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Bush Pondering a "Planned" Auto Bankruptcy

Updated: 12/18/2008 - But the outgoing President hasn't decided on the solution. General Motors is also busy denying it's started merger talks with Chrysler.

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Chapman Schools Need Bond Issue for Tornado Repair

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Despite getting millions in insurance, donations and government help, Chapman school officials say they will need a bond issue to repair school buildings damaged by a June tornado.

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Crews Salt, Sand Roadways in Anticipation of Ice

Updated: 12/18/2008 - City of Topeka street crews spent the day, Thursday, December 18, spreading rock salt and sand, mostly in residential neighborhoods. Call 5-1-1 from anywhere in Kansas to get the latest update on road conditions.

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Obama defends choice of pastor for invocation

Updated: 12/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of a popular evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, rejecting criticism that it slights gays. The selection of Pastor Rick Warren brought objections from gay rights advocates, who strongly supported Obama during the election campaign.

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New Wichita Manager to Start Work in February

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The Wichita City Council announced Thursday that it had hired Robert Layton as city manager. Layton is the city manager in Urbandale, Iowa. He begins work in Wichita on Feb. 2.

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Residents' Sexual Needs an Issue for Nursing Homes

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Researchers at Kansas State University have produced seminars and teaching aids to encourage nursing home caregivers to discuss and accommodate their residents' sexual desires.

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Incoming JoCo DA Won't Reopen Ex-Kansas AG Case

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Incoming Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says he does not plan to reopen an investigation of former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison's actions during an extramarital affair.

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Bush considering 'orderly' auto bankruptcy

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The Bush administration is looking at "orderly" bankruptcy as a possible way to deal with the desperately ailing U.S. auto industry, the White House said Thursday as carmakers readied more plant closings and a half million Americans filed new jobless claims.

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Spirit AeroSystems Workers Resume Full Work Weeks

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Spirit AeroSystems says it will resume five-day work schedules on Jan. 5 or Jan. 12. Most of the 10,500 employees have been working just three days a week since September when Boeing Co. Machinists went on a 57-day strike.

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Las Vegas gets record Dec. snowfall, 3.6 inches

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Flights resumed in and out of Las Vegas, but schools and highways were closed Thursday after a record-setting snowfall coated marquees on the Strip, weighed down palm trees and blanketed surrounding mountain areas.

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Wichita Day Care Provider Guilty in Child's Death

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Jessica Cummings, 27, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 13-month-old girl who was strangled after being left partially strapped in a car seat.

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Driver Arrested near Emporia with 550 Pounds of Marijuana

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Highway Patrol Trooper Clint Epperly says he pulled over 39-year-old Eduardo Bravo on a random tractor-trailer inspection Wednesday night at the Kansas Turnpike's Emporia exit and found 550 pounds of marijuana.

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Big video game fans prove crucial to the industry

Updated: 12/18/2008 - They stand in line outside stores waiting for midnight launches of new video games. When they get home after a long day, they plop down in front of the TV not to sit back and watch, but to play.

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Kansas Power Line Fight Won't be Resolved for Year

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The three-member Kansas Corporation Commission announced a schedule Thursday for deciding how to link Wichita to southwest Kansas through the region's highest-voltage lines.

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Pet lovers protest cats on the menu in China

Updated: 12/18/2008 - While animal lovers in Beijing protested the killing of cats for food on Thursday, a butcher in Guangdong province - where felines are the main ingredient in a famous soup - just shrugged her shoulders and wielded her cleaver. "Cats have a strong flavor. Dogs taste much better, but if you really want cat meat, I can have it delivered by tomorrow," said the butcher, who gave only her surname, Huang.

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Arrests show fears of Saddam followers

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The arrests of more than 20 security officials for allegedly trying to revive Saddam Hussein's banned political party show how the Shiite-led government believes that supporters of the old regime still pose a threat - perhaps as much as al-Qaida or Iranian-backed militias.

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Mass. man gets 12-15 years for stepchild beating

Updated: 12/18/2008 - A man was sentenced Thursday to 12 to 15 years in prison for allowing a brutal beating that left his stepdaughter with a severe brain injury and put her at the center of a right-to-die case in Massachusetts.

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