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ICEE drinks, also known as Slurpee drinks, are semi-frozen and sometimes carbonated drinks, invented by Omar Knedlik, in Coffeyville, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)

A lot of cool inventions have come out of Kansas. But one of the "coolest" is the ICEE. Also known as the Slurpee, this ice-cold concoction was created by a man in Coffeyville, Kansas. Commentator Ron Wilson shares his story.

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

The Kansas Department of Corrections says it will continue mandatory 12-hour shifts for officers at El Dorado Correctional Facility for at least another 90 days.

File photo of corn crop north of Lawrence (Photo by J. Schafer)

According to a new USDA survey, more farmers are turning organic across the Great Plains.

This week on KPR Presents: the best new books by Kansans or about Kansas.  Kaye McIntyre visits with some of this year's Kansas Notable authors in the second of this two-part series.

Jayhawk football fans are getting a look at plans to renovate the University of Kansas Memorial Stadium.  Kansas Athletics unveiled plans for its $350 million campaign, which includes a new indoor practice area and new facilities for KU's volleyball program.

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

Revenue Secretary Sam Williams. (File photo by Stephen Koranda)

The shooting in Wichita left one person injured.

A fatal shooting in the 600 block of North Michigan has claimed the life of a 1-year-old girl. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Police believe the shooting death of a 1-year-old girl in northern Lawrence late this (FRI) morning was accidental.

File photo of former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, speaking at an event in Topeka. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole has been hospitalized with low blood pressure. The 94-year-old Republican has been getting treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C.

Under an effort to privatize state office space, some public employees were moved to buildings without security. After the shooting of a state worker in Wichita this week, that privatization effort is coming under fire.

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