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Outgoing House Speaker Gets Plum Committee Spot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Kansas Hous Speaker-elect Mike O'Neal announced committee chairmanships for the 2009 session. Among them, appointing the man he defeated, Melvin Neufeld, as chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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Obama hopes to reboot US image among Muslims

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama says he will try to "reboot America's image" among the world's Muslims and will follow tradition by using his entire name - Barack Hussein Obama - in his swearing-in ceremony

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More raises in Shawnee Co.

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Shawnee County Commissioners recently voted themselves a raise, up to $43,000. They are not alone, though, several department heads in the county will also be receiving hikes.

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Ill. Gov. Arrested in Obama Successor Probe

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

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Progress made in Bailout Plan for Big 3 Automakers

Updated: 12/08/2008 - A bailout plan for the failing U.S. auto industry could include a Cabinet-level oversight board and a provision to withdraw the money if the overseers decide the companies are failing to take steps to overhaul themselves.

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Farmers Await Obama Ag Pick

Posted: 12/07/2008 - Those involved in agriculture are anxiously waiting to see who President-elect Barack Obama taps to the be the next secretary of agriculture.

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Caroline Kennedy Interested in NY Senate Seat

Posted: 12/05/2008 - A close relative says Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is interested in the Senate seat that will become available once Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state.

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Kan. Sees More Bad Budget News in Nov. Revenues

Posted: 12/05/2008 - The Legislative Research Department reports those collections were nearly $14 million less than anticipated, about 3 percent off. The state expectied almost $410 million, but getting about $396 million.

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"Hardball" Host Eyes U.S. Senate Run

Posted: 12/04/2008 - Chris Matthews is seriously considering a run for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. It's also triggering a new merry-go-round on the futures of cable talk hosts.

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Oprah to Host TV show from Washington

Posted: 12/04/2008 - Harpo Productions says Oprah Winfrey will host a live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from the Kennedy Center Opera House on January 19, the day before Barack Obama takes the presidential oath of office.

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Ex-NY Gov. Spitzer Debuts as Columnist for Slate

Posted: 12/04/2008 - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is back in the media, this time as a member of the Fourth Estate. On Wednesday evening, the online magazine Slate quietly posted Spitzer's first column, headlined "Too Big Not To Fail."

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Obama Calls Iraq PM to Discuss Cooperation

Posted: 12/04/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has called Iraq's prime minister and stressed his commitment to a responsible withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, the government said.

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Fla. Congresswoman Accidentally Hangs Up on Obama

Posted: 12/04/2008 - When a man sounding remarkably like President-elect Barack Obama called a Florida congresswoman Wednesday, she assumed it was a crank call. So Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hung up.

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Automakers Return to Sell Congress on Rescue

Updated: 12/04/2008 - U.S. automakers are returning to Congress for high-stakes hearings they hope will persuade skeptical lawmakers to save their troubled industry with $34 billion in emergency aid.

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Government Recommends Kansas for Biodefense Lab

Updated: 12/04/2008 - The federal government has recommended a site in Kansas for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats like anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease.

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Obama to Name Richardson Commerce Sec. Today

Posted: 12/03/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama is ready to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice for commerce secretary after passing over his vanquished Democratic rival for secretary of state.

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