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Drive More Than Takes Care Of Man's $3K Water Bill

Updated: 11/25/2008 - An 84-year-old man hit with a $3,000 quarterly water bill won't have to pay a dime. In one week, a drive to help Norman Beckman raised $4,027 as of Tuesday. Organizers stopped accepting the contributions that were still coming in. "The donations ranged from $5 to $500," said Bryan Kassube, who started the drive. "I'm just floored we reached our goal in one week."

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Jamaica Votes To Keep Death Penalty

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Jamaica's parliament easily rejected a proposal Tuesday to ban the death penalty in a vote propelled by the country's high homicide rate and a horrific series of recent crimes against children.

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Feds To Use $800B To Bolster Lenders

Updated: 11/25/2008 - The government has introduced a pair of new programs that will provide $800 billion to help unfreeze the market for consumer debt which Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson calls vital to supporting the economy.

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Obama Vows To Cut Wasteful Spending

Updated: 11/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama pledged to make deficit reduction a goal of his administration Tuesday - but only after recovery from the financial crisis is well under way. "We are going to have to jump start the economy," he said.

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Fire Action Delayed By Council

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The Topeka City Council will wait until December 16th before voting on an ordinance that would change the way Fire Department promotions are being handled.

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Utility Trailer Fire Shuts Down Topeka Streets

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Police say the trailer caught fire, then spread into a nearby car port. It was filled with tires which also caught fire, making the heavy black smoke visible all the way from 21st and Topeka.

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Kansas AG says to Ignore Amber Alert Solicitation

Updated: 11/25/2008 - KS Attorney General Steve Six says someone is falsely claiming to be raising money to upgrade the Amber Alert system. He says the state is not seeking donations from the public.

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USD 383 School Nurse Receives KU Award

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Tamara Dorsett received the "Nursing - Heart of Healthcare" award from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Dorsett has been with the Manhattan-Ogden district for 21 years.

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Kansas Team to Examine Racial, Ethnic Inequities

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced an effort by a subcabinet team to determine what needs to be done so that black and Hispanic children are not over represented in foster care and juvenile justice systems.

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Kansas Bank Wants Feds to Buy In

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Security Savings Bank president and CEO Michael Copeland informed customers in a letter Monday that the bank has asked the federal government to buy a stake in it.

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Topeka High Students Honor Health Workers

Updated: 11/25/2008 - To celebrate "Nurses Appreciation Day," the student government at Topeka High School asked everyone to honor the school's nurses and health aides by dressing like a nurse.

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KJCC Staff Gives Big Check to United Way

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Workers at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex presented a check for $14,400 to the United Way of Greater Topeka. The facility raised the money through pledges, raffles, an auction, luncheon and other activities.

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McEachron Students Listen to Jazz and Learn About Culture

Updated: 11/25/2008 - McEachron Elementary students listened to great music and learned about different cultures Tuesday morning. The New Orleans Jazz Band , headed by musician Carlos Martinez, played for the students.

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Marine archaeologists find remains of slave ship

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands. Some 192 Africans survived the sinking of the Spanish ship Trouvadore off the British-ruled islands, where the slave trade was banned.

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Germ alert: Steer clear of flatbed chicken trucks

Updated: 01/14/2010 - ATLANTA – You've heard about the chicken that crossed the road. But have you heard the one about the chickens traveling down the road? It's no laughing matter. Crates of chickens being trucked along the highway in the back of an open truck can shoot a bunch of nasty bacteria into the cars behind them, researchers have found.

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Wall Street extends Dow's rally to third day

Updated: 01/14/2010 - NEW YORK – Wall Street showed some signs of stability Tuesday as investors, heartened by government plans to aid consumer lending companies, selectively bought more stocks following a huge two-day rally. Gains in blue chips gave the Dow Jones industrials and the Standard & Poor's 500 index their first triple-session advance in more than two months.

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Michael Vick pleads to state dogfighting charge

Updated: 01/14/2010 - SUSSEX, Va. – Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge, a move that could make him eligible to leave prison early and potentially speed up a return to pro football.

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Miami judge rules against Florida gay adoption ban

Updated: 01/14/2010 - MIAMI – A judge on Tuesday ruled that a strict Florida law that blocks gay people from adopting children is unconstitutional, declaring there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting.

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Venezuela's Chavez welcomes Russian warships

Updated: 01/14/2010 - LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – Russian warships sailed into port in Venezuela on Tuesday in a show of strength as Moscow seeks to counter U.S. influence in Latin America. Russia's first such deployment in the Caribbean since the Cold War is timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Venezuela, the first ever by a Russian president.

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Lieberman: Obama 'about perfect' in Cabinet picks

Updated: 01/14/2010 - HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman took another step Tuesday toward mending his relationship with Democrats, saying that Barack Obama's actions since winning the presidency have been "just about perfect."

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Massive new programs aimed at loosening credit

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – Rolling out powerful new weapons against the financial meltdown, the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve pledged $800 billion Tuesday to blast through blockades on credit cards, auto loans, mortgages and other borrowing. Total bailout commitments neared a staggering $7 trillion.

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