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Obama rides the rails to DC for inaugural kickoff

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Invoking hope and history, President-elect Barack Obama rolled into the capital city Saturday night pledging to help bring the nation "a new Declaration of Independence" and promising to rise to the stern challenges of the times.

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America: What in the world does it want

Updated: 01/17/2009 - George Washington, first president, said this: "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

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Panel Departs From Kan. Gov's Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/17/2009 - The Senate Ways and Means Committee will continue to work on Governor Kathleen Sebelius' budget plan when they're back at work Tuesday.

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Bush's Final Approval Rating: 22 Percent

Updated: 01/17/2009 - President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush's final approval rating at 22 percent.

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Governor Prepares for Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) will leave for Washington, D.C. Saturday and return Wednesday after participating in inaugural events. Sebelius is looking forward to watching history in the making, attending the Midwestern Inaugural Ball and watching the parade.

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Panel Departs from Kansas Governor's Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Senate Ways and Means Committee is struggling with how far to depart from the Democratic governor's mix of targeted tax cuts and accounting changes to close a projected $186 million shortfall by June 30.

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Kansas Schools say They Still Face Budget Woes

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Educators say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposal to freeze funding will force a reallocation of dollars among districts even before the current fiscal year ends. And, they say, rising costs make it likely that there will be some effects in the state's classrooms.

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Kansas Board: Maintenance Backlog Grows on Campuses

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The board says the six public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, have a backlog of $825 million. That's up from $663 million in 2006.

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Plan to Stop Statehouse Renovation Opposed

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Suspending the Statehouse renovations is part of the House Republicans' legislative agenda for this year. But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jay Emler says that's not a good idea because resuming the work will cost even more money.

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Bush Defends Record, Says Farewell

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The outgoing President says 9/11 changed him, then he worked to "keep the country safe." Bush also saluted his successor in his speech in the East Room address.

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Burris Sworn In As Obama's Successor

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Fellow lawmakers gave Burris a standing ovation after Vice President Cheney swore him in, one week after turning him away from the halls of their chamber.

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Sebelius Recognizes MLK Day

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 19, 2009, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Kansas during a Statehouse ceremony Thursday.

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Jenkins Chosen for GOP Whip Team

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will serve as an Assistant Whip for the House GOP. The Whip team works to craft policy solutions.

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Sebelius Grants First Pardon

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The pardon was issued to Benito Carrillo Jr., a procurement agent for Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems who had been blocked from traveling to Canada for business because of his offense.

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House votes health insurance for 4M more children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Making a down payment on President-elect Barack Obama's promise of universal health coverage, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to expand government-sponsored insurance to 4 million more children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid.

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Obama: "Capture Or Kill" Bin Laden

Updated: 01/14/2009 - CBS Evening News Exclusive: Katie Couric interviews Barack Obama on terrorism, Israel and his economic stimulus plan.

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GOP Leaders Want to Revive State Auditor in Kansas

Updated: 01/14/2009 - House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, says there's a need for an independent auditor to keep government agencies accountable. The office was abolished in 1975.

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Sebelius' Higher Ed Budget Raises Tuition Fears

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Some Republican lawmakers also say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has singled higher education out. She proposes cutting almost $25 million from the current operating budgets of state universities, community colleges and technical colleges.

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GOP Leader Knocks Kansas Governor for Skipping Briefings

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A GOP officials is criticizing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for submitting her budget proposals to the Legislature, but letting her budget director, Duane Goossen, go through the details with lawmakers and reporters.

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Long-Time Figure in Senate Retires

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Senate chamber rose to its feet for Sue Krische. She retired last week after serving 23 years as the Senate president's chief of staff.

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GOP Lays Out Legislative Agenda

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Improving the state's financial picture is the driving force behind priorities set by the Kansas House Republicans.

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