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US-83 Highway closure begins today…and other headlines: March 14, 2016

andy lambertMarch 14, 2016

KDOT closes US-83 from the Thomas County line to K-23 in Sheridan County today. It’ll be shut down until the end of September while the road is completely rebuilt. The project’s estimated to cost $15.2 million.

Two people are under arrest after sheriff’s deputies found a 1-year old and an explosive device in a van. In addition, meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in that stolen vehicle in Jackson County. The pair face a slew of felony charges.

Domestic battery, aggravated assault, criminal threat, and aggravated kidnapping are the charges against a man in Salina accused of holding a woman capitve for six hours, threatening her with a knife and choking her. That woman eventually got away and called police.

An effort to reject national educational standards in math and reading is moving forward in the Kansas Legislature. The House Education Committee approved a bill that would prohibit school districts from using Common Core standards.

Parents of a former KU student who says she was raped in university housing are suing the university, claiming its housing is unsafe. In the lawsuit the woman says she was a freshman at KU when she was raped in a university apartment by another student-athlete in 2014.

A poll from the Kansas Hospital Association finds 62 percent of respondents support expanding KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program. 76 percent supported the plan when told it would be revenue neutral and only include people in the country legally. The poll surveyed 500 people across Kansas.

Today is the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. The state Division of Emergency Management reminds you to check the supplies in your emergency kit at home, in your car and at work. The agency also recommends reviewing your emergency plans in the event severe weather disrupts your everyday life.

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