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Emergency Communications, Salaries Get Council Votes

Updated: 08/13/2008 - Topeka City Council members agreed to shifting control of the consolidated emergency communications center to the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, among items on the agenda at a busy Tuesday meeting.

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MTAA Looks to Future

Posted: 08/12/2008 - The Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority's board met Tuesday to discuss the agency's 2009 budget. They also heard from a member of the MTAA Police and Fire Dept. who recently returned from Kosovo.

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Topeka Man Gets More Than 2 Years in Teen Hunting Death

Posted: 08/12/2008 - 57-year old Theron Thomas Kent was sentenced Tuesday to two years, eight months in prison for the December shooting death of 18-year old Beau Arndt. Arndt was hunting with friends when he was killed by a rifle shot from the road.

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Trial Begins in Lawsuit over English-only Policy

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Three 12-year old students at a Wichita Catholic school are suing over a policy that students speak English-only while at school. The trial began Wednesday.

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Wreck Closes Sardou Bridge

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Topeka Police say an eastbound vehicle crossed the center line on the Sardou Bridge, then hit the side of the bridge, a utility pole and an oncoming vehicle. The pole came down and sparked a small grass fire.

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WU Donates Equipment to Topeka Fire Department

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Washburn University's Police Dept. donated 6 personal protection equipment kits it received from a Homeland Security program to the Topeka Fire Dept. HazMat team. WU felt TFD could better utilize them.

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Man Convicted of Shooting Lyon Co. Teen Sentenced

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Theron Thomas Kent sentenced to 32 months in prison for the December shooting death of 18-year-old Lyon County hunter Beau Arndt. Kent was convicted in June of charges stemming from the incident. He will have no probation.

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Boeing, Northrop Meeting DOD on $35B Tanker Deal

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Boeing officials are meeting with Pentagon officials in Ohio Tuesday to discuss the new draft request for proposals issued last week for a $35 tanker contract. Some analysts say the new guidelines favor the larger plane of Northrop Grumman.

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Casino Hearings This Week in Wyandotte

Posted: 08/12/2008 - The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board will hear from four state-owned casino applicants Wednesday and Thursday at Kansas City, KS Community College. The public will get a chance to weigh in Friday.

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2008 Corn Forecast for Kansas Shows Record Amount

Posted: 08/12/2008 - A USDA report shows Kansas may have its highest planted acreage of corn since 1936 at just over 4 million acres. Corn production is forecast to reach a record high, and the wheat crop should be 29-percent higher than 2007.

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Jurors Get Immigration Fraud Case

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Jurors are considering whether 70-year old Malcom Webber scammed immigrants by saying membership in a non-recognized Native American tribe conferred U.S. citizenship.

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Recounts Planned in Two Kansas House Races

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Incumbent Rep. Virginia Beamer of Oakley wants a recount of her 19-vote primary loss to challenger Don Hineman of Dighton. Democrat Andy Sandler also wants a recount in his three-vote loss to Mike Slattery in Johnson County.

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New Topeka School Head Holds Meet and Greets

Updated: 08/11/2008 - Dr. Kevin Singer, new USD 501 Superintendent, is holding meetings with staffers in the district before the new school year begins. The first was Monday at Highland Park High School.

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Riverfront Authority Receives Master Plan for Topeka Development

Updated: 08/11/2008 - Sasaki Associates delivered a draft of its master plan for development to the Topeka-Shawnee County Riverfront Authority. The $56.6 million plan calls for a weir, trails and boardwalk, among other things, and focuses on downtown Topeka.

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Texas A&M Mascot From Topeka

Posted: 08/11/2008 - A Topekan is about to be a prominent figure in Texas A&M sports -- it's not a football or basketball recruit, it is a dog! Kelly the collie from Topeka is about to become the eighth Reveille.

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TPD Officer in Off-Duty Shooting Can Talk to Witnesses

Updated: 08/11/2008 - A judge ruled Monday to modify bond conditions for Jason Judd that barred him from having contact with witnesses, many of whom are Shawnee County deputies and fellow TPD officers.

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PETA Protests at KFC

Posted: 08/11/2008 - Protesters from the animal rights orgnization PETA, gathered in front of the KFC on north Topeka Boulevard Monday.

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