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As the Supreme Court considers whether Kansas spends enough on public schools, state lawmakers prepare to craft a new school funding formula.

In October, KPR aired a guest commentary from a former member of the Kansas Board of Education who argued that raising taxes and spending more money on education was not the answer for what's ailing public schools. Today, we hear a different take on school finance. Guest Commentator Devin Wilson is an education advocate for Game on for Kansas Schools.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo has been nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Photo: Hugo Phan, KMUW)

If the U.S. Senate confirms Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo as CIA director, a special election will be held in the 4th Congressional District to select his replacement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it would deny a permit for the construction of a portion of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

The pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day under the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Duane Goossen (center) and Annie McKay at the Statehouse in Topeka. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The plan includes reversing some of the Kansas tax cuts made in recent years.

Emporia State University Professor John Richard Schrock, who lectures on biology in China, stands outside the "Unit 731 Museum" in Harbin, China.

This month marks the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack took place on December 7, 1941, and brought the Americans into World War II. By that point, China had already been battling the Japanese for years. Japanese Imperial forces invaded China in 1937. And, as Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us, the Japanese left behind a dark and disturbing legacy that remains largely overlooked today.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

Dr. Roger Marshall, an obstetrician from Great Bend, defeated Representative Tim Huelskamp in the Republican primary and went on to win the general election to represent the Kansas 1st District.

Dr. Roger Marshall says he strongly supports president-elect Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Representative Ron Ryckman during the legislative session earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

House Speaker-elect Ron Ryckman isn't giving any details about what he might pursue.

A middle school teacher in Lawrence was suspended after allegedly making racist comments during a class. 

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