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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 13, 2015

    Firefighter injured in 400-acre blaze

    A firefighter was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center after receiving minor injuries from a fire on Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief Pat Collins. The Riley County Fire Department (RCFD) fought two fires Sunday afternoon. A 400-acre fire burned in the Swede Creek area, and

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 13, 2015

    Soldier pleads not guilty to child sex crimes

    A Fort Riley soldier pleaded not guilty on Friday to child sex crimes in Geary County District Court. Staff Sgt. James Henning, who was 40 at the time of the alleged incidents in September, faces 11 felony charges related to sex with a child under the age

  • Local |Kansas State University |Neighbors | April 13, 2015

    A wild dream, now within reach for student


    When Julia Chestnut was a little girl, her Sunday tradition was to wake up, turn on the television and watch Steve Irwin’s “The Crocodile Hunter” with her family. But when Irwin was killed by a stingray while filming in 2006, Julia said she was devastated. “

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 13, 2015

    Artist’s residency at Beach explores food-related issues

    A three-day workshop at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will explore food production, consumption, service, convenience and cultural identity in 21st century Kansas through the practice of artist-researcher Sean Starowitz. The Center for Food Perception and Aesthetics, April 15-17 in

  • Local |Business | April 12, 2015

    2014 pay up for area’s best-compensated public employees

    A combination of retirements and raises meant it was a good year for the highest- paid public-sector officials in the Manhattan area. The top 10 wage earners in local governments — not counting those at K-State — saw an 11-percent increase in pay compared with their 2013 compensation, according

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 12, 2015

    Bomb suspect appears in court; 2nd man charged


    TOPEKA — Immediately after FBI agents on Friday arrested John T. Booker Jr., who is accused of plotting to bomb Fort Riley, a second Topeka man who admitted he knew about the bomb scheme was taken into custody. Alexander E. Blair, 28, is charged with failing to

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 12, 2015

    Commissioners reflect on first female majority in 20 years

    It’s been 20 years since Manhattan has had a female majority on the city commission. “It’s always interesting that three women on the commission is news, and it’s not news when it’s three men on the commission,” said commissioner Karen McCulloh. McCulloh,

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 12, 2015

    Man charged in bomb plot called strange, troubled

    TOPEKA — John T. Booker Jr. struck others as strange or even troubled but also as a young man not shy about discussing his faith as a Muslim or debating Islamic philosophy at the Topeka mosque he attended. His name tag at his last job identified

  • Local |Business | April 12, 2015

    Cattle auctions show hectic side of rural life in Kansas


    It’s Thursday evening, the night before an auction, and cattle are beginning to arrive. Manhattan Commission Company already smells like livestock — it always does — but the back lot is also about to get loud. The animals disembark trailers in groups of two or three,

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 12, 2015

    Young engineers build with straws, tape at KSU Open House


    When it came to masking tape, the saying “less is more” did not apply for a group of about 30 kids who spent Saturday morning building windmills out of craft supplies in the leadership studies building at the annual K-State Open House. “Your first mission today

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