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The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The proposal would bring the charges in line with drug possession.

Both chambers of the state Legislature are trying to find ways to address a huge budget deficit. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The Senate budget plan is now more than $400 million in the red for next fiscal year. 

Kansas lawmakers are under a court order to create a new plan that adequately funds public schools.  (Photo by J. Schafer)

Work is underway in Topeka to craft a new plan to adequately fund public schools.  The Kansas Supreme Court gave the Legislature until June 30th to create such a plan.
 

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.
 

New figures show Kansas gained more than 5,000 jobs in February.

The Kansas Department of Labor has released its employment report for the month of February

Several former KU and K-State coaches are participating in the tournament.

The 2017 NCAA Tournament “Final Four” begins  Saturday, April 1.
 

The USDA says the public health risk from avian influenza is low.

The USDA says it has not found the disease among birds in the U.S. but is possible that wild birds could bring the deadly virus over from China. 
 

Here's a summary of the Kansas news from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

Michigan truckers and farmers plan to haul hay to help victims of a Kansas wildfire, which burned more than 1,000 square miles. The hay will be hauled more than 1,000 miles to Kansas next Friday. 

This week on KPR Presents: how to declutter your world and live "lighter."

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