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Commissioner Ensley Receives Parks Honor

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Shawnee County Commissioner Ted Ensley was named the 2008 Distinguished Elected Official by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.

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Mana de Topeka Meets, Plans Improvements

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Members of the Mana de Topeka group had their first meeting of 2009 Wednesday. The meeting was held at the Capitol Plaza where members discussed improvements for the new year.

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Community Blood Center Blood Drive Thursday and Friday

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Community Blood Center is holding a blood drive from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday at its facility at 800 Lane. All donors will receive football-related gifts.

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Topeka Gym Owner Sentenced for Alleged Assault

Updated: 01/28/2009 - A judge sentenced 48-year old David Byrd to 30 months in prison for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, unlawful criminal restraint and criminal threats.

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Kansas Man Sentenced for Lying about Racial Attack

Updated: 01/28/2009 - U.S. District Court Judge Sam Crow said Tuesday that he was sentencing 24-year-old Andrew S. Ralph to prison time for his role in a racially-motivated attack because he continued to use drugs and alcohol while on bond.

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"Butterflies" Will Help Raise Funds

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The Chesney Park Action Team launched its newest fundraiser campaign Wednesday. The campaign, called 21 butterflies will raise funds for the Great Mural Wall of Topeka. The local engineering firm Bartlett and West was named the first butterly.

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Kansas Senate Advances Budget Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Senators gave first-round approval Wednesday night to a budget-balancing bill that backs off the heavy spending cuts originally proposed by GOP leaders.

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Target Cutting Jobs, Closing Distribution Center

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Target Coporation says the weak economy is forcing it to cut 9 percent of its headquarters workers and close a distribution center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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State-Wide Count Finds the Hidden Homeless

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Volunteers hit the streets today for a tally of the homeless population in Kansas. The 2009 Point-in-Time Homeless Count took place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the state. The homeless census occurs every two years, but this year's effort was historic.

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Station Blending Own Fuel

Updated: 01/28/2009 - A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at the Conoco Station on Wanamaker to celebrate the opening of Topeka's first renewable fuel retail station.

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Senate Debates State Budget

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The Kansas Senate is debating a plan backed by its Republican leaders for eliminating a deficit in the current state budget.

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Sumner School Sale Not Final

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Topeka City Council will wait a week before giving a final yes or no to the sale of the Sumner School building. The council made the decision Tuesday to get further answers on what their options are.

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Kansans Attend Drug Endangered Children Training Program

Updated: 01/27/2009 - People from all across the state were in Topeka Tuesday learning about how to help children in drug abusive homes. A training session was held at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children program.

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OSHA Investigating Manhattan Trench Collapse

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Twenty-five year old Christopher Kramer died Monday while working at a new house construction site on McMillin Road, just off Highway 24 east of Manhattan. OSHA is investigating the accident.

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Tiahrt Names Leaders for Senate Bid

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Congressman Todd Tiahrt has named a steering committee for his U.S. Senate bid. He's seeking to replace Sam Brownback. Fellow Congressman Jerry Moran is also interested in the seat.

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Washburn Rural High Hosts Career Fair

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Professionals from various fields took a break out of their day to help students at Washburn Rural High School think about possible careers.

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Kansas Senate Advances Bill on Open Records

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill renewing 30 exceptions to the state's open records law. A final vote is expected Wednesday.

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