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  • Local |Business | June 28, 2015

    Shelton, Evans take the Stampede stage in third night of music festival

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    The third day of Country Stampede culminated in much-anticipated headline performances by Sara Evans and NBC’s “The Voice” host Blake Shelton. Sen. Jerry Moran came onstage with two Vietnam veterans prior to Shelton’s performance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War

  • Local |Business | June 28, 2015

    Perfect attendance: Man has been to every Stampede

    Now in its 20th year, Country Stampede has become an annual tradition for many of the fans who thronged to Tuttle Creek State Park this weekend to attend the four-day country music festival. “It’s something we look forward to from the day we leave

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 28, 2015

    Area LGBT community celebrates court’s gay marriage ruling

    Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states was a long-awaited cause for celebration for members of the Manhattan-area LGBT community. They took the opportunity to reflect upon the progress they had witnessed in recent years as well as the areas

  • Local |Business |Agriculture | June 28, 2015

    Wheat harvest under way

    Wheat crops in the Flint Hills have survived their recent drownings by Mother Nature. Harvest is roughly halfway over, and producers are dealing with the recent wet months while pushing out the state’s signature crop. “Overall, it looks like we have an above average

  • Local |Business | June 28, 2015

    An easterner’s view of Stampede

    I am an East Coast guy. I have lived in Frederick, Md., a city about 45 miles from Washington, D.C., for the last 19 years. I have never had a prolong stay at any other place until this summer. I am a reporting intern for The

  • Local |Education | June 28, 2015

    District discussing ramifications of block grant ruling

    USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden school district officials are working to interpret a decision released by a panel of Shawnee County judges that says the block grant school finance plan is neither equitable nor adequate. The school finance law that was under judicial scrutiny kept state aid for

  • Local |Business | June 28, 2015

    Kansas oil business passed down through generations

    The fleet of oil company service trucks is being converted, to operate not on gasoline, but on propane. The conversion of those vehicles from gas to propane fuel was completed by an innovative, diversifying company in rural southeast Kansas. Natalie Beard-Dent is owner of Beard

  • Local |Education | June 26, 2015

    Kansas court rules against part of school finance law

    USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden school district officials are working to interpret a court decision that declares the block grant school finance plan unconstitutional. A three-judge panel in Shawnee District Court ruled on Friday the block grant bill is neither equitable nor adequate. The school finance law that

  • Local |Business | June 26, 2015

    Thomas Rhett fuels party at Country Stampede

    “This is for the campers,” declared Thomas Rhett, acknowledging the fans who give Country Stampede its rambunctious reputation. “Four days in the heat, sweat, Bud Light, sweat and country music,” Rhett continued, before playing “Parking Lot Party,” a song about parties, pre-parties and after parties.

  • Local |Fort Riley | June 26, 2015

    Army designing gender-neutral combat tests

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    Fort Riley soldiers on Thursday participated in a project to develop performance standards for military roles, particularly the combat positions closed until recently to female soldiers under a 1994 Department of Defense rule. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded that rule in January 2013 and called for

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