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Topeka Symphony Receives Record Gift

Posted: 10/27/2008 - The Topeka Symphony received its largest gift ever. The "six-figure gift" would go to creating a new work on religious faith, conflict and reconciliation. It has been titled 'PARABLES.' It will debut in Topeka on May 1st, 2010. The gift comes from Douglas and Andrew Reeves in honor of their parents Jean and Julie.

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City Hears Options for Future of Golf Course

Updated: 10/28/2008 - Topeka City Council members held a work session with the Shawnee County Parks & Recreation staff Monday evening to look over RFP's submitted concerning the maintenance and supervision of Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Course members were invited.

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Shahid Must Pay $15,000 in Restitution to Victim's Family

Posted: 10/27/2008 - The total restitution must be paid as part of any post-release supervision or other early release. Shahid was convicted in July to almost 19-and-a-half years on a voluntary manslaughter charge and another year for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Mediator Cites Tentative Deal to End Boeing Strike

Posted: 10/27/2008 - A spokesman for federal mediators says Boeing and its machinists union have struck a tentative deal to end a strike that began Sept. 6. It comes on the fifth day of talks in Washington, D.C.

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Topeka Fire Crew Investigate Arson Cases

Updated: 10/27/2008 - Topeka fire crews are investigating two weekend arsons and one man is behind bars for a third. A fire at 1510 S.W. Lane caused $25,000 damage Sunday night.

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Heartland Visioning Meeting With Shawnee County Commission

Posted: 10/27/2008 - The Shawnee County Commission Heard more about the Heartland Visioning project today. Topeka Chamber of Commerce member, Marsha Sheahan spoke about the details of the Visioning project, including some of the core values set aside for the community.

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Local Grocery and Deli Closes

Updated: 10/27/2008 - After decades of business, Steinbock's Meat and Deli will close for good on Friday.

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New Hotel Opens in Topeka

Updated: 10/27/2008 - A brand new hotel has opened in Topeka. The Hampton Inn at 1515 S.W. Arrowhead Rd. held its grand opening ceremony Monday with a ribbon cutting.

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Fire Destroys Leo's VW Repair

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Fire crews were called to 2300 South East Virginia shortly before eleven this morning. Vehicles were inside the shop when the fire started. No word yet on damage estimates. The fire is believed to be accidental.

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Bodies Found in Lawrence Friday Identified

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Two bodies found in Lawrence Friday have been identified. The bodies of Bronson Lee Standlee, 18, of Oklahoma, and Cory M. O'Connor, 29, of Indiana, were discovered around 3:00 p.m. Friday.

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Topeka Mechanic's Shop Destroyed by Fire

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Topeka fire officials are still investigating the cause of a fire at a mechanic's shop Monday. The fire spread rapidly and destroyed Leo's VW Repair. Fire crews were called to 2300 Southeast Virginia shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

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Cable Co. Cox to Launch its Own Wireless Service

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Cable TV provider Cox Communications Inc. is set to announce Monday that it plans to have its own cellular network up and running next year, a move that intensifies cable's competition with phone companies.

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Kansas Sees Uptick in Gun Licenses

Posted: 10/27/2008 - There has been an increase in the number of gun shops that have a license to sell automatic weapons. But the shop owners say residents should not expect to see more heavy weapons on the street.

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Juvenile Gets Probation For Raping 3-year-old

Posted: 10/27/2008 - District Judge Bill Malcolm sentenced Samuel Ratliff of Clifton to probation for his conviction on raping the 3-year-old. He was also convicted of attempting a sexual act. Malcolm also ordered Ratliff into counseling. The sentencing was last week.

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Hearing Date Set for Murder Suspect

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Deon Ross is due in court January 8th for his preliminary hearing. Ross is charged in the Oct. 12 death of 18-year old Alheli Alcantara of Topeka. Her body was found outside a Manhattan hotel.

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AG Steve Six Warning Cell Phone Users

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is warning cell phone users to delete everything from cell phones before disposing of them. Six said Kansans who don't take precautions with old phones are risking identity theft.

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CenturyTel to Acquire Embarq in $5.8B Deal

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Telecommunications company CenturyTel Inc. will acquire Kansas-based rival Embarq Corp. in a deal valued at $5.8 billion. The companies said today that Embarq shareholders will receive 1.37 shares of CenturyTel for each share of Embarq. Based on CenturyTel's Friday close of $29.50, that's equivalent to $40.42 of CenturyTel stock for each Embarq share owned.

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Hamilton County to Vote on Hail Program

Posted: 10/26/2008 - Voters in Hamilton County will decide Nov. 4 if they want to continue participating in a program aimed at reducing hail and enhancing rainfall in western Kansas.

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