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Bob Dole touring Kansas

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole will make three public appearances on Monday. He’s expected to make short remarks at each stop and spend the rest of the time chatting informally with those who come out to see him.

He will be at the Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe St., from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. He’s scheduled to be at the Senior Citizens Center, 121 West Wea Street, Paola, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and Faith Lutheran Church, 1320 W 15th St., Ottawa, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All the events are open to the public.

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BuzzChatter Friday: Chelsea’s expecting!

The baby stork has struck again.

• “Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall!” — Chelsea Clinton announcing on Twitter that she’s pregnant.

This just proves that the Clintons are NOT all about politics all the time. The timing would have been better for her mother’s expected bid for the White House if Chelsea had held off until 2016. Hillary Clinton’s response via Twitter: “My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be!”

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By STEVE KRASKE. 9 hours ago

Check the eligibility of candidates before putting them on the ballot

Jean Peters Baker’s decision to nudge Jackson County Legislator James Tindall out the door is another good example of the power that prosecutors hold in our justice system.

We’ve known for years that Tindall is a convicted felon, a status that means he can’t be a candidate under Missouri law. That hasn’t stopped him from appearing on past ballots, though, and didn’t stop voters from electing him twice after the conviction.

For reasons that remain murky, past prosecutors and political opponents never tried to legally bar Tindall from the ballot. For reasons that are equally murky now, the county prosecutor wanted not only to get him off the next ballot but to remove him from office immediately, presumably on the grounds that he has been illegally holding it.

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By DAVE HELLING. 23 hours ago

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