Friday, June 24, 2016


  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 22, 2016

    Burton makes first appearance in court

    A Manhattan developer and former USD 378 employee facing four counts of unlawful sexual relations made his first appearance in Riley County District Court Wednesday.

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 24, 2016

    GOP looks to pass schools plan

    Top Republicans hoped Friday to push an education funding plan through the Kansas Legislature that would satisfy a court mandate and end the looming threat that public schools across the state may have to shut down.

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Dierks Bentley highlights first night of festival

    The first words out of country crooner Dierks Bentley’s mouth Thursday were met with screams, cheering and applause at the opening night of the 21st-annual Country Stampede. Bentley was the headliner for the evening.

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Metal-loving Mercury reporter goes country… sort of

    As I drove over the Tuttle Creek Dam and looked down into the makeshift city propped up on the state park’s campgrounds for this weekend’s Country Stampede, I counted my blessings.

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Via Christi to open new entrance on Thursday

    Via Christi Hospital’s new patient entrance and admissions area will open Thursday, according to a report from hospital officials.

State & Region
  • June 24, 2016 | State 23 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As a deluge swamped southeast West Virginia — a disaster that killed at least 23 people — Ronnie Scott's wife called him and told him their house was filling up with water. She fled to the attic with two dogs and a cat and waited. She smelled natural gas.

  • June 24, 2016 | State The Latest: State agency updates flooding death toll to 23

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):

  • June 24, 2016 | State Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy Duckworth settled

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth concluded Friday with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

  • June 24, 2016 | State APNewsBreak: Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs

    HONOLULU (AP) — As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.

  • June 24, 2016 | State Judge dismisses theater shooting lawsuits against Cinemark

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a consolidated group of lawsuits brought against the owner of the Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.

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