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  • Local |Government, Politics | January 15, 2015

    House passes NBAF bill

    Securing the final $300 million needed for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility took another positive step on Wednesday. The U.S. House passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015 with a 236-191 vote. The bill stalled at the end of the previous legislative

  • Local |Business | January 15, 2015

    Manhattan native ‘thrilled’ at movie’s Oscar nods


    A Manhattan native who helped create a movie that earned five Oscar nominations today said he was “thrilled” and even a little surprised at the number. Mike Coleman, who grew up here and graduated from Manhattan High in 1989, is an executive producer of “Foxcatcher,” which

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 15, 2015

    Manhattan burglary nets $20,000 in items, cash

    Police are investigating a burglary at Flint Hills Place where $20,000 worth of items were stolen. Joseph Morris, 30, reported to Riley County police that someone stole approximately $20,000 in items and cash from his apartment, 1336 Flint Hills Place, between late December and Wednesday. Morris reported that a

  • Local |Business | January 14, 2015

    Weather, policy play role in late, canceled flights


    American Eagle, the sole airline that operates out of Manhattan Regional Airport, consistently has been the worst performing airline in the nation in terms of on-time performance. Last year, American Eagle ranked first in flights with delays above two hours by the U.S. Department

  • Local |Business | January 14, 2015

    Airport facility might use eco-devo money

    Economic development funds could be used to build a building at the Manhattan Regional Airport, based on discussion at the Manhattan City Commission meeting on Tuesday. The commission held a joint work session with the Airport Advisory Board to discuss constructing a new fixed-base operator (

  • Local | January 14, 2015

    Someone you otter meet at the zoo

    New otter (2).phatch

    Community members may have to wait up to two months to see a new otter at Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo, but they can participate in naming it. The zoo recently welcomed a 7-year-old female Asian small-clawed otter. She will join Bagus, an 11-year-old male otter,

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 14, 2015

    Manhattan city manager honored for service

    A state group has awarded Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr its top honor for his work in the community. The Kansas Association of City/County Management recently gave Fehr the Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management. Fehr received the award at

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 13, 2015

    Manhattan mayor running for 2nd commission term

    Mayor Wynn Butler filed for re-election on Monday for the Manhattan City Commission. Butler said his primary issues are the same as they were four years ago: taxes, infrastructure and growth. He said progress has been made, saying that city debt is down $1 million compared

  • Local |Education | January 13, 2015

    Board allows Starnes to resign

    RILEY — USD 378 Superintendent Brad Starnes’ resignation will stand after a long and unusual special meeting of the district’s school board Monday night. Starnes submitted his resignation, effective June 30, to the board last week, saying that the trust that had been established within the district

  • Local |Traffic | January 13, 2015

    Why does I-70 take drivers through so many counties in a short stretch?

    Riley county township map.phatch

    Q: What’s the deal with Riley County’s borders? Why do I drive from Wabaunsee County into Riley approaching Manhattan westbound on I-70, but suddenly I’m in Geary County until I turn onto K-177 – and then it’s back to Riley? A: Riley

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