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Fire Destroys Trailer Home

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A mobile home fire devestated a Topeka family Thursday. The blaze broke out just before 11:30 a.m. at 3736 Southeast 40 highway. 33-year-old Jamie Mechtley was home at the time.

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Auto Bailout Could Affect Council Grove

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Council Grove is a proud small town that relies on the success of its two auto dealerships. Those dealerships in turn, are counting on a federal bailout to stay strong.

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Fed Ex Truck Lands in River Near Salina

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A Fed Ex driver took an unwanted detour on his delivery route. He was headed to Salina, on Interstate 70 Thursday when his tractor trailer blew a tire. It careened down an embankment and into the Solomon River.

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TPD Graduates 23rd Citizen's Academy

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Topeka Police Department graduated nearly 20 new faces from its Citizen's Police Academy Thursday night.

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Locations for Potwin Holiday Tour

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Last year's ice storm blasted the Potwin Holiday Home Tour, but the weather should be great this weekend. Here's a list of the home locations, and where to buy tickets (not to mention at the door of the house you visit!)

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Church Offers "Chirstmas According to Scrooge"

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene premiered its first performance of "Christmas According to Scrooge," Thursday night. The musical follows the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely man who despises anything Christmas.

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Kansas, 8 Other States Receive Suspicious Letters Thursday

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A staffer in the Governor's office in Topeka opened a letter containing a powdery substance around noon Thursday. Eight other state capitols received similar letters Thursday. They've hit a total of 20 states and the Virgin Islands this week.

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Students Play to Raise Money for Salvation Army

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Robinson Middle School Band students played outside of Walgreens on Topeka Boulevard Thursday. The students played music, hoping that shoppers would enjoy their tunes and donate to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. Last year the group raised more than $1400.

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students Weigh In on a Good Cause

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Fourth-graders from Miss Mercer and Mrs. Gordon's classes have been collecting money every day, which they then budget so they can buy needed supplies for their adopted families.

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Stormont-Vail Presents Check to United Way

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The United Way of Greater Topeka received another big boost Thursday. It was Stormont-Vail HealthCare's turn to hand over a check.

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Moundridge Teen's Body Found on Remote Road

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Authorities discovered the body of Olivia Stucky on last night after a passer-by noticed a car matching the description of the teen's car on a remote road near the Rice-McPherson county line.

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Ill. Scandal Renews Kan. Debate Over Vacancies

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature passed a bill earlier this year requiring special elections to fill Senate vacancies. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed it.

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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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