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New Kansas Senator Surprised by Vote

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Sen. Tim Owens was surprised when a noncontroversial bill was greeted with a chorus of "no" votes. Turns out, it was an initiation for new members of the Senate.

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Term-limited Kansas Governor Losing Another Key Staffer

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Jeremy Anderson, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' deputy chief of staff, plans to become a vice president with a Kansas City, Mo., firm, Parris Communications Inc. His last day on the governor's staff is Friday.

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Kansas Governor Forms Group to Study State Facilities

Updated: 01/22/2009 - An executive order issued by Sebelius on Thursday creates a special commission to study possible closings of state hospitals and other institutions. Recommendations are to be drafted by Dec. 1.

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Kansas Bill Allows Prosecutors to Have Guns in Court

Updated: 01/22/2009 - With no debate, the Kansas Senate has voted for a bill that would let county, state and federal prosecutors carry concealed guns into county courthouses. It now goes to the House.

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Topeka Chamber of Commerce Fired Up for Future

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Local economic leaders celebrated adding 400 new jobs to the community over the last year at the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Thursday.

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School Bus Driver Accused of Fondling Girl, 6

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Prosecutors say Billy J. Reynolds, a 16-year Durham employee, engaged in lewd touching of the girl in October, November, December and on Jan. 6, the day he was arrested.

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Wichitan Pleads to Lesser Charge in Street Killing

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Police say 20-year-old Brandon Hardyway didn't like the way someone in a car next him was looking at him, so he opened fire on the car. The bullets killed Ridge, who was a passenger in the car.

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KU Laying Off 11, Won't Rehire 110

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The University of Kansas is cutting 11 jobs and not filling 110 others to satisfy a legislative mandate to cut 7 percent of its budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

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GOP Leaders Want $300M Cut from KS Budget

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Senate GOP leaders announced their new target during a Thursday morning caucus meeting. There were no objections from the Republican senators present.

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Crime Down in Capital City

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said Wednesday crime in Topeka is down. But, Miller says property crime continues to be a serious issue his department will continue to work on.

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Abandoned Parakeets Rescued from Kansas Highway

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Two parakeets found on a Kansas highway were rescued from below freezing weather. Jefferson County Humane Society Manager Donna Fannin says the birds were left on the side of K-16 January 5th.

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Sumner School to Be Auctioned Thursday

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Topeka's historic Sumner School should have a new owner Thursday night. The building will be auctioned in proceedings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Holliday Building Conference Room.

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"Hood Surfers" Have TPD Investigating

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Topeka Police are investigating an injury accident that sent an 18-year-old to the hospital in serious condition.

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Holton Approves Bonds for Rebuilding Utilities

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Holton residents voted 459-89 in a special election Wednesday in favor of issuing $3.6 million in bonds to rebuild the city's utility system. It was crippled in a December 2007 ice storm.

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Rescue Charity Saves Neglected Horses

Updated: 01/21/2009 - What started with saving one horse has turned into a full-time mission for Kristin Chambers. The equine manager has saved almost one hundred horses from abuse, neglect and death since she opened Winding Road Equine Rescue & Retirement four years ago.

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Hy-Vee Simplifies Nutrition in Its Stores

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Hy-Vee introduced a new way for consumers to determine a food's nutritional value. The Nu-Val scoring system ranks foods on a scale of 1 to100.

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