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Sebelius Writes Gates on Guantanamo

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The Governor tells the Defense Secretary she supports the plan to shut down Gitmo, but says Fort Leavenworth "lacks any capability to host any detainees." Her letter follows here.

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Fed in Uncharted Waters, Eyes New Tools

Updated: 01/28/2009 - With the country reeling from a recession, Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing what other tools they can use to brace the economy.

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Tiahrt Names Leaders for Senate Bid

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Congressman Todd Tiahrt has named a steering committee for his U.S. Senate bid. He's seeking to replace Sam Brownback. Fellow Congressman Jerry Moran is also interested in the seat.

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Kansas Senate Advances Bill on Open Records

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill renewing 30 exceptions to the state's open records law. A final vote is expected Wednesday.

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Kansas Judiciary Wants to Raise Docket Fees

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Kansas judicial branch wants to offset proposed budget cuts by raising docket fees. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a Feb. 5 hearing on legislation to eliminate a ban on such fees.

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International Officers to Visit Kansas Statehouse

Updated: 01/27/2009 - 47 officers from 46 nations who are on a 10-month program studying military tactics and theory at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth will visit the Statehouse Feb. 6.

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Deputy Mayor to Challenge Mayor in Spring Election

Updated: 01/27/2009 - City of Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten faces four challengers in the Spring 2009 election, including Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner. Preisner filed Tuesday before the noon deadline to run for the office. In total, 25 people have filed for City of Topeka City Council and Mayor.

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Kansas Bill Would Ban Lighter Sales to Minors

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat, wants to ban sales of cigarette lighters to minors and require retailers to keep lighters behind their counters, just as they do with cigarettes.

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District One Topeka Council Race to Feature Primary

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Tim Lloyd's filing to run for the 1st District Topeka City Council seat means there will be a primary in the race. He is the fourth candidate to declare his candidacy.

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Obama pushing stronger fuel-efficiency standard

Updated: 01/26/2009 - President Barack Obama ordered the government Monday to re-examine whether California and other states should be allowed to have tougher auto emission standards to combat a build up of greenhouse gases, a clean break from Bush administration policy.

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GOP Plan to Fix Kan. Budget Endorsed

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Sen. Jay Emler (R), proposed a 3.4 percent across-the-board cut to help a budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 Monday.

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US Military Deaths in Iraq War at 4,232

Updated: 01/26/2009 - As of Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at least 4,232 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Silvia Ortiz Running for Re-election in District 3

Updated: 01/27/2009 - City Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz is running for re-election. Ortiz has served one term on the council. She represents district three and is the first person from that district to announce her intention to run.

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Brownback Calls for Air Force One to be American-Made

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Sen. Sam Brownback reacted Friday to reports that the contract to manufacture and service Air Force One will be opened to foreign competitors. Boeing has provided the presidential planes since the 1960s.

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Nurse Seeks Spot on Topeka City Council

Updated: 01/27/2009 - 30-year old Craig Gunther is seeking the 7th District seat. Gunther is a registered nurse at Saint Francis Health Center. He also serves on the Kansas State Nurses' Association Board of Directors.

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