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This week on KPR Presents: Elizabeth Dole talks about her career, her marriage to Bob Dole, and her latest passion -- helping America's "hidden heroes," the 5.5 million spouses, parents, and loved ones who care for wounded veterans.

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Severe thunderstorms packing large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas this weekend.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says that strong storms are also possible in parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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

House speaker Ron Rykcman talking to reporters earlier this month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Lawmakers ended the week on day 101 of the session.

Samantha Fish returns to Kansas City with a new band and a new sound.

The latest release from Kansas City's Samantha Fish is an album of soul and R&B songs from the 1950s and '60s.

Here's what we know so far.

Check out this summary of what's been happening in Kansas.  These news headlines from the Associated Press have been hand-picked by KPR news staffers, just for you.  Feel free to scroll through them. No ads. No games. Just news.

Dr. Doug Girod speaking at a meeting of the Board of Regents in Lawrence. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Girod has been head of the KU Medical Center.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The bill, which now heads to the Kansas Senate, would increase school funding by $280 million over two years. 

The Kansas House has given first round approval to a plan to fund public schools.  But critics don't think the plan includes enough money to satisfy a court order to adequately fund K-12 education.

It will be a weird weekend in Lawrence. The Busker Fest is back for its 10th year.

Sword swallowers, break dancing, aerial artists, musicians, poets, rubber chicken tricks and much more.  All for free. It can only be the Lawrence Busker Festival.

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