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State Begins Budget Talks

Posted: 08/24/2009 - The House Appropriations committee reconvened Monday for two days of meetings. They're getting a head start on closing a projected $536 million shortfall in the 2011 budget.

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California Bill Would Free More Than 27,000 Inmates

Posted: 08/21/2009 - A controversial bill that California legislators say would allow the early release of more than 27,000 inmates from crowded prisons will be taken up by the state Assembly on Monday.

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"Cash for Clunkers" Ends on Monday

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Cash for Clunkers has boosted the economy since the program started. But dealers are annoyed by the delay for the reimbursements.. and believe one last "mad rush" will overload the system.

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Thousands Greet Lockerbie Bomber in Libya

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was freed Thursday from his Scottish prison cell on compassionate grounds, despite American pleas to keep him locked up for life.

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Stimulus Money Buying New Buses For Topeka

Posted: 08/20/2009 - When making the announcement, LaHood said rebuilding the nation's infrastructure is a key part of building a stronger future by providing jobs now.. and a better, more sustainable economy moving forward.

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E.P.A. Visits Treece, Discussing Moving Town

Posted: 08/20/2009 - The former mining town has been petitioning the federal government for assistance relocating the city, like it did for nearby Pitcher, Oklahoma.

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Tiahrt to Host Johnson County Health Forum

Posted: 08/20/2009 - The Wichita Congressman, running for U.S. Senate in 2010 will make inroads into the Johnson County political arena in hosting the forum.

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Dealers Say They're Waiting for "Clunkers Cash"

Posted: 08/19/2009 - The White House plans to bring more people on board to review pending "Cash for Clunkers" car deals. The backlog is now totalling into the millions of dollars.

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Kansas Senator Battles Pneumonia

Posted: 08/19/2009 - A spokesperson says Sen. Pat Roberts was diagnosed with pneumonia Monday. He spent Monday night in the hospital, but is now recovering at home.

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Government Issues New Guidlines For Flu Season

Updated: 08/19/2009 - Goverenment officials announced new federal guidelines Thursday during a joint news conference to help employers and businesses prepare for and respond to the upcoming flu season.

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Kansas Leaders Bringing EPA To Treece

Posted: 08/19/2009 - U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins will lead a delegation from the Environmental Protection Agency on a tour of Treece, Kansas Thursday. Kansas officials want the EPA to see the contamination left behind from a century of mining.

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Topeka City Council Approves 2010 Budget

Posted: 08/18/2009 - The Topeka City Council approved the 2010 budget. It includes no mil increase for the city, but does allow the Topeka Transit Authority to increase its mil levy by 1.4 mils.

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Faith Groups Launch Campaign In Favor Of Health Care Reform

Posted: 08/18/2009 - Religious groups in favor of health care reform have launched a national campaign to offset the loud opposition to President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system, organizers announced.

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Commentary: My Friend Bob Novak

Posted: 08/18/2009 - In our innumerable debates, I delighted in calling Bob Novak "the finest mind of the 12th century." One time, though, he scowled and growled, "I prefer the 15th century. Spanish Inquisition. Those were the days."

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U.S. Report: Chavez Moving To Silence Media Critics

Posted: 08/18/2009 - The recent closure of 32 privately owned radio stations and a proposed law to punish "media crimes" are signs that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is moving to quash criticism of his government, according to a recent U.S. intelligence report.

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Sebelius Promotes Public Option

Posted: 08/18/2009 - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke of the benefits of the public option today in a speech in Washington, comparing it to the choice between public and private insurers currently given Kansas state employees.

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