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KCUR Morning Newscast 3-18-08

By KCUR Morning Headlines

Kansas City, MO –

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says defense lawyers for the man charged with killing Kelsey Smith are trying to divert attention away from evidence. A Kansas House committee meets this afternoon to consider a new funeral picketing bill to replace the one struck by last week by the Kansas Supreme Court. An ad blitz continues for two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas and other energy policies. The Pentagon says a 19-year-old Fort Riley soldier from Texas has been killed by small arms fire during combat in Iraq. The Wolf Creek Generating Station in Burlington, Kansas has started its regular refueling outage a few days ahead of schedule. Health officials in Missouri and Illinois will be conducting a large-scale exercise today to test their response to a biological attack An off duty Topeka Police officer is involved in the overnight shooting of two men at a house that was the source of loud music complaints.

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