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Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole on Wednesday received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor U.S. lawmakers can bestow.

Bryan Thompson

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole will be awarded the nation's highest civilian honor for his decades of service as a soldier, lawmaker and statesman.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office says Dole will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony scheduled for Jan. 17 at the U.S. Capitol.

Dole grew up in Russell. He represented Kansas for 35 years, first in the House and then in the Senate.

He was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 but lost the election to Bill Clinton.

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The House voted Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to former Sen. Bob Dole for his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator and statesman.

The medal represents Congress' highest expression of appreciation for distinguished contributions to the nation.

The Senate has already passed the legislation. Tuesday's voice vote approval sends the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature.

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Former Republican Kansas Sen. Bob Dole says this presidential campaign is harsher than the times he ran.

Dole ran for president multiple times and was the Republican nominee in 1996. He said during a stop in Topeka that this year’s presidential campaign has been a “name-calling race” and the candidates aren’t hitting on some important policy issues.

“The American people, I really believe, want to know what you think about farms," he said. "Nobody’s discussed farm policy, which is pretty important to Kansas."

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The Wichita-based PBS station, KPTS, is launching a new annual award to recognize individuals and businesses that support veterans.

The new award is called the Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award, and the first recipient, former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, will accept the award at a November ceremony.

Dole received two purple hearts and a Bronze Star for his military service.

KPTS President Michele Gors says Dole’s many years of work on behalf of veterans in the U.S. Senate helped ensure veterans were protected.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.

The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters throughout the state. He spends an hour at each stop, chatting with fans and old acquaintances.

The schedule for the first week of September will take Dole to 10 communities in southeastern and south-central Kansas, beginning Sept. 4 in Independence. He'll be in Howard, Sedan, Winfield and Wellington the following day.

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The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday. Stephen Koranda reports.

You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly 3 decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.

"I, as president, had to have strong leadership that would be supportive of my programs in the Senate. And Bob Dole proved to be a great leader on that,” says Bush.

Kansan Bob Dole Still Fighting For Disability Rights

May 14, 2014
Bryan Thompson

For Americans who have disabilities, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 remains a milestone.

Kansas Republican Senator Bob Dole led critical negotiations to ensure passage of the act.

As Dole continues his tour of Kansas, thanking people for the support over the years, Bryan Thompson asks the now 90-year-old statesman to rank the ADA among his accomplishments in the Senate.

Stephen Koranda

Former Republican Kansas Senator Bob Dole is in the middle of a tour through eastern Kansas to meet with friends and supporters.

Dole will wrap up the three-day trek today in Atchison and Leavenworth. Yesterday, the 90-year-old visited the University of Kansas campus and spoke at a facility named after him, the Dole Institute.

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole visited Overland Park yesterday to kick off a three-day homecoming tour.

At a reception on Monday, the 90-year-old Republican Party icon said the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia’s moves on its territory.

Dole says it would send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message.

He says Putin considers President Barack Obama to be a weak leader.

The former Senator says he’d not only send tanks and other weapons to Ukraine but put a missile defense system in Poland.