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Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Mark Bruce at the Statehouse earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The Kansas Highway Patrol is preparing for its largest training class ever, which could help reduce a trooper shortage.

Dave Heinemann (left), President of the Shawnee County Historical Society, presenting an award to KPR Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander, designating him "Speaker Emeritus of Kansas History." (Photo by Flint Hills Gal)

KPR Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander has been designated "Speaker Emeritus of Kansas History" by the Shawnee County Historical Society.  And, he has something to say about the wisdom of preservation.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins and other lawmakers say McDonald is out of touch with veteran's concerns.

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told lawmakers this week that wait times for veterans should not be the primary measure of the VA's success. He compared veterans' experiencs at VA medical centers with a trip to Disney World where visitors often wait in long lines but still have a satisfactory experience.

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

Check out the latest news headlines for our area from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.  Stay informed. Read the news.

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A deadline is looming for Kansas voters who want to change political parties in time for the August primary election.

The agribusiness giant is looking for a new facility in Wichita to house its services, including food distribution and Cargill's North American egg business. 

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert (center) and Chief Justice Lawton Nuss (right) are being targeted for defeat when they stand for retention in November. Also being targeted by conservatives are Justices Carol Beier and Dan Biles. (AP photo)

The U.S. Senate race in Kansas isn't expected to be competitive and the governor isn't on the ballot this fall. So, the hardest fought statewide campaign might just involve four people you’ve never heard of.  For the first time ever there will be a coordinated effort to oust state Supreme Court justices.

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

Here's at look at area news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled and prepared especially for you, our valued website visitor.  If you can read this, thank a teacher.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a slight increase in the use of ethanol made from corn in the Midwest.

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

Nebraska farmers have filed suit against Monsanto, claiming the company's product, Roundup, gave them cancer.  Similar lawsuits have been filed in California, New York and Delaware.

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