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Gambling back in play in Kansas Legislature

Updated: 01/30/2009 - House Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman Melvin Neufeld said Friday that his committee is drafting a bill to reduce the minimum investment required to operate a state-owned casino in the southeast Kansas gambling zone of Crawford and Cherokee counties.

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Kansas Rep. Tiahrt to Announce Plans for 2010

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Congressman Todd Tiahrt says he'll announce his 2010 political plans Saturday in Topeka at a GOP annual meeting. He's already filed paperwork to run for Senate.

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Illinois Governor Removed from Office

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office Thursday. He says he will continue to fight to clear his name.

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Kan. Deficit Plan Has Bipartisan House Support

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Kansas Senate voted 25-15 in support of a rewritten budget-balancing bill to make smaller cuts in social services and public school funding than Republican leaders had proposed.

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Kansas Senate Advances Budget Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Senators gave first-round approval Wednesday night to a budget-balancing bill that backs off the heavy spending cuts originally proposed by GOP leaders.

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Sebelius Writes Gates on Guantanamo

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The Governor tells the Defense Secretary she supports the plan to shut down Gitmo, but says Fort Leavenworth "lacks any capability to host any detainees." Her letter follows here.

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Fed in Uncharted Waters, Eyes New Tools

Updated: 01/28/2009 - With the country reeling from a recession, Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing what other tools they can use to brace the economy.

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Tiahrt Names Leaders for Senate Bid

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Congressman Todd Tiahrt has named a steering committee for his U.S. Senate bid. He's seeking to replace Sam Brownback. Fellow Congressman Jerry Moran is also interested in the seat.

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Kansas Senate Advances Bill on Open Records

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill renewing 30 exceptions to the state's open records law. A final vote is expected Wednesday.

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Kansas Judiciary Wants to Raise Docket Fees

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Kansas judicial branch wants to offset proposed budget cuts by raising docket fees. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a Feb. 5 hearing on legislation to eliminate a ban on such fees.

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International Officers to Visit Kansas Statehouse

Updated: 01/27/2009 - 47 officers from 46 nations who are on a 10-month program studying military tactics and theory at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth will visit the Statehouse Feb. 6.

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Deputy Mayor to Challenge Mayor in Spring Election

Updated: 01/27/2009 - City of Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten faces four challengers in the Spring 2009 election, including Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner. Preisner filed Tuesday before the noon deadline to run for the office. In total, 25 people have filed for City of Topeka City Council and Mayor.

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Kansas Bill Would Ban Lighter Sales to Minors

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat, wants to ban sales of cigarette lighters to minors and require retailers to keep lighters behind their counters, just as they do with cigarettes.

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