Heroin Overdoses Antidote

Heroin overdose antidote: Who gets to carry it?

Supporters say the opportunity to save potentially thousands of lives outweighs any fears by critics that the promise of a nearby antidote would only encourage drug abuse.…
Kansas state Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican, asks a question about a school funding plan during a meeting of GOP senators before a debate on the proposal, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The plan is designed to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost spending on aid to poor school districts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

House delays Kansas school funding debate

Kansas House leaders have delayed the start of debate over a $141 million school funding plan, the last major piece of legislation on the agenda before starting a three-week recess.…
topeka library

Local library now ‘Family Place Library’

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is now a designated “Family Place Library.” That means it is a learning environment for very young children……
tulip

Tulip Time delayed

Topeka’s 6th Annual Tulip Time has been delayed one week, and scheduled to run April 11-27. …
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick gestures during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston. Patrick last week ordered an outright ban on prescribing and dispensing Zohydro until it is marketed in a form that is difficult to abuse. Zohydro belongs to a family of medicines known as opiates or opioids. Others include morphine, heroin and oxycodone, the painkiller in OxyContin. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

States revolt against powerful new painkiller

State officials fighting a well-publicized battle against heroin and prescription drug abuse are revolting against a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health officials fear could worsen an already acute drug problem.…