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Smoking Ban Preview; Businesses Speak Out

Updated: 08/24/2009 - The Topeka City Council will take a first look at a smoking ban ordinance Tuesday night. Council member Deborah Swank is proposing the ban, which does offer a few exceptions, saying it is time for the capital city to "catch up" with other cities in Kansas that have banned smoking in various forms.

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Topeka Bikeway Study Could Find Funding

Updated: 08/25/2009 - The Topeka Planning Commission was briefed Monday on possibly using KDOT planning money that had been earmarked for Highway 24 to fund a Topeka bikeway study. The money is freed up because KDOT is doing the Highway 24 work internally.

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Topeka Transit Keeps Services - For Now

Posted: 08/24/2009 - The Topeka Transit Authority board voted Monday to continue evening and Sunday service indefinitely. However, service cuts are still on the table.

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Drew Talks To Students

Posted: 08/24/2009 - Wanamaker Elementary 4th graders got a crash course in weather Monday from 13 Meteorologist Drew Switzer.

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State Health Officials Hold H1N1 Summit

Updated: 08/25/2009 - Governor Mark Parkinson and other state officials participated in a swine flu summit at the Kansas Expocentre on Monday.

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Curves Hosts Ribbon Cutting

Updated: 08/24/2009 - Ambassadors from the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce joined Joy White and her daughter Roberta Fazel as they cut the ribbon at their new Curves Fitness Center on northwest Fielding Road in Hunter's Ridge in Topeka.

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State Begins Budget Talks

Posted: 08/24/2009 - The House Appropriations committee reconvened Monday for two days of meetings. They're getting a head start on closing a projected $536 million shortfall in the 2011 budget.

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KU Reports Several Cases Of H1N1, Campus Still Open

Updated: 08/24/2009 - The University of Kansas is reporting several cases of H1N1 cases on campus and warns that a strong recurrence of the flu virus is expected this fall and winter. Video Included

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Report: High Levels Of Herbicide Found In Kansas Drinking Water

Posted: 08/24/2009 - A Huffington Post Investigative Report found that yearly average levels of atrazine in drinking water violated the federal standard at least ten times in communities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas. Video Included

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Dropout Prevention Summit’s Youth Council Announced

Students in class

Posted: 08/24/2009 - Kansas DropINs, a statewide collaboration committed to dropout prevention and spearheaded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), announced Friday the selection of 16 Kansas youth to serve on the state’s Dropout Prevention Summit’s Youth Council.

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Lions, Tigers And Cudas, Oh My

Posted: 08/24/2009 - Visit the 4 wheeled "animals" in the parking lot and enjoy a day at the Zoo on September 12th from 11a.m. to 3p.m. You may spot Cougars, Bobcats, Wildcats, Barracudas, Impalas, Falcons, Pintos, Road Runners, Jaguars, Vipers, Marlins, Cobras and Mustangs on display at the Topeka Zoo car show.

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VA Hospitals In Leavenworth, Topeka Agree To Pay Civil Penalty

Posted: 08/24/2009 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care System has agreed to pay a $51,501 civil penalty and spend nearly a half-million dollars on a plan to manage pharmaceutical and chemical wastes, all in an agreement to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste laws at its hospitals in Leavenworth and Topeka, Kansas.

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Lawrence Police Investigating Double Shooting

Posted: 08/24/2009 - Lawrence Police are investigating a shooting that happened late Sunday night. Two individuals were taken by Life Flight to Kansas City areas hospitals. Their current conditions have not been released.

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Man Sentenced For 1997 Rape Of KU Student

Posted: 08/24/2009 - Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Friday that Robert E. Grey, 36, was sentenced in District Court for the 1997 rape of a then University of Kansas student.

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Three Steps To College Success

Posted: 08/24/2009 - “College can initially be very overwhelming for any student, and many will struggle, particularly those who are accustomed to having parents manage some or all of their lives,” says Malcolm Gauld, co-author of the parenting book, The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have, and president of Hyde Schools, known widely for its unique approach to helping students develop character.

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