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Gov. Mark Parkinson, left, and Earl Watkins, president and chief executive officer of Sunflower Electric Power Corp., share a laugh during a news conference Monday announcing a proposed agreement that will allow Sunflower Electric to build a coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas.

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Parkinson agrees to coal-burning plant

In a stunning development, Gov. Mark Parkinson and Sunflower Electric Power Corp. on Monday signed an agreement over the coal-fired electric power project that has strangled Kansas politics for nearly two years.

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