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Deadline Looms at GM's Fairfax Plant

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Negotiators between the United Auto Workers and General Motors work to avert a walkout at 10 a.m. Friday by 2,700 employees at the Kansas City, Kan. plant, and three others across the country, over unresolved issues left over from last fall's national contract.

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Pro-Coal Plant Legislators Make Final Offer

Updated: 04/24/2008 - The new plan would allow for two smaller plants than the ones originally sought by Sunflower and called for in the both bills vetoed by Gov. Sebelius and would call for a more aggressive push toward utilizing renewable resources, such as wind.

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Governor Signs Bill Increasing Access to Voting Sites

Posted: 04/24/2008 - The facilities may now serve as voting locations for elderly residents. The Governor signed a bill allowing long-term care facilities to serve as mobile voting sites to help voters living there cast their vote.

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Emporia State Student National Ping-Pong Champ

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Move over, Jayhawks, the state has a new national championship. An Emporia State graduate student, Alfred Najem, wins the 2008 National Collegiate Table Tennis tournament to capture the men's singles championship behind a wicked backhand slapshot.

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KC Construction Workers Trapped in Tunnel Saved

Updated: 04/24/2008 - Rescue crews save all four construction workers who were trapped in a flooded tunnel after the boat they were in capsized as they were traveling through a tunnel between Turkey Creek and the Kansas River, according to a Kansas City newspaper

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Arby's Owner Triarc Buying Wendy's in All-Stock Deal

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Triarc says it is buying fast food chain Wendy's in an all-stock deal that comes after the burger chain's board rejected at least two earlier offers by the company. Wendy's shareholders will receive 4.25 shares of Triarc Class A stock for each share of Wendy's stock they own.

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Now's the Time to Spring Clean Your Yard

Posted: 04/23/2008 - If you live in Topeka and still have some yard debris you want to get rid of, the city is giving you one more chance to do it for free this weekend. The Yard Materials Recycling Facility will be open to you Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. they'll also be giving away free mulch while supplies last..

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Missouri Man Charged with Killing Bartender

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Brandon Hulett of Raytown, Missouri faces first-degree murder charge. He's accused of opening fire in a Kansas City, KS bar early Saturday because the bartender refused him service without proper identification.

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Convicted Killer Says Lawyer Botched Case; Lawyer Agrees

Updated: 04/23/2008 - Phillip Cheatham says his attorney, Dennis Hawver did a poor job representing him during his murder trial. Hawver agrees, and hopes Cheatham will get the new trial he is seeking -- with a new legal team.

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Chocolate Contest Sweet Treat for Children's Miracle Network

Updated: 04/23/2008 - The "Chocolate Indulgence" benefit for St. Francis Children's Miracle Network took place on April 23, Administrative Assistants Day. Chocolate items from establishments in and around Topeka set up a buffet for tasting by a panel of judges.

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Work Begins on Final Spending Bill

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Lawmakers staying the course of a modest spending increase as they get together to begin work on final spending bill of the session. They're dealing with new projections calling for a budget shortfall.

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Shawnee Heights Associate Super Heads to State Office

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Dr. Diane DeBacker has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Education in charge of Learning and Innovative Services. She's currently an associate superintendent in USD 450. Her hiring is effective July 1st.

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Post Office Named for Slain Kansas Soldier

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Derby renames its post office building for Sgt. Jamie Maugans. He was 27-years old when he was killed in 2002 while serving in Afghanistan. Kansas Congressmen say naming the post office for him is a way to honor all those who've served.

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Tax Freedom Day is Here

Updated: 04/23/2008 - April 23rd is the day Americans stop working to pay off taxes, and start earning money for themselves. In recognition of Tax Freedom Day, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts called on the Congress to make tax relief a priority.

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Agents Honored for Work Investigating Sheriff's Murder

Posted: 04/23/2008 - An ATF agent and 2 KBI agents who investigated the January 2005 shooting death of Greenwood Co. Sheriff Matt Samuels are given "Guardian of Justice" awards. It's the highest honor given to law enforcement by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Boeing Profits Grow, But Still Fall Short

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Boeing reports earnings up 4-percent, but it still falls short of Wall Stree expectations. Planemaker says first-quarter earnings are up 38-percent from the same period last year.

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Kansans Rank Among Worst in Driving Drunk

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A review of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health ranks Kansas 6th in the percentage of drivers 18 and older who say they've driven drunk, with 21-percent admitting to driving under the influence.

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Inspection Report Released in Silver Lake Sickness

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A followup food service inspection was performed Monday at Silver Lake Elementary School. 66 of 267 students served lunch April 17th became ill. Superintendent says a virus is also being looked into as a possible cause of the outbreak.

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Victims of Motorcycle Wreck Identified

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Police say 22-year old Joshua Mulqueen remains in critical condition following a collision between his motorcycle and a pickup Tuesday evening at 17th and Stone in Topeka. A child in the truck suffered minor injuries.

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Death Row Inmate Wants New Trial

Posted: 04/23/2008 - 35-year old Phillip Cheatham, convicted of killing two women and wounding a third, says his attorney didn't do an adequate job representing him. That attorney, Dennis Hawver, agrees and will give a deposition on Cheatham's behalf.

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Seaman Scholarship Recipients Honored

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A group of Seaman High seniors were honored for scholarships they have received. The event is one of four scheduled for the school. A total of 64 students will be honored.

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Wind Gust Blows Over Big Rig; Highway Re-opens

Updated: 04/23/2008 - Wind blows over a semi on eastbound I-70 near the Paxico rest area, blocking the highway. Eastbound I-70 was shut down at the K-99 interchange and rerouted to Hwy. 24 until it could be cleared up. The highway reopened around 6:30 pm.

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