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KCUR Morning Newscast 1-5-08


Kansas City, MO – Incoming Missouri Governor Jay Nixon could move some money away from one of the favored economic development initiatives of outgoing Governor Matt Blunt.

Political analysts in Kansas are continuing to assess the impact of Democratic Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson's announcement Friday that he won't run for governor in 2010.

Dennis McKinney, a Kansas state representative from the tornado-flattened town of Greensburg, takes over as State Treasure today.

Kansas State Senator David Haley wants speeding turnpike drivers to pay more in tolls. The Kansas City, Kansas, Democrat has introduced a bill that would allow the Kansas Turnpike Authority to charge tolls based on a driver's speed.

Kansas highway crash records show there were 350 accidents in 2007 involving 161 injuries in which cell phones were listed as a contributing cause.

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