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Geographer of the U-S to Speak at Dole Institute

The "Geographer of the United States" is coming to the University of Kansas. Dr. Lee Schwartz, who holds that position at the U-S State Department, is speaking at the Dole Institute of Politics later tonight (TUE). He'll be talking about geography in general and about his job specifically.

Dr. Schwartz will deliver his lecture at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute of Politics. The event is free and open to the public.

Geographer of the United States to Speak at Dole Institute

The "Geographer of the United States" is a little-known position at the U-S State Department -- and the man who holds that position is speaking tonight (TUE) at the University of Kansas. Dr. Lee Schwartz will deliver an address at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute of Politics. KPR's J. Schafer reached him earlier today (TUE) at Reagan National Airport.

That's Dr. Lee Schwartz, Geographer of the United States. He was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer. Dr. Schwartz speaks tonight (TUE) at 7:30 at the Dole Institute of Politics. The event is free and open to the public.

House Speaker Defends Fast Start on Social Legislation

Kansas Republican House Speaker Mike O'Neal of Hutchinson is defending the Legislature's speedy action on bills addressing social issues such as abortion, as opposed to its actions on the state's economy. Democrats say GOP lawmakers are breaking campaign pledges to address jobs...but O'Neal says longstanding legislative rules force social issues to the beginning of the session.

Last Friday was the first of many major deadlines facing this session of the Legislature. It saw movement on a number of issues important to many Republicans, including abortion restrictions, election isses, and the selection of state court judges.

Kansas City Broadcasting Legend Dies

One of the best known voices in this part of the country was silenced over the weekend. Legendary broadcaster Bill Grigsby died at the age of 89. His longest association with one team was with the Chiefs, but Grigsby also broadcast the 1957 NCAA championship game between North Carolina and the University of Kansas. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

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