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Poverty Seminar Aims to Enlighten Educators

Updated: 11/19/2008 - More than 1200 representatives of area school districts heard a presentation Tuesday on how poverty impacts learning, and what they can do to maximize the learning of all their students.

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Kansas Regents to Consider Housing and Food Hikes

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Kansas Board of Regents will hear a first reading this week of proposed housing and food service fee increases for next school year at Kansas universities.

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State to Close Corrections Boot Camp for Women

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Kansas Department of Corrections is terminating its contract with Labette County for operation of the Labette Women's Correctional Conservation Camp at Oswego. The facility provides a sentencing alternative between probation and prison.

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Residents to inspect Calif. homes charred in fire

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Smoky skies cleared and once-whipping winds slowed to a standstill Tuesday, as another wave of those who fled Southern California's ferocious weekend wildfires prepared to sort through the remains of their homes.

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McCain may face bumpy shift from White House run

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two weeks after losing his bid for the presidency in an electoral landslide, Sen. John McCain is beginning the thorny transition back to life out of the spotlight as he weighs his future role in the Senate.

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Texas grand Jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales

Updated: 11/19/2008 - (CNN) — A grand jury in south Texas indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday.

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Big hop forward: Scientists map kangaroo's DNA

Updated: 11/19/2008 - SYDNEY, Australia – Taking a big hop forward in marsupial research, scientists say they have unraveled the DNA of a small kangaroo named Matilda. And they've found the Aussie icon has more in common with humans than scientists had thought. The kangaroo last shared a common ancestor with humans 150 million years ago.

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McCain backer Lieberman keeps committee chair

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite hard feelings over his support for GOP nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign.

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Obama promises leadership on climate change

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Calling climate change an urgent challenge, President-elect Barack Obama promised Tuesday that Washington would take a leading role in combating it in the United States and throughout the world. "My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change," Obama said in a video message to governors and others attending a Los Angeles summit on the issue.

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Aruba police pursue new evidence in Holloway case

Updated: 11/18/2008 - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A new witness has come forward in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, and prosecutors said Tuesday they are seeking more evidence against the only remaining suspect.

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Stevens falls further behind in Alaska Senate race

Updated: 11/18/2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dropped further behind Democrat Mark Begich in his re-election bid Tuesday as the convicted felon's 85th birthday became a grueling wait that could determine whether his decades-long hold on power is over.

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Holder is Obama's top choice for attorney general

Updated: 11/18/2008 - WASHINGTON – Eric Holder, formerly second in charge at the Justice Department, is President-elect Barack Obama's top choice to become attorney general, an Obama official and people close to the matter said Tuesday. Holder's selection would mark Obama's first step toward filling his Cabinet, and he would become the nation's first black attorney general if confirmed by the Senate.

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Big 3 carmakers beg for $25B, warn of catastrophe

Updated: 11/18/2008 - WASHINGTON – Detroit's Big Three automakers pleaded with a reluctant Congress Tuesday for a $25 billion lifeline to save the once-proud titans of U.S. industry, pointedly warning of a national economic catastrophe should they collapse. Millions of layoffs would follow their demise, they said, as damaging effects rippled across an already-faltering economy.

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School District to Randomly Drug Test Students

Updated: 11/19/2008 - USD 379 Clay County will consider a recommendation to hire a company that specializes in random drug testing of students. All students participating in extracurricular activities would be required to sign a consent form for the testing.

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Several Persons Of Interest In Shooting

Updated: 11/18/2008 - 18 year-old Caylee Longstaff suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the lower back early Tuesday morning.

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15 Year Old Charged With Murder

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Topeka Capital Journal reports 15-year-old Sylk Je'non, who was taken into custody last month for questioning, has now been charged in the slaying. 3-year-old Trevonte Williams was shot in the head October 17th in the Cathedral Square Apartment building, he died a day later.

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Boy Describes Finding Dead Dad In Video

Updated: 11/19/2008 - An 8-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his father and another man is shown in a video calmly telling law enforcement officers that he found the men lying in his home after returning from school on the day of the shootings.

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Emergency Personnel Meet For Training

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Emergency workers from a 23 county area met in Topeka for an Incident Command and Management Training exercise.

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Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker In Brazen Attack

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Somali pirates hijacked a supertanker hundreds of miles off the Horn of Africa, seizing the Saudi-owned ship loaded with crude and its 25-member crew, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

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Hijacked Saudi oil tanker anchors off Somalia

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Pirates who seized a Saudi supertanker loaded with $100 million in crude anchored the ship within sight of impoverished Somali fishing villages Tuesday, while other bandits took control of an Iranian cargo ship - the seventh vessel hijacked in 12 days.

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Wal-Mart truck used to smuggle immigrants

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Four illegal immigrants were found in the back of a Wal-Mart truck, and the driver and two alleged accomplices were accused of trying to smuggle them through a Border Patrol checkpoint.

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Spitzer prostitute sits down for TV interview

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The prostitute at the center of the salacious scandal that brought down former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and generated national headlines is going to dish on her life as a pricey escort.

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Neb. lawmakers begin debating safe-haven age limit

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Nebraska lawmakers appeared Tuesday to be leaning toward tightening the state's safe-haven law by setting an age limit of either one month or one year for children who may be legally abandoned by parents or guardians.

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Pickens' wife proposes way to save wild horses

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The wife of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens says she'll create a refuge for wild horses, after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it was considering euthanizing some of the animals.

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