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An Obama Inaugural Ball Reserved for Military Only

Updated: 01/01/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama will have a Commander in Chief's Ball during his inauguration with military personnel, their spouses and those wounded fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as guests.

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Sebelius Dissolves Energy Council

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dissolves the Kansas Energy Council. The 34-member council studies energy issues and drafts recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.

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3 GOP Hopefuls for Moran's Seat

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Three candidates are now running for the Republican nomination in 2010 in the 1st Congressional District of western Kansas.

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Kansas Governor Won't Rule Out DC Later

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says a job in President-elect Barack Obama's administration is still a possibility in the future.

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Palin's Daughter Gives Birth to Son Named Tripp

Updated: 12/29/2008 - People magazine reports that Bristol Palin gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston Sunday. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Bristol is the daughter of Alaska Governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.

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Outgoing Kan. Treasuer's Last Day is Friday

Updated: 12/29/2008 - State treasurer Lynn Jenkins will give up her position at the end of the week, so she can move on to her new role in Congress. Kansas minority leader Dennis McKinney will replace her next week.

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Coal Debate Set to Fire Again

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A utility plans to push again next year for legislative approval of two proposed coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

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Hutchinson Meeting Seeks Input for Obama

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A community meeting in Hutchinson is one many taking place across the nation at the request of President-elect Barack Obama.

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BET, TV One Plan Extensive Inauguration Coverage

Updated: 12/29/2008 - BET and TV One, the television networks aimed primarily at a black audience, haven't paid much attention to presidential inaugurations before. This time will be different.

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Jenkins, Sebelius Top Kan. Political Stories in 2008

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins' and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' career paths were the top political stories in Kansas in 2008. But the state ended the year with a new attorney general, state treasurer, Kansas House speaker and district attorney for its most populous county.

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Gov's lawyer asks panel to subpoena Obama staff

Updated: 12/25/2008 - In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama's incoming chief of staff.

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Sebelius Signs Executive Order to Increase Accessibility to State Websites

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed an executive order Monday increasing the accessibility of state websites and other information technology systems to those with disabilities, making it easier for all Kansans to get the information regarding state services, programs, employment and opportunities.

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New Approach for Kan. Lawmakers on Illegal Immigration

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Olathe Republican Rep. Lance Kinzer says he'll focus on specific issues, including repealing a state law providing lower, in-state tuition at state universities and colleges to some illegal immigrants.

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Obamas rent beach home in low-key Hawaii town

Updated: 12/21/2008 - While on vacation in Hawaii, the Obama family is staying in a $9 million single-story oceanfront home in a laid-back neighborhood over the mountain from downtown Honolulu where the president-elect grew up.

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Obama's election voted top news story of 2008

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The epic election that made Barack Obama the first African-American president was the top news story of 2008 - followed closely by the economic meltdown that will test his leadership, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll.

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Automakers grab loans, look to Obama White House

Updated: 12/20/2008 - President George W. Bush gave the U.S. automakers $17.4 billion in emergency rescue loans, but the fate of the industry is in the hands of President-elect Barack Obama.

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Bush says he can't let auto companies collapse

Updated: 12/19/2008 - President George W. Bush says he's offering $17.4 billion in loans to the auto industry because letting them collapse is "not a responsible course of action."

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Obama Poised to Name New Cabinet Members

Updated: 12/19/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama is nearly finished choosing his Cabinet as he prepares to leave Saturday on a holiday vacation in his native Hawaii.

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Legal Fight Planned Over Ill. Governor Wiretaps

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney is offering a glimpse of his client's unfolding legal strategy, saying he'll challenge the lawfulness of court-ordered wiretaps at the heart of federal corruption allegations.

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Mark Felt, Watergate's `Deep Throat,' dies at 95

Updated: 12/19/2008 - W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

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Incoming JoCo DA Won't Reopen Ex-Kansas AG Case

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Incoming Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says he does not plan to reopen an investigation of former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison's actions during an extramarital affair.

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