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  • Local |Business | August 23, 2015

    Unpaid property taxes steady

    Delinquent property taxes in Riley County have remained fairly steady over the past five years. Riley County commissioners expressed concern about this year’s numbers at a public budget hearing last week. While not inconsequential in terms of the budget — if paid in full, they

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 23, 2015

    K-State students settle in at residence halls during move-in day


    With three children moving into three different colleges this week, John and Lisa Rosa are well versed in move-in day strategy. Luckily, moving their youngest daughter, Kimberly, into her K-State dorm room Saturday was their last stop. “At this point, we’ve got it down

  • Local | August 23, 2015

    Library sees record participation

    Library patrons broke records with their reading this summer, according to a press release. Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading program included 2,488 children under 13 who read for a total of 948,342 minutes this summer. Teen reading doubled compared with the previous year, with a total of 625,941

  • Local |Business | August 23, 2015

    Unemployment remains low in July

    Manhattan’s unemployment rate remains the lowest among metropolitan areas in the state for July. A report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor showed that unemployment for the Manhattan area, including Riley and Pottawatomie counties, was at 4.4 percent. That number is an increase

  • Local |Business | August 23, 2015

    Plum Island, home to disease lab, readies for its historic sale

    PLUM ISLAND, N.Y. — Historians say the Indian tribes who once inhabited Plum Island sold it in 1659 for a coat, a barrel of biscuits and 100 fishhooks. There’s no telling what it will go for this time. As federal government officials prepare to sell this 840

  • Local |Business | August 23, 2015

    Flotation therapy aims to relax the Little Apple

    It took about 10 minutes for the floating to actually begin, but that’s just a guess. For about an hour on Wednesday, time — and most of my senses — were suspended as I floated in an oversized bathtub in complete darkness. It took some time to

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 21, 2015

    At K-State, sororities spend week making matches


    More than 800 freshman girls have been bopping around K-State’s campus since Sunday, looking to get involved in the university community before classes start next week. Beginning Sunday afternoon with information sessions for parents and family members and ending Friday evening with a bid celebration,

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government & Politics | August 21, 2015

    College Republicans want to end death penalty

    College Republicans across the state have announced their opposition to the death penalty, prompting strong disapproval from some Republican lawmakers. The board of the Kansas Federation of College Republicans, representing campus organizations throughout the state, voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for repeal of

  • Local |Education |Business | August 21, 2015

    USD 383 scrambling to fill vacant bus driver positions

    USD 383 is struggling to make the wheels on the bus go round and round this fall. The school district needs 10 drivers to cover its daily routes, said Doug Messer, director of transportation for USD 383. Officials would prefer 15 to 20 total drivers to cover for field trips

  • Local | August 21, 2015

    Group to examine developing area behavioral health facility

    The Riley County Mental Health Task Force will examine how to develop a new behavioral health facility. Local government, law enforcement and mental health officials addressed the area’s handling of mental health on Thursday during the joint Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County meeting.

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