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US, Bankers Rework Bailout Plan; Stocks Surge

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The Bush administration plans to greatly expand protections for the U.S. banking system out of deep concern for the faltering economy, an industry official said Monday night after banking executives and top federal officials met to revamp the largest bailout plan in the nation's history. President Bush was to announce the expansion Tuesday morning.

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Governor Sebelius Urges Kansans to Vote

Posted: 10/13/2008 - With election day right around the corner Governor Kathleen Sebelius is urging all Kansans to make their voice heard by getting out and voting Beginning Wednesday, October 15, you can advance vote in person at County Election Offices or designated satellite offices.

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Two Dead in Olathe Accident

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Two people are dead after their car rear-ended an 18-wheeler that had stopped on an Olathe street. Police said 21-year-old Castin Ellis and her 20-year-old passenger Nikolas Musto were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning.

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Shawnee County Commission Meetings to be Televised

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The Shawnee County Commission meetings are one step closer to being televised on city channel four. The commissioners met Monday morning and discussed Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner's proposal.

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German doing well after 1st double arm transplant

Posted: 10/13/2008 - A German farmer who received the world's first complete double arm transplant said Wednesday that incredulity gave way to joy when he woke from surgery to discover he had arms again.

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Kansas Commission Reviewing Race Track Licenses

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is discussing whether to revoke licenses for three now-closed dog and horse racing tracks. Track officials and other interested parties are expected to speak at a hearing Monday.

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Limit on cold remedies for kids was FDA's idea

Posted: 10/13/2008 - When drug makers made a surprise announcement this week that they no longer recommend cough and cold remedies for youngsters under 4, they didn't let on that it was the government's idea.

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US controls bird flu vaccines over bioweapon fears

Posted: 10/13/2008 - When Indonesia's health minister stopped sending bird flu viruses to a research laboratory in the U.S. for fear Washington could use them to make biological weapons, Defense Secretary Robert Gates laughed and called it "the nuttiest thing" he'd ever heard.

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Chicago Cop Once Jailed in Iowa Celebrates Release

Posted: 10/13/2008 - A Chicago policeman went for his first motorcycle ride since being released from an Iowa prison, only to be pulled over by officers who wanted to congratulate him.

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China dairy sued over infant's toxic milk death

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The family of a baby whose death has been blamed on toxic milk filed suit against one of China's largest dairies Monday, while another dairy ensnared in the scandal said it was a victim of unscrupulous subcontractors.

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EU tells music lovers to turn down MP3 players

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The European Union told music lovers Monday to turn down the volume of MP3 players, saying they risk permanent hearing loss from listening too long at maximum levels.

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Pediatricians double vitamin D recommendations

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The nation's leading pediatricians group says children from newborns to teens should get double the usually recommended amount of vitamin D because of evidence that it may help prevent serious diseases.

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Suit Filed Over Little House Museum in Kansas

Posted: 10/13/2008 - A California production firm is suing the Little House on the Prairie museum on the southeast Kansas homestead where Laura Ingalls Wilder once lived.

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States ask baby product companies to avoid BPA

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Attorneys general from Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware sent letters Friday to 11 companies that make baby bottles and baby formula containers, asking they no longer use the chemical bisphenol A in their manufacturing because they said it was potentially harmful to infants.

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Therapy helps hard-to-transplant get a new kidney

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Nearly one in three patients who need a kidney transplant may never get one because their bodies are abnormally primed to attack a donated organ. Now doctors are trying new ways to outwit the immune system and save more of those so-called "highly sensitized" patients - often with kidneys donated by living donors, considered the optimal kind.

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Recovery, ruin visible in Texas a month after Ike

Posted: 10/13/2008 - A month later, piles of Sheetrock, appliances, furniture and family mementos dot most streets in this island town. Electronic road signs in southeast Texas flash, "Watch for cows next 20 miles," a reminder that few fences remain to hem in livestock. Blue tarps cover 11,000 roofs for 100 miles from Houston to the Louisiana line

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ATF director's confirmation blocked by GOP

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Posted: 10/13/2008 - For more than two years, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan has been consumed by the latest entry on his resume: acting chief of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Fire marshals: NY blaze likely caused by fire play

Posted: 10/13/2008 - A blaze that claimed the lives of a couple and their three children in a Manhattan apartment was likely caused by a child playing with a lighter or matches, authorities said Monday.

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Jenkins Raises $640,000 in Kan. 2nd District Race

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Lynn Jenkins says she raised more than $640,000 since July in her bid to win a seat in state's 2nd Congressional District. Jenkins is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda, of Topeka. A spokesman says Boyda plans to report her latest fundraising totals when they are due later this week.

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Sebelius Busy Campaigning for Obama

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius says she's working a little more than usual on campaigning for Barack Obama. Sebelius has traveled 15 days outside of Kansas since August 1st on behalf of the Democratic presidential hopeful.

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Atlanta Jews remember 'bomb that healed'

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The bombing of a prominent Atlanta synagogue in 1958 claimed no lives, but the community outrage that it prompted helped galvanize the city's nervous Jewish community to embrace the civil rights movement.

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Study: Peers, not profs, influence student views

Posted: 10/13/2008 - On issues such as abortion, gay marriage and religion, college students shift noticeably to the left from the time they arrive on campus through their junior year, new research shows.

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Shawnee Co. Elementary Students Get Flu Shots

Posted: 10/13/2008 - The Shawnee County Health Agency and USD 345 conducted a flu clinic today at East Indianola Elementary. This clinic is part of a two month, county-wide campaign with the Shawnee County Health Agency and Shawnee County Public Schools.

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