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New Law Mandates Prison for Some Crooks

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A law taking effect July 1 will require prison rather than probation for a fourth felony theft conviction. The proposal originally called for prison time for anyone convicted of a felony conviction, but that was dropped amid concerns over prison space.

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Kline Wants Judge to Testify in Abortion Case

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Johnson County District Attorney goes to the state Supreme Court to ask it to allow a Shawnee Co. district judge who previously supervised Kline's investigation of an abortion clinic to testify.

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New Law Limits Reduced Sentences for Sex Crimes

Posted: 05/23/2008 - New law, which prevents judges from imposing lesser sentences in serious, sexual violent crimes, comes in response to a Topeka case last year where a judge pronounced a sentence below the guidelines for a man convicted of crimes against a child.

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Governor Attending Zelma Henderson Funeral

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Gov. Sebelius says she will attend next Tuesday's funeral for Zelma Henderson to pay respects the last living parent involved as a plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board lawsuit that ended school segregation

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United Way Campaign Chairman Tours

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Scott Griffith tours agencies that are benefited by the United Way. He is the campaign chairman this year for the United Way.

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Westbound Exit in Lawrence to Close for Months

Posted: 05/23/2008 - The Turnpike Authority announces it plans on closing the West Lawrence westbound exit, exit 202, for about six months beginning next month, so it can continue a bridge expansion.

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Up to Ten Tornadoes Touch Down Thursday Night

Updated: 05/23/2008 - Tornadoes were reported in five western Kansas counties as a severe weather system passed through. Several homes and a feedlot were damaged in Decatur Co. and one home was destroyed in Sheridan Co.

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"Cocaine" Sold In Topeka

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Some area convenience stores are selling cocaine -- not the dangerous drug, but a new energy drink. Dr. Eric Voth, an addiction specialist, is not amused by by the play on words.

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KAW Celebrates Graduation

Posted: 05/22/2008 - 341 technical school graduates were celebrating Thursday night. They finished up programs ranging from business administrative technology and health occupations to automotive technology and technical drafting.

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Topeka HRC Looking to Target Youth

Posted: 05/22/2008 - The city of Topeka human relations commission held a meeting Thursday to put together a youth committee that will do just that. One program under discussion is a Kansas Academy of Music, Art and Theatre program for youth.

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Flags Needed for Memorial Day Tradition

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Each year, an "Avenue of Flags" lines the drive at Westlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Auburn Road. They have some donations, but they still need about 50 more flags and 60 flag poles this year.

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Topeka Man Convicted of Rape and Kidnapping

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Jurors convicted a Topeka man Thursday of kidnapping and rape. The charges against 41-year old Kenneth White stem from a November 2005 incident. White faces more than 100 years in prison when he's sentence June 27th.

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Firm Chosen to Develop Flint Hills Prairie Discovery Center

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Manhattan has picked a firm to develop the Flint Hills Prairie Discovery Center. The Manhattan Mercury reports city commissioners have given the go-ahead for city staff to negotiate a contract with Boston, Massachusetts-based Verner Johnson and Associates.

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Man Dies During Controlled Burn Near Emporia

Posted: 05/22/2008 - A 94-year-old Americus man died while conducting a controlled burn. It's unclear exactly how Kayser died, but investigators say he was apparently crushed to death by equipment that fell on him.

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Services Held for 11-Year-Old Accident Victim

Updated: 05/22/2008 - Services were held Thursday for Cheyenne R. Morrissey, the 11-year-old who died after being in a vehicle accident in Topeka on Sunday. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka.

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Proposed Guidelines Would Screen Truckers for Sleep Apnea

Posted: 05/22/2008 - The DOT is considering new guidelines that would require commercial drivers meeting certain criteria to be screened for sleep apnea. If diagnosed, they'd have to be treated for a week in order to get their license. A seminar on the issue is slated for 11 am, May 30th, in Topeka.

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Governor Signs Bill to Limit Downward Sentencing

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Governor Sebelius signed the legislation announced by Rep. Joe Patton (R-Topeka), which would strengthen the state's sentencing guidelines by keeping judges from issuing a lesser sentence for people convicted of serious sexual violence crimes.

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Lottery Winner Drives Away in Truck

Posted: 05/22/2008 - One lucky lottery player drove off the lot of Bill Kobach Buick GMC with a new truck. It was part of a promotion sponsored by the Kansas Lottery.

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Sheltered Living Performers Rock Out

Posted: 05/22/2008 - A group from Sheltered Living in Topeka, had the audience on their feet during a concert Thursday. The group danced and sang songs from 1950's.

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Formal Charges Filed in Regency Inn Shooting

Posted: 05/22/2008 - 27-year old Sterling Hall III was charged Thursday with first degree premeditated murder and criminal possession of a firearm. Authorities say he shot and killed Pamela McMaster May 15th at the Regency Inn on South Topeka Boulevard.

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Governor Signs Budget That Keeps Kansas on Track

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Governor Sebelius says the omnibus budget bill includes nearly all of her budget recommendations, including reductions in waiting lists for the developmentally disabled and more technology assistance waivers for disabled Kansans.

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Breast Cancer Fight Inspires New Path for Veteran Lawmaker

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Sen. Barbara Allen, R-Overland Park, is not seeking re-election in order to seek a master's degree in public health at KU Medical School. Allen says she was inspired by her successful battle against breast cancer.

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