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  • Local |Government & Politics | June 26, 2016

    Lawmakers pass school funding fix, avoid shutdown

    Kansas legislators passed an education funding plan Friday night after top Republicans rewrote it to gain broad, bipartisan support so that it would satisfy a court mandate and end a looming threat that public schools across the state might shut down. The votes were 116-6

  • Local | June 26, 2016

    Jake Owen, Tim McGraw and others ring in summer at Country Stampede

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    Up-and-coming country artist Chase Rice took a few minutes out of his performance Saturday evening to make sure his fans were adequately prepared for a fun night. “When I started touring and doing music, man, I realized one thing,” he said. “Every college town we

  • Local | June 26, 2016

    BEYOND BEER | Stampede fans mix creative cocktails

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    Country Stampede is not the real world. Lots of things people do at Stampede are things they won’t do for the whole rest of the year — like drinking highly alcoholic concoctions with names like “Country Juice” and “Badger Piss.” (Nobody knew how the latter

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 26, 2016

    KSU vet school researchers study disease expression in swine

    Researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University have teamed up with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California to evaluate the impact and association of microbiomes connected with two of the most devastating viral diseases in swine. The work has produced the

  • Local |Business | June 25, 2016

    Innovative business helps make sweet violin music

    The bow sweeps across the strings of the violin and the sound of the music floats across the room. But this isn’t just any violinist. It is a girl originally from China who is missing one hand. She’s using an innovative and unique

  • 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. But GOP leaders faced misgivings from some lawmakers that

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Dierks Bentley highlights first night of festival

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    “Let’s blow out these city lights!” 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. “I think Stampede

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Metal-loving Mercury reporter goes country… sort of

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    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 for the ominous clouds that suppressed the heat instead of anyone’s

  • 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. It’s to the right (west) of the old main entrance. The new patient entrance will include an admissions desk, large waiting room and lab

  • Local |Fort Riley | June 23, 2016

    Ware hands off command of fort hospital to Melton

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    FORT RILEY — After two years as commander of Fort Riley’s Irwin Army Community Hospital, Col. Risa Ware passed the torch to her successor during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday morning, only a few months before the new facility is set to open following years of

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