The Republican National Convention

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts took the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday afternoon. Roberts is the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and says rural America is hurting due to overregulation.

Pat Roberts told those in attendance that the Obama administration is making it nearly impossible for farmers and ranchers to do their jobs. He said they feel ruled, not governed, due to overreaching regulation by the federal government.

Roberts praised Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Kansas Bioscience Authority

The planned sale of the Kansas Bioscience Authority could advance this week. As Stephen Koranda reports, the State Finance Council will work on the issue Wednesday.

The Finance Council will consider merging the Bioscience Authority into the Kansas Department of Commerce. That has to happen before the state can sell off the assets of the organization.

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According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the quality of Wichita’s water supply has not substantially changed as a result of activities to recharge the Equus Beds aquifer, one of the primary water sources for Wichita.

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A wide cross-section of the Wichita community munched down hamburgers and hotdogs while visiting with members of law enforcement Sunday night at the First Step Cookout.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay suggested the event after local activist A.J. Bohannon told him he was planning a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bohannan says the killings in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning made the local event that much more important in bringing the community together.

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The Innocents is the latest novel by Ace Atkins. It's also the latest novel in the Quinn Colson detective series. Set in the town of Jericho, Mississippi, it is a story that features small-time thugs, drug deals, a morally ambiguous hero and a hint that the town’s deepest, darkest secrets have yet to come to light. Atkins, who is a former crime reporter, says that the seeds of the book were planted in a newspaper account he’d read of a horrific crime not far from his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Wichita made aviation history over the weekend when a rebuilt B-29 Superfortress took off near McConnell Air Force Base. The World War II-era bomber is one of only two still flying. The project of rebuilding the B-29 was undertaken by volunteers and was funded largely by donations. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur attended the ceremonial first flight and has this report…

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A new survey reveals low opinions of Gov. Sam Brownback among Kansas residents.

Survey USA interviewed 800 adults earlier this month—675 of them registered to vote—for a study sponsored by KSN News. It shows that 72 percent of people surveyed say they have an unfavorable view of the governor, including 50 percent with an “extremely unfavorable” view of him. Just 20 percent have a favorable opinion of Brownback.

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Anti-abortion activists will be in Wichita for the next week for a series of demonstrations they’re calling the Summer of Justice. Organizers say they’re peaceful and have been unfairly criticized in the past.

Operation Save America, an anti-abortion group headquartered in Waco, Texas, has partnered with local and state organizations for a week of protests starting today.

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Republican Party leaders have been crafting their platform ahead of the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. Delegates will decide whether or not to adopt the platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Among the proposed planks is one calling for a reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legalized same-sex unions in all 50 states.

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After a brief and completely unintentional hiatus, we're back to bringing together some of the most notable stories of the past week. This week, primary election preparation ramped up with the voter registration deadline and the beginning of the advance voting period. Here's what you may have missed:

Six things you need to know if you want to vote in Kansas primaries