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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.

Here's what's happening in our area, according to staff and wire reports.

Find out what's happening across Kansas with this handy summary of news headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by highly-trained KPR news staffers.

The Kansas House chamber during the debate. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The plan is set for another vote in the chamber Thursday.

The president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City says the company's losses in the federal health care exchanges were "unsustainable." 

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.

Joe McConnell with his wife Valerie and daughter Madeline. (Photo: Courtesy of Shawnee Mission Post)

Joe McConnell is now among at least two Democrats bidding to challenge Republican incumbent Congressman Kevin Yoder.

A old motel along Route 66 near Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Is Route 66 in danger of dying out?  A law that's expiring soon could mean that the fabled road will be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program.  If that happens, small communities along Route 66 will lose economic development incentives to preserve this iconic stretch of American transportation history. 

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