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High Schoolers "Rush" to Safe, Fun Friday Night Event

Updated: 05/31/2008 - Answering the complaints of Topeka teens who say there's not enough to do in the town, Topeka Chief of Police's Youth Advisory Council helped set up Summer Rush '08, an event to offer kids a fun, safe environment.

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Insurance Scam Targets Elderly Kansans

Updated: 05/31/2008 - Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says people should beware of phone calls promising settlement money from a large insurance company in exchange for first wiring money. The Insurance Department's consumer line is 1-800-432-2484.

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City Sinks Sumner Deal

Updated: 06/02/2008 - The group Community First submitted its plan Friday for bringing new life to the former Sumner School building, but the city of Topeka says it does not meet requirements of a contract. Community First says it will ask the City Council for an extension.

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Kansas Gets High Marks for Children's Health Care

Posted: 05/30/2008 - A report from the Commonwealth Fund ranks Kansas as having the 10th best children's health system in the country. The report looked at access, quality, costs, potential for healthy lives and equality.

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Kansas Ranks High in Child Health Care

Posted: 05/30/2008 - A report released this week by the Commenwealth Fund ranks Kansas tenth in child health systems. All states were evaluated on child health care access, quality, costs, potential to lead healthy lives and equity.

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Delinquent Taxpayers will Need to Start Paying Up

Updated: 05/31/2008 - Delinquent taxes and license plate tags have been the hot topic throughout the County. Shawnee county commissioner Vic Miller says the Shawnee county treasurer's office is allowing people with delinquent personal property taxes to buy their registration and license plates -- a violation of state law. Treasurer Larry Wilson says he's looking into it.

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Salina Man Selected as New State Conservationist

Updated: 05/30/2008 - As the new State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas, Eric Banks will work with NRCS working with farmers, ranchers and others to provide technical and financial conservation assistance.

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Storm Prompts Boil Water Advisory for City of Jewell

Updated: 05/31/2008 - A Thursday night storm destroyed the City of Jewell's water tower, making it possible for contaminants to have entered the water system. People on the Jewell water system should take precautions until KDHE determines the water is safe.

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Rural Economy Booming as Commodity Prices Soar

Posted: 05/30/2008 - Farmers are experiencing a rural economic boom. Soaring commodity prices for crops are bringing up farm incomes. Plus, oil drilling is enjoying a renaissance, providing another source of income from their land.

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Teacher Gets 25 Years for Abusing 8-year-old

Posted: 05/30/2008 - 36-year old Tabatha Adams was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. She pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

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Two Men Shot Dead in Wichita

Posted: 05/30/2008 - Two men were found shot to death in Wichita just before 1 am Friday. Investigators say one man was found lying in a street. The other victim ws found in a nearby house. It's not known if another person was the shooter or if they shot each other.

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Kansas Legislature Looking for Lawyer

Posted: 05/30/2008 - The Legislative Coordinating Council voted Thursday to take applications from people to provide legal services to the Legislature. The position was created in the midst of a school finance lawsuit.

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Doctor Claims Guilty Plea Coerced by Ill Wife's Indictment

Posted: 05/30/2008 - Wilbur Hilst says federal prosecutors coerced his guilty plea to charges he illegally distributed prescription drugs through an internet pharmacy. He says they offered to dismiss charges against his cancer-stricken wife.

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Tornado Tears Up Kansas Town

Updated: 05/30/2008 - A storm traveling up Highway 14 destroyed homes, a water tower, a kennel, a church and businesses in Jewell. It produced a devastating tornado, but thankfully no one was seriously injured.

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House Scam To Watch Out For

Posted: 05/29/2008 - People knocking on doors, claiming to be neighbors' relatives are trying to prey on innocent victims in Topeka. They say they need help -- but you should watch out, and don't open your door.

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Thornton Place Donates Teddy Bears

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Thornton Place residents were beaming as they turned over 65 stuffed teddy bears they've made to Topeka Police officers. The Topeka Police Department will use the cuddly donations for their "teddy bear" program.

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Family Asks for Help Finding Puppy

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A Shawnee County family is pleading for anyone with information on their missing puppy to help them find him. He's a purebred yorkie. A reward is being offered.

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Mana de Topeka Hosts Wine and Dine

Traxx offers a full bar with a wide variety of beer, spirits, and wine.

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Making connections in a relaxing atmosphere Mana de Topeka hosted a "Wine Down" event Thursday. Community and business leaders got to know one another and the services they offer over a glass of wine.

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Gallardo to Make Plea in June

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A June 19th hearing is scheduled for Anastacio Gallardo. He is charged with unlawful sexual relations and trafficking contraband in a correctional facility. Gallardo was the victim's Vo-tech plumbing instructor at the women's correctional facility east of Topeka.

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"Dogstock" Organizer Remains in Jail

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The co-founder of a Northeast Kansas concert festival remains in jail Thursday after a judge denied his request for a bond reduction. 51-year-old Randy Long is charged with 18 felony counts of giving worthless checks and one count of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

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Local Spelling Bee Journey Ends

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A local spelling bee champ has ended her national journey for the spelling crown. Emporia Middle School student Nishat Yasmin was one of 148 spelling bee champions to make it to the second round of the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee.

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