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  He’s better known these days in Virginia, but a top contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate hails from Kansas City.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine graduated from Rockhurst High School in 1976 and visits occasionally for reunions.

“Tim was one of those guys that just seemed to get along with everybody,” says classmate Jay Reardon, vice chairman at Commerce Bank. “He wasn’t into cliques. We had a lot different types of folks from different parts of the city – Kansas, Missouri, middle city, South Kansas City, Johnson City.”

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Kansas is a red state. In Western Kansas, it’s deep red. But it’s also one of the most demographically diverse regions in the state. The population in several cities in the southwest corner is almost 50 percent Hispanic.

In Finney County, a small group of young  Democrats are working to engage that huge group of potential voters who have long been in the background. 

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Two men will face charges related to the shootout that led to the killing Tuesday of Kansas City, Kansas, Police Capt. Robert David Melton. 

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman charged Jamaal Lewis, 20, with capital murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm.

DaQon Sipple, 18, was apprehended shortly before Capt. Melton was killed. He faces charges on discharging a firearm, aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, Gorman announced at a news conference Thursday. 

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An app on Dr. Roy Jensen’s phone counts down the days until the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s application to be designated "comprehensive" by the National Cancer Institute is due.

“To some extent, comprehensive status is a good conduct medal for things you’re doing,” Jensen, director of the center, says of its quest for the designation, which fewer than 70 cancer centers across the country have.

If it gets it, it’ll be the only comprehensive cancer center in Kansas.

Simply Frank

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There’s a bit of surprise and delight coming up on this week’s Cyprus Avenue. We’ll spend an hour with “old blue eyes,” the iconic Frank Sinatra.

TRACKS:

Frank Sinatra - "Saturday Night"                                            

"I’ve Got The World On A String"               

"Wee Small Hours"                                       

"Learnin’ The Blues"                                      

"I’ve Got You Under My Skin"                    

"Come Fly With Me"                                    

KU Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation

The director of a University of Kansas research center that recently lost the contract for its main body of work is open to resuming negotiations with state officials.

Rick Goscha, director of the KU Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation, said he continues to receive emails and phone calls from mental health providers across the state who want to see the center and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services work through their differences so that a longstanding training and evaluation program operated by the center can continue.

An excerpt from Ghost Notes, a new music podcast in KC. Host Hannah Copeland talks with local band Yes You Are.

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  • Kianna Alarid
  • Jared White

We check in with a former UMKC runner who is headed to Rio for the Olympics.

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Last weekend in Wichita, a peaceful protest in support of Black Lives Matter turned into a community picnic with the police. How are we making similar efforts here in Kansas City?

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You think this Republican National Convention is full of drama? The 1976 convention at Kemper Arena was the last contested party convention. It pitted President Gerald Ford, who rose to the presidency after Richard Nixon resigned, against Ronald Reagan, who was becoming the darling of conservatives.

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