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Economic Crisis, Obama Response Face New Congress

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Democratic-dominated Congress convenes Tuesday to confront perhaps the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to grapple with a hugely ambitious agenda set by President-elect Obama.

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Obama's Intel Picks Short on Direct Experience

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's selection of an old White House hand to head the CIA shows a preference for a strong manager over an intelligence expert.

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Franken on Top in Minn. Recount; Coleman to Sue

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Canvassing Board's declaration started a seven-day clock for Coleman, the incumbent, to file a lawsuit protesting the result. His attorney Tony Trimble said the challenge will be filed within 24 hours.

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Burris Determined to take Senate Seat Tues.

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Barack Obama's appointed successor declared Tuesday he's qualified to take a seat in the Senate and said he'll go to Capitol Hill to do just that.

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Former Kansas Prosecutor Gets Year, Day in Prison

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Former Cherokee County prosecutor Michael Goodrich, of Baxter Springs, was sentned to one year and one day in prison on charges he extored money and favors from a Galena adult club.

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New Kansas Treasurer Faces Questions on Governor's Race

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Dennis McKinney took the oath Monday as the new Kansas State Treasurer. He served almost six years as Kansas House minority leader before Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office.

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Minn. Board Expected to Announce Al Franken Winner

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The state Canvassing Board was poised to certify the results of the recount in Minnesota's grueling Senate election in Al Franken's favor - but that doesn't mean the race is definitely over.

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Former Lawrence State Rep. Dies

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Rep. Jessie Branson, a Democrat, was known for advocating health and arts concerns. As a legislator in the 1980s, she pushed for the law requiring young children in vehicles to ride in child safety seats.

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Sebelius Still Not Interested in Commerce Job

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Sebelius said a month ago that she was taking herself out of consideration for a position in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet. She cited the state's budget problems.

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Hoyer: Stimulus unlikely before inauguration

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Congressional Democrats said Sunday that President-elect Barack Obama probably will have to wait until next month before getting the chance to sign an economic aid bill his team once hoped would be on his desk by his swearing-in Jan. 20.

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Lifelong Topekan Enters Council Race

Updated: 01/03/2009 - 40-year old Andrew Gray is seeking the District 7 Topeka City Council seat. He says he wants to encourage more accessiblity, more accountability and more civility in city government.

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Jenkins Discusses Family, Congressional Race

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins says the campaign was hard, but she looks forward to the future and taking over the reins of the 2nd Congressional District.

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Parkinson Not Running for Gov. in 2010

Posted: 01/02/2009 - Parkinson has sometimes been considered the leading Democratic candidate for governor. But he says he expects to return to private business when his term as lieutenant governor ends in January 2011.

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Kan. Taxes Fall Short in December

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Preliminary figures from the Department of Revenue show the state collected almost $482 million in December. But financial forecasters had predicted more than $519 million in tax collections.

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New Kan. Treasurer Takes Oath Monday

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Dennis McKinney to replace Republican Lynn Jenkins, whose last day was Friday. Jenkins won the seat for the 2nd Congressional District in eastern Kansas.

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Rice Vows Hard Work on Arranging Gaza Cease-Fire

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused the militant Hamas organization of holding the people of Gaza hostage Friday and said the United States continues to seek a "durable and sustainable" cease-fire.

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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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