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Panel poised to back Blagojevich impeachment vote

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The Illinois House committee investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich released a draft report Thursday that concludes the Democratic governor has abused his power and was poised to recommend he be impeached by the full chamber.

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Contagious Equine Disease Hits Kansas

Updated: 01/08/2009 - At least six mares in south-central Kansas are part of a growing number of horses in 28 states exposed to a contagious equine disease.

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Court papers: Gotti neighbor was dissolved in acid

Updated: 01/08/2009 - It is perhaps the most intriguing unsolved mystery from the gaudy gangland career of John Gotti: Whatever happened to the neighbor who accidentally ran over and killed the mobster's 12-year-old son - and then vanished?

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Burris denies any improper deals for Senate seat

Updated: 01/08/2009 - U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris said Thursday he's never been involved in an improper deal in his two decades in government and didn't strike any agreement to become embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick for the U.S. Senate.

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Northwest flooding closes roads, stalls commerce

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Floods, mudslides and avalanches in the Pacific Northwest kept tens of thousands of people from their homes Thursday, brought freight trains to a standstill and stranded hundreds of trucks along the major highways that link Seattle's busy ports with markets around the country.

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Students Use Eggs For Science

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Some Landon Middle School students left the classroom to test their latest projectsThursday.

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Topeka Farm Show Wraps Up

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Thursday marks the last day of the Topeka Farm Show. This year is the 20th year for the event in Topeka.

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Police Identify Driver in Rollover Accident

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Topeka Police say Chad Ralph, 20, Topeka, was the driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover accident early Thursday morning that may have been alcohol-related. Ralph's intoxicated passenger has not been identified.

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Hawker Beechcraft Warns Workers of More Layoffs

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Hawker Beechcraft warns its employees to expect more layoffs as economic conditions continue to deteriorate. Chief Executive Officer Jim Schuster says in a letter sent to workers Thursday that the general aviation market has slowed.

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DA Says He Won't Take Records in Abortion Case

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says he won't take records from a criminal case against a suburban Kansas City abortion clinic with him when he leaves office.

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KCK, Casino Quietly Marks 1st Anniversary

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The Oklahoma-based Wyandotte Nation is marking the first anniversary of its 7th Street Casino in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday with little fanfare. But the tribe has a lot of confidence that it has proven itself worthy of running such a venture.

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Any Kan. Transportation Plan Needs Federal Help

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, chairman of a legislative transportation study committee, said any Kansas transportation plan will be difficult to enact unless there's money from the federal economic stimulus plan offered by President-elect Barack Obama.

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'Dark Knight' Sweeps People's Choice Awards

Updated: 01/08/2009 - "The Dark Knight" soared away with every trophy it was nominated for Wednesday at the 35th annual fan-favorite CBS ceremony. The caped crusader flick won five awards, including favorite cast, superhero, action movie and on-screen matchup for Christian Bale's Batman and the late Heath Ledger's Joker.

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Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard Prepares for D.C.

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Fourteen horses and their soldier riders from Fort Riley came to Topeka Thursday to get some practice in before heading to Washington, D.C. where they'll participate in inauguration ceremonies for Barack Obama.

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Obama Urges Digital Transition Delay

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, saying too many people won't be ready.

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Attack On Israel From Lebanon Threatens 2nd Front

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Lebanese militants fired rockets into northern Israel early Thursday, threatening to open a new front for the Jewish state as it pushed forward with its offensive in the Gaza Strip.

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Prosecutors: Madoff was Ready to Send Out $173M

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Prosecutors say Bernard Madoff had $173 million in signed checks in his office desk that he was ready to send out at the time of his arrest last month.

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Rain and Melting Snow bring Floods to Washington

Updated: 01/08/2009 - More than 30,000 people were urged to leave their flood-endangered western Washington homes as snowmelt and rain swelled rivers and caused mudslides and avalanches that engulfed neighborhoods and roadways.

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Larry Craig Dropping Further Appeals

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A lawyer for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig says they won't ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to void Craig's conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting.

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