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McConnell, Bunning Pay Tribute To Stevens

Kentucky's U.S. Senators are paying tribute to their former GOP colleague, Ted Stevens, who was among those killed in a plane crash in Alaska Monday night.Sen. Mitch McConnell read from a prepared statement shortly after learning of Stevens' death"In the history of our country, no one man has done more for one state than Ted Stevens. Hiscommitment to the people of Alaska and his nation spanned decades, and he left a lasting mark on both," McConnell said.McConnell also praised Stevens, who was a World War II pilot, for his support of the nation's military during his long career in Washington.McConnell's Kentucky counterpart, Jim Bunning, called Stevens a good friend and one of the toughest people he knew in the Senate.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.