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Police check on man seeking Bigfoot

cjonline.com — Ask veteran police officers, and chances are they will tell you they really haven't seen it all.There is always something fresh and new waiting just around the corner.Take Friday morning, for example.Police received several calls from individuals, asking that officers check on a man who was exhibiting unusual behavior as he traversed different parts of the capital city.

Dole plans more Kansas visits in May

cjonline.com — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole is planning to return to Kansas for a second tour of his home state in May.The 90-year-old Dole announced Thursday that he will visit 16 communities over four days, starting May 12.The former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee already scheduled events next week in 10 communities in northeast Kansas, starting with one Monday in Overland Park.His second tour will begin May 12 with stops in Seneca, Marysville, Washington, Clay Center, Westmoreland and Manhattan.

Patrons urge USD 501 to reconsider graduation changes

cjonline.com — Parents and students urged the Topeka Unified School District 501 school board Thursday evening to reconsider its plans for this year's high school graduation.Earlier in the day, the district announced first lady Michelle Obama would speak to this year's seniors at their May 17 graduation.

Patrons urge USD 501 to reconsider graduation

cjonline.com — Parents and students urged the Topeka Unified School District 501 school board Thursday evening to reconsider its plans for this year's high school graduation.Earlier in the day, the district announced first lady Michelle Obama would speak to this year's seniors at their May 17 graduation.
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First lady's visit changes graduation plans for some upset USD 501 patrons

cjonline.com — The announcement Thursday that first lady Michelle Obama will address Topeka Unified School District 501 students at their graduation May 17 means combining the district's high school graduations.That news has upset some students and parents, who are concerned the district will need to restrict the number of people who can attend.

Make-A-Wish Kansas: Frequent flyer miles needed to help make wishes

cjonline.com — Make-A-Wish Kansas is looking for flyer miles to help children's wishes come true.More than 50 wishes of Kansas children with life-threatening medical conditions involve travel. According to a news release from the organization, typically Make-A-Wish Kansas needs 12,500 airline miles to grant the children's wishes. Most travel wishes are granted in summer.
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Kansas incomes grew slightly slower than nation as a whole in 2013

cjonline.com — Incomes in Kansas grew slightly slower than the national average, but that reflects long-term trends, economists said.In Kansas, personal income grew by 2.4 percent in 2013, placing the state 27th in the nation. It rose from a total of about $124.1 billion in 2012 to $127.1 billion in 2013.
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Futures File: Wheat and soybean prices climb

cjonline.com — Here is this week's edition of Futures File, our weekly commodities wrap-up:Gold melts on China fearsGold prices plunged this week, falling over $40 per ounce during the day Tuesday, the largest sell-off this year. Prices sank after poor economic news from China indicated that gold demand may be waning there.

One arrested in series of recent, unrelated auto thefts from Topeka dealerships

cjonline.com — Three auto thefts from Topeka dealerships - two of them involving vehicles worth more than $25,000 - that took place across less than 36 hours a week ago are unrelated.All of the autos have since been recovered, with charges filed in one of the cases after OnStar tracked that particular vehicle for investigators, leading to a brief pursuit and arrest of a homeless man near Soldier Creek in North Topeka.Troy Willard, sergeant in the Topeka Police Department's property crime squad, provided this overview of the crimes Thursday afternoon to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Prairie Band Casino one of five Kansas semifinalists for Freedom Award

cjonline.com — Prairie Band Casino and Resort was one of five Kansas employers chosen as semifinalists for an award honoring employers that support the National Guard and and Reserves.Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an office under the U.S.
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Topeka natural gas fueling station has opening celebration

cjonline.com — A narrow strip at the edge of the Kanza Fire Commerce Park didn't seem like it was good for much, Go Topeka officials said, but Thursday morning Topeka officials gathered to celebrate a business that saw an opportunity there.Questar Fueling built a compressed natural gas filling station at 5625 S.W.

3 Kansas farmers get grants for sustainable farming research

cjonline.com — Three Kansas farmers have been awarded grants for sustainable solutions projects.A news release Thursday from the Kansas Farmers Union said the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program recently announced the more than 40 grant projects they recommended for a total of $486,000 in funding for the 2014 Farmer Rancher Grant Program.

Topeka youth entrepreneur finalist for elite scholarship

cjonline.com — A Shawnee Heights High School student who started his own small business as a way of providing party supplies for an annual rescue mission fundraising carnival he organized has been named one of five national finalists for two scholarships worth $15,000.Zach Haney, currently a senior at Heights, is a candidate for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented annually by The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation.
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Silver Alert canceled for 75-year-old man from Franklin County

cjonline.com — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has canceled a Silver alert for Donald Eugene Cook after the man checked himself into a hospital Thursday.Earlier Thursday, Franklin County had requested public assistance Thursday in locating Donald Eugene Cook.Cook, 75, was found after he checked himself into a Kansas City area hospital that afternoon.A news release from Franklin County said Cook had recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Rain predictions favorable; scientist says drought recovery still years away

cjonline.com — PIERRE, S.D. - A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area."It looks pretty good for conditions to improve into the early summer," said Sioux Falls-based National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie about predictions for precipitation in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.Brian Fuchs, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb., also expects extra precipitation through April in the central and northern Plains.
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