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Largest Kansas wind farm set to go online

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The companies building the largest wind farm in Kansas, with 274 wind turbines, say the array is set to begin producing power.
Paul Ryan: A winning combination of youth, political savvy

Paul Ryan: A winning combination of youth, political savvy

Wisconsin's U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the self-admitted numbers wonk Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tapped to be his running mate brings a lot to the ticket, the Wisconsinite's supporters say.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Cato Institute grades governors

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Cato Institute, a public policy research group, presented its biennial fiscal report card on state governors, and praised those who cut spending and taxes.

Pres.: Kansas State no longer K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The president of Kansas State University said he wants the school to be known nationally as Kansas State, instead of the traditional informal K-State.

Kan. drops Planned Parenthood prosecution

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- State and local prosecutors in Kansas said Friday they were dismissing remaining misdemeanor criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.
Ryan youth, political smarts add to ticket

Ryan youth, political smarts add to ticket

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the youthful House member picked by Mitt Romney as his running mate, brings a lot to the Republican ticket, say supporters of the choice.
Kansas Gov. Brownback signs anti-abortion 'Conscience' bill

Kansas Gov. Brownback signs anti-abortion 'Conscience' bill

TOPEKA, Kan., May 15 (UPI) -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to refuse to provide drugs they believe might cause an abortion.

Tornadic storms recharging in Midwest

TULSA, Okla., April 15 (UPI) -- Tornadic thunderstorms were reorganizing from the Upper Midwest to the southern Plains following overnight storms that killed five, meteorologists say.

Nighttime tornadoes threaten Great Plains

NORMAN, Okla., April 14 (UPI) -- Severe storms in the Great Plains Saturday produced favorable conditions for long-track tornadoes, and an Iowa hospital was hit by a twister, an official said.

Beef industry grounds slimy campaign

Public outcry over a meatpacking process intended to make ground beef cheaper, leaner and safer has put the U.S. beef industry on the defensive.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International

Governors tour BPI plant

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb., March 30 (UPI) -- Governors from three states toured Beef Products Inc.'s Nebraska plant in a show of support for lean finely textured beef.

Governors back spun beef product

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb., March 28 (UPI) -- A coalition of U.S. governors and state leaders is urging grocery stores and consumers to rethink their opposition to lean finely textured beef in hamburgers.
Santorum projected winner in Kansas caucus

Santorum projected winner in Kansas caucus

WICHITA, Kan., March 10 (UPI) -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum Saturday was the projected winner of the Kansas caucuses after garnering strong support.
Deadly storms push across Kentucky

Deadly storms push across Kentucky

HARRISBURG, Ill., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A storm system that left at least 10 people dead in the Midwest brought tornado warnings to Kentucky Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
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Sam Brownback
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) meets with lobbyist following three Senate votes on stem cells, in Washington on July 18, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is the 46th and current Governor of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1996 to 2011, and as a U.S. Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 1996. As a Senator, he was featured in the documentary series How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, withdrawing before the primaries.

Sam Brownback was born in Garnett, Kansas to Nancy and Robert Brownback. He was raised in a farming family in Parker, Kansas; his ancestors, of German descent, settled in Kansas after leaving Pennsylvania following the Civil War. Brownback was state president of the Kansas FFA Association, and was one of the national vice presidents of the National FFA Organization from 1976 to 1977. While at Kansas State University, he was elected student body president and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1982.

After college, Brownback spent approximately a year working as a broadcaster; he hosted a weekly half-hour show.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sam Brownback."
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