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Kansas Unit Heading to Afghanistan

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The 102nd Military History Detachment of the Kansas Army National Guard is headed to Afghanistan to document the war there. The group will spend a year conducting interviews and gathering footage that will become the official record from Afghanistan.

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55 Militants Killed After Ambush in Afghanistan

Posted: 06/23/2008 - A militant ambush near the Pakistani border leads to a gun battle and airstrikes which killed 55 militants and injured 25 more. Another coalition attack killed two civilians , including a four year-old boy.

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Ex-US Official: Aerial Refueling Project Delayed

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Former Air Force Secretary claims if bidding for the tanker is reopened, it could mean the new planes would not be in service until 2013, says he is disappointed in GAO report that found faults in bidding process.

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Shiites Protest US-Iraqi Security Deal

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Hundreds of followers of Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrate against a proposed pact between the U.S> and Iraq allowing for a long term American presence in the Middle Eastern nation.

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Israel Shows Abilities for Iran Strike

Posted: 06/20/2008 - A large-scale Israeli military exercise run in the eastern Mediterranean earlier this month appears to many observers as a practice for a strike into Iran.

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Former Fort Riley Soldier to Receive Silver Star

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Sgt. 1st Class William K. Beaver will receive the honor during a ceremony at Ft. Riley for actions in Iraq when his group advisers came under enemy fire which killed two comrades.

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Israel Confirms Ceasefire Thursday

Posted: 06/18/2008 - After a year of battling, Israel and Hamas agree to a six-month truce during which Israel will begin easing its blockade on Gaza and negotiations will pick up over the return of an Israeli soldier.

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Groundbreaking at New Leavenworth Prison

Updated: 06/17/2008 - When new minimum and medium security prison opens in 2010 it will house up to 500 more inmates and create about 200 more military and civilian jobs.

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Probe: Officials Warned About Harsh Interrogation

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Military lawyers had warned then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that increasingly aggressive interrogation tactics may be illegal, an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee found.

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Taliban Prep for Battle Outside Kandahar

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Taliban capture more villages as it seeks to control the Arghandab region of Afghanistan which provide the fighters with good fighting positions and access for attacks upon Kandahar.

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Brownback on Tanker Contract

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The Kansas Republican expresses his displeasure again, over Boeing losing a lucrative tanker deal to a European company.

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Study Finds Discrepancies in VA Care for Men, Women

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Men tend to receive better care at one-third of VA facilities according to Congressionally mandated study. Reported that more physicians need to be trained in women's care.

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Bush: West Must Stand with Afghanistan

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The President urged Europe to join the U.S. in trying to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists again. Began day visiting Pope Benedict XVI t the Vatican.

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Iraq PM: Security Deal Talks at 'Dead End'

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Iraqi PM al-Maliki reflected his parliament's sentiment that Washington's proposals for a long-term military presence in Iraq would give the U.S. too much control in his state's affairs.

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Boeing Says Air Force Miscalculated Tanker Costs

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Boeing says the Air Force admitted it selected the higher of the competing tanker bids, which if the Chicago-based company loses could cost Kansas 3,800 jobs.

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State Ready to Help Tornado Victims with Insurance

Posted: 06/13/2008 - In the aftermath of the tornadoes that devastated Manhattan and Chapman overnight Wednesday, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says her office ready to help consumers.

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Supreme Court Sides with Gitmo Detainees

Posted: 06/12/2008 - Writing for the majority Justice Kennedy stated that the Constitution is designed to survive extraordinary times and that federal judges could order the releaase of some detainees.

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US: Iraq Pact Could Be Finalized Next Month

Posted: 06/10/2008 - New deal would provide legal authorization for U.S. soldiers to remain in Iraq after the United Nations mandate providing for them to be there expires at the end of the month.

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Three U.S. Soldiers Killed by Small Arms Fire

Updated: 06/05/2008 - The decomposing bodies of nearly two dozen Iraqis were also found in a shallow grave and sewer shaft outside of Baghdad. Officials estimate the bodies were about two years old.

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VA Staffer To Testify Over PTSD E-Mail

Posted: 06/03/2008 - Veterans Affairs Coordinator suggested staff "refrain" from diagnosing PTSD to save money and pay less in veteran's benefits, suggested an alternative diagnosis.

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New PTSD Cases Soar Among Soldiers

Posted: 05/27/2008 - 40,000 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have been diagnosed in the last five years, and the Surgeon General fears the numbers are much higher than that.

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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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Audit: Iraq Contracts Skirted Fraud Rules

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A Defense Department probe finds Pentagon paid nearly $8 billion with little or no oversight, or even proof of work and claims nearly every contract flouted federal laws and regulations.

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