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The risk of wildfires is extremely high in the southwestern United States, including parts of western Kansas.

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.

As the relationship between the U.S. and Russia comes under increased scrutiny, a Lawrence museum is spotlighting a time when Kansans reached out to the Soviet Union to try to end the Cold War.  "Breaking the Ice: Lawrence, the Soviet Union, and Peace" opens at the Watkins Museum of History today (FRI).

 Washburn Coach Bob Chipman ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division II history with 806 career wins. (Photo: Washburn University Athletics)

After Saturday, the basketball court in Washburn University’s Lee Arena will be known as Bob Chipman Court. The renaming of the hardwood is to honor head men’s basketball coach Bob Chipman, who - after 38 years - is retiring at the end of this season. 

Harvest Public Media is a reporting project specializing in agricultural and rural issues.

The hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill was organized by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Senate President Susan Wagle speaking to reporters earlier this month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Lawmakers are determining where they go next after the governor vetoed a tax increase this week.

The Kansas House chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The proposal would expand Medicaid services to include thousands of low-income Kansans.

Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company, is the sole bidder for a contract to operate Osawatomie State Hospital. (photo credit: Kansas News Service)

Investigations turned up problems at other Correct Care Solutions facilities, including attempted suicides and fire safety violations. 

Dennis Cooley, a Topeka pediatrician, says dealing with three KanCare insurance companies, each with its own set of rules, has created administrative burdens for his staff. (photo credit: Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)

Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers have said they're having trouble getting paid on time and getting authorization for certain tests and treatments.

Matthew Stewart argues that the American founding fathers' political philosophy has deeper roots than you might expect. 

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