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Kansas Senator Knocks Stimulus On Eve Of VP Visit

Updated: 06/10/2009 - Sen. Pat Roberts points to two stimulus-funded projects in the state's southeast corner - a road project and another to clean up environmental contamination - as examples of wasteful federal stimulus spending.

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Fallen Tree Cut Up On White House Lawn

Updated: 06/10/2009 - Crews at the White House were hard at work Wednesday morning chopping up a tree that fell on the lawn Tuesday during a storm.

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El Dorado Man Running For KS Insurance Post

Updated: 06/10/2009 - David Powell plans to start Monday with an announcement in Overland Park and then go to Topeka to file the necessary paperwork with the secretary of state's office and have a news conference. He expects to end his day in Wichita.

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Obama's New Stimulus Plan Same As The Old?

Updated: 06/09/2009 - President Barack Obama is promising some exciting coming attractions for his stimulus plan. But it turns out they're just summer reruns.

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Brownback Announces Campaign Co-chairs

Updated: 06/08/2009 - Wichita City Councilwoman Sue Schlapp and Overland Park attorney John Petersen will be joining Sen. Sam Brownback's gubernatorial campaign efforts.

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Obama Promises More Than 600,000 Stimulus Jobs

Updated: 06/08/2009 - President Barack Obama promised Monday to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, with federal agencies pumping billions into public works projects, schools and summer youth programs.

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Kansas Leaders May Audit Statehouse Renovation

Updated: 06/04/2009 - The Konrath Group of Kansas City, Mo., contacted House Majority Leader Ray Merrick about performing an audit of the Statehouse renovations. Merrick and other legislative leaders agreed Thursday to hear a presentation from the company sometime in the summer.

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Rally Pushes Bill Decrying Govt Funding Mandates

Updated: 06/04/2009 - Attendees wanted the representatives to approve Kansas Senate Concurrent Resolution 1609, which calls on the federal government to stop penalizing states or withholding funds if they don't comply with federal mandates.

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Tiananmen 20th Anniversary Brings New Repression

Updated: 06/04/2009 - Chinese police aggressively deterred dissent on Thursday's 20th anniversary of the crackdown on democracy activists in Tiananmen Square, ignoring calls from Hillary Rodham Clinton and even Taiwan's China-friendly president for Beijing to face up to the 1989 violence.

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Obama Calls For New Beginning Between US, Muslims

Updated: 06/04/2009 - Quoting from the Quran for emphasis, President Barack Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" Thursday and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe.

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AG Rimnds Parents To Mind Game Ratings

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Attorney General Stephen Six wants parents to stay vigilant about video game ratings when deciding what kinds of games they want their kids playing.

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Kansas Senator Introduces Rural Health Care Bill

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, is co-sponsoring the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act, or "R-HOPE." It includes several provisions to improve health care in rural areas.

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AP Source: AIG Agrees To Sell 2 NYC Buildings

Updated: 06/03/2009 - The embattled insurer American International Group Inc. is selling its headquarters building in New York and a nearby building in a deal expected to close at the end of this summer, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

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Obama Visits Saudi King to Open a Muslim Dialogue

Updated: 06/03/2009 - President Barack Obama is beginning his latest bid to open a dialogue with the Muslim world by paying a call on Saudi King Abdullah, guardian of Islam's sacred sites in Mecca and Medina.

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Governor, Treasurer Celebrate Bill on Financial Literacy

Updated: 06/02/2009 - State Treasurer Dennis McKinney joined Gov. Mark Parkinson Tuesday for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 41. The bill brings financial literacy education to Kansas K through 12 classrooms.

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State Sen. Barnett Candidate for Kansas Congressional Seat

Updated: 06/02/2009 - State Sen. Jim Barnett, R-Emporia, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the 1st Congressional District seat. Barnett joins five other Republicans in the race to replace current U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran.

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N. Korea Prepares Missiles as Successor Announced

Updated: 06/02/2009 - North Korea pushed forward with preparations to test-fire more missiles in the wake of last week's nuclear test as leader Kim Jong Il moved to anoint his third son as heir to the world's first communist dynasty, reports and experts said Tuesday.

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White House Frames Health Care as Economic Problem

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Fixing the economy requires overhauling the U.S. health care system, a White House report concludes - just the message the administration needs to help implement a sweeping new social welfare program during a recession.

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Sotomayor to Make Her Capitol Hill Debut

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor is getting her first chance to make an impression on senators who will vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court, with a marathon set of Capitol Hill meet-and-greets that kicks off what could be a long debate.

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Eckert To Make Call On Emergency Sirens

Updated: 06/01/2009 - County Commissioners made that call Monday morning when several competitors took issue with the bid recommended by Emergency Management Director Dave Sterbenz.

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Kansas Governor to Discuss Transmission Lines

Updated: 06/01/2009 - Gov. Mark Parkinson will speak Monday afternoon about issues surrounding the state's electric transmission system. His remarks will come as two companies are competing for the right to build ultra high-voltage power lines from Wichita to Dodge City.

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