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  • Local |Government & Politics | July 16, 2015

    Officials defend leaving item off of agenda

    City officials defended a vote on an item not originally on the published agenda of a recent Manhattan City Commission meeting. Mayor Karen McCulloh requested at the end of the July 7 meeting that the commission provide direction to city manager Ron Fehr on adding sexual

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 16, 2015

    Health department to launch volunteer program

    The Riley County Health Department is taking steps to improve public health preparedness by instituting a program that will mobilize volunteers from the community in the event of a public health emergency. The Wildcat Region Medical Reserve Corps was recently established as a partnership between

  • Local | July 16, 2015

    Corps to repair sinkhole near Tuttle Creek tubes

    Officials said Thursday they have a plan for the temporary repair of a 15-foot sinkhole near Tuttle Creek Dam, though they don’t yet have a permanent fix. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would fill the sinkhole that had formed a

  • Local |Business | July 16, 2015

    NNA honors Mercury staff with 4 writing awards

    The Mercury received four awards in the National Newspaper Association contest, the results of which were released Tuesday. Sports editor Joshua Kinder won first place in the sports story or series category for his coverage of former Wildcat basketball player Leticia Romero’s high-profile battle

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | July 16, 2015

    Clerk: Armed man calm during liquor store robbery

    Police are searching for a man who used a gun to rob a liquor store in downtown Manhattan Wednesday night. Steffon Hamilton was working the counter at Fifths Liquor, 505 Leavenworth St., when a man walked in at 10:15 p.m., threw a bag on the counter,

  • Local |Fort Riley | July 15, 2015

    Headquarters unit returns from building Iraqi army


    Fort Riley soldiers recently returned from helping Iraqi soldiers fight the Islamic State. The 500 soldiers from Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion returned home last month from a nine-month deployment, which was the first time American troops served in the

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 15, 2015

    City to publish 2.95-mill increase

    Manhattan city commissioners decided on a property tax level they could accept. It’s now up to city administrators to get it there. The commission had its final budget meeting Tuesday. The commission didn’t vote because the meeting was a work session. The city

  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | July 15, 2015

    Board lifts teacher licensure requirement for 6 districts

    TOPEKA — Six school districts in Kansas, including Marysville, will now be able to hire people to teach without having licenses after the Kansas State Board of Education passed a controversial measure Tuesday. The board approved a licensure waiver proposal in a 6-4 vote after more

  • Local |Business | July 15, 2015

    Storm knocks out power to 2,000 in Manhattan

    Thunderstorms early Wednesday morning caused power outages in about 2,000 homes in the Manhattan area, officials said. Most of the outages were a result of a tree branch that had fallen on power lines at the intersection of South 15th and Colorado streets, said Jana Dawson,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Traffic | July 15, 2015

    Manhattan woman, 18, injured in I-70 accident

    A Manhattan woman was injured after her car crossed a median and rolled into oncoming traffic lanes on Interstate 70 Tuesday. A Kansas Highway Patrol report said Flora Elisabeth Riley, 18, was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima west on I-70 near mile marker 343 in Wabaunsee County when she

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