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Obamas discuss public school options for daughters

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's family has discussed public school options for their two young daughters with District of Columbia officials, the mayor and schools chief said Wednesday.

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Local Business Owners Learn About Advertising

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Local business owners and managers got to learn from experts this morning about the importance of advertising. The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce sponsored the breakfast event at the Ramada Hotel downtown.

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Helping Hands Humane Society Needs Shredded Paper

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Helping Hands Humane Society is asking for your help in keeping the animals warm this winter. They have an immediate need for shredded paper which is used as bedding.

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Salvation Army Announces New Record Goal

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Salvation Army announced Wednesday a record goal of $530,000 for this year's Red Kettle Campaign. Last year's goal was $400,000. The effort begins this Friday at 34 locations across Topeka.

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The Odds of Having a Premature Baby are 12.2% in Kansas

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The odds of having a premature baby are 12.2 percent in Kansas. A March of Dimes report released today mapped the stark state-by-state disparities in what it called a ``report card'' on prematurity, to track progress toward meeting a federal goal of lowering preterm births.

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Topeka Restaurant Employee Robbed

Updated: 11/18/2008 - An employee of a Topeka restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning. Topeka police say a white man in his late twenties held the employee at gunpoint at about 8:45 a.m.

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Food Recall for Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Amy's Kitchen Inc. is recalling its Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich because there might be milk in it, even though it's labeled non-dairy. The product is sold in grocery stores nationwide. It comes in a package labeled as Amy's Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't.

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Dimon: Recession could be worse than market crisis

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The economy's downturn could end up being worse than the recent crisis in the financial markets, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon said Wednesday at a banking conference.

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Storms Appear to Influence Kansas Insurance Rates

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas appears to be seeing the effects of tornadoes in June in its insurance rates. The Kansas Insurance Department says that since July 1, premiums for homeowners insurance have risen about 5.8 percent.

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Kansas to Delay $209M Worth of Highway Projects

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas' top transportation official announces that the state is delaying $209 million worth of highway construction projects. Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said financial uncertainties for both the federal and state governments are the reason.

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One Dead After High School Shooting in Florida

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A Florida high school student is suspected of shooting and killing a classmate at school Wednesday. A school resource officer at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale found the victim, 15-year old Amanda Collette, lying on a hallway floor.

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YouTube channels Google with search-driven ads

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Facing more pressure to profit from its huge audience, YouTube is letting advertisers promote their commercial clips alongside the search results at the Internet's most popular video site.

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$11 million settlements in Chicago train deaths

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Metra commuter rail agency will pay $11 million to settle two wrongful death lawsuits stemming from a 2005 derailment, under a settlement approved by a judge Wednesday.

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Britain calls for more sperm donors amid shortage

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Britain is facing a sperm donor shortage after reversing confidentiality laws and limiting the number of women who can use sperm from one donor, fertility experts warned Wednesday.

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Cheney, Biden to meet privately at VP residence

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Vice President Dick Cheney, getting ready to hand off the job as the nation's second-in-command, will sit down with Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday at the Naval Observatory.

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Treasury buying ramps up as inflation worries ease

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The drop in oil prices isn't just helping people with fuel bills - it's also playing a role in luring them to Treasurys and assuaging fears that the government's financial bailout plan will end up hurting the bond market.

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Lohan refers to Obama as 'first colored president'

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Lindsay Lohan referred to President-elect Barack Obama as the country's "first colored president" in an interview on "Access Hollywood." Describing her experience on Election Day, Lohan said: "It was really exciting. It's an amazing feeling. It's our first colored president."

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Obama to pioneer Web outreach as president

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Transition officials call it Obama 2.0 - an ambitious effort to transform the president-elect's vast Web operation and database of supporters into a modern new tool to accomplish his goals in the White House.

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DNC chair faces $15M debt; fight for RNC boss

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Democratic Party faces a smooth transition as President-elect Barack Obama essentially chooses the next national chairman whose initial task will be retiring a $15 million debt. A fight is ensuing on the Republican side as the losing party searches for a new identity - and perhaps a new leader.

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