Little Bluestem To Be Kansas State Grass On July 1

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Little bluestem becomes the official state
grass of Kansas on July 1.

Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill Tuesday to bestow the honor on the prairie plant.

Students from Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park
pushed the idea this year, and they had support from some

A few legislators suggested honor go to the big bluestem, which is dominant in eastern third Kansas, or buffalo grass, which is prevalent in western Kansas.

But little bluestem supporters noted it grows in all regions of the state.

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