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Galveston still not ready for residents' return

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The barrier island community of Galveston just "isn't ready" for residents to return even briefly to the city thrashed by Hurricane Ike, officials said Thursday as they pleaded for at least another week to make repairs.

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Topeka Realtors Make Donation

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Several Topeka-area organizations got a financial boost from local Realtors on Thursday.

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CoreFirst Comes to Manhattan

Updated: 09/18/2008 - CoreFirst Bank & Trust opens a new branch in the Dillons Supermarket on Westloop, its first in Manhattan after establishing outlets in Kansas City, Topeka, Emporia, and South Denver.

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Kansas Lawmakers Halt Audit of Illegal Immigration

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The Division of Post Audit told a Kansas legislative committee there aren't enough good statistics for a valid study of the costs to the state associated with illegal immigration. So instead, the committee directed auditors to summarize existing research on the issue.

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Appeals Court Rejects Review of Wittig Sentence

Posted: 09/18/2008 - A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a two-year sentence for former Westar CEO David Wittig in a bank fraud case. Wittig served more than a year before being released on appeal. He could take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Dog Group Expects HQ to Stay in Abilene

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Despite the greyhound racing industry declining in Kansas, the National Greyhound Association says it expects to keep its headquarters in Abilene. The group's director says it would cost too much to move.

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KCK Firm Enlisted for Lehman Bankrupcy

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Kansas City, Kansas-based Epiq Systems will handle the claims administration for Lehamn Bros. following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest in American history.

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Segway Owner Wins Right to Enter West Ridge Mall

Updated: 09/18/2008 - Judge calls mall owners position that a man who uses a Segway because of a heart condition must sign a waiver before riding in the mall "unconscionable," rules it a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Final Phase Begins for Kansas Casino Bids

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The Kansas Gaming Facility Review Board hears from the final three applicants for the casino in Wyandotte Co. and the final pair of bidders for the one in Ford Co.

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Bush Admits Concerns About Markets

Posted: 09/18/2008 - President Bush cancels a fundraising trip to stay in Washington and monitor the economic crisis; will be meeting with Treas. Secretary Henry Paulson Thursday

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Dodge City Infant's Death Ruled Accidental

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Dodge City Police investigators determine the fall which killed a three month-old baby in Dodge City was an accident. No charges will be filed.

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Oil Rises As Investors Eye US Financial Turmoil

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Concerns over deepening turmoil in the U.S. financial system sent oil prices higher Thursday as investors turned away from equities in favor of commodities. Unrest in oil-rich Nigeria also supported prices.

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Greek Ship With 25 Crew Hijacked Near Somalia

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Armed pirates hijacked a Greek ship with 25 crew members off Somalia on Thursday, authorities said, bringing to 55 the number of reported attacks in the lawless sea lane of the African region.

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US: 7 Soldiers Die In Helicopter CrashI In Iraq

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Seven American soldiers were killed in southern Iraq early Thursday when their helicopter crashed as it was flying into the country from Kuwait, the U.S. military said.

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25 in Yemen Arrested in Attack on US Embassy

Posted: 09/18/2008 - At least 25 militants with suspected links to al-Qaida have been arrested in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital, a senior security official said Thursday.

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Man Who Cleaned Public Restroom Gets Plunger Award

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Steve Oswald isn't getting back the $156.94 he charged the city for cleaning a public bathroom. However, he did get the attention of city officials who promised to take better care of the bathroom - and honored his efforts Tuesday with the Golden Plunger Award.

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12 More Arrested in China's Tainted Milk Scandal

Posted: 09/18/2008 - More than a 1,000 parents anxious over tainted milk powder on Thursday rushed their infants to hospitals for health checks as the government announced that a fourth baby had died in the spreading scandal.

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FAA Head Says Chicago Could Need New Airport

Posted: 09/18/2008 - A new Chicago airport or a vast expansion of one of the city's existing airports will be necessary to keep pace with booming demand for air travel in the coming decades, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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