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Services Scheduled for Former Senator

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A memorial service for former Kansas Sen. James. B. Pearson is scheduled for April 3 in Baldwin City. Pearson died at his home in Gloucester, Mass., on Jan. 13 at the age of 88.

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House Votes to Stop Casino Annex

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The voice-vote approval Wednesday was on a bill that bans unilateral annexation of a narrow strip of land to gain access to noncontiguous tracts. A final vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate.

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Increase in Kansas Minimum Wage Step Closer

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A bill raising the minimum wage in Kansas receives first-round approval in the House. The state's minimum wage is now $2.65, the lowest of any of the 45 states that set their own wage rates for workers who aren't covered by federal law.

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Utility Official Found Dead in Home

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Police say a high-ranking Board of Public Utilities official who was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the Kansas City, Kan., utility has been found dead in his home.

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House Approves Proposed Change on Gun Rights

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual's right to own a firearm is one step from going to a statewide vote.

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Group's Anti-religion Message on Kan. Billboards

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A nonprofit group that promotes separation of church and state and challenges faith-based initiatives has placed a billboard in Wichita praising Charles Darwin.

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House Approves Higher Minimum Wage

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Kansas House approves a bill to raise the state's lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage. The U.S. Labor Department says 45 states have their own minimum wage. Just a half-dozen, including Kansas, set the wage below the federal level.

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Police Search for Beamer Stolen During Car Jacking

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Topeka Police are asking the public's help finding a black, 2001 BMW 530i 4-door. The car was reported taken on March 9 in the 1100 Block of NE Oakland during a car jacking.

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Kansas Doctor Denies Illegal Ties with Tiller

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Attorney for Wichita abortion provider George Tiller are trying to distance their client from the consulting physician who provided the second opinion required for late-term procedures.

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Holton's City Manager Resigns

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Holton's city manager has announced his resignation. The Holton Recorder reported Tuesday that Glenn Rodden resigned March 23.

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City Manager Still Waiting For Performance Review

Updated: 03/24/2009 - City Manager Norton Bonaparte's performance review is complete, but the city council has still not shared the results with him. Bonaparte is waiting to comment until he finds out what is in the report.

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Charges Dropped Against Cop in Shooting

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Charges against a Topeka police officer stemming from a March 2008 shooting of two brothers in Southwest Topeka are being dropped.

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KU Student Maps US 50 Sinkholes

Updated: 03/24/2009 - A University of Kansas researcher is mapping sinkholes along U.S. 50 near Hutchinson that are caused by huge underground salt beds being dissolved by groundwater.

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Kansas Gun Amendment Advances

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Voters may get to decide next November whether Kansas should amend its constitution to clarify that the right to bear arms is an individual right, not a collective right.

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Kan. House Advances Bill on Drug Tests For Aid

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill requiring random drug tests for some participants in the state's social service programs.

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Kansas Doctor Denies Illegal Ties with Tiller

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Attorney for Wichita abortion provider George Tiller are trying to distance their client from the consulting physician who provided the second opinion required for late-term procedures.

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Kansas House Approves $13.4 Billion Budget

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The House measure includes extra money for some social services but makes a modest cut in public school funding for the state's 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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Kansas Doctor Denies Illegal Ties With Tiller

Dr. George Tiller

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The state's star witness in the trial of one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers returned to the stand to be cross-examined by defense attorneys.

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