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Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Indicted

Posted: 07/29/2008 - The nation's longest-serving Republican is indicted on seven counts of making false statements. Stevens, who is running for reelection this year, becomes the first siting senator since 1993 to face criminal indictments.

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Whitaker Named NBC News' Washington Bureau Chief

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Mark Whitaker has been named to replace Tim Russert as head of NBC News' Washington Bureau. The former Newsweek editor, who joined NBC last year as senior vice president of news, will assume many of the off-camera duties held by Russert, who died of a heart attack in June.

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Extended Hours to Vote Early

Posted: 07/28/2008 - All week, Shawnee County Election Office hours are extended for advance voting. The office will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday. Many other county election offices are also extending office hours.

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Lawmakers Agree on Consumer Product Safety Act

Posted: 07/28/2008 - Lawmakers reach an agreement on legislation to ensure toys aren't contaminated with lead or chemicals in plastics called phthalates. It's in response to incidents involving unsafe products from China and elsewhere.

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Latest Roberts Ad Attacks Slattery on Gas Tax Vote

Posted: 07/28/2008 - GOP Sen. Pat Roberts new ad attacks Democrat Jim Slattery on a 1993 vote to raise the federal gasoline tax. Roberts say it's a response to a Slattery ad tying Roberts to high gasoline prices. Slattery called a Tuesday news conference to respond.

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Senate Passes Bill to Help Military Families

Posted: 07/28/2008 - U.S. Senate passes bill that will remove housing allowance from income formula so Kansas military families can qualify for low-income housing. The House of Representatives passed the bill last week, and it now goes to the president's desk.

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Bush Administration Projects Record Deficit

Posted: 07/28/2008 - The Bush Administration projects it will leave the next president with a nearly half-trillion dollar deficit in 2009 due to a sagging economy and the economic stimulus checks

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Gas Tax Won't Rise for New Road Plan

Posted: 07/28/2008 - Governor says she won't increase gas taxes to pay for a transportation program as the previous 10-year program winds down and legislators begin discussing a new one

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Details Missing from Obama's Social Security Plan

Posted: 07/28/2008 - Presumptive Democratic nominee has not released many specifics of his plan for Social Security, saying that many of the particulars will come through a bipartisan effort with Congress.

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Kansas Casino Board Faces Tough Decisions

Posted: 07/25/2008 - The Chairman of the Kansas Casino Review Board says it must consider more than projected revenue. Matt All says debt, cash flow and financing are also under review.

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Sebelius Talks Gas Prices, Business Incentives

Posted: 07/25/2008 - VP speculation wasn't all Gov. Sebelius talked about Friday. She also explored the pros and cons of a four-day workweek and talked about the need for a broader strategy in providing incentives to lure new businesses.

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Obama camp cites Pentagon in scrapping troop visit

Posted: 07/25/2008 - An aide to Sen. Barack Obama said Friday the Democratic presidential contender believed he could visit wounded troops at a military hospital in Germany without involving them in a campaign controversy and scrapped his plans after the Pentagon raised concerns.

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Sebelius Downplays Obama VP Talk

Posted: 07/25/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she'll support whoever Barack Obama chooses as his running mate, but sidestepped talk of whether it might be her. In a news conference Friday, she said she believes Obama will choose a partner who shares his vision and can reach across the aisle.

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Obama VP Search: Hill Vet Or Change Agent?

Posted: 07/25/2008 - Sen. Barack Obama has to decide whether he should bolster his ticket credentials or follow his message of change with an outsider, such as Gov. Sebelius, who faced questions Friday about her chances as running mate

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Obama Urges Iran to Accept EU Nuke Proposal

Posted: 07/25/2008 - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, nearing the end of a fast-paced international campaign trip, warned Iran on Friday, "don't wait for the next president" to take office before yielding to Western demands to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

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McCain Rejects 'Audacity of Hopelessness' for Iraq

Updated: 07/25/2008 - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, ridiculing Barack Obama for "the audacity of hopelessness" in his policies on Iraq, said Friday that the entire Middle East could have plunged into war had U.S. troops been withdrawn as his rival advocated.

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Germans Say Obama Speech Sent 'Positive Signal'

Posted: 07/25/2008 - More than 200,000 people crowded into Victory Column in Berlin Thursday to hear the presumptive Democratic nominee speak before he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Sen. Obama is in Paris friday.

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Kansas Gambling Landscape Changes

Posted: 07/24/2008 - A state board is preparing to pick developers for state-owned casinos among a slumping economy and competition from other states. State industry officials say they aren't alarmed.

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Jordan Outraises Moore in 3rd District House Race

Posted: 07/24/2008 - GOP State Senator Nick Jordan outpaced the incumbent in fundraising for his Congressional bid over the latest reporting period. Jordan is trying to unseat Democrat Dennis Moore, who still holds a wide lead in cash on hand.

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Jenkins' Babe Comment Fires Controversy

Posted: 07/24/2008 - Treas. Lynn Jenkins refers to Ryun as "babe" during debate while defending her votes for tax increases by blaming federal mandates passed while Ryun was in Congress. Ryun camp calls remark childish. Jenkins campaign says it was an accident.

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