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Obama names Richardson to head Commerce

Posted: 12/03/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as commerce secretary on Wednesday, filling a top economic post in troubled times and placing a second former campaign rival in his new Cabinet.

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Chrysler exec: failure could spark depression

Posted: 12/03/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top executive of Chrysler LLC cautioned Wednesday that a carmaker collapse could send the economy spiraling into a depression, as the United Auto Workers union braced for contract concessions.

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Stocks Rise as Investors Absorb Bad Economic News

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Wall Street overcame an early slide and turned modestly higher Wednesday as investors, starting to focus on the economy's future rather than its current troubles, calmly absorbed the latest disappointing data.

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Government Recommends Kansas for Biodefense Lab

Updated: 12/04/2008 - The federal government has recommended a site in Kansas for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats like anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease.

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KDHE, Local Law Enforcement Partner For New DUI Instruments

Posted: 12/03/2008 - In an effort that has involved more than 200 local law enforcement agencies and 4,400 officers, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) is completing the roll-out of a new impaired driving detection technology through its Breath Alcohol Program.

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Fort Riley Holiday Worship Schedule

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Soldiers and their Families are invited to attend worship services scheduled during the holiday season.

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Stocks Lower on More Signs of Weak Economy

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Wall Street overcame an early slide and traded mixed Wednesday as investors absorbed more evidence of a still-weakening economy, including a disappointing report on the services sector.

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Bad Economy Knocks 27% from KPERS

Posted: 12/03/2008 - State lawmakers have been told that the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System lost almost 27 percent of its value in 2008, a record decline.

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Obama to Name Richardson Commerce Sec. Today

Posted: 12/03/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama is ready to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice for commerce secretary after passing over his vanquished Democratic rival for secretary of state.

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Productivity Growth Better than Expected in 3Q

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Worker productivity slowed in the summer while wage pressures increased, but both developments were better than expected and are unlikely to raise inflation alarms at the Federal Reserve.

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Thai Airports Reopen After Court Ousts PM

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The first commercial flight in a week arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday as anti-government protesters ended their siege of the country's two main airports, declaring victory after Thailand's prime minister was ousted by a court ruling.

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Grammy Nominations Hit Prime-Time with TV Special

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Instead of its traditional morning roll call of nominee names at a staid press conference, top nominees will be revealed during a prime-time concert special to air live Wednesday on CBS.

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Report: Young Doctors Still Too Tired For Safety

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Doctors-in-training are still too exhausted, says a new report that calls on hospitals to let them have a nap. Regulations that capped the working hours of bleary-eyed young doctors came just five years ago, limiting them to about 80 hours a week.

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Activists Vows To Protect Whales From Japanese

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The leader of a militant conservation group that has skirmished violently with Japanese whalers said Wednesday he will not retreat from confrontation during his bid to stop this season's hunt in Antarctic waters.

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Rice Arrives In India In Wake Of Mumbai Attacks

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Pakistan must show "resolve and urgency" as she called Wednesday for international cooperation in the investigation into the Mumbai attacks.

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Government Seeks 45 Years For Would-Be LAX Bomber

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Prosecutors want to nearly double the original prison sentence of would-be millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, saying he has stopped cooperating with them and still poses a "serious threat."

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Study Flunks 49 States In College Affordability

Posted: 12/03/2008 - An independent report on American higher education flunks all but one state when it comes to affordability - an embarrassing verdict that is unlikely to improve as the economy contracts.

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