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Garage Signs On The Move

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Topeka officials say garage sale signs can be unsightly, especially after the sale has ended and the sellers don't pick up the signs. To that end, signs must now be placed on someone's personal property, i.e., their yard. But some creative sellers have found a way around it.

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Fort Riley Soldier Killed in Chicago

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Fort Riley PFC Howard Jones, Jr. was killed in a hit-and-run accident in his home state of Chicago May 18. Jones was on leave after returning from Iraq in April.

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Lost Bet Leaves One Man Cheerleading on the Street

Posted: 05/23/2008 - He lost a bet, so one Topeka man hit the street decked out in a cheerleading uniform Friday. Matt Nelson, followed by a trail of spectators marched from Tallgrass to the roundabout at 6th and Wanamaker at 5 p.m. to do a little cheer for passers-by.

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ATV Wreck Sends Two to Hospital

Updated: 05/23/2008 - Officials say at K4 and 46th street around 8 p.m. Friday, two people riding ATV's on private property got too close to one another, entangling their vehicles. Both suffered what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

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Water Main Floods Part of Riley County LEC

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A pressure valve blew off a main running into the Riley County Law Enforcement Center's main mechanical room Friday morning. The water caused problems with the department's radio, phone and 911 systems. The systems were operating again Friday night.

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Trial Date Set for Auther Sieminskie of Emporia

Posted: 05/23/2008 - 13's radio partner KVOE in Emporia reports Sieminskie will go on trial August 25. One count of rape and sodomy were added to his charges at a preliminary hearing Friday.

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Topeka Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Five-Year-Old

Posted: 05/23/2008 - 32-year-old Christopher Henderson was found guilty in April on one count of rape with a child. He admitted to sexually abusing a young girl who was admitted to the hospital for surgery after the June 2006 offense.

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Rosa's Mexican Restaurant Says Goodbye

Updated: 05/23/2008 - Rosa's Mexican Restaurant in Topeka served its final meals Friday night. Owners Ric and Marta Barron say high food and gas prices and competition led to the decision. Customers crowded in for a last taste, including a couple who drove three hours from Iowa.

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New Law Ends Repeated Probation for Some Felons

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Under the new law taking effect the beginning of July, judges will be allowed to sentence a fourth time felony theft convict to go to prison rather than probation, and anyone convicted of a third felony of theft, burglary or drug violation will be sentenced to a substance abuse treatment program.

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Kansas Soldiers come Home from Iraq

Updated: 06/06/2008 - Several hundred soldiers returned home to Topeka Friday from Iraq. Family and friends greeted the nearly 200 Kansas National Guardsmen from the 35th Military Police Company. The welcome home ceremony was held at Lee arena on Washburn University's campus.

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Country Stampede Seeks Volunteers

Updated: 05/23/2008 - The annual Country Stampede, June 26th thru 29th at Tuttle Creek State Park, needs hundreds of volunteers for a variety of tasks. Those interested can contact Mick McCallister at 785-223-2551.

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Kansas Turnpike to Replace Lawrence-Area Bridges

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Westbound Lawrence Turnpike exit 202 will close next month. The exit will be blocked off as part of the Turnpike Authority's $140 million project to replace bridges over the Kansas River near Lawrence.

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Shawnee Heights Road Closure Pushed Back

Posted: 05/23/2008 - An announced closure of Shawnee Heights Road from 37th to 43rd streets has been pushed back a couple weeks. Shawnee County Public Works says the decision was made so the closure wouldn't conflict with the annual Tinman Triathlon.

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Chicago Considering Boarding Schools for Homeless

Posted: 05/23/2008 - She began high school in a shelter, doing homework on the floor of the bathroom. It was the only place with lights after 9 p.m. Her senior year was spent raising her little brother when her mother disappeared on cocaine binges.

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Man Found Guilty in Murder of Pregnant Teen, Chelsea Brooks

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A Sedgwick County jury returned a guilty verdict Friday morning against Ted Burnett. He was convicted of capital murder for the death of 14-year old Chelsea Brooks. Prosecutors say the father of the baby hired Burnett to kill Brooks.

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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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