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Immigration Dead for the Year?

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Kansas House members blocked a compromise deal on a new immigration bill Friday night, signalling the end of the issue for this year's session. A bill without criminal penalties against Kansas businesses failed last month.

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Lawmakers May Sue Sebelius over Coal

Posted: 05/02/2008 - House members introduced a new measure Friday, which could authorize legal action against Governor Sebelius over coal-fired power plants. The issue has been on the front burner with three override votes during this week's wrapup session.

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Planned Parenthood-Kline Cases Unsealed

Posted: 05/02/2008 - The Kansas Supreme Court orders the lawsuit by Planned Parenthood which seeks to force Phill Kline to turnover medical records he obtained while Attorney General. The abortion clinic is also seeking to have the Johnson Co. District Attorney held in contempt.

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City Manager Norton Bonaparte Invites Coffee Talk

Posted: 05/01/2008 - "Meet the Manager" sessions give people a chance to air concerns or share ideas one-on-one with Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte. People turned out Thursday to talk about youth issues and city council concerns.

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House Falls Short in Veto Override

Updated: 05/01/2008 - Backers of two coal-fired plants failed tonight in their bid to override Governor Sebelius' veto of a bill allowing their construction. Here's how many more votes they needed in the House chamber.

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Barack Obama's "Top Ten" List

Updated: 05/02/2008 - Senator Barack Obama says it's what you don't know about him that matters the most. David Letterman gave the Illinois senator a chance to open up a little, on tonight's "Late Show" on CBS. Here's a recap of his Top 10 list that you'll see tonight on Channel 13!

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House Approves Anti-Genetic Discrimination Bill

Posted: 05/01/2008 - New legislation would prevent employment or insurance discrimination based on genetic information. The bill now goes to the President for his signature after passing both houses of Congress with one dissenter, Ron Paul (R-TX)

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Senate Panel Blocks Money for Iraqi Reconstruction

Posted: 05/01/2008 - Senators want to try and force Iraqi government to start paying more for its own reconstruction out of the windfall from rising gas prices, the provision had been part of the 2009 defense policy bill.

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Coal Plants' Fate May Rest on Side Deal

Posted: 05/01/2008 - In order to get enough support in the House to override Gov. Sebelius' veto of the proposed coal plants in southwest Kansas, legislators consider moving the plats as far east as Kansas City. The Governor vetoed the latest legislation allowing the plants Wednesday and was promptly overridden by the Senate.

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Wall Street Journal: Bush is "Big Voter Problem"

Posted: 04/30/2008 - The Wall Street Journal details its latest political poll results. It may dispel some notions that John McCain would run away with the race for the White House, while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are dividing their party before the convention.

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Senate Overrides, House Waits

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Kansas House members adjourned late today without taking an override vote on the Holcomb coal-fired plants. Senators voted to override Governor Kathleen Sebelius' decision, following a stinging criticism in a morning news conference.

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Abortion Bill Override Falls Short

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Governor claimed when vetoing the bill that the legislation could deprive women of lifesaving medical care. Beyond imposing new restrictions on abortion providers, the bill would have allowed lawsuits to block late-term abortions.

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Senate Overrides Coal Plant Veto

Updated: 04/30/2008 - The Senate moved quickly to override Gov. Sebelius' veto of the legislation allowing for two coal plants in SW Kansas by a 32-7 margin, five votes more than needed. The House is expected to vote on the override later Wednesday.

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Sebelius, Governors to Talk Energy

Posted: 04/29/2008 - National Governors Association Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative to hold summit in Overland Park next week. Talks will focus on clean power and efficiency.

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Study Says KS Casinos Would Bring in $739 million

Posted: 04/29/2008 - With four state-owned casinos in the application process and slots at the race tracks in the works, a study for the Kansas Lottery says those entitites would generate $739 million in revenue for the state.

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Governor Sebelius, Hunter's Hope Foundation Celebrate Expanded Newborn

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Jim Kelly, NFL Pro Hall of Fame quarterback and founder of the Hunter's Hope Foundation, joined Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Senator Vicki Schmidt at a ceremony in the Statehouse today to celebrate the upcoming expansion of newborn screening in Kansas.

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Slattery Officially Throws Hat in Ring

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Jim Slattery officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate Tuesday iaiming to square off against incumbent Pat Roberts in November, saying the Republican was now an entrenched Washington politician who has been in office too long.

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Obama Says Opponents Pandering on Gas Tax

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama dismissed his rivals' calls for national gas tax holiday as a political ploy that won't help struggling consumers. Hillary Rodham Clinton said his stance shows he's out of touch with the economic realities faced by ordinary citizens.

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Bush: Farm Bill Won't Help Food Prices

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Members of Congress negotiating a multibillion-dollar farm bill continued to disagree Tuesday over the size of payments to wealthy farmers as President Bush renewed his call to reduce those subsidies.

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McCain Offers Tax Credit in Health Care Plan

Updated: 04/29/2008 - Republican John McCain wants to change how people get their health insurance, shifting away from job-based coverage to an open market where people can choose from competing policies.

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Obama Rips Rev. Wright

Updated: 04/29/2008 - Democratic candidate further distances himself from controversial minister, says he's outraged by ex-pastor's remarks, "saddened" by "spectacle" of recent appearance and that his views do not accurately reflect the state of the black church.

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Rep. Jerry Moran to Fight Farm Bill Subsidy Cuts

Posted: 04/28/2008 - Congressional leaders struck a deal on the farm bill over the weekend that cuts $400 million in safety net programs to farmers. The conference committee negotiating the final bill that will hit the floor, including Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran, meets Tuesday afternoon.

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Supreme Court Says States Can Demand Photo ID For Voting

Updated: 04/28/2008 - States can require voters to produce photo identification, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, upholding a Republican-inspired law that Democrats say will keep some poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots.

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Obama or Clinton: Dean Sets Deadline

Posted: 04/28/2008 - DNC Chair Howard Dean says that one of the Democratic presidential candidates needs to drop out of the race after the final primary in June in order to give the party time to heal and prepare to take on the Republicans in the November elections.

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Obama presses on gas prices, Clinton hits on debates

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama on Friday blamed high gasoline prices on Washington and a political establishment that he says hasn't stood up to oil companies, his two rivals for the presidency included.

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