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Kansas Budget Cash Crunch Averted, Refunds Resume

Updated: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas budget cash crunch has been averted. Legislative leaders Wednesday approved moving money into the state's main bank account from other state agencies. Moving that $225 million gives the state enough cash to pay its bills on time.

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Fiscal Calamity is Looming for California

Posted: 02/17/2009 - California lawmakers are battling to end their budget deadlock, while Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gives the word to start sending out layoff notices; projects on hold.

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Obama Poised to Sign Stimulus into Law

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama is ready to sign into law the most sweeping economic package in decades, a rescue plan meant to reinvigorate job creation, consumer spending and public optimism. Add the bill to an ever-growing deficit.

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Obama focusing on stimulus, foreclosure crisis

Posted: 02/15/2009 - President Barack Obama promotes his economic agenda this week with trips outside Washington to sign the $787 billion stimulus package and to tackle the home mortgage foreclosure crisis.

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Democrats Muscle Stimulus Package Through the Senate

Posted: 02/13/2009 - In the late Friday night roll call, the Senate passes the $787 billion recovery bill, 60-38, including three crucial Republican votes. The President plans to sign it on President's Day.

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Democrats Muscle Huge Stimulus Through Congress

Posted: 02/13/2009 - In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democrats muscled a huge, $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress late Friday night in hopes of combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.

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Kan. GOP Director Stepping Down

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan said Thursday he will leave March 31 to pursue other job opportunities. He said he's weighing offers in the political and private sectors, adding that he wasn't fired or asked to leave.

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Senate Confirms Panetta As CIA Chief

Posted: 02/12/2009 - The former Clinton White House Chief of Staff will take the reins of the spy agency, despite questions on whether he has the needed experience.

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Republican Senator Drops Out as Commerce Choice

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Former Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta is confirmed as CIA Director Thursday night, but one of President Obama's Republican choices pulls his name out of the running for Commerce Secretary.

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Kan. House Approves Deficit Plan; Senate Next

Updated: 02/12/2009 - The vote Thursday was 70-51. Senators also expected to vote on the bill Thursday. Senate approval would send the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

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GOP Leaders Reach Deal on Kansas Budget Deficit

Posted: 02/11/2009 - Senate President Steve Morris and House Speaker Mike O'Neal resolved differences between their chambers' budget negotiators Wednesday. The final disagreement involved funding for social services.

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Homeland Security Secretary Visits Greensburg

Updated: 02/11/2009 - With new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on hand Wednesday, residents cut the ribbon for the grand reopening of a grocery store.

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Negotiations Intensify on Final Stimulus Plan

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Negotiators hoped to seal agreement on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package Wednesday after making good progress in the first rounds of closed-door talks.

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Two Candidates Claim Victory In Israel

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Livni is edging out Benjamin Netanyahu in exit polling tonight. But whoever wins must form a coalition government to the right, after a strong showing from right-wing leaders.

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Senate Passes $838B Stimulus Bill

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Obama says it's "good news" after the 61-37. The bill now goes into negotiation with the House version.

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Leaders Talk About Kan. Budget Accord

Updated: 02/10/2009 - The Kansas Legislature's top two leaders are meeting to find a way to restart talks on closing a $199 million budget deficit.

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KDHE Tries to Clarify Policy on CO2

Updated: 02/10/2009 - A Kansas agency says carbon dioxide emissions will be a factor in issuing air quality permits only when new power plants are involved.

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