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Boyfriend in Toilet Abuse Case Pleads Not Guilty

Posted: 05/07/2008 - Kory McFarren was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of mistreatment of a dependant adult. His girlfriend sat on a toilet so long she became stuck to the seat.

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House Passes 3rd Coal Bill, Shawnee County Jobs On the Line

Updated: 05/07/2008 - The Kansas House passes the latest attempt to authorize coal plants in SW Kansas and limit the KDHE Secretary's power by rolling it into a bill along with other economic stimulus projects; fails to get two-thirds majority.

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House Makes New Coal Plant Pitch

Updated: 05/07/2008 - The Kansas is House is trying again to pass legislation to allow two new coal plants in southwest Kansas, this time by bundling it with other economic development projects. Gov. Sebelius has vetoed two previous proposals.

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Firefighter Widow Says City Hasn't Paid for Funeral

Posted: 05/07/2008 - City manager Norton Bonaparte says he is working with Fire Chief Howard Giles to pay for the funeral, which was attended by more than five-hundred firefighters, after Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz broached the family's concerns.

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Negotiators Close on Next Year's State Budget

Posted: 05/07/2008 - Final bill includes three-quarters of a million for a road to the the soon to be closed Parsons Army Ammunition Plant. The final bill will amount to around $13.6 billion.

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Boyfriend of Woman in Bathroom Heads to Court

Posted: 05/07/2008 - The man whose girlfriend stayed in the bathroom so long she became stuck to the seat heads to court Wednesday on charges of mistreatment of a dependent adult for which he could get one year and a $2,500 fine

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Three Decisions, No Dissention at Council

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Topeka City Council members cast no "nay votes" in decisions on neighborhood improvements, a due process claim against the city, and what to do about the scrapped helicopter purchase.

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Presidential Primary Date Part of Voter ID Bill

Updated: 05/06/2008 - Lawmakers send a bill to Governor Sebelius that would change the state's presidential primary in 2012 to the first Saturday in February. It's part of a Voter ID bill. However, lawmakers haven't funded a presidential primary since 1992.

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Topeka Prayer Meeting Ends with Commitment to Mentoring

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Topeka men dedicated to taking a stand against recent violence met at El Shaddai Church of God in Christ Tuesday night. They agreed to commit to mentoring young people through already established organizations.

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Topeka Veterans Voice Hospital Concerns

Posted: 05/06/2008 - One Topeka war veteran is voicing concerns about the conditions at the Topeka VA facility. He says the veterans have little freedom, and have to deal with less than ideal circumstances.

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Shawnee County Property Owners Beware

Posted: 05/06/2008 - District Attorney Robert Hecht is warning of a scam letter being sent to property owners. It offers a certified copy of your landowner's deed for a charge of $69.50. It would normally cost $2.50.

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KBI Releases New Pictures in 35-Year Old Case

Posted: 05/06/2008 - A body found in April of 1973 in Anderson County, Kansas has never been identified. The KBI hopes releasing a facial reconstruction of the victim can help them learn his identity.

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United Way Names New CEO

Updated: 05/06/2008 - Following a months-long search process, the United Way of Greater Topeka has chosen a new leader.

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El Cazador Owner Admits to Hiring Illegal Aliens

Posted: 05/06/2008 - The owner of Mexican restaurants in three northeast Kansas cities, admitted to knowingly hired illegal aliens. Santiago Palomino Hernandez's company owned El Cazadors in Junction City, Manhattan and Topeka.

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KS Senators Approve Coal-Fired Power Plants

Updated: 05/06/2008 - Kansas Senators have approved a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in the southwest part of the state. The vote was short of a two-thirds majority needed to override a gubernatorial veto. The House has yet to take up the measure.

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Valley Falls Approves Bond Issue

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Voters in USD 338 Valley Falls approve a $3.5 million bond issue on a vote of 754 to 280. Board members will talk about what's next at their meeting Monday.

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Ice Storm Costs Still Adding Up

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Communities are finally getting back to normal after December's ice storm. Clay Center reports losing 42 trees and facing a $250,000 cleanup bill. Holton is still facing a rebuild of its utility system, which could take 18 months to complete.

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Holocaust and Victims Remembered

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Both remembering and learning from the past was the message at the Statehouse Tuesday. It was all part of the state's annual Holocaust commemoration.

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