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She has lived there just over a year, but Miss America Tara Dawn Holland insists that when it comes to Kansas, there's no place like home.

Ms. Holland made three unsuccessful tries at becoming Miss Florida before moving to suburban Overland Park to attend the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She was crowned Miss Kansas in June.

"I was disappointed when I found out she was just in Kansas a few months," Wichita resident Joyce Carron said Monday as Ms. Holland arrived in Kansas for a week of appearances.

"She wasn't really Miss Kansas."

Ms. Holland, however, says the quibbling over her home is unfounded.

"I learned a long time ago that home is where you hang your hat," she said.

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