• April 16, 2014

    K-State gives Weber contract extension

    Kansas State athletic director John Currie announced Wednesday that men’s head basketball coach Bruce Weber has received a one-year contract extension through the 2019 academic year. The additional year to his current contract secures Weber’s services through April 30, 2019. The compensation remains the same per

  • Local | April 16, 2014

    Prairie blaze burns fast, hot at prescribed fire near Paxico


    PAXICO — Listening with eyes shut, the flames engulfing the prairie oddly sound like heavy rain on a roof — with a few crackles here and there, of course. Kansas Department of Wildlife Public Lands manager Nathan Henry and his crew brought The Mercury along Tuesday morning

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government & Politics | April 16, 2014

    Regents ponder revised policy

    The Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy was revised by its governance committee Wednesday morning — but some controversial disciplinary language remained intact. A work group consisting of professors from across the state proposed revisions emphasizing academic freedom to the regents, and the proposals then

  • Local |Government & Politics | April 16, 2014

    Butler named mayor

    Wynn Butler called the city’s increased debt “a little bit depressing” during his initial statements as mayor Tuesday. Commissioners selected Butler as mayor and Karen McCulloh as mayor pro tem during their regular meeting. Butler said the city debt grew from $238 million in April 2011

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 16, 2014

    Riley County Jail’s average occupancy at low point

    The inmate occupying cell F202 of the Riley County Jail stood close to the door, staring intently outside the window of his second-level, locked-tight living space. “You may think he’s looking at you,” corrections officer Shalondra Booker said as the six-member Riley County Police

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Kansas State University | April 16, 2014

    Jewish center shooting victim the mother of a K-State student

    The Kansas City Star KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terri and Jim LaManno planned to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Tuesday. But on Sunday, as Terri LaManno made her regular weekly visit to see her mother at an assisted living center in Overland Park she was caught

  • Columns | April 16, 2014

    Regents’ draft policy well done

    Dear Board of Regents: We write to offer strong support for the joint working group’s revision of the Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy. The revised policy is laudable in several ways.   First, it recognizes the unique and fundamental duty of public universities

  • Letters | April 16, 2014

    Students also benefit from project to help others

    To the Editor: For several years I have been delighted to be the recipient of a grant allowing my students and me to provide some holiday cheer for the children at the Manhattan Area Transitional Shelter. This year, as in the past, our grant funds

  • Letters | April 16, 2014

    Sponsors, public helped MHS Fashion Show succeed

    To the Editor: Last Saturday, Manhattan High School’s National Honor Society hosted the first MHS Fashion Show. The show was a fundraiser for our group and had a twofold purpose. It was a way for MHS students to assist other MHS students with some

  • Manhattan High School | April 16, 2014

    MHS softball drops two at Rossville

    In one of the team’s few non-league contests of the year, the Manhattan High softball team traveled to Rossville Tuesday afternoon, but were swept in a doubleheader, 1-0 and 7-3. In the first game, Rossville got the only run it would need in the

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