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By Steve Bell

Kansas City, MO – At news time, the Kansas Senate and House were still more than $20 million apart on what they would offer in response to a court order for more school funding. House leaders were still trying to force amending any proposal to be contingent on an amendment to limit court powers. As the chambers argued on, Attorney General Phill Kline asked the Kansas Supreme Court to extend the deadline.

KU Basketball coach Bill Self says hoopster J.R. Giddens will leave the team and seek a transfer to another university. Self declined to relate the player's departure to a recent bar fight and stabbing, but did say it was symbolic of the "discipline" required to "wear the uniform."

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says Missourians' share of an $11-million Waddell and Reed settlement over variable annuity transactions will add up to $400,000. The Argosy casino broke ground today for a $75-million luxury hotel project. The Argosy ranked 3rd among the area's 4 casinos in May.

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