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Overland Park City Council Battles Coyote Problem

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The Overland Park City Council is expected to consider a proposed ordinance Monday in response to a coyote attack that killed a resident's pet dog. Animal control officers have been tracking a male coyote thought to have killed the dog on Jan. 2.

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Topeka's Literacy Campaign Kicks Off

Updated: 02/01/2009 - About 50 locals kicked off the "Big Read" literacy campaign at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Sunday. Two librarians offered the first event of the month-long program for Harper Lee's book "To Kill a Mockingbird." Their presentation focused on the historical context surrounding the book.

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Mail Theft on the Rise in Kansas and Missouri

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Law enforcement authorities in Kansas and Missouri warn residents that mail theft is on the rise, particularly of mail containing checks and credit cards. A group of local, state and federal authorities met last week in Oskaloosa, Kan., to map out their strategy as they confront a spike in mail theft in their northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas area.

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Kansas Falls Behind in Casino Race

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Problems in the financial markets forced developers in three of Kansas' four gaming zones to scrap their plans.

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Topeka Officer of the Year Credits Partner

Updated: 02/01/2009 - The Topeka Police Officer of 2008 says he can't take credit for the award. He credits his fellow officers, and especially his K-9 partner, for the great work they do.

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Girls Learn New Dance Moves at Washburn University

Updated: 02/01/2009 - About 30 girls learned new moves from Washburn University's Dancing Blues cheer team at a fundraiser clinic this afternoon. The college students taught girls from kindergarten through sixth grade a choreographed dance number to perform at the women's basketball game this evening at Washburn University.

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Fire Ignites Twice, Slows Highway Traffic Near Wanamaker

Updated: 01/31/2009 - If you were driving near I-470 and I-70 Saturday afternoon you may have seen shooting flames and smoke. Grass just to the south of the Sports Center caught fire twice Saturday, creating huge plumes of smoke that at times, slowed traffic on the highway.

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National Guard Museum Offers a New Kind of Boot Camp

Updated: 01/31/2009 - The Kansas National Guard Museum hosted a symposium on current threats at home and abroad Saturday. About 60 local residents attended the free presentation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and enjoyed chili, cinnamon rolls and conversation after the talks.

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Moran, Tiahrt Set For Senate Square-Off

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Kansas Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are set to duke it our for the 2010 republican senate nominiation. Senator Sam Brownback will not be running for re-election.

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Former Day Care Provider Appealing Conviction

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Michelle Bolze-Sann was sentenced to 32 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter and aggravated child endangerment related to the death of a child in her care. She's appealing the conviction.

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Police Investigating East Topeka Shooting

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Topeka Police are investigating a shooting that happened in the 700 block of SE Locust Friday night. One person suffered what police describe as potentially life-threatening injuries.

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Crews Battle House Fire on Branner

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Topeka fire crews were called to 725 Branner just after 7:30pm Friday. They arrived to find flames coming from the structure.

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Topeka Kicks Off "Big Read" Sunday

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Topeka and Shawnee County library kicks off "The Big Read" Sunday, Feb. 1. The book of choice this year is Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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Thieves Use Vehicle Burglaries to Access Homes

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Leaving a garage door opener in your vehicle can be a free pass for burglars to break in and steal it, look up your address on your registration or insurance, and go to your house to rob you.

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Duane Fager Named SMEI Topeka 2008 Executive of the Year

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka will present its 2008 Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year award to Duane Fager, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoreFirst Bank and Trust.

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Kansas Tax Collections Short Again in January

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state took in $513 million during the month. Officials had expected tax collections of $534 million. The difference is about 4 percent.

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Shawnee Co. DA Discovers Nearly 4000 Backlogged Cases

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Shawnee Co. DA Chad Taylor says a review of pending cases back to the year 2000 shows 3,955 with no decision made on whether to prosecute or decline charges.Taylor says 1,724 of those have had the five-year statute of limitations run out.

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