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DA Says He Won't Take Records in Abortion Case

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says he won't take records from a criminal case against a suburban Kansas City abortion clinic with him when he leaves office.

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Any Kan. Transportation Plan Needs Federal Help

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, chairman of a legislative transportation study committee, said any Kansas transportation plan will be difficult to enact unless there's money from the federal economic stimulus plan offered by President-elect Barack Obama.

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Larry Craig Dropping Further Appeals

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A lawyer for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig says they won't ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to void Craig's conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting.

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Ill. Panel to Grill Burris on Senate Appointment

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Ill. Republicans are promising tough questions Thursday for Senate-appointee Roland Burris on why he accepted a position offered by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Taylor Looks Ahead to Taking Shawnee Co. DA Post

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Chad Taylor will be sworn in Monday as the new Shawnee County District Attorney. He says he's working to improve communications with law enforcement. He'll also have a couple high-profile cases waiting for him.

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America is $1.2 Trillion In The Hole

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Congressional estimators are projecting an unparalleled budget deficit for 2009; while the new President will be struggling with the debt, and a large new stimulus package.

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Richardson adviser worked for firm feds probing

Updated: 01/07/2009 - One of Gov. Bill Richardson's longtime friends and political advisers worked as a consultant for the California firm at the center a federal pay-to-play investigation that derailed the Democratic governor's appointment as commerce secretary.

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CBO projects $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The federal budget deficit will nearly triple to an unprecedented $1.2 trillion for the 2009 budget year, according to grim new Congressional Budget Office figures.

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Obama names special watchdog for federal spending

Updated: 01/07/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that reforming massive government entitlement programs - such as Social Security and Medicare - would be "a central part" of his effort to control federal spending.

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Obama has lunch with 4 presidents

Updated: 01/07/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama hailed a rare Oval Office gathering of all U.S. presidents as an extraordinary event on Wednesday as the current occupant, President George W. Bush, reminded his predecessors and successor that the office "transcends the individual."

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Dan Biles Appointed to Supreme Ct.

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appoints a law partner of the Kansas Democrat Party's chairman to the state Supreme Court. He is Dan Biles, an Overland Park attorney. He's best known for his work for state agencies.

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Stimulus Aside, Obama Vows Future Budget Restraint

Updated: 01/07/2009 - To a public wary of government spending, President-elect Barack Obama is offering a salve with his massive economic stimulus package: the promise of long-term fiscal discipline.

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CBS, CNN's Gupta for Surgeon General?

Updated: 01/06/2009 - There's more speculation swirling that the popular television medical expert may put his skills to work for the Obama Administration.

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Kansas Senator Reacts to Gaza Violence

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, says the people of Gaza have only Hamas to blame for recent violence, and only Hamas can end it.

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Jenkins Takes Oath in Washington

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Former Kansas state treasurer Lynn Jenkins was sworn in as one of Congress' freshman members when the new Congress convened Tuesday.

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Obama Apologizes to Feinstein for his CIA Surprise

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President-elect Barack Obama apologized to her for not notifying her ahead of time that Leon Panetta was his pick for CIA director. She is incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Ex-AG's Affair an Issue in Kansas Abortion Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Attorneys for abortion provider Dr. George Tiller says former AG Paul Morrison was influenced to file charges against Tiller by his former mistress, Linda Carter. They also suggest former AG Phill Kline also knew about the affair before Morrison filed his charges.

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Obama's Kenyan Step-Grandmother to Attend Ball

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sarah Obama, the stepmother of Obama's Kenyan-born father, will join representatives from the Kenyan government, African Union and African diplomats for an unofficial inaugural ball on Jan. 20.

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Obama Stimulus Plan Boosts Business Tax Refunds

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's proposed stimulus package would provide businesses with billions of dollars in refunds on taxes they paid several years ago.

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Economic Crisis, Obama Response Face New Congress

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Democratic-dominated Congress convenes Tuesday to confront perhaps the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to grapple with a hugely ambitious agenda set by President-elect Obama.

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