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KCUR Morning Newscast 8-11-08

By Maria Carter, KCUR Newsroom

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Kansas City, MO – Manhattan, Kansas was one of five finalists chosen by a panel of experts for the Homeland Security Department's new lab to study human and animal diseases, but its competition may have gotten special treatment.

The nation's health care program for seniors and the disabled turned 43 years old this summer. Some local doctors and public officials say that calls for a celebration.

The overall population of the six-county Kansas City metro area grew just over 1 percent this past year, but the Hispanic population grew four times as fast.

Lawrence may have seen its last Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.

Wichita water officials are on the offensive against zebra mussels. They're hoping to find a way to keep the pesky mollusks from hurting the flow of water from Cheney Reservoir, which supplies the city's water.

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