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W. Kansas farmers Welcome Snow

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Only 2.4 percent of the average rainfall has been recorded so far this year, perhaps the driest period on record. But the National Weather Service on Thursday predicts rain, then heavy snow.

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Judge to Consider Dismissing Charges Against Police Officer

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Judge Nancy Parrish will consider a special prosecutor's motion to dismiss charges against Jason Judd, a Topeka police officer. At a hearing Thursday the prosecution and defense gave the judge their reasons for and against the dismissal.

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District 5's Larry Wolgast

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Ralph's chats with the District 5 candidates continues. He talks with Larry Wolgast about fundraising, and other ballot issues to appear April 7th.

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District 5's Mike Padilla

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Ralph spends this week with the District 5 hopefuls for City Council. They talk over the campaign, sales tax hikes and the powers of the mayor.

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Melting glaciers force Italy, Swiss to redraw border

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Melting glaciers in the Alps may prompt Italy and Switzerland to redraw their borders near the Matterhorn, according to parliamentary draft legislation being readied in Rome.

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Flood warnings issued; N. Dakota braces for record deluge

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Forecasters issued flash flood warnings for Bismarck and surrounding areas Wednesday, as volunteers rushed to fill sandbags ahead of expected record floods in the flat state of North Dakota.

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Pioneering Historian John Hope Franklin Dies at 94

Updated: 03/25/2009 - John Hope Franklin, a towering scholar and pioneer of African-American studies who wrote the seminal text on the black experience in the U.S. and worked on the landmark Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation, died Wednesday. He was 94.

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Abortion Charges

Updated: 03/25/2009 - An attorney whom one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers consulted is expected to resume testifying tomorrow.

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Fans See Hawks Off to Indianapolis

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Fans gathered at Forbes Field in Topeka to see the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team off to Indiana for the Sweet 16. KU takes on Michigan State Friday.

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House Approves Drug Test for Aid

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Kansas House has approved a bill mandating random drug tests for about 14,000 Kansans who receive cash assistance.

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Rewneable Energy Bill Clears Legislature

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Kansas legislators approve a bill designed to attract companies that manufacture equipment for solar and wind energy production to the state. The measure allows the state to issue up to $5 million in bonds to help such firms.

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Tiller Takes the Stand

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A doctor accused of violating Kansas' late-term abortion law testified that the executive director of the state's medical board recommended the physician he used for the second independent opinion required for the procedure.

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Services Scheduled for Former Senator

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A memorial service for former Kansas Sen. James. B. Pearson is scheduled for April 3 in Baldwin City. Pearson died at his home in Gloucester, Mass., on Jan. 13 at the age of 88.

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House Votes to Stop Casino Annex

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The voice-vote approval Wednesday was on a bill that bans unilateral annexation of a narrow strip of land to gain access to noncontiguous tracts. A final vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate.

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Increase in Kansas Minimum Wage Step Closer

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A bill raising the minimum wage in Kansas receives first-round approval in the House. The state's minimum wage is now $2.65, the lowest of any of the 45 states that set their own wage rates for workers who aren't covered by federal law.

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