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Closing School to Get New Life

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Heritage Christian School will buy the East Indianola Elementary Building for $500,000. The Seaman Board of Education approved the deal today at a special meeting today. East Indianola will close at the end of the year as the district consolidated schools.

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Another Dragging Death in Texas Raises Tensions

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Two white men have been charged with murder in the death of a black man dragged under a pickup truck in East Texas last month. Brandon McClelland's death has powerful echoes of the dragging death of another black man, James Byrd, in the same area a decade ago.

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Winterize Your Car with AAA

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Some of our 4:00 news fans asked to see our car winterization video again from last Wednesday's news. Here's Ralph's chat with Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas and car expert Dustin Gasperich. You can also link up with AAA in our links section on the right side of this page!

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Young Leaders Learn Community Lessons

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Students from Shawnee Heights Middle School visited Topeka's Let's Help organization. They heard what the organization does, pitched in a little and they also heard a talk from Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte.

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Israeli Businessman Kidnapped in Ghana

Posted: 10/24/2008 - A top security official says an Israeli businessman has been kidnapped in Ghana and the kidnappers have contacted his family to demand a $300,000 ransom. Officials refused to disclose the identity of the businessman or any further details about the case.

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Chapman Residents Make Strides in Rebuilding

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Chapman residents devastated by a tornado that ripped through their town are making big strides this week in rebuilding it. John and Kay Londeen owned and operated a funeral home and hardware store.

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Abbas' Forces Deploy in West Bank City of Hebron

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Palestinian security forces are deploying in Hebron as part of President Mahmoud Abbas' program to strengthen his control over the West Bank. Around 550 officers are taking up positions in the city, the third in the West bank to be reinforced with forces loyal to Abbas.

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Top US Commander in Iraq Holds Talks in Turkey

Posted: 10/24/2008 - The top U.S. commander in Iraq has held talks in Turkey on cooperation in the fight against Kurdish rebels. Gen. Ray Odierno met Friday with the deputy chief of the Turkish general staff Gen. Hasan Igsiz to discuss U.S.-Turkey military coordination, a U.S. military statement said.

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One Topeka Road to Close, Another Opens

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Topeka officials celebrated completion Friday of a $2.3 million rebuilding of the intersection of Golden, 10th & 6th streets. Meantime, MacVicar from 2nd to 6th will be closed Saturday while a project there continues.

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KU Student Killed in Car Accident Thursday

Posted: 10/24/2008 - A University of Kansas student was killed in a two vehicle accident. It happened around 1:40 p.m. Thursday on K-10 highway, a mile west of Lawrence.

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As US Economy Sours, Some Migrants Return South

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Thousands of Latin American immigrants, both legal and illegal, are going back home as the economic crisis in the U.S. causes jobs to dry up. Some authorities say they are seeing a bigger-than-usual reverse-immigration effect this year.

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Topeka Postal Worker Honored With Reward

Posted: 10/24/2008 - A United States Postal worker is being recognized for all his years of service. Brian McCann was presented Friday with the 2008 Topeka Post Office Sunflower Award. The award honors those who have continuously provided customers with exceptional service.

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Police Identify Bodies Found in Lawrence

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Lawrence Police say there are no signs of foul play in the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in a wooded area near the city's Amtrak station Friday afternoon. They are identified as an 18-year old from Oklahoma and a 29-year old from Indiana.

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Porubsky's to Serve Up Documentary of Memories

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Porubsky's Deli, 508 NE Sardou, invited people to a "story swap" Friday night. The memories will be complied into a documentary on the store that's been open for more than 60 years in Topeka.

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Formalwear Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Savvi Formalwear is holding a celebration to mark the opening of its Hispanic location at SW 17th and Fairlawn. The event began Friday and continues from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday.

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U.S. Doubts Fairness of Nicaragua Elections

Posted: 10/24/2008 - The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua has released a statement criticizing the country's delays in accrediting election observers, saying it places in doubt the fairness of upcoming municipal balloting.

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Drive-by Shootings Kill 2, Injure 2 in Newark, NJ

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Authorities in Newark, New Jersey, say five drive-by shootings in quick succession have left two dead and two others wounded. The suspects in a white Infiniti SUV got away from police who gave chase.

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Community Remembers 3-year old Shooting Victim

Posted: 10/24/2008 - About 30 people gathered outside Topeka's Cathedral Square Apartments to remember Tre'vonte Williams-Lucas. The three-year old was shot last week Friday and died the next day.

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Palin Drops Puck at Blues Game

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin dropped the ceremonial first puck at an NHL game for the second time this month. Palin then watched the game from a luxury box with Blues principal owner Dave Checketts, waving to the crowd and even reaching over the railing to shake a few hands.

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McCain's Brother Apologizes for Calling 911

Posted: 10/24/2008 - The brother of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain says he'll withdraw from campaign activities after calling 911 to complain about traffic. Joe McCain says he's sorry about the call.

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Apple Inc. Comes Out Against Gay Marriage Ban

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Apple Inc. has joined the short list of publicly traded companies to oppose a ballot measure that would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. An Apple spokesman declined to elaborate on the company's position.

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Newspaper: Ex-Detroit Mayor Transferred Appointees

Posted: 10/24/2008 - A newspaper reports Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may have transferred some appointees into civil service positions before he left office. The Detroit News reported Friday that it has identified six people who were moved last month into the Detroit Workforce Development Department.

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Funeral Arrangements Set for Tre'vonte Williams-Lucas

Posted: 10/24/2008 - Funeral arrangements for three year old Tre'vonte Williams-Lucas, who died of a gunshot wound last week, have been set. His family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. A service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel.

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Jennifer Hudson's Mother, Brother Shot and Killed

Updated: 10/24/2008 - Chicago police say the mother and brother of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death Friday. They've also issued an Amber Alert for a 7-year old boy, identified as the mother's grandson.

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