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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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Kansas Senate Passes Voter ID Bill

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Kansans would have to show photo identification to vote starting in 2010 under a compromise bill passed by the Senate.

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Legislators Try Tying Coal Plants to Other Bills

Posted: 05/06/2008 - After Gov. Sebelius vetoes two previous bills allowing for coal plants in SW Kansas and limiting the KDHE secretary's power, legislative leaders try passing the bill as part of a bill providing a transportation hub to Johnson Co.

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Payless Parent Calls $305 Millon Verdict "Excessive"

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Officials from Collective Brands said that the $305 million a federal jury ordered the Topeka-based company to pay Adidas for marketing shoes with three stripes similar to the German company's logo "escessive and unjustified"

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KS Supreme Court Limits Tiller Grand Jury

Posted: 05/06/2008 - While the Court said that petition-convened Grand Juries were allowed, they did not give the grand jury unlimited power. The subpoenas issued by the grand jury in dispute in the case were not quashed, but the matter was returned to the lower court.

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111 Crossings to be Upgraded From KCMO to Topeka

Posted: 05/06/2008 - A railroad gang is bringing the words of that old American folk song to life in a nearly $8 million track improvement project in northeast Kansas. Union Pacific Railroad is spending the money to maintain and strengthen tracks and crossings.

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Lawrence Man Killed in Hit and Run Named

Posted: 05/06/2008 - Police have identified the suspect, a 22 year-old man, accused of hitting and killing Thomas Crum with his SUV while Crum was driving home from his sixtieth birthday party this weekend.

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Hensley: Priority Items "Held Hostage"

Posted: 05/05/2008 - The Senate leader from Topeka accuses House leaders of holding important issues "hostage" to pass coal plant legislation.

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Second-Half Property Taxes Due Saturday

Posted: 05/05/2008 - Second-half property tax payments are due Saturday, May 10th. Payments may be mailed, or, in Shawnee County, paid in person at either the Treasurer's Courhouse office or White Lakes Plaza Annex.

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Heartland Visioning Begins Community Conversation

Updated: 11/03/2009 - Heartland Visioning, which is trying to help the community by putting together a vision of the future of Topeka and Shawnee County, has started talking to focus groups to get ideas for what the plan will eventually be.

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Local Schools Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Updated: 05/06/2008 - Several local schools got in on the Cinco de Mayo celebrations Monday. Older and younger students teamed up at McCarter Elementary to make traditional Mexican arts and crafts. Over at Whitson Elementary Monday students tried on sombreros and ponchos, enjoyed Mexican food and even learned Spanish words and a dance.

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