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KCUR Morning News 12-15-08

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Kansas City, MO – The economy isn't helping lottery sales. Lottery sales in Kansas have dipped slightly while holding steady in Missouri.

A crucial vote by the Kansas City Council is only one step toward renovating and replacing nearly two and a half billion dollars worth of waste water control.

There may be a reprieve for prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets in a northwestern Kansas county. Officials in Logan County are reviewing their plans for poisoning the prairie dogs after concerns arose about the harm that could also come to the rare ferrets.

A staffing shortage at a Wichita autopsy center has delayed death certificates for dozens of Kansas counties.

An investigation continues into an explosion at a natural gas plant in central Kansas. One person was injured in the blast yesterday.

A Missouri board has approved a new program to add more occupational and physical therapists in rural areas.

The Kansas City Chiefs were leading their division rivals the San Diego Chargers 21-10.

In college basketball, the Kansas State men's team had no trouble with Gardner-Webb, posting a 107-48 win, while the K-State women also earned a win, defeating Texas-Arlington 73-63. The Missouri women's team cruised to a 74-23 win over Tennessee-Martin.

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