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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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What's the "Big Idea?" Heartland Visioning Wants to Know

Heartland Visioning

Updated: 05/14/2008 - Read the ideas citizens have in Shawnee County for the future vision of the area. The Heartland Visioning office is making available the comments and ideas captured at last week's focus groups on their website.

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Topeka Man Will Face 20-years for Role in String of Crimes

Posted: 05/13/2008 - A Topeka man faces more than twenty years in prison for his roles in a string of crimes. 28-year old Anthony Hall pleaded guilty to attempted second degree murder for the December 2006 beating of a couple.

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Coal-plant lobbying cost big money in April

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Lobbyists involved in the legislative battle over coal-fired power plants have reported spending more than $137 thousand dollars in April. Most of the money was spent on media advertising or other campaigns designed to pressure lawmakers.

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State Workers Celebrate Diversity

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Cabinet secretaries and state workers held a celebration at the Statehouse Tuesday to recognize diversity in the state's workforce.

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Budget Denies Docking Repairs

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Department of Administration had hoped to get $96 million in bonds to repair downtown office building, but lawmakers worried about authoritizing the project in tight budget times. A million dollars for planning was also left out of the budget.

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Clay Center Police Get Help Shooing Buzzards

Posted: 05/13/2008 - K-State wildlife experts bring their Pyro-Technic gun to Clay Center to help residents get rid of a large flock of buzzards that have roosted high atop some sycamore trees. As many as 30 buzzards have gathered at a time.

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FBI Initially Pursued Drug Dealer in Kelsey Smith Killing

Posted: 05/13/2008 - An FBI agent testified in a hearing Tuesday that tips in the abduction and murder of Kelsy Smith led them to a suspected drug dealer. However, the agent says the man wasn't a suspect for long. Edwin Hall is accused in Smith's killing.

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Lobbyists Spend Big on Coal Plant Fight

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Spending by lobbyists trying to sway votes in the debate over allowing two coal plants in Kansas spent more than $135,000 in April. Spending since October is nearing the million-dollar mark.

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Long-Time Lawmaker Suffers Stroke

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Veteran State Representative Ted Powers, R-Mulvane, suffered a stroke. He is at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita in critical condition.

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FBI Investigating Rebate Check Email Scams

Posted: 05/13/2008 - An email phishing scam makes use of the economic stimulus rebate checks. It tries to get people to give bank account information via a link in their email, saying it will help them get their check more quickly.

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One dead in Olathe house fire

Posted: 05/13/2008 - A wheelchair-bound man is dead and his roommate is seriously injured after a late-night explosion and fire in an Olathe home.

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Priscilla's Robbed Again

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Topeka Police are investigating an overnight robbery to Priscilla's. They are looking for a Hispanic man who entered the store at 10:30 p.m. Monday night with a gun.

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Two Near-by Topeka Garages Destroyed By Overnight Fires

Updated: 05/13/2008 - Topeka Fire Crews responded to one call of two fires at garages 100 yards apart around 11:30 pm. Arson has not been ruled out as a possible cause. Authorities say one fire could not have caused the other because of the distance.

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Topeka Fire Crews Investigating Late Night Garage Fires

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Topeka fire crews are investigating two fires overnight, both garages. A fire call came in Monday night about 11:30pm as Topeka Fire was called to a call of two separate garage fires. Arson is a possibility.

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Topeka neighborhood aims to keep crime down

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Despite the recent publicized violent crime, officer Mike Cross told neighborhood members that crime stats are low in their area. The area had the 2nd lowest crime numbers in the month of April.

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