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As Democrats hold their National Convention this week, Thomas Frank turns a critical eye to the "Party of the People" and how it has failed the American middle class. 

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Grand opening festivities are planned for this weekend at a new center housing James Naismith's original rules of basketball.  The DeBruce Center at the University of Kansas is hosting family-friendly activities and a rare opportunity to view artifacts from KU's University Archives about James Naismith and Phog Allen.

Here's a summary of the day's Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office filed a freedom of information act request in December, and says it has not yet received any records. 

It's only the second time the court has upheld a death sentence under the state's 1994 capital punishment law. 

Democratic activists are working to organize Latino voters in western Kansas.

The population in parts of southwest Kansas is almost 50 percent Hispanic. In Finney County, a small group of young Democrats are working to engage Latino voters.

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

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

The South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, which provides women's health services and performs abortions.  (Photo by Carla Eckels)

The city of Wichita is marking the 25th anniversary of the "Summer of Mercy" abortion protests with another round of protests. This time, however, the demonstrations are expected to be much more peaceful and subdued than they were in 1991. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc takes a look back at the city's struggle over the issue of abortion.

The 20-year-old man is charged with capital murder, along with aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a weapon. 

Harvest Public Media is a reporting project, focused on food, fuel, farms and other stories affecting the rural Midwest.

Farmers and ranchers across the country are facing hard times. With low commodity prices, many are wondering how they will pay their bills this year.

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