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Returning Soldiers Receive Warm Welcome Home

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Soldiers returning from a 15-month tour to Iraq received a warm welcoming from the Aviation Battalion today. The Ist Infantry Division's 2/1 General Support Aviation Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, hosted the Home Ball at the Courtyard Marriott.

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Local Shelters Give Away Free Dogs and Cats

Updated: 01/24/2009 - Local residents found new family members through the "Change a Pet's Life Day" at the Helping Hands Humane Society. Homeless dogs and cats received new homes through today's national free adoption drive. Hill's Science Diet covered the fees for the first 10 pet adoptions at shelters across the country.

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Auto Shop Fire

Updated: 01/24/2009 - An Auto Shop on the 3000 Block of SE Fremont caught fire Saturday evening causing $50,000 in total damages.

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Silvia Ortiz Running for Re-election in District 3

Updated: 01/27/2009 - City Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz is running for re-election. Ortiz has served one term on the council. She represents district three and is the first person from that district to announce her intention to run.

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Some Officials Question Aviation Training Center

Updated: 01/24/2009 - A couple of Sedgwick County commissioners are wondering if there's still a need to build a $54 million aviation training center at a time when so many workers in the industry are being laid off.

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Chanute Man Charged in Infant's Death

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A Chunute man has been charged with felony murder after the death of a 3-month-old who had been hospitalized with a head injury.

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Tower Fondation Donates $75,000

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The Tower Mental Health Foundation has donated $75,000 to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center for Crisis Intervention Team training. The Tower Foundation was created in 2007 following a settlement between the AG's office and the Menninger Foundation.

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Brownback Calls for Air Force One to be American-Made

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Sen. Sam Brownback reacted Friday to reports that the contract to manufacture and service Air Force One will be opened to foreign competitors. Boeing has provided the presidential planes since the 1960s.

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$104 million in Natural Disaster Grants Vvailable

Updated: 01/23/2009 - U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas announced Friday that $104 million in federal grants will be used to promote the economic recovery of counties that have received disaster designations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Hill's Backs Free Pet Adoptions January 24th

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Topeka-based Hill's Pet Nutrition is partnering with hundreds of animal shelters across the country to offer free adoptions. The first ten pet adoptions at participating agencies Jan. 24 will have adoption fees waived.

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2 Kansas Prison Unit Closings Accelerated

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The Department of Corrections is closing two of its prison units sooner than planned. The department said Friday that it's Lansing Correctional Facility unit at Osawatomie will close Feb. 6 and its El Dorado Correctional Facility unit at Toronto will close Feb. 27. Both had been scheduled to close April 1.

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Snow Sparks Flurry of Wrecks

Updated: 01/24/2009 - Topeka Police report more than a dozen accidents since 7pm due to the weather. They are in Phase III, which means drivers in accidents with no injuries where the vehicles can be moved should exchange information and file a report at the LEC later.

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Abandoned Parakeet Adopted by Loving Family

Updated: 01/23/2009 - One of the two parakeets abandoned on K-16 highway January 5th has been adopted. Tweet and Tweeter were rescued by a passerby in below freezing weather.

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Jardine Sixth Graders from Anti-Violence Program Friday

Updated: 01/23/2009 - More than a hundred Jardine Middle School students celebrated completion of a program designed to keep them away from violence. The program is called "GREAT" which stands for gang resistance education and training.

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Topeka Man Sentenced on Gun Conviction

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A Topeka man has been sentenced to more than five years behind bars on a gun conviction. 28-year-old Anthony Starks pleaded guilty in October to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Third KSU Presidential Candidate Announced

Updated: 01/23/2009 - We now know the name of the third candidate up for the position of Kansas State president. The Kansas Board of Regents announced Friday Dr. Robert Kennedy will visit the Manhattan campus next Monday and Tuesday.

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New BBQ Eatery in Topeka

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The Topeka Chamber of Commerce helped welcome a new barbecue joint to town. A ribbon cutting was held Friday for Flint Hills BBQ, located at 1131 SW Winding Rd. in the Total Home Concepts building.

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