Services Scheduled for Former Senator

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A memorial service for former Kansas Sen. James. B. Pearson is scheduled for April 3 in Baldwin City.

Pearson died at his home in Gloucester, Mass., on Jan. 13 at the age of 88.

He was a progressive Republican who represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate for nearly 17 years.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, where Pearson had lived part time. The service is open to the public.

Pearson worked on deregulating natural gas, expanding international trade and reducing the number of votes required to end a filibuster from 67 to 60.

He also broke with President Richard Nixon's administration in seeking to hasten the end of the Vietnam War.

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