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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | August 21, 2015

    Ex-soldier sentenced to 13 years for raping child

    A former Fort Riley soldier with almost 20 years of service was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for the rape of a girl younger than 14. In Riley County District Court, Judge David Stutzman on Thursday sentenced Timothy Charles Ayers, 42, to 98 months in prison for rape

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | August 21, 2015

    Fireworks blaze causes $80K in damage Thursday

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    Fireworks are the suspected culprit in a structure fire that caused more than $80,000 damage at a Manhattan residence Thursday night. The Manhattan Fire Department responded to 1831 Fairchild Ave. at 11 p.m., where responders found a one-story detached garage with heavy smoke and fire showing from

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 20, 2015

    Schulz discusses NCAA changes

    K-State President Kirk Schulz told USA Today that recent changes allowing college athletes to have an additional $160 million in benefits will require “a little bit of trust.” Schulz, who also serves as chairman of the NCAA board of governors, was at the center of two

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    District asked to list efficiencies for extra aid

    USD 383 Superintendent Bob Shannon will make the district’s case for more state cash Monday in Topeka, but first he needs to demonstrate to state officials how the district has “innovated and used efficiencies” to improve outcomes in district classrooms. The Manhattan-Ogden School District recently

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 20, 2015

    Counselor offers new proposal to recoup delinquent taxes

    A Riley County official on Thursday suggested commissioners propose a new statute to help collect back taxes. County counselor Clancy Holeman suggested that Riley County commissioners propose a statute to the Kansas Association of Counties that would require individuals to pay off delinquent property taxes

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    Riley County High School principal placed on leave

    Riley County High School is starting a new school year with a new principal. USD 378 superintendent Nancy Meyer said the district placed Antoinette Root on administrative leave on July 31, but she didn’t give details on why the action occurred. Meyer said the district hired

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    Board finalizes budget, approves calendar

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board gave final approval to the district’s 2015-16 school budget Wednesday. The board unanimously passed the budget, which is set at $83.4 million. That’s an increase of $2.29 million, or 2.8 percent, from last year. The mill levy is set at 55.930 mills, an

  • Local |Business | August 19, 2015

    ER work to limit hospital rooms

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    Via Christi Hospital will begin reducing the number of exam rooms in its emergency department this week as the department undergoes construction. Officials expect patients to experience longer wait times for non-life threatening, non-urgent cases as a result. The project is an expansion of Via

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | August 19, 2015

    City consents to mall’s sale, paving way for theater complex

    Manhattan Town Center officials received consent from the city Tuesday to move forward with a 13-screen movie theater and other improvements. The Manhattan City Commission approved the sale of Manhattan Town Center and an amendment of the mall lease agreement. The current owner, UrbanCal Manhattan

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics |Agriculture | August 19, 2015

    Brownback advisers lay out plan to boost ag economy

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s economic advisers Tuesday laid out a program to create a larger and more skilled workforce in the state. Brownback met with members of his economic advisory council at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Manhattan to discuss opportunities for economic growth

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