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French nab 11 pirates as threats mount on US ships

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A pirate gang that staged an abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews. French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.

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Obama: Get the dread out of tax deadline day

Updated: 04/15/2009 - President Barack Obama declared on tax-filing day that he aims to take the dread out of deadline day. Obama said at a White House event Wednesday that he's working toward "a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream."

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North Korea to Boycott 6-Party Nuke Talks

Updated: 04/13/2009 - The North Koreans said Tuesday they don't want to be any part of the six-party talks protesting their recent failed missile launch.

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Emporia Smoking Ban Passes by 6 Votes

Posted: 04/10/2009 - Emporia smoking ban passes by 6 votes - 2,369 to 2,363. Effective at midnight, it will ban smoking in public places and the area within 10 feet of doorways.

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Obama Meets Advisers, Plans Update on Economy

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Fresh off a foreign trip heavily focused on global economic troubles, President Barack Obama is getting together with his top economic advisers as the U.S. recession shows signs of abating.

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Topeka Votes for Better Roads

Posted: 04/08/2009 - Voters in Topeka have approved a ten-year sales tax hike which will be dedicated to rebuilding the city's battered streets.

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Obama Makes Unannounced Stop in Baghdad

Updated: 04/07/2009 - President Obama made an unannounced visit to Iraq Tuesday. President Obama stopped in Iraq on Tuesday, after visiting Turkey where he addressed parliament Monday.

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Brownback Wants NKorea Classified as Terrorist State

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Senator Sam Brownback wants North Korea classified as a terrorist state again. The call comes after Pyongyang launched a long-range ballistic missile over Japan last weekend.

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Shawnee County Voter Information

Updated: 04/05/2009 - The General Election is Tuesday April 7th. Find out important details about the election plus where your polling place is.

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Kan. House Approves Minimum Wage Increase

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The House has approved a bill raising Kansas' lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage, putting it one step from final passage in the Legislature.

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New Anti-Abortion Bill Passes Kan. House

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The bill would impose new reporting requirements on providers and allow patients and others to sue them over potentially illegal late-term abortions.

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White House Expects Grim Jobs Report

Updated: 04/03/2009 - President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is expecting a new employment report to show additional "severe job cuts" in the U.S.

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Hear the Candidates On the Air, On the Web

Updated: 04/02/2009 - Melissa Brunner and Ralph Hipp help you decide on April 7th. 13's Mayoral Candidate Debate airs tonight on WIBW-TV. And Ralph has welcomed an impressive field of six candidates for interviews the 4:00 news, vying for two city council seats. Missed those interviews? We'll tell you where to find them.

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Jenkins Bashes Obama Budget Bill

Updated: 04/02/2009 - U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins says the President's proposed $3.5 trillion budget "spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much."

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