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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Army to prevent the White House from taking executive action to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States.

Roberts and the five other Republican lawmakers who make up the congressional delegation from Kansas issued a joint statement, condemning what they said was the Obama administration's refusal to rule out taking executive action to close the prison in Cuba.

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Many Kansans expressed surprise at the November election outcomes for senator and governor.

The polls indicated that Greg Orman would likely defeat Senator Pat Roberts and that Democrat Paul Davis would likely defeat Governor Sam Brownback. The polls were wrong because it is difficult to poll individuals who live in the many rural towns scattered across Kansas.

The election outcome did not surprise me.

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he saw signs of progress in fighting against Islamic State militants during his weekend trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops.

Roberts arrived Thursday night in Kuwait to visit U.S. troops.

On Saturday, Roberts went to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his defense and foreign ministers.

Sunday, he was in the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq.

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Although midterm elections are less than two weeks away, a number of races in Kansas are still up in the air. Polls haven’t indicated a clear favorite for governor or the U.S. senate. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a look at the political makeup of Kansas voters and why some incumbent Republicans are fighting for their lives.

Democrats no longer have a candidate for a U.S Senate race in Kansas after Chad Taylor dropped out. Now, it's not clear what role, if any, the state Democratic Party will take in the campaign. Stephen Koranda reports.

There's no love lost between Republican Senator Pat Roberts and the leaders in the Kansas Democratic party. But that doesn't mean top-ranking Democrats are throwing their support behind independent candidate Greg Orman. Joan Wagnon is the chair of the Kansas Democratic Party.

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Shawnee County court says Democrats don't have to name a new candidate for the U.S. Senate to appear on the Kansas ballot. In its ruling today, the court said the party could choose a replacement for Chad Taylor but didn't have to do so. Taylor dropped out of the race last month and his name has been removed from the ballot, leaving no Democrat to challenge incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon defended the party’s decision not to appoint a new candidate.

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The Kansas state fairgrounds in Hutchinson became the front lines in two political races Saturday as the top candidates for governor and U.S. Senate met for lively debates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The aroma of fresh funnel cake twists its way through the crowd at the state fair. On one side of the grounds, chickens strut nervously in their cages as judges pace by. Across the way, the carnival is alive with laughter and heckling from vendors about winning stuffed animal as prizes. 

Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are headlining a summit of the Kansas congressional delegation today in Wichita.

The event is hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Metro Chamber at Hotel at Old Town.

Moran, Roberts and members of the state's U.S. House delegation will offer remarks in the afternoon, then take questions.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race that's suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...  

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The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association is holding its 77th annual KIOGA Convention in Wichita this week. The event is attended each year by Kansas business owners who work in the oil and gas industry. This year’s spotlight has turned to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. 

Monday morning’s agenda at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel included a panel discussion with Kansas’ congressional delegation. They fielded questions about federal legislation and the oil and gas industries.