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Edwards' Ally Explains Payment to Mistress

Posted: 08/15/2008 - Scrutiny arises after a political action committee associated with John Edwards paid the former candidate's ex-mistress $14,000 for a hundred hours of unused video of the former North Carolina Senator.

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Boyda Campaign: Congress is Not on Vacation

Posted: 08/14/2008 - Rep. Nancy Boyda's campaign continues to dispute accusations from opponent Lynn Jenkins that Boyda voted to send Congress on "vacation." Boyda's campaign says she's in the district, taking time to listen to voters.

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FAA Acknowledges Obama Plane 'Emergency'

Posted: 08/14/2008 - ABC News reports tower tapes show the pilot of Barack Obama's campaign plane wasn't able to control the aircraft's pitch last month. He told an FAA air traffic controller to have crash equipment standing by.

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Shawnee County Puts Pricetags on Naming Rec Facilities

Posted: 08/14/2008 - Shawnee County Parks and Rec presented a plan to commissioners Thursday for selling naming opportunities for various facilities. Parks and Rec Director John Knight says money would go into a fund for improvements, to take pressure off taxpayers.

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Kansas Governor Announces Transportation Group

Posted: 08/14/2008 - Transportation Secretary Deb Miller has formed a 30-member task force at Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' direction. It will develop what the governor calls "a new strategic transportation approach."

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Neufeld: Budget May Force Rethinking on School Aid

Posted: 08/14/2008 - House Speaker Melvin Neufeld says state revenues could fall short of expectations. He says the GOP-controlled legislature doesn't plan to touch a small increase in school spending promised for the 2009-2010 school year, but it could be tough.

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Boyda, Jenkins Spar Over Energy

Posted: 08/13/2008 - The second district race is heating up over energy -- with both candidates pointing fingers about why things haven't been done, and saying they have the ideas to take America into the future.

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Sen. Brownback Tells Dept. of Defense Not to Rush Things

Posted: 08/13/2008 - Senator Brownback says the Department of Defense needs to take time and not rush into deadlines that could push a potential bidder out of the competition to replace the Air Force's aging aerial tankers. The DOD wants a new request for proposals ready to be sent out by mid-August.

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McCain Adviser Received Money From Georgia

Posted: 08/13/2008 - John McCain's chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

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Edwards' Wife Was In Anguish After Affair

Posted: 08/13/2008 - New report says Edwards wife had to make a quick decision whether or not to leave her husband or rebuild marriage due to cancer prognosis. There was no time to take time away from the marriage.

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Clinton Still In Presidential Mix?

Posted: 08/13/2008 - Hillary Clinton could still be a force in the Democratic Convention, even if it would be an unpopular move. She could still place her name in nomination.

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Keynote Democratic Speaker Announced

Posted: 08/13/2008 - Senate candidate Mark Warner will give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, the same night as Hillary Clinton.

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Report: Iraq Contracts Have Cost Billions

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Budge committee chairperson Kent Conrad says the use of military contractors in Iraq opens the door to corruption and abuse, and may increase the cost to taxpayers. A new report says military contracts in the Iraq theater add up to $85 billion.

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Third Surgery Scheduled for Ron Paul's Wife

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Texas Congressman Ron Paul's wife is expected to go her third surgery since being admitted to a Houston hospital Thursday. A statement on Paul's web site would not say what 72-year old Carol Paul is being treated for.

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Kansas Rep Says Congress Should be Working on Energy

Posted: 08/12/2008 - U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, says Congress should not have recessed, but should have continued working on an energy policy. He wants the President or Speaker to call Congress back into session.

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Emergency Communications, Salaries Get Council Votes

Updated: 08/13/2008 - Topeka City Council members agreed to shifting control of the consolidated emergency communications center to the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, among items on the agenda at a busy Tuesday meeting.

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Coin Toss Decides Race, Winner Says No Thanks

Posted: 08/12/2008 - A town trustee race in Ottawa County ended in a tie between the Democratic candidates. A coin toss Monday named Robert Duggan the winner, but he says he doesn't want the position. His withdrawal leaves an open spot on the November ballot.

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Recounts Planned in Two Kansas House Races

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Incumbent Rep. Virginia Beamer of Oakley wants a recount of her 19-vote primary loss to challenger Don Hineman of Dighton. Democrat Andy Sandler also wants a recount in his three-vote loss to Mike Slattery in Johnson County.

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Study: Women Rise in State Government Leadership

Posted: 08/11/2008 - A study finds six states have a percentage of women in state government leadership positions that nearly mirrors their proportion of the general population. Overall, the study finds the number on the rise.

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McCain's 'Celebrity' Taunts are Bugging Obama

Posted: 08/11/2008 - Barack Obama releases a second ad painting John McCain as "Washington's biggest celebrity." The ads poke back at McCain's taunts of Obama being a celebrity like hotel heiress, Paris Hilton.

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Anti-war Activist Cindy Sheehan Qualifies to Challenge Pelosi

Posted: 08/11/2008 - San Francisco election officials have verified a petition from anti-war activitist Cindy Sheehan to run as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the November ballot. Sheehan says Pelosi has failed by not cutting off war funding.

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McCain, Obama React to Georgia, Russia Fighting

Posted: 08/11/2008 - Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama both want a multi-prong diplomatic effort to deal with the fighting between Russia and Georgia. They also warn Moscow that its relations with the rest of the world are at stake.

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