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Kansas Again Delays Aid Payments To Schools

Updated: 07/01/2009 - For the second time in a month, Kansas delayed aid payments to public school districts because of budget problems. Budget Director Duane Goossen said Wednesday that the state also delayed $31 million worth of tax refunds from June into next week.

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EPA To Kansas: Start Over On Coal Plant Proposal

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's acting regional administrator sent a letter Wednesday to Kansas Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby. The federal agency wants to make sure that KDHE has public hearings on Sunflower Electric's coal plant proposal.

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Obama White House Not Appealing Transgender Ruling

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Obama administration is not fighting a nearly $500,000 judgment for a Library of Congress hiree who lost the job while undergoing a gender change from a man to a woman.

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Certificate Signed, Sending Franken To Senate

Updated: 06/30/2009 - Franken is ordered to be certified by the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday; incumbent Norm Coleman concedes the race, ending an eight-month political battle.

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Franken: 'So Thrilled' At Minnesota Senate Race Win

Updated: 06/30/2009 - Democrat Al Franken says he's "so thrilled" to finally be celebrating a victory after nearly eight months of recounts and courtroom fights in Minnesota's Senate race.

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US Military Says 4 Soldiers Killed In Baghdad

Updated: 06/30/2009 - Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat on the eve of the withdrawal of American troops from Baghdad and other Iraq cities, the U.S. military said, as Iraqi forces on Tuesday assumed control for security in urban areas.

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Obama Touts New Light Bulb Standards

Updated: 06/29/2009 - After House passage of the climate-control energy bill, the President shed a little light on the subject of light bulbs Monday.

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SC Governor Resolves To Stay Put Despite Scandal

Updated: 06/29/2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he's not quitting - though he considered it - despite intense scrutiny and criticism over his affair with a woman from Argentina.

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Spiritual Adviser: 'Darkness' Gripped Sanford

Updated: 06/29/2009 - In an interview with The Associated Press this weekend at his Columbia office, just blocks from the State House, Warren Culbertson said he believed his friend when he said that this was his only marital transgression.

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Some Gays Say Obama Hasn't Kept Promises

Updated: 06/29/2009 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama will host a White House reception Monday in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, but faces criticism for not keeping campaign promises to the community.

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Petraeus Distances Himself From Political Group’s Event

Updated: 06/28/2009 - WASHINGTON (CNN) — General David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, has asked a pro-military group with extensive public ties to conservative leaders to remove references to him from its Web site because they incorrectly appear to show Petraeus endorsing the group’s political stances, his aides told CNN Friday.

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Palin Hits Back At 'Malicious' Photo

Updated: 06/28/2009 - (CNN) – A week after a high-profile uproar with comedian David Letterman over the late-night host's joke about her daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again sharply responding to the appearance of her children in the public sphere.

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Sanford's Mistress Mum On Affair, E-mail

Updated: 06/28/2009 - BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) -- The woman with whom South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had an affair broke her silence Sunday long enough to say she wouldn't discuss her relationship with the now-embattled governor.

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Thousands Demonstrate Silently In Tehran

Updated: 06/28/2009 - Watched closely by police, several thousand protesters moved slowly down a major Tehran thoroughfare Sunday in the first demonstration over the country's disputed presidential election that authorities have allowed in days.

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Obama Adviser Not Ready To Back A Second Stimulus

Updated: 06/28/2009 - A senior White House adviser said Sunday the economic stimulus has not yet "broken the back of the recession" but set aside calls for a second massive spending bill. Republicans, meanwhile, called spending under way a failure.

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GOP Leader Says Time Needed For Sotomayor Records

Updated: 06/28/2009 - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate Judiciary Committee needs more time to review records in connection with Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination.

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Obama Scoffs At Ahmadinejad's Demand For Apology

Updated: 06/26/2009 - President Barack Obama's criticism of Iran escalated Friday into an unusually personal war of words. To Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's demand he apologize for meddling, Obama shot back that the regime should "think carefully" about answers owed to protesters it has arrested, bludgeoned and killed.

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House Passes Major Energy-Climate Bill

Updated: 06/26/2009 - The U.S. House passed an energy reform bill Friday, 219-212. It puts limits on pollution linked to global warming and also ushers in cleaner, yet more costly, energy

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