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WICHITA — Hawker Beechcraft has asked a bankruptcy court to allow it to renege on warranties and other support obligations for its discontinued Hawker 4000 and Premier I and IA business jets, saying that support for those aircraft could cost it tens of millions of dollars. The Wichita-based plane maker said in a court filing Thursday evening that the request was the result of the company's "sound business judgment" and is a critical step toward it emerging from bankruptcy protection. By Roxana Hegeman.
TOPEKA — A research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge was temporarily suspended from her job Friday pending an investigation about tweets she posted during a hearing in former Attorney General Phill Kline's ethics case. Sarah Peterson Herr works for Judge Christel Marquardt. She is on suspension while an internal investigation is conducted, judicial branch spokesman Ron Keefover said. By John Milburn.
TOPEKA — A Democratic legislator who's been a persistent critic of Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach conceded Friday that she'd lost her Kansas House seat by 21 votes, saying she wouldn't seek a recount in a race that's been marked by a legal battle over provisional ballots. Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka said her postelection efforts to overcome Republican challenger Ken Corbet's small lead had been a "long shot" and she wasn't surprised that Corbet, also from Topeka, kept his slim lead. Shawnee County finished its review of the voting late Thursday night after officials in Douglas and Osage counties, which also contain part of her 54th House District, had already certified the results. By Political Writer John Hanna.
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WASHINGTON — Plans to build a national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower will be delayed into next year as the World War II general's family continues to object to a design by architect Frank Gehry. A review of the memorial design was left off the December agenda for the National Capital Planning Commission, which must approve the project. That means the commission won't consider the project until sometime in 2013. According to letters obtained by The Associated Press, Eisenhower's son, John S.D. Eisenhower, and his family continue to object to the design as "too extravagant" and because it "attempts to do too much." By Brett Zongker.
CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE MERGER
GARDEN CITY — St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City and St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend are planning to become part of Centura Health Initiatives, Colorado's largest health care organization. Centura Health Initiatives is jointly operated by Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System, a mission of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The organizational change will integrate all Catholic Health Initiatives' facilities in Colorado and Kansas into one regional structure, the company said Thursday.
— BEGINNING FARMERS-KANSAS — The Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition is inviting aspiring farmers and ranchers to attend its inaugural meeting.
— PIG GENOME — Two Kansas State University researchers were part of a successful international effort to map the complete genome of the domestic pig.
— LIQUOR SALES APPROVED — Residents of Lane County no longer have to be members of private clubs to buy mixed drinks in public.
— KANSAS BUDGET-HIGHER EDUCATION — Gov. Sam Brownback says the Kansas higher education system might get additional funds next year for specific initiatives, but he's advising officials not to push for general budget increases.
— CHILD PORN PLEA — A central Kansas man has pleaded guilty to using a 9-year-old girl to produce child pornography after an investigation that began earlier this year in Australia.
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MANHATTAN — Manhattan resident Jim Sharp remembers the first time he saw Nazi leaders Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess and Joachim von Ribbentrop. Sharp, an Army staff sergeant who had fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded during World War II, was undergoing orientation and training in September 1945 as part of the "select" senior security personnel for the International Military Tribunal at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Bavaria, in Germany. By Jan Biles, The Topeka Capital-Journal.
LAWRENCE — Larry Swinson, a slight, 75-year-old retiree, regularly slides into church pews at Lansing Correctional Facility between much burlier, blue-uniformed men with more tattoos and less singing experience. The Lawrence resident has been volunteering five years for the East Hill Singers prison chorus, where having a guy in the mix who once carried tunes in barbershop quartets can only help when it comes to staying on key. Perhaps his most disquieting moment happened a few years ago at the finale of an off-prison performance when, as audience members smiled and clapped, an inmate standing next to Swinson leaned over and whispered a confession. By Sara Shepherd, Lawrence Journal-World.
KOREA TO KANSAS
HUTCHINSON — Life for Ricky Kim is a continual journey of self-discovery. Currently a reality TV star in Seoul, South Korea, the 30-year-old spent his formative years in Kansas. By Kathy Hanks, The Hutchinson News.
WACO, Texas — Collin Klein and Kansas State are two wins away from almost certainly playing for the school's first national championship. The Heisman Trophy front-running quarterback graces the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated, and the second-ranked Wildcats are headed to Texas for the second Saturday night in a row — this time to play a Baylor team still trying to get bowl eligible after losing its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to the NFL. By Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins.
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LAWRENCE — Paul Rhoads ticked off in his head, one by one, the number of questions it took this week before someone finally asked him about his Cyclones winning their sixth game. "That's not bad. I thought it would take two," the Iowa State coach said with a smile. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.
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