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Kansas Prison to Close Earlier Than Planned

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz said Monday the Stockton prison will close April 1 rather than June 30, when the current budget year ends. The move is expected to save $339,000.

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Kansas Goveror Criticizes Legislators on Budget

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued a statement Monday saying she's disappointed with the leaders of the House's Republican majority. They have not set a date for debate on $323 million in adjustments to the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

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Child Stuck in Home Several Days with Mom's Dead Body

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Riley County Police say the body of Erin Yeager, 32, was found Saturday morning. It appeared she had been dead about four days and her two year old son left alone in the home with her all that time. He was found in critical condition.

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Shawnee Co. Puts Emergency Sirens On Hold

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Shawnee County Emergency Management Director Dave Sterbenz wanted commissioners to waive the standard bidding process and buy the new system from Grain Valley, Mo.-based Blue Valley Public Safety.

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Kansas Fourth in Nation for Black Homicides

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A study finds Kansas is fourth in the nation in the rate of black homicides. The study came from nonprofit Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C., which supports gun-control efforts.

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Trial Starts for Kansan Accused of Killing Student

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A prosecutor tells jurors that the evidence will show that an Arkansas City man's stalking habits and aggressive sexual behavior led to the rape and murder of a Cowley College student two years ago.

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To Small for a Trial?

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A western Kansas judge has asked the Kansas Supreme Court for permission to move a first-degree murder trial from Gove County to Trego County.

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Telemarketing Bill Clears Kan. Senate Panel

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The bill requires solicitors to tell the people they call that they work for a professional fund raising company up front. Then, if the donor asks, how much money actually goes to charity, the solicitor must disclose it.

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5 Band Concert Monday in Topeka

Updated: 02/02/2009 - 5 Bands will be playing Monday night live at 21st and Gage in Topeka. There's a $5 cover charge that allows visitors to watch all the bands.

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Man Found Dead in River Near Hutchinson

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Sedgwick County investigators are conducting an autopsy on a body found in the Arkansas River. The man's body was found just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the river between Hutchinson and South Hutchinson.

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Officials Say Mail Thefts Are on the Rise

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Law enforcement authorities in Kansas and Missouri warn residents that mail theft is on the rise, particularly of mail containing checks and credit cards.

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Southwest Kansas Shootings Under Investigation

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Law enforcement authorities in two southwest Kansas communities have spent the weekend investigating two separate shootings that sent three people to area hospitals.

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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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