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Westar Reports Lower Earnings for Third Quarter

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Westar Energy has released its third quarter earnings, and blames cooler weather on the lower numbers. The company reported Friday earnings of $88 million, or 81 cents per share for the quarter.

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Sebelius Names New Judge for 2 Kansas Counties

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has named a Tonganoxie attorney to be the new district judge for Leavenworth and Atchison counties. Michael Gibbens, 58, was named to the bench on Friday, filling the vacancy left by retiring Judge Philip C. Lacey.

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Arguments Heard Friday in Daycare Death Case

Posted: 11/07/2008 - The trial continued Friday for a day care provider accused in the death of a child who was in her care at the time. 35-year-old Michelle Bolze-Sann is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated endangering of a child in the July 2007 death of Zachary Typer.

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Minimal Damage Caused in Friday Apartment Fire

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Firefighters were called to an apartment fire early Friday morning in Topeka. Police received the call around four in the morning that there was smoke throughout an apartment building at the 1200 block of S.W. Topeka Blvd.

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Gun Sales Increase After Election

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Some Kansas gun dealers say Barack Obama's election to the presidency has sparked an increase in firearms sales. Retailers say sales have risen 10 to 15 percent in the past month, when polls showed Obama leading John McCain.

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Kansas Man Votes For McCain-Palin as Debt

Posted: 11/07/2008 - When Luke Smith cast a vote for the McCain-Palin ticket, the Arkansas City man says his decision included a ``debt of honor'' to the governor of Alaska.

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Budget Woes Not Halting Statehouse Project

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Kansas' budget crisis forces a few changes in the Statehouse renovation but doesn't appear likely to slow it down. The project began in 2000 and is scheduled to finish near the end of 2011.

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Westboro Picketing TN High School after Cheerleader Deaths

Posted: 11/07/2008 - WATE-TV reported the schools are closed today because the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka announced it would stage a demonstration over the traffic crash deaths of four Scott County High School cheerleaders last month.

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Closed Tracks May Lose Licenses

Posted: 11/07/2008 - The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission considers whether to revoke the state license of three closed race tracks.

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Coffeyville Man Gets Life for Killing Woman

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Christopher Lowrance of Coffeyville was sentenced Thursday in the death of 23-year-old Rachel Dennis, whose body was found in the Verdigris River 11 days after she went missing.

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Dealers: Kansas Gun Sales Up on Obama Fears

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Some Kansas gun dealers say Democrat Barack Obama's election to the presidency has sparked an increase in firarrms sales. Retailers say sales have risen as much as 15 percent in the past month.

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Rising Country Star Performs at Washburn Univ.

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Washburn students and country music fans were welcomed to a free concert featuring Megan Conner Thursday evening. The rising young star and her band rocked the house in the Washburn Room of the union.

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Veterans Honored at Topeka/Shawnee Co. Library

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Veterans were honored five days early at the Topeka Shawnee County Library with an impressive display of military might. A retired Air Force Colonel, who's also a Kansan, delivered tonight's keynote speech.

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Brownback: Hold TV Networks Accountable

Posted: 11/06/2008 - A new government-sponsored study links teenage pregnancies to their exposure to sexual content on TV. In response-- Senator Sam Brownback today called on television networks to be "held accountable for violating the public trust in flouting the broadcast decency law."

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Agreement to Fight Erotic Ads on Craigslist Announced

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Kansas Attorney General Steve Six announced an agreement today to crack down on erotic services ads on Craigslist. The site will require posters of erotic services ads to give a working phone number and pay with a valid credit card.

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Meadows Elementary Running Club Gets Big Surprise

Posted: 11/06/2008 - A Meadows Elementary running club was stunned to learn the Junior League of Topeka is giving them $14,000 to build a track so the kids don't have to run on the sidewalks around the school.

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Topeka Developer Hires New Attorney

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Robert R. Laing, Jr. appeared in court Thursday as the new attorney representing developer Gene Jani in a lawsuit against the city of Topeka. Jani is suing over the city council voting down a zoning change for a proposed development at SW 34th and Fairlawn.

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MGP Consolidating Protein, Starch Operations

Posted: 11/06/2008 - MGP Ingredients is shutting down its starch and protein manufacturing operations at its Illinois plant and consolidating them at its facility in Atchison. The company says it is cutting from 70 to 80 jobs companywide, including 40 at the plant in Pekin, Illinois

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KDOT Discusses Hwy 24 With Public

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The Kansas Department of Transportation today discussed the Highway 24 corridor with the public. A traffic study discussed at an open house tonight is the first part of a combination of two corridor studies currently being conducted.

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Rise in P.A.D. Spurs Creation of Topeka Clinic

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Peripheral arterial disease is a narrowing of the artery that supplies blood to the leg. A classic symptom is leg pain. With more people diagnosed with PAD, Stormont-Vail established a specific clinic for it within the Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center.

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21st & Urish Reopens With New Roundabout

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The intersection at 21st and Urish in southwest Topeka was reopened Thursday with a new round-a-bout. It has been closed since early May. While traffic is flowing, city officials say Urish will undergo more work which will shut it off through the end of the year.

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