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  • Local |Education | February 05, 2016

    Students heading home after 2-week stint at MHS


    A short-term visit to Manhattan High School for Chinese students and teachers came to a close with a celebration Friday. Manhattan High School’s American Field Service club hosted six students and two teachers from China for two weeks to allow for the visitors to

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 05, 2016

    Bill would protect underage drinkers who seek help

    The Kansas House gave initial approval Thursday of a bill championed by a local legislator to protect underage drinkers seeking medical assistance. Rep. Tom Phillips, R-Manhattan, carried the Senate bill to the House floor where it passed 92 to 27 Thursday. The measure allows underage drinkers to

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 05, 2016

    Ex-Fort Riley soldier gets life sentence in child sex case

    A former Fort Riley soldier convicted of 10 counts related to sex with an 8-year-old child will spend at least 50 years in prison. James Henning, 41, Junction City, was found guilty in October of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, three counts of aggravated

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 04, 2016

    Armbrust to leave military council

    John Armbrust is resigning as executive director of the Governor’s Military Council after 12 years of service. Armbrust’s last day will be April 30. He was first appointed to the position in February 2004 by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Armbrust said the resignation is about the demands

  • Local |Business | February 04, 2016

    Meal program facing shortage of delivery drivers

    The local Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers. Elsa Morgan, meal coordinator at the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center, said the program didn’t have enough drivers on Friday to deliver two routes, or nearly 20 meals. She said it’s the

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 04, 2016

    Jurors deliberating fate of accused ‘Ville shooter

    Jurors began deliberation Thursday morning in the case of a Manhattan man accused of attempted first-degree murder after a shooting in Aggieville last May. Mark Self Jr., 31, is accused of firing several shots at Kevin Green, 26, Manhattan. One of the bullets struck Green in the

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 04, 2016

    Man changes plea to guilty in Fort Riley bomb plot

    TOPEKA — He thought he was going to use a 1,000-pound bomb to kill soldiers on Fort Riley. Instead he’s facing 30 years in federal prison. John T. Booker Jr., the 21-year-old Topeka man arrested in April 2015 after plotting the suicide bombing with two people who

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 04, 2016

    Kansas Senate measure could impact juvenile justice system

    A proposal set to come before the Kansas Senate could have significant impacts on the state’s juvenile justice system as early as next year, Riley County Community Corrections director Shelly Williams told county commissioners Thursday. The bill — Senate Bill 367 — plans to eliminate out-of-home placements,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 04, 2016

    Manhattan woman gets 2-plus years for embezzlement

    A former Manhattan bank branch manager was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to more than 2 years in federal prison for embezzlement. Melissa Vinsonhaler, 34, Manhattan, previously admitted she embezzled $277,000 from Kansas State Bank, 8803, Old U.S. Highway 24. According to court documents, a controller for

  • Local | February 03, 2016

    Booker pleads guilty in Fort Riley bomb plot case

    A Topeka man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley last spring. John T. Booker Jr., 21, was indicted in April by a federal grand jury for one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass

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