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Defeated Kan. Legislator Switches Parties

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Sen. Mark Gilstrap, of Kansas City, switches parties after being successfully targeted for defeat in this year's Democratic primary by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

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Coal Plant Decision Upheld

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A regulator's decision blocking two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas has been upheld in an administrative appeal.

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Kan. Governor Receives Suspicious Letter

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office receives a suspicious letter containing powder. State capitols in Georgia and South Carolina received similar letters Thursday. Envelopes with suspicious powder also have been received by governors' offices in 12 other states this week.

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AirTran to Serve New Branson Airport

Updated: 12/11/2008 - New airport, new patron. AirTran has become the first airline to serve Branson's new, privately developed and operated commercial airport.

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Wakarusa Trucks on Down to Ark.

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is leaving Lawrence for a site in northwest Arkansas, ending a five-year annual run at Clinton State Park.

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Kan. School Considers 4-Day Week

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The 160-student Haviland district near Greensburg said response to the idea has been positive, after hearing from citizens and other districts with four-day weeks.

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Chilean Cardinal: Madonna Rouses 'Impure Thoughts'

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Madonna is causing "crazy enthusiasm" and "impure thoughts" on her first concert visit to Chile, a prominent retired cardinal complained on Wednesday, as he paused in a tribute to a late dictator to denounce the pop star.

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Deadly Accident in Manhattan Wednesday

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A deadly accident tied up traffic for hours in Manhattan Wednesday morning. The Kansas Highway Patrol says it happened just before 7:00 a.m. on K-18 in the 4000 block of Fort Riley Blvd.

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TPD One Step Closer to Accreditation

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Topeka Police Department is one step closer to its accreditation. An inspection team arrived Sunday and left early Wednesday morning. They are looking into whether TPD meets all the Commission of Accreditations 460 state of the art standards.

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2010 Census Bureau Office Now Open in Topeka

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Topeka's 2010 Census Bureau office is now open. The office is located at 900 S.W. 39th street in Topeka. A census is taken every ten years in the U.S.

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Kansas Democratic Party Announces New Executive Director

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Kansas Democratic Party has announced a new executive director. Party Chair Larry Gates announced Wednesday that executive director Mike Gaughan has accepted a position as Special Assistant to the Governor, with the Sebelius administration.

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Mayor Bunten Talks Charter Changes for 2009

Posted: 12/10/2008 - In addition to his appearance on "13 News at 4" Wednesday, Topeka's mayor outlined the changes he'd like to push through next year, in this interview with Melissa Brunner.

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"Joey Baggz" 106.9 Job in Jeopardy

Updated: 12/10/2008 - 13 News reported Tuesday that Joey Baggz had landed a job with Country Legends 106.9 after being fired by Cumulus' V100 back in August.

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Wakarusa Music Festival Moving to Arkansas

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is moving from its home in Lawrence. Tuesday organizers announced its new home will be in Northwest Arkansas. It will take place at Mulberry Mountain just outside Ozark, Arkansas from June 4-7.

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Hays Man Pleads Guilty to Making Pipe Bomb

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A 57-year-old Hays man pleads guilty to building a pipe bomb that was attached to a truck owned by a man dating his ex-girlfriend. Acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker says Donald E. Parsons pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of making a destructive device.

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KSU Student Survey Says Cyberbullying a Problem

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A survey of more than 200 Kansas State University students finds 54 percent of them believe that cyberbullying is a ``minor problem'' or a ``common problem'' among students.

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Charges in Riley County Dismissed Against Alabama Man

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Charges filed against an Alabama man arrested in connection with the abduction of a Manhattan teen have been dismissed. Prince Knight, 37, was arrested in Alabama in February after 15-year-old Shirley Stockton went missing.

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Topeka West ROTC Wrap for a Cause

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Topeka West ROTC students are making children's wishes come true this holiday season. The students wrapped 115 gifts Wednesday to give foster children around the community.

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Judge Denies Topeka Man's Request to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A judge has denied the request of a man accused in a Topeka murder to withdraw his guilty plea. Rashawn Anderson pleaded no contest to first degree murder in the July 2005 shooting death of Christopher Caraway.

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Chapman Residents to Vote Next Spring on Bond Issue

Updated: 12/10/2008 - People in Chapman will vote next spring on a bond issue to rebuild schools damaged in the June 11th tornado. The Abilene Reflector Chronicle reported Wednesday that USD 473 patrons are expected to hit the polls in the April general election.

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Topeka's Capper Foundation Honors Supporters

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Easter Seals Capper Foundation held its Donor Appreciation Program Wednesday night at Shawnee Country Club in Topeka. The annual event honors those who've given their time and talents to support the organization.

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