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NAACP Report Find TV Networks Lagging In Diversity

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Nearly a decade after the NAACP condemned a "virtual whiteout" in broadcast TV, the civil rights group said major networks have stalled in their efforts to further ethnic diversity on-screen and off.

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Nursing Home Industry Worries About New Ratings

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Rating systems help people decide which restaurants to go to or hotels to stay at. So why not something similar from the federal government for the nation's 16,000 nursing homes?

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Chrysler, Ford Idle Factories; GM Delays New Plant

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Chrysler is closing all its North American manufacturing plants for at least a month, the starkest move yet taken by U.S. automakers as they anxiously await word about government loans.

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China Dispatching Ships To Battle Somali Pirates

Updated: 12/18/2008 - China said Thursday it is preparing to dispatch naval warships to join international forces battling Somali pirates, the first such far-ranging mission for the Chinese navy.

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Mont., Fed Gov't Loosen Rules On Yellowstone Bison

Updated: 12/18/2008 - State and federal officials have agreed to allow bison to migrate into parts of Montana from Yellowstone National Park - a move expected to slow but not stop an annual slaughter of the animals.

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KU Art Jogs Memories For Alumni

Updated: 12/18/2008 - On a sunny day in April, sixty five artists headed to the University of Kansas to take it all in, pick a spot, and paint whatever they saw or felt. And what we got were one hundred paintings making up this exhibit, "A Spring Day on the Hill".

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Consumer-Friendly Credit Card Rules Coming

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Consumers will be shielded from increases in interest rates on existing account balances on their credit cards under new rules being adopted by federal regulators.

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Borrowers Rushing To Refinance Loans As Rates Drop

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Homeowners around the country are scrambling to refinance their mortgages at the lowest rates since the early 1960s as the economy staggers through what's likely to be the worst recession in decades.

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US Proposes Protecting 7 Penguin Species

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Seven penguin species have reason to have happy feet: The Bush administration is moving to protect them. But three other types of penguin — including the stars of recent movies — got the cold shoulder.

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FDA Raises the Bar for New Diabetes Drugs

Updated: 12/17/2008 - New drugs to treat an epidemic of diabetes will have to be screened more closely for heart risks, federal health officials said Wednesday.

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Woman Gets Near-total Face Transplant in Cleveland

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Her injuries were ghastly: no nose, no palate, no way to eat or breathe normally, a face so hideous that children who saw her screamed and ran away. From the moment they met earlier this year, Dr. Maria Siemionow knew the severely disfigured woman would be the one — the first person in the U.S. to receive a face transplant.

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Flu Shots Being Provided Thursday

Updated: 12/17/2008 - KDHE is urging all Kansans to get flu vaccinations this year. The first flu case in Kansas for the 2008 season was reported Tuesday.

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Volunteer for "Everybody Counts" Program This Holiday Season

Updated: 12/17/2008 - There is a way you can help out this holiday season. Shawnee County is one of 40 in Kansas taking part in the "Everybody Counts" program. Its a state-wide point-in-time homeless count initiative that's conducted every two years during the last week of January.

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Busiest Mail Delivery Day of the Year

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Loaded on trucks and planes, Wednesday's the busiest day for all those holiday gifts to be mailed. People are hurriedly mailing their gift packages to make it under the tree by the Christmas.

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Federal Employee Honored for 45 Years of Service

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A federal employee is being honored for all her hard work over the years. 83-year-old Janice Gutzwiller has worked for the federal government for 45 years.

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Ohio Workers Hit a Lottery Jackpot

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The ecstatic group members will split more than $200 million after winning the 12-state lottery prize.

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Manhattan Plant to Lay Off 46

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Parker Hannifin Corp. will be laying off 46 workers at its Manhattan, Kan., industrial rubber hose plant. Jim Cartwright, a spokesman for the Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin, says work force reductions at the plant will start Jan. 5.

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Obama Taps Vilsack, Will Name Republican to Cabinet

Updated: 12/17/2008 - More moves set to be announced on the labor and stock market front Thursday, after Barack Obama named Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as his agriculture secretary yesterday.

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Ex-Kan. AG May Still Face Other Problems

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A decision by two special prosecutors not to file criminal charges against former Attorney General Paul Morrison may not end his legal problems.

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