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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 12, 2015

    Police release identity of 19-year-old found dead

    Police released the name of a 19-year-old man who was found dead in his home Tuesday. He was identified as Vaughn Plumer. Riley County police responded to 1426 Beechwood Terrace at 6:29 p.m. that day and found Plumer’s body. Officer Matthew Droge with the Riley

  • Local | June 11, 2015

    Tuttle Creek outflows could affect Stampede camping

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    Parts of the campgrounds could be flooded during Country Stampede if engineers continue to release water from Tuttle Creek Lake as planned. The water level is at 1,105 — 30 feet above normal — after heavy rains in the last month or so. The Army Corps of Engineers on

  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | June 11, 2015

    District could lose $2M if tax plan fails

    “Devastating,” “catastrophic,” and “disgusting” were just a few adjectives local superintendents and officials used to describe the latest potential cuts to schools proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback if the Kansas Legislature doesn’t pass a tax plan. “I am sick to my stomach,” USD 320 Wamego

  • Local | June 11, 2015

    Noisy 17-year cicadas swarming eastern Kansas this summer

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    They’re loud, and they’re here after a 17-year hiatus from their last appearance above ground. The 17-year cicadas around Manhattan and eastern Kansas were last seen in 1998. Retired entomologist Dick Beeman, who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Grain

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 11, 2015

    Vargo: Voting machines needed

    Rich Vargo said the county needs new voting machines, and he expects the cost to exceed $1 million. Vargo, county clerk, presented his 2016 budget request to county commissioners Thursday. He did not budget for the expenditure in 2016 but warned commissioners the county will need the equipment —

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 11, 2015

    Man faces trial in DUI death

    A Manhattan man has been bound over for trial in connection with the death of an unborn child after a vehicle collision last May. During a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Riley County District Court, Judge William Malcolm ruled there was sufficient evidence to try Ryan

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 10, 2015

    Ryan indicted on 18 gun charges

    A Manhattan man has been charged in federal court with 18 counts related to the illegal sale and export of guns, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Michael Andrew Ryan, 35, was charged June 3 with altering serial numbers, causing people to make straw purchases of guns, and

  • Local |Business | June 10, 2015

    Wamego hosts meeting for multi-billion-dollar company

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    WAMEGO — Caterpillar employs more than 100,000 workers and boasts annual revenues in the tens of billions of dollars, but on Wednesday, all eyes were on Wamego, where the heavy equipment manufacturer held its annual shareholder meeting. “I spent most of the first seven years of my

  • Local |Business | June 10, 2015

    Poultry to be excluded from fairs to prevent avian flu spread

    Local chickens won’t be making any public appearances this year for the Riley County Fair or Kansas State University’s pullet sale after state agriculture officials canceled poultry shows. The order was signed Tuesday by Kansas Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey in an effort to

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | June 10, 2015

    Downtown requests $660K for garage

    Downtown Manhattan Inc. is requesting $660,000 from the city for a parking garage design study. The Manhattan City Commission heard this and other requests Tuesday for capital improvement projects from city boards and committees and citizens during its budget work session. Downtown Manhattan had the most

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