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State Universities Propose Up to 6% Tuition Hike

Updated: 05/15/2008 - University of Kansas proposes the highest tuition increase, but says it wants to extend a program to lock in tuition rates for freshmen. Increases would generate another $22 million for the state schools.

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Legislators Will Continue Pushing Smoking Ban

Updated: 05/15/2008 - Governor Sebelius and Kansas Health Policy Authority support such a ban against the wishes of business groups. State House and Senate have yet to hold a vote regarding the issue.

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Court Hears Arguments in Expanded Gambling Case

Posted: 05/14/2008 - The Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of the state's law allowing four state-owned casinos. The Court's focusing on what "state-owned and operated" means.

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Sebelius Signs Two Bills Helping Military Families

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Some things the bill does include requiring divorced or separated parents to make permanent parenting plans when one parent is deployed, and defering all or part of an active duty soldiers property tax when they're out of the U.S.

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Coffee, Conversation and a Look at the Stars

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Astronomers set up telescopes outside Lazio's Coffee Bar in Topeka to help others gain appreciation for the science. People could peek through the telescope to catch a glimpse of the moon or maybe even Saturn.

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Topeka Gets STAR for Energy Efficiency Efforts

Posted: 05/14/2008 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Housing and Development (HUD) jointly presented Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr. an ENERGY STAR Award: Excellence in Energy Efficient Affordable Housing.

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Students Recognized for Outstanding Improvements

Updated: 05/14/2008 - Topeka High School students, who were previously truant in USD 501, were recognized at the 2007-2008 Topeka High School Truancy Support Group for their improvements in grades and attendance during the school year.

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Police Investigate Stabbing Report

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Topeka Police say a person showed up at a local hospital with a stab wound. They continue to investigate the incident.

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Expert Tire Robbed, Suspect Fires Shot

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Topeka Police say a man held up the Expert Tire store at SW 21st and Fairlawn Wednesday evening. They say he fired a shot at a worker who tried to chase him. No one was hurt.

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JEDO Approves Money for Festival of Speed

Posted: 05/14/2008 - The Joint Economic Development Organization approved giving $25,000 to help promote the "Festival of Speed." The event will be held in October in conjunction with the SCCA Championship Runoffs.

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City, Firefighters at Odds over Interpretation

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Firefighters say a proposed change to the city's charter ordinance would make it harder for them to move up through the ranks, but the city says it's a matter of finding the best people to lead the department.

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National Guardsman Evicted From Topeka Home

Updated: 05/15/2008 - Samuel Reilly says he is awaiting a settlement check from the Wichita VA that could have saved his home. But that money has yet to come, so he has no place to live, and neither does his one-year-old daughter or his pregnant wife.

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Coach Snyder wants Mentors

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Former Kansas State coach Bill Snyder spoke at a breakfast for Small Business Networking. The message of the day was mentoring the youth.

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Mulvane Rep. Ted Powers Dies

Updated: 05/14/2008 - The retired music teacher had served in the state legislature since 1993 and, according to Speaker Neufeld, was a vehement defender of public schools Funeral arrangements are pending. Sebelius orders flags lowered to half-staff in Powers memory.

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Sebelius Signs Bill to Expand Rural Housing

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Governor Sebelius signed the bill to help more rural communities meet their housing needs. She says affordable housing is important to attracting workers to Kansas.

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Dead Battery Appears to be Culprit in Silent Siren

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Shawnee County Emergency Management retested three storm sirens Tuesday that reported problems in Monday's testing. Two of the sirens were said to be too quiet - they checked out fine. A third siren that didn't go off appears to have dead batteries.

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Controversy Brewing within the Topeka Fire Department

Posted: 05/13/2008 - There's a new controversy heating up within the ranks of the Topeka Fire Department. Council members are getting their first look at a charter ordinance change that would allow Fire Chief Howard Giles to hire firefighters from outside the department.

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Council Member's Ethics Questioned

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Councilman John Alcala requested a hearing on ethics violations against Brett Blackburn and Jeff Preisner at Topeka's City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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City Council Hears Oppositions to 53rd Development

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Topeka City Council won't take action until at least next week, but opinions were offered tonight on rezoning a section of 53rd and Wanamaker for a Brainstorm Development retail project.

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Parents Outraged About School Threat

Updated: 05/15/2008 - Two students have been suspended for writing a story, as well as poems, that were threatening to other students. One line even read "the best thing I want to do is kill all three of them without a trace of who did it."

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Painting Honors Washburn Philanthropist

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The portrait of a local philanthropist now hangs at Washburn University in appreciation of her service. The school unveiled the painting of Ruth Garvey Fink in the lobby of the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Tuesday.

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