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Hoxie man injured in K-23 wreck…and other headlines: March 6, 2017

A man from Hoxie is hurt after a crash on K-23 ten miles south of town. He lost control of his pickup, running into a ditch and hitting an embankment, which rolled the truck. The highway patrol says he was wearing a seatbelt at the time.
A tax increase for Kansas appears inevitable as the state struggles to balance the budget. Even many Republicans are focused on rolling back income tax cuts that have been Governor Brownback’s calling card. A state Supreme Court ruling last week that the state isn’t spending enough money on its public schools only bolstered many lawmakers’ support for raising income taxes.
A former para-educator for the Lawrence school district, convicted of sexually abusing one of her students. That woman from Baldwin City was found guilty of unlawful sexual relations, sexual exploitation of a child and promoting obscenity to minors. The victim in the case testified he met her while he was a student at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center’s Day School.
With opioid abuse on the rise in Kansas, some officials are worried the state isn’t prepared to address it. A measure passed by the Kansas House last week and some preparations by state agencies could help. The House bill would expand access to drugs that stop overdoses by allowing first responders to carry and administer them. The state is also working to enhance addiction prevention and treatment.
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas, with the Division of Emergency Management reminding folks to pay attention to severe weather alerts and be prepared for the possibility of damaging storms. The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10, central time. The test will include setting off outdoor storm sirens.

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