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Kansas Board: Maintenance Backlog Grows on Campuses

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The board says the six public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, have a backlog of $825 million. That's up from $663 million in 2006.

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Plan to Stop Statehouse Renovation Opposed

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Suspending the Statehouse renovations is part of the House Republicans' legislative agenda for this year. But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jay Emler says that's not a good idea because resuming the work will cost even more money.

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Topeka Symphony Serenades Students

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Topeka Symphony invited students from all over Northeast Kansas to the Topeka Performing Arts Center for a free concert Thursday.

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Fort Riley to Open New Child Development Center

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Fort Riley’s Child Youth and School Services will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Whitside Child Development Center, 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 located near Irwin Army Community Hospital.

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“Getting Fit for Pregnancy” Important for Healthy Babies

Updated: 01/15/2009 - KDHE and Greater Kansas Chapter March of Dimes are joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to share the message that a mother’s health, including her weight before, during and after pregnancy, is an important foundation for having a healthy baby.

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State University Buildings Continue to Deteriorate

Updated: 01/15/2009 - An updated report by the Kansas Board of Regents details maintenance needed on the six state university campuses, totalling $825 million, a 24% increase since 2006.

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Helicopters to Arrive at Fort Riley This Weekend

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Approximately 14 helicopters - two UH-60 Black Hawks and 12 AH-64 Apaches - will arrive in two flights that afternoon. The aircraft are the first to arrive back at Marshall Army Air Field following the "Demon" Brigade's 15-month deployment.

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High End Document Company Moves to Topeka

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A Dutch company has moved into Topeka boasting what it calls the world's fastest copier. Oce works mainly with high-end, high-volume equipment.

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Boost Mobile Offering $50 Unlimited Plan

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The subsidiary of Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Nextel Corp. announced today a $50 unlimited voice and data plan. It doesn't require an annual contract and isn't tied to a home calling area.

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Police Turn to Public to Nab Purse Snatcher

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Topeka Police release surveillance footage of a man they believe stole a purse from a woman at the VA hospital and attempted to use a credit card from it.

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Burris Set To Replace Obama In Senate Today

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Roland Burris gets sworn in as Illinois Senator today as President-elect Barack Obama's replacement, with Senate Democrats still carrying a bitter aftertaste from being shamed into seating him.

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Theives Caught In The Act

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Two men trying to rob a Topeka furniture store Wednesday night were caught red handed.

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Sebelius Grants First Pardon

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The pardon was issued to Benito Carrillo Jr., a procurement agent for Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems who had been blocked from traveling to Canada for business because of his offense.

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"Roadrunners" Read to Kids

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Students at Lowman Hill Elementary School got special story time with some local hockey players Wednesday.

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Kids Present Poetry at Library

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Kids were at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for a poetry contest Wednesday night.

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Texas Ponders Suing over Biothreat Lab Decision

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Texas is considering suing over Homeland Security's decision to build a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas. Texas says it couldn't respond to certain requests because its lawmakers weren't in session.

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Salina Officials Consider Payment for Cleanup

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Officials in Salina are debating whether to accept federal money to assume responsibility for the cleanup of a toxic solvent linked to birth defects and cancer.

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Kansas Casino Application Deadline may be Extended

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Kansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to extend the deadline to April 21 if it doesn't get any applicants for Cherokee or Crawford counties by the original Jan. 21 deadline.

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Kansas Lottery Revenues Down 4 Percent

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said Wednesday that the agency received nearly $119 million between July 1, 2008, and Saturday, a decrease of $5.1 million from the year before.

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