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Report: Swayze says he's almost over pneumonia

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Days after checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital for pneumonia, Patrick Swayze says his condition is improving. The 56-year-old actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, tells People magazine: "I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way. ... I am almost in the clear."

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Osage Co. Sheriff: Father Killed 3 Children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Osage Co. Sheriff Laurie Dunn says three children found dead in a Scranton home Monday were killed by their father, who then tried to kill himself and set their home on fire. The victims are Michael Shirley, 52, Ethan Shirley, 14, Ashten Shirley, 11, and Caleb Shirley, 9.

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Winfield's Rubbermaid Plant Announces 75 Job Cuts

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Newell Rubbermaid Inc. plans to cut 75 jobs from its manufacturing facility in the south-central Kansas town of Winfield as it copes with the global economic downturn.

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Our Sharp Cold Waves is Heading East

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas will hit the zero mark tonight. Temperatures have already plunged below zero in many Midwest areas. One death is blamed on the cold weather.

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House Fire in Topeka Causes $10,000 in Damage

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A house fire in Topeka Tuesday night caused about $10,000 worth of damage. The cause is not known at this time. Four people were home at the time. All made it out safely.

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Helicopter Evaluation: Washburn Accident Was Avoidable

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A new evaluation of the Topeka Police helicopter unit finds poor leadership, a lack of training and that the April 2008 Washburn University Campus crash could have been avoided. Chief Ron Miller says this will change the way the unit operates.

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Deposition of Former KC Mayor's Aide Released

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The 318-page deposition of Ruth Bates was released Tuesday. It details interviews conducted Friday as part of her lawsuit against the city of Kansas City, MO.

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Lab Latest Milestone for Kansas Bioscience Efforts

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas officials say efforts to land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility can be traced to 1999, when K-State established a program for homeland defense food safety, security and preparedness.

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Topeka Street to Close Wednesday

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Southwest Munson Avenue, east of Gage Boulevard, will close at 8:30 am Wednesday. It is expected to reopen by 5 pm. Crews will be relocating a gas line for a street project.

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Kansas AG Looking into Manhattan Gas Prices

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A spokesperson says people have contacted the AG's office, complaining gas prices in Manhattan run about ten cents a gallon more than in other places. She says they're looking into it.

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City, Regents Skeptical of Governor's Budget Cuts

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Topeka city officials say the Governor's proposed budget reductions would cost the city $1.5 million. The Board of Regents says dealing with a $120 million cut to higher ed could have consequences.

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Council Plans Top-to-Bottom Charter Review

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten urges his council colleagues to plan for a lengthy review of the city's charter ordinance, possibly including changes he'd like to make.

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Security Benefit Cutting 120 Jobs

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Security Benefit announced several moves Tuesday to cut costs. Among them is the elimination of 120 jobs, 70 of them in Topeka. Affected workers are being notified this week.

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Scranton Residents Reeling After Four Found Dead

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Official details are slow in coming after the Tragedy in Scranton. Osage County law enforcement confirms they don't have anyone in custody and aren't searching for anyone the day after four peopele were found dead in a Scranton Home, three of them children. A blaze set in the home has been ruled arson.

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Thornburgh Raised $107K in Campaign Funds in 2008

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Republican Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh reports raising about $107,000 last year for his campaign for governor. Thornburgh began raising money in 2007 to run for governor in 2010.

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Helicopters to Arrive Back at Fort Riley

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Approximately 14 helicopters assigned to the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, are expected to arrive at Fort Riley on Jan. 17. The aircraft are the first to arrive back at Marshall Army Air Field.

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Kaw Area Technical School Gets New Dean

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A local technical school is welcoming a new face to the ranks. Roxanne Kelly has been named the new dean of the Kaw Area Technical School.

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State Agencies Asked to Sacrifice to Make Up Budget Deficit

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Universities, cities and counties are being asked to help get the state out of a budget hole expected to grow to nearly one billion dollars by next year. State Budget Director, Duane Goossen, broke down the Governor's proposal Tuesday.

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Turnpike Service Area Shuts for Reconstruction

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Travelers won't be able to refuel, eat or shop at the convenience store in Kansas Turnpike service area near Lawrence until July. The EZ Go Store is closing for reconstruction, shutting off a supply of food, fuel and collectibles during the next six months for a $3.7 million rebuilding project.

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Bio Lab Step Forward For Kansas

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas officials say landing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is another milestone in efforts to become a world leader in animal health research.

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Composer Gives Kids Some Spirited Notes

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Some fifth-graders shifted their learning from the chalkboard to the keyboard today. Students from East Indianola Elementary School and Lyman Elementary joined together to create their new school chant with the help of composer Michael Abels.

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Topeka Home Fully Engulfed In Flames

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Crews were on the scene for hours on a fully engulfed house fire that broke out early Tuesday morning in Topeka.

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