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Rural Arkansas championed foster, adoption ban

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Rural and evangelical voters propelled Arkansas to adopt one of the nation's few bans against unmarried couples becoming foster or adoptive parents.

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Mass. scrambling to adapt to marijuana initiative

Posted: 11/06/2008 - After Massachusetts voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, top law enforcement officials are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to put the law into effect - despite their efforts to defeat it at the polls.

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No charges for ex-NY governor in prostitution case

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Federal prosecutors said Thursday that they will not bring criminal charges against Eliot Spitzer for his role in a prostitution scandal, removing a legal cloud that has surrounded the former governor since his epic downfall eight months ago.

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Wintry conditions wreak havoc in northern Plains

Posted: 11/06/2008 - A wintry blast of punishing wind and more than 3 feet of snow in places pummeled the Northern Plains on Thursday, knocking out power to thousands and forcing highways to close.

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Gay couples disappointed by Calif. marriage ban

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Actor George Takei and longtime partner Brad Altman were the first to receive a marriage license in West Hollywood when a court cleared the way for gay marriage earlier this year. Best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," Takei on Wednesday was disappointed but philosophical about California voters' decision to yank that right by passing a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to heterosexual couples.

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Schwarzenegger: $4.4B in tax hikes to end deficit

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday proposed $4.4 billion in new taxes and a similar amount in spending cuts to deal with California's worsening fiscal crisis, saying, "We must stop the bleeding."

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Retailers report steep sales declines in October

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The nation's retailers saw their sales plummet last month to the weakest October level since at least 1969, as the financial crisis and mounting layoffs left shoppers too scared to shop.

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Bush sets Oval Office meeting with Obama

Posted: 11/06/2008 - President Bush and Barack Obama on Monday will hold their first substantive talks about the nation's daunting priorities as the transition to a Democratic administration accelerates.

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KS Speaker Candidates Focus on Budget

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The two legislators who want to be House speaker next year agree on at least one thing, dealing with the projected state budget deficit will be the top priority.

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Retailers report steep sales declines in October

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The nation's retailers saw their sales plummet last month to the weakest October level since at least 1969, as the financial crisis and mounting layoffs left shoppers too scared to shop.

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Longer-term jobless benefits hit 25-year high

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The number of out-of-work Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits has surged to a 25-year high, while shoppers turned extra frugal, further proof of the damage from sinking economy, credit problems and financial stresses.

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Emanuel accepts job as White House chief of staff

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Barack Obama's fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel, the hard-charging No. 4 Democrat in the House, has accepted the job of White House chief of staff, Democratic officials said Thursday.

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Sebelius Seeks Ag Disaster Declaration

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is seeking an agricultural disaster designation for Sherman County, saying the severe weather hampered corn, sorghum, wheat, sunflower and pasture grass production.

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Schwarzenegger: $4.4B in Tax Hikes to End Deficit

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday proposed $4.4 billion in new taxes and a similar amount in spending cuts to deal with California's worsening fiscal crisis, saying, "We must stop the bleeding."

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Miracle on Kansas Ave. Picked & Plucked

Updated: 11/06/2008 - The Miracle on Kansas Ave. committee along with the Westar Energy Women's Association has picked this year's Community Christmas Tree.They found the tree at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Friedrich Maisberger at 500 NE Lake.

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Longer-Term Jobless Benefits Hit 25-Year High

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of people continuing to draw unemployment benefits jumped by 122,000 to 3.84 million in late October

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Bush Seeks Seamless Transition to Obama

Posted: 11/06/2008 - President Bush and Democratic successor Barack Obama will have their first meeting about Iraq, the financial meltdown and the future of the country on Monday

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Emanuel Takes Chief of Staff Job

Updated: 11/06/2008 - Barack Obama's fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel, the hard-charging No. 3 Democrat in the House, has accepted the job White House chief of staff, Democratic officials said Thursday.

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Stocks Extend Decline as Economic Woes Mount

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Wall Street recoiled again Thursday, sending stocks lower for a second day after Cisco Systems Inc. reported slumping demand and retailers turned in generally weak sales for October.

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Oil Tumbles Below $62 on Recession Fears

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Oil prices tumbled below $62 a barrel Thursday with more evidence that a long and painful recession may be on the way. The number of Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits surged to a 25-year high, the Labor Department said.

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Wednesday's Child Success Stories

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Lori Hutchinson takes a look back at some of the recent Wednesday Child success stories. These children now have families and a loving place to call home.

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Record Setting Kansas Turnout.. Barely

Updated: 11/06/2008 - The secretary of state's office reports that 1,218,935 Kansans cast ballots in Tuesday's election. That's 5,827 votes more than the previous record, set in 2004.

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Bush seeks seamless transition to Obama

Posted: 11/06/2008 - President Bush says he'll meet with President-elect Barack Obama next week as his administration works to achieve a seamless transition of power to the Democrat.

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Longer-term jobless benefits hit 25-year high

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The number of out-of-work Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits has surged to a 25-year high, while shoppers turned extra frugal, further proof of the damage from sinking economy, credit problems and financial stresses.

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Three Local Inns Offer Free Rooms on Holidays

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The Tharaldson Lodging Company, which operates Topeka Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, and the Topeka Comfort Inn by Choice, offers free rooms on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve for those visiting loved ones in area hospitals.

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