Friday, February 12, 2016


  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | February 11, 2016

    Court strikes down block grants

    The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that the legislature must address inequities in the state’s K-12 education funding formula, saying it left poor districts $54 million short.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 11, 2016

    Chambers to share eco-devo efforts

    The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is taking a more regional approach to encourage economic development.

  • Local |Business | February 11, 2016

    Club eyes space for inventors to turn big ideas into reality

    Mark Weiss, organizer of Manhattan Inventors Club, has been working with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce to gauge interest in the possibility of establishing a Manhattan-area “makerspace.”

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 11, 2016

    Former IACH nurse indicted in painkiller theft case

    A former nurse at Fort Riley’s Irwin Army Community Hospital was indicted Wednesday for stealing fentanyl, a prescription painkiller. Lana J. Pendergast, 51, Clay Center, is charged with one count of unlawfully obtaining a controlled substance.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 10, 2016

    City gives support for rental reviews

    The city will begin development of an exterior rental inspection program for future consideration.

State & Region
    • Kansas State women beat No. 21 Oklahoma 87-71

      MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kindred Wesemann made 6 of 8 from 3-point range, 8 of 10 free throws and finished with 26 points and five assists to help the Kansas State women beat No. 21 Oklahoma 87-71 Tuesday night.

    • No. 6 Kansas beats No. 10 West Virginia, 75-65

      LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis had 21 points, Landen Lucas pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and No. 6 Kansas beat No. 10 West Virginia 75-65 on Tuesday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12.

    • Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

      TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.

    • Groups decry US election official acting on citizenship rule

      WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 30 advocacy groups are asking a federal elections official to withdraw changes made to a national form requiring residents of Kansas, Alabama and Georgia to provide proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote.

    • Freeman, Prince lead No. 21 Baylor past K-State, 82-72

      MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Al Freeman scored 21 points, Taurean Prince had 18 and No. 21 Baylor beat cold-shooting Kansas State 82-72 on Wednesday night to remain a game back of the leaders in the Big 12 race.

  • February 11, 2016 | State Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.

  • February 11, 2016 | State Environmentalists fight $7M Duke Energy pollution deal

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging in court a surprise deal in which North Carolina regulators settle decades of suspected groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits for $7 million.

  • February 11, 2016 | State Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina's Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he's refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state's more conservative electorate.

  • February 11, 2016 | State Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders appeal to SC, Nevada

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — In the first Democratic presidential debate since Bernie Sanders' sweeping victory in New Hampshire's primary, the Vermont senator sought to build upon success and introduce himself to voters who may be open to an alternative to Iowa winner Hillary Clinton.

  • February 11, 2016 | State Clinton, Sanders vigorously agree _ except when they don't

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vigorously agreed. Except when they didn't.

Local News
  • Local |Business | February 10, 2016

    Dollar General approves Alma site

    After years of planning, the city of Alma will likely be home to a Dollar General store by early 2017. The city, which lost its grocery store in 2013, has been looking to encourage economic growth in recent years.

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 10, 2016

    Author pays high price to support black community

    Maggie Anderson purposefully deprived herself and her family of the high quality of life they’d reached to focus on supporting the African American community, she said.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 10, 2016

    Boyd to seek second term on county commission

    Riley County commissioner Bob Boyd has announced his decision to run for re-election this year.

  • Local |Business | February 09, 2016

    Manhattan library launches streaming service for members

    The Manhattan Public Library announced Monday a new partnership with hoopla digital ( The free service provides more than 300,000 eBooks, audiobooks, music albums, movies, television shows and comics.

  • Local |Business | February 09, 2016

    Bayer Construction submits low bid for Excel Road project

    Bayer Construction, Manhattan, was the apparent low bidder on a project to improve Excel Road east of Manhattan, as well as the intersection of Excel Road and U.S. Highway 24.

  • Local | February 09, 2016

    MHS set to honor 3 alumni Friday

    A musician, a playwright and a longtime U.S. military serviceman will be officially inducted into Manhattan High School’s Wall of Fame on Friday.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 09, 2016

    Register of deeds to seek election to third term

    Riley County register of deeds Debbie Regester has announced that she will run for re-election this year.

  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | February 08, 2016

    Mascot unlikely to make agenda

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board has no plans to consider a call to change the Manhattan High School mascot.

  • Local |Kansas State University |Neighbors | February 08, 2016

    Student guides K-State’s Burrow through wizarding world

    In the Harry Potter series, owls deliver important mail to wizards. In the real world, Cherra Bliss saw a Harry Potter banquet flyer meant for everyone at K-State.

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | February 08, 2016

    Wilson doesn’t sign tax lid letter

    Riley County commissioners Monday disagreed over the principle of instituting a tax lid.

  • Local |Business | February 08, 2016

    GTM cranks out shirts after Broncos’ Super Bowl victory

    Manhattan might be predominantly a Chiefs town, but at least one Manhattan business and its employees were rooting pretty hard for the rival Denver Broncos in Sunday night’s Super Bowl.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 08, 2016

    City to consider options for rental inspections

    City administrators are looking for the Manhattan City Commission to indicate a preferred rental housing registration and inspection option.

  • Local |Business | February 08, 2016

    DHS awards challenge grants to support NBAF

    The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced the winners of a contest for ideas that support the National Bio- and Agro Defense Facility in Manhattan.

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | February 08, 2016

    Former Sen. Kassebaum Baker receives ‘Friend’ award

    Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker is the 2016 recipient of the “Friend of the Flint Hills” award. The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation has given the award to an individual, nongovernmental organization or public institution each spring since 2012.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Traffic | February 08, 2016

    2 injured in Highway 24 accident Sunday

    Two Manhattan residents were taken to different hospitals after a head-on accident in the 6300 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Kansas State University | February 08, 2016

    2 Kansas universities give campus sex-offender lists online

    WICHITA — While two universities in Kansas provide online lists of registered sex offenders enrolled or employed on campus, most require that the basic information be provided directly by campus police.

  • Local |Business | February 07, 2016

    Local brewery’s growth pushing state’s legal limit

    Jeff Gill wants to grow Tallgrass Brewing Company into largest independent brewery in the Midwest. Before that can happen, though, he has to be able to sell more than 30,000 barrels of beer each year — the legal limit Tallgrass can currently produce under its microbrewery license.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 07, 2016

    Schools topic of choice at forum

    Education was on the minds of many attendees at a legislative coffee Saturday at Sunset Zoo. It represented the most frequent topic asked of state legislators from the area during the forum, which allowed the audience to submit questions.

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 06, 2016

    Veterinary students stay close to animals as rotations continue

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series following Alex Grieves and Bruce Figger through their clinical year at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 06, 2016

    Bill protecting underage drinkers who call for help sent to governor

    A bill that would protect underage drinkers from criminal charges if they call for medical help will go to the governor. The Kansas House passed the bill 92-27 on Friday. It was passed by the Kansas Senate last year.

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