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Kobach predicts 50 percent turnout in midterm vote »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts turnout for Tuesday’s elections will be about 50 percent, even without more than 20,000 people on a suspended voters list because they haven’t provided proof of citizenship. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kobach on Thursday predicted about 872,000 people will vote out of about 1.74 […]

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Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot »

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CHICAGO (AP) — Hospital doctors and nurses say there are a lot of people turning up at the E-R, thinking they have Ebola. At a medical conference in Chicago, they’ve been swapping stories — including one about an Ohio woman who thought she had Ebola simply because her husband had worked in Dallas, but not […]

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First lady launches 2 graduation video contests »

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STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom as they move on to higher education and adulthood. The first lady announced on Thursday two graduation video contests as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which encourages […]

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Williams-Sonoma fined $700,000 for shades hazardous to kids »

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NEW YORK (AP) — Williams-Sonoma Inc. has agreed to pay a $700,000 fine after the government accused the home goods retailer of taking too long to report that its window shades posed a strangulation hazard to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Williams-Sonoma knew in 2007 that kids were getting entangled in shades sold […]

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4 dead in plane crash at Wichita airport UPDATE »

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ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials believe the pilot of a small plane that crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport is among the four people who were killed. Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell confirmed that three of the dead were inside the building when the plane crashed into it […]

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Roberts raises fears about terrorists in Kansas »

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is raising concerns that President Barack Obama may try to place terrorist suspects at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. And Roberts is vowing to stop it, if re-elected. Roberts received hearty applause Thursday in Leavenworth while pledging to keep terrorists out of the Kansas prison. Obama has not […]

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Video shows Kansas native, Dallas Cowboy Randle booked into jail »

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — As he being booked on a shoplifting charge, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle offered $100 for a massage and wondered aloud if his arrest would make the news. KTVT-TV  on Wednesday night aired the video of Randle at the Frisco City Jail following his Oct. 13 arrest. Randle was charged […]

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US turns up heat on Takata over vehicle air bag problem »

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DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are now playing hardball with Takata Corp. as they investigate a possibly deadly defect in some of the Japanese company’s air bags. Regulators are ordering Takata to provide reams of information about air bags that can explode with too much force, blowing apart canisters and sending metal shards into […]

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate changes course »

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates arrested their five-week decline this week but the benchmark 30-year loan remained below 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.98 percent from 3.92 percent last week. It remained at its lowest level since June 2013. The rate […]

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Railcar refurbishing company going to Hutchinson »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A railcar refurbishing company plans to establish a plant in Hutchison, creating about 150 jobs in the next three years. Mervis Railcar, a division of Mervis Industries, announced Thursday that it will invest about $35 million in Hutchinson. Company CEO Adam Mervis says Hutchinson was chosen for the plant because of […]

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Kansas governor uses EPA rule to tie foe to Obama »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A protest by Kansas regulators against federal efforts to limit carbon emissions is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback an opportunity in his close re-election race to tie his Democratic rival to President Barack Obama. The utility-regulating Kansas Corporation Commission said Wednesday that it is asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to […]

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Police seek suspect in former KSU star’s death »

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police are searching for a man accused of killing a former Kansas State University football player outside a nightclub on Oct. 11. A Cleveland police spokeswoman could not say Thursday whether 26-year-old David Garrett was a bystander or was targeted when he was shot. An aggravated murder warrant was issued earlier […]

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Kansas man indicted for distributing child porn »

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United States Attorney KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Lawrence, Kan., man was indicted Wednesday on a federal charge of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Tyler B. Padden, 33, Lawrence, Kan., was charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The crimes are alleged to […]

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