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Legislators Will Continue Pushing Smoking Ban

Updated: 05/15/2008 - Governor Sebelius and Kansas Health Policy Authority support such a ban against the wishes of business groups. State House and Senate have yet to hold a vote regarding the issue.

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Scandal-Plagued Ohio Attorney General Resigns

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Ohio's attorney general resigned Wednesday under threat of impeachment because of a sexual harassment investigation in his office and his extramarital affair.

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Obama: Bush Falsely Accusing Him of Appeasement

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Obama camp says President's comments about appeasement while in Israel celebrating the nation's 60th anniversary were aimed directly at the Illinois senator.

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Court Hears Arguments in Expanded Gambling Case

Posted: 05/14/2008 - The Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of the state's law allowing four state-owned casinos. The Court's focusing on what "state-owned and operated" means.

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Sebelius Signs Two Bills Helping Military Families

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Some things the bill does include requiring divorced or separated parents to make permanent parenting plans when one parent is deployed, and defering all or part of an active duty soldiers property tax when they're out of the U.S.

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Edwards Endorses Obama In Move To Unify Support

Updated: 05/14/2008 - Democrat John Edwards endorsed former rival Barack Obama on Wednesday, a move designed to help solidify support for the party's likely presidential nominee even as Hillary Rodham Clinton refuses to give up her long-shot candidacy.

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City, Firefighters at Odds over Interpretation

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Firefighters say a proposed change to the city's charter ordinance would make it harder for them to move up through the ranks, but the city says it's a matter of finding the best people to lead the department.

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Edwards Backing Obama

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Former Presidential candidate John Edwards throws his support behind Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination. The two made the announcement Wednesday night at a joint appearance in Michigan.

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Mulvane Rep. Ted Powers Dies

Updated: 05/14/2008 - The retired music teacher had served in the state legislature since 1993 and, according to Speaker Neufeld, was a vehement defender of public schools Funeral arrangements are pending. Sebelius orders flags lowered to half-staff in Powers memory.

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Clinton's W.Va. Rout Doesn't Slow Obama

Posted: 05/14/2008 - Even after Clinton wins more than two-thirds of the vote in the West Virginia primary Tuesday, Sen. Obama picks up two more superdelegates. The Illinois Senator is now 141 delegates shy of clinching the nomination and leads Clinton by 168.

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Sebelius Signs Bill to Expand Rural Housing

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Governor Sebelius signed the bill to help more rural communities meet their housing needs. She says affordable housing is important to attracting workers to Kansas.

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Lobbyists Spend Big on Coal Plant Fight

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Spending by lobbyists trying to sway votes in the debate over allowing two coal plants in Kansas spent more than $135,000 in April. Spending since October is nearing the million-dollar mark.

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Long-Time Lawmaker Suffers Stroke

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Veteran State Representative Ted Powers, R-Mulvane, suffered a stroke. He is at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita in critical condition.

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Now the underdog, Clinton looks for win in W.Va.

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Hillary Rodham Clinton collided with Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, persisting in the Democratic presidential race despite dwindling odds and a lengthening delegate deficit.

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Obama touts commitment to Israel

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Democratic presidential leader Barack Obama said he regrets the division that has grown between Jews and blacks and he remains committed to ensuring Israel's security.

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Superdelegates put Obama within mathematical reach

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Barack Obama's wave of superdelegate endorsements puts him within reach of the Democratic presidential nomination by the end of the primary season on June 3 - even if he loses half of the remaining six contests.

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West Virginians Vote Tuesday

Posted: 05/12/2008 - New York Senator Hillary Clinton is favored to win the Mountaineer State on Tuesday, even with party insiders urging her to end her quest for the Presidency.

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County Software Transition Moving Forward

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Shawnee County Commissioners got an update Monday on implementation of the new ERP software program. Budget numbers and employees are being entered into it, and workers are training. Commissioners were told it should be ready to go August 1st.

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Boyda Talks with Business Owners

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Congresswoman Nancy Boyda spoke to the Topeka Independent Business Association's lunch meeting Monday. They told her health care remains their top concern.

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Barr announces Libertarian White House bid

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr launched a Libertarian Party presidential bid Monday, saying voters are hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.

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Edwards: Clinton Now A Stronger Candidate

Posted: 05/11/2008 - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said that in recent weeks Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has become a stronger candidate, and has made a compelling base for her continued candidacy for the nomination.

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Obama Erases Clinton's Superdelegate Lead

Posted: 05/11/2008 - Barack Obama has taken a slim lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the number of Democratic superdelegates Saturday, and won fresh labor backing as elements of the party began coalescing around the Illinois senator for the fall campaign.

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Stalking Measure Signed into Law

Posted: 05/09/2008 - A bill designed to make it easier for law enforcement to take action against stalkers is among seven measures Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law Friday. The stalking bill was inspired by the murder of Jodi Sanderholm.

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Archbishop Urges Governor Not to Take Communion

Posted: 05/09/2008 - Archbishop Joseph Naumann says Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of an abortion bill sends a "spiritually lethal message." In a column in "The Leaven," he says she shouldn't participate in Communion until she repudiates her support for abortion rights.

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