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Federal Stimulus Touches Even Kansas Statehouse

Posted: 08/07/2009 - Kansas officials are using a program authorized by the stimulus legislation to slightly lower the costs of financing the 12-year Statehouse restoration project.

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Kansas State Optimistic Lab Will Be Built In State

Posted: 08/07/2009 - Kansas State officials say the design and safety standards of the proposed National Bio and Agro Defense Facility are sound. Some critics of the estimated $650 million lab question whether it can safely handle pathogens.

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Bennett, Hastert Coming To Kansas To Help Tiahrt

Posted: 08/07/2009 - Former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett is scheduled to visit Wichita on Aug. 27. Tiahrt's campaign says the conservative commentator will appear at a fundraising reception at the Hyatt Regency hotel.

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Commissioner Miller Lashes Out Over City Budget Proposal

Updated: 08/06/2009 - Shawnee Co. Commissioner Vic Miller had harsh words for Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte and his thought that the county could pick up the tab for senior services funding. Miller says the city is "dumping" on the county, and proposed action of his own.

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Obama, Key Senators To Discuss Health-Care Compromise

Posted: 08/06/2009 - The president will huddle behind closed doors at the White House with the so-called "Gang of Six" -- three Democrats and three Republicans working to find middle ground on perhaps the most politically explosive topic facing Congress this year.

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Manhattan Begins Process Of Allowing Sunday Sales

Posted: 08/06/2009 - The commission on Tuesday agreed to form an ordinance that would allow the sale of liquor and cereal malt beverages in Manhattan on Sundays and summer holidays. Sales would be allowed between noon and 8 p.m.

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Iowa Congressman To Open Army CGSC Session

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell is the scheduled speaker Monday at the flag ceremony marking the start of the 10-month course at Fort Leavenworth.

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Kansas Hispanics Plan Sotomayor Vote Watch Party

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Democratic state Rep. Delia Garcia of Wichita is hosting the party along with friends. Invited guests were asked to "watch history in the making'' beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday at Frida's Restaurant.

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Senate Reaches "Cash for Clunkers" Deal

Posted: 08/05/2009 - Car shoppers can deal through Labor Day, after the agreement announced Thursday by Sen. Harry Reid, following lengthy negotiations.

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Senate Reaches Deal On $2B 'Clunkers' Refill

Updated: 08/05/2009 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says negotiations resulted in a deal to approve adding $2 billion to the "Cash for Clunkers" program. A vote is set for Thursday.

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Parkinson Repeats: No Detainees In Kansas

Posted: 08/05/2009 - In his first public comments since reports surfaced Sunday, Gov. Mark Parkinson repeated previous opposition to any plans by the Obama administration to relocate suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth.

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KDOT Slashes Allownces For Protective Gear

Posted: 08/05/2009 - The agency reduced the annual allowance from $250 to $150 in early July. The move came after Gov. Mark Parkinson imposed $160 million in adjustments to keep the current budget balanced.

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Parkinson Names New Secretary On Aging

Updated: 08/05/2009 - Gov. Parkinson names Martin Kennedy, who has been serving as interim secretary since June, the new Aging Secretary He had been the agency's deputy secretary and has served in management positions at Aging since 2004.

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Feds To Hold Summit On Distracted Driving

Posted: 08/04/2009 - With a recent report saying texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, the U.S. Transportation Secretary will convene a summit to address the problem.

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Obama Visits White House Press Room On Birthday

Posted: 08/04/2009 - President Barack Obama arrived in the White House briefing room Tuesday with cupcakes for reporter Helen Thomas. The two share a birthday. She turned 89 Tuesday, while he turned 48.

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Party Leaders Offer Differing Views Of Sotomayor

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The U.S. Senate is preparing to debate Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Party leaders are offering differing views on her qualifications.

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Battle Lines Set; Senate Readies Sotomayor Debate

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The Senate's top Republican said Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor fails the test of impartiality despite her impressive background while the leading Democrat defended her as a mainstream moderate Tuesday.

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Former Attorney General Phill Kline Law License Inactive

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Phill Kline, who became Johnson County district attorney after failing to win re-election as attorney general in 2006, registered for inactive status for his Kansas law license in July. Inactive status does not require continuing education.

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Bill Clinton Meets With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il

Updated: 08/04/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton met Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on the first day of a surprise visit to Pyongyang, holding "exhaustive" talks that covered a wide range of topics, state-run media said.

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