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DOLE-HOMECOMING TOUR

Dole resuming Kansas homecoming tour

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) - Former U.S. Senator 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 September 4th in Independence. He'll be in Howard, Sedan, Winfield and Wellington the following day.

On September 6th, Dole is to make stops in Kingman, Pratt, Coldwater, Medicine Lodge and Anthony. He'll spend the afternoon of Sunday, September 7th, greeting visitors to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

DAY CARE-TODDLER INJURED

Kansas day care owner arrested after accident

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The owner of a Wichita home day care where a toddler was critically injured by a lawn mower is out of jail.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment. KFDI-FM reports she was released Friday on her own recognizance, pending the filing of any charges.

Police said an 18-month-old girl suffered a deep cut to her leg Thursday morning from a lawn mower being pushed by the day care's owner. Five young children were playing in the backyard at the time.

Investigators have not said exactly how the accident happened. The girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition, then moved to a hospital in the Kansas City area.

The state has issued an emergency suspension of the day care's license.

INTERSTATE-PEDESTRIAN KILLED

Pedestrian death on I-70 called suicide

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Police in Topeka have concluded that a pedestrian who was struck and killed on Interstate 70 took his own life.

The man was identified Friday as an 18-year-old Topeka resident. Police said his name would not be released because the death was a suicide.

Investigators said the man was pronounced dead at the scene around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after stepping in front of an eastbound tractor-trailer.

GOP 2016-HUCKABEE

Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says fellow conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core education standards and instead consider the benefits the benchmarks offer students in struggling schools.

Huckabee's comments Friday put him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans, including many of his potential rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination.

Huckabee acknowledges the standards have become politically "toxic." But he says parents from both parties should stop fighting the standards, which states voluntarily adopted and describe what reading and language skills students should learn in each grade.

Tea party-styled conservatives brand the standards as one-size-fits-all prescriptions that have the backing of President Barack Obama. Teacher unions oppose having their members graded on how well students learn the more rigorous skills.

CHIEFS-STEPHENSON SUSPENDED

Chiefs OT Stephenson suspended for PEDs violation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Stephenson was a fill-in starter last season but was expected to anchor the right side of the line this year. He remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's game against Minnesota.

Stephenson will miss games against Tennessee, Denver, Miami and New England, and be eligible to return to the active roster September 30th. The Chiefs play San Francisco the following Sunday.

The Chiefs were already without wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for the season opener after he was suspended by the league for an incident involving marijuana last November.

KANSAS-NEW WRS

Harwell, King arrive to bolster Kansas attack

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Nick Harwell had to wait an entire season before getting on the field at Kansas.

For Nigel King, the wait will be just a few weeks.

Together, the two wide receivers hope to provide a potent 1-2 punch for a passing offense that was among the worst in major college football last season, and that will be counted on more than expected after the Jayhawks lost their top two running backs to season-ending injuries.

Harwell spent last season on the practice squad after arriving from Miami of Ohio, forced to redshirt due to NCAA rules. King graduated from Maryland at the end of the summer and decided to use his final two years of eligibility with the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks open the season Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State.

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