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Lifelong Topekan Enters Council Race

Updated: 01/03/2009 - 40-year old Andrew Gray is seeking the District 7 Topeka City Council seat. He says he wants to encourage more accessiblity, more accountability and more civility in city government.

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Jenkins Discusses Family, Congressional Race

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins says the campaign was hard, but she looks forward to the future and taking over the reins of the 2nd Congressional District.

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Parkinson Not Running for Gov. in 2010

Posted: 01/02/2009 - Parkinson has sometimes been considered the leading Democratic candidate for governor. But he says he expects to return to private business when his term as lieutenant governor ends in January 2011.

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Kan. Taxes Fall Short in December

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Preliminary figures from the Department of Revenue show the state collected almost $482 million in December. But financial forecasters had predicted more than $519 million in tax collections.

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New Kan. Treasurer Takes Oath Monday

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Dennis McKinney to replace Republican Lynn Jenkins, whose last day was Friday. Jenkins won the seat for the 2nd Congressional District in eastern Kansas.

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Rice Vows Hard Work on Arranging Gaza Cease-Fire

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused the militant Hamas organization of holding the people of Gaza hostage Friday and said the United States continues to seek a "durable and sustainable" cease-fire.

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An Obama Inaugural Ball Reserved for Military Only

Updated: 01/01/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama will have a Commander in Chief's Ball during his inauguration with military personnel, their spouses and those wounded fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as guests.

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Sebelius Dissolves Energy Council

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dissolves the Kansas Energy Council. The 34-member council studies energy issues and drafts recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.

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3 GOP Hopefuls for Moran's Seat

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Three candidates are now running for the Republican nomination in 2010 in the 1st Congressional District of western Kansas.

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Kansas Governor Won't Rule Out DC Later

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says a job in President-elect Barack Obama's administration is still a possibility in the future.

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Palin's Daughter Gives Birth to Son Named Tripp

Updated: 12/29/2008 - People magazine reports that Bristol Palin gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston Sunday. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Bristol is the daughter of Alaska Governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.

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Outgoing Kan. Treasuer's Last Day is Friday

Updated: 12/29/2008 - State treasurer Lynn Jenkins will give up her position at the end of the week, so she can move on to her new role in Congress. Kansas minority leader Dennis McKinney will replace her next week.

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Coal Debate Set to Fire Again

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A utility plans to push again next year for legislative approval of two proposed coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

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Hutchinson Meeting Seeks Input for Obama

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A community meeting in Hutchinson is one many taking place across the nation at the request of President-elect Barack Obama.

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BET, TV One Plan Extensive Inauguration Coverage

Updated: 12/29/2008 - BET and TV One, the television networks aimed primarily at a black audience, haven't paid much attention to presidential inaugurations before. This time will be different.

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Jenkins, Sebelius Top Kan. Political Stories in 2008

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins' and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' career paths were the top political stories in Kansas in 2008. But the state ended the year with a new attorney general, state treasurer, Kansas House speaker and district attorney for its most populous county.

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Gov's lawyer asks panel to subpoena Obama staff

Updated: 12/25/2008 - In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama's incoming chief of staff.

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Sebelius Signs Executive Order to Increase Accessibility to State Websites

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed an executive order Monday increasing the accessibility of state websites and other information technology systems to those with disabilities, making it easier for all Kansans to get the information regarding state services, programs, employment and opportunities.

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New Approach for Kan. Lawmakers on Illegal Immigration

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Olathe Republican Rep. Lance Kinzer says he'll focus on specific issues, including repealing a state law providing lower, in-state tuition at state universities and colleges to some illegal immigrants.

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Obamas rent beach home in low-key Hawaii town

Updated: 12/21/2008 - While on vacation in Hawaii, the Obama family is staying in a $9 million single-story oceanfront home in a laid-back neighborhood over the mountain from downtown Honolulu where the president-elect grew up.

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Obama's election voted top news story of 2008

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The epic election that made Barack Obama the first African-American president was the top news story of 2008 - followed closely by the economic meltdown that will test his leadership, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll.

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