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Regional Headlines for Sunday, June 10, 2012
















Wichita Senator Donovan to Seek Kansas Senate Presidency

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita State Senator Les Donovan has announced plans to seek the presidency of the Kansas Senate next year. Donovan, a Republican, has been in the Legislature since 1993 and in the Senate since 1997. He also is seeking re-election to represent the 27th District, which covers much of west Wichita and part of rural Sedgwick County. The current Senate president is Steve Morris, also a Republican. Donovan and Morris battled frequently this past session over the tax plan. Donovan is a conservative; Morris, of Hugoton, is more moderate. Donovan previously served eight years as vice chair of the Senate's tax committee and has spent more than 14 years on the tax committees for the Senate and the House. He's also served 16 years on the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Former U.S. Senator Dole's Sister, Norma Steele, Dead at 86

RUSSELL, Kan. -- Norma Jean Steele, the sister of former Kansas senator Bob Dole, has died. She was 86. Don Varner, owner of the funeral home that handled services for Steele, said Saturday that Steele died Wednesday in Russell. Varner said the cause of death was not listed. Steele was born October 24, 1925, to Bina Marie and Doran Dole. Her husband, Allen Stelle Junior, preceded her in death. Steele's survivors include Dole, who represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996. He also was the GOP presidential nominee in the 1996 presidential race, which he lost to incumbent Bill Clinton. Steele is also survived by two sons, Michael, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Joseph, of Arkansas City, Kansas, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services and burial were Saturday in Russell. 

New Liquor Law Permits Buying Wine at Festivals

DESOTO, Kan. -- A new state law will make a wine tasting festival in DeSoto the first in Kansas that will allow patrons to buy wine at the event. Under a bill signed during the recent legislative session, wineries at festivals will be able to sell bottles of wine. Previously, wine drinkers could taste the wine at the festival, but had to drive to the wineries to buy actual bottles. June 16th's Winesong at Riverfest festival will be the first wine festival in Kansas since the law took effect. 

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