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Senate Agrees to Triple Anti-AIDS Funding

Posted: 07/16/2008 - The Senate voted Wednesday to triple spending for a much-acclaimed program that has treated and protected millions in Africa and elsewhere from the scourges of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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Kan. Legislators to Study Rising Gasoline Prices

Posted: 07/16/2008 - Kansas lawmakers will address the problem of high gas prices when the Special Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy meets later this year to make sure the state isn't doing anything that would make the matter worse.

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House deals blow to proposed Mass. LNG terminal

Posted: 07/16/2008 - The House has approved a bill extending environmental protection to the lower Taunton River in Massachusetts, dealing a blow to developers who want to build a liquefied natural gas terminal along an industrialized stretch of riverbank.

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New Shawnee Co. Ballots Sent Out

Updated: 07/16/2008 - Voters can soon begin voting in the August elections. Advance ballots were being mailed Wednesday. Voters in Shawnee County will see a different look on their ballots.

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Bush Claims Executive Privilege on CIA Leak

Posted: 07/16/2008 - President Bush has asserted executive privilege to prevent Attorney General Michael Mukasey from having to comply with a House panel subpoena for material on the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

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McCain Pledging to NAACP More Education Options

Updated: 07/16/2008 - Presumptive GOP nominee is expected to tell the NAACP that he intends to counter educational problems in the U.S., which often manifest in schools in black communities, with expanded choice and scholarships.

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Topeka City Council Sets Ceiling for '09 Budget

Posted: 07/15/2008 - Topeka City Council members voted 5-4 to publish a budget that includes a nearly three mill property tax increase. A public hearing on the budget is July 29th.

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Former Kansas Democratic Party Leader Indicted in PA

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A former director of the Kansas Democratic Party has been indicted in Pennsylvania. Brett Cott headed the KDP in the 1990's. He is among 12 people accused in a scandal involving using taxpayer dollars to underwrite political campaigns.

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Jenkins Touts Vision in First Television Ad

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A Republican candidate for Congress has hit the airwaves. Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins unveiled her first television ad for the second district race Tuesday.

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Judge Dismisses Two Lawsuits in Coal Plant Fight

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A Finney County judge dismissed two lawsuits Sunflower Electric and a partner filed over denial of permits to build two coal-fired power plants in Southwest Kansas. Four other legal challenges continue.

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Obama Sets Stage For Trip WIth Major Iraq Speech

Posted: 07/15/2008 - Barack Obama is setting the stage for his upcoming visit to Iraq with a high-profile explanation of his opposition to the war there and his pledge to complete a U.S. troop pullout within 16 months of becoming president.

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Politicians Courting Hispanic Voters; Topekans React

Posted: 07/14/2008 - There are no incumbents in this year's November presidential election. That means candidates are building a new base of supporters, and both Republicans and Democrats would love to have the support of the always-growing Hispanic community.

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Kansas Democrats Upset Over Latest Roberts TV Ad

Posted: 07/14/2008 - The state Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Gaughan filed a complaint Monday, accusing Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) of violating a 2002 federal requirement known as the "Stand by Your Ad" provision with his latest television ad.

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Primary Election Deadlines Loom

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Deadlines for August primaries start soon. One is deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation, which is next week.

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Coal Plant Battle Shifts to Courtroom Tuesday

Posted: 07/14/2008 - A Sunflower spokesperson says the utility hopes that two of the six legal challenges that arose from KDHE Sec. Rod Bremby's decision to reject an air-quality permit for two new coal plants will be dismissed Tuesday.

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Kansas Democrats Upset Over Latest Roberts TV Ad

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Democrats assert the disclaimer at the beginning of Pat Roberts latest ad, which attacks opponent Jim Slattery's lobbying work does not adequately lay responsibility for the commercial's contents on the GOP incumbent.

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Bush To Lift Ban On Offshore Drilling

Posted: 07/14/2008 - The White House says that President Bush will overturn the ban on offshore drilling off America's coastline that was initially issued by his father, during his presidency.

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New Yorker Obama Cover Sparks Uproar

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Obama camp calls the latest New Yorker cover which shows the presumptive Democratic candidate and his wife in the White House with references to many of the negative stereotypes against the couple.

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Kids Interviewed On TV To Obama's Later Regret

Posted: 07/14/2008 - The "Access Hollywood" interview in which Obama and wife Michelle allowed daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, to participate opened a curtain on a potential president's family and raised questions about whether the girls should be "hands off" for the media.

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Official: Obama To Meet Palestinian Pols

Posted: 07/14/2008 - On his tour through the Middle East next week, the presumptive Democratic nominee will stop in the West Bank and meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a Palestinian official

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In a Switch, Governors Now Await Running-Mate Call

Posted: 07/13/2008 - Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was among a group of leaders gathered this weekend at the National Governors' Association getting buzz as a possible presidential runningmate.

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Obama says `little doubt' country in recession

Posted: 07/13/2008 - Barack Obama said Saturday there is "little doubt we've moved into recession," underscoring the country's need for a second economic stimulus package, swift steps to shore up the housing market and a long-term energy policy to reduce reliance on foreign oil imports.

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43 nations creating Mediterranean union

Posted: 07/13/2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the disparate and conflicted countries around the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday to make peace as European rivals did in the 20th century as he launched an unprecedented Union for the Mediterranean.

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Former Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies

Updated: 07/12/2008 - Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush's press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.

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