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Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 2, 2012

A mild winter and early spring has brought out some insects sooner than usual & a state budget proposal has unraveled in the final moments before it was slated to pass the Kansas legislature. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

A Showdown First: KU And UK To Battle For NCAA Title

In the history of men’s college basketball, only Kentucky has won more games than the University of Kansas.  Yet the two tradition-rich programs have never faced each other in the Final Four.  That is, until tonight in New Orleans.  As KCUR’s Greg Echlin reports, there are other historical notes that Kentucky basketball fans might be reluctant to admit.

Weekend RV Crash Kills 5, Injures 13

A motor home accident in Osage county yesterday has left 5 people dead and 13 others injured. The crash took place in the northbound lanes of I-35 near Williamsburg, Kansas.  The RV carrying 18 people went off the road and into a creek.  The Kansas Highway Patrol says the driver lost control of the vehicle, which was a freightliner box truck containing living quarters. It was also pulling a trailer.  The victims were members of a Minnesota family, returning from a Texas vacation.  Overland Park Regional Medical Center released a statement on behalf of the family, who was thankful for an “outpouring of love and support.” The hospital is treating two survivors.

Warm Weather = More Bugs?

A mild winter and early spring has brought out some insects sooner than usual. But all the warm weather doesn't necessarily mean the region’s in for a bad bug season. Area experts say that for insects like mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, other factors like rainfall and host availability are more important than temperature. Read more here.

Grandview Police Search For Men Involved In Road Rage Shooting

Grandview police are looking for three men who shot and wounded a 16 year old boy in a road rage incident over the weekend.  A teenage girl was also hurt. The Kansas City Star reports the teens were headed home early Sunday morning on northbound U.S. 71 near Missouri 150. The men were in an olive green colored sport-utility vehicle with beige trim. Police are also looking for witnesses and a woman who was driving a black mid-sized four-door car, who was also involved in the incident.

Kansas Budget Proposal Unravels

A state budget proposal unraveled in the final moments before it was slated to be passed by the Kansas Legislature. The disagreement between the House and the Senate was over how to pay for $24 million in education funding. The money is needed to cover higher than expected enrollment. Lawmakers will now have to continue work on the budget after their spring break, but some legislators disagree on what the delay will mean.

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