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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a man is hospitalized in critical condition after the small plane he was flying crashed in New Mexico. Santa Fe Sheriff's officials say the pilot called a regional emergency communications center about 8 p.m. Monday to report the crash. Sheriff's deputies say the man was found at the crash site and complained of leg, back and arm injuries. He says he was flying from Kansas and his single-engine aircraft iced up and lost lift as he flew through a storm toward the Santa Fe Airport.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Advocates of industrial hemp production in Kansas are pursuing a new legislative proposal for allowing state universities to research it. The new bill is narrower than a measure opposed by law enforcement officials last year, allowing university research but not commercial cultivation. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee had a hearing Tuesday.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' former education commissioner is hoping to bridge the divide between how schools teach and what businesses need from their workers. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Diane DeBacker was appointed last year as executive director of business and education innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce. DeBacker hopes to bring officials together to better prepare students for the workforce at a time when Kansas faces worker shortages in skilled and technical jobs.

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas community college will investigate allegations that fans attending basketball games yelled racial slurs toward black players on the opposing team from Kansas. The president of North Arkansas College says the school is investigating. He says if the allegations are true, the school will take action to ensure it doesn't happen again. The college's basketball teams played Labette Community College last week in Harrison. The northern Arkansas city has a history linked to white supremacy.

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