls the world's fastest copier. Oce works mainly with high-end, high-volume equipment.

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