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  • Local |Kansas State University | May 17, 2015

    Kassebaum Baker tells graduates understanding, not social media, key to making a better world

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    Several thousand scholars transitioned from students to graduates on Friday and Saturday during Kansas State University’s commencement ceremonies. Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker gave more than 800 students earning master’s and doctoral degrees encouraging words as the guest speaker during their commencement

  • Local | May 17, 2015

    New tower part of network collecting climate-change data

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    A 26-foot tower near Manhattan will soon begin collecting data for a 30-year-long project funded by the National Science Foundation. The $430-million project, run by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), is designed to help scientists understand the impacts of climate change, land-use change and

  • Local |Education | May 17, 2015

    All-Academic Team honors Flint Hills area high school graduates

    Students in the area have worked hard for four years to be able to walk across a stage and receive their high school diplomas, commencing their further educational pursuits. Fourteen students from five area schools were selected for The Mercury’s annual Flint Hills All-Academic

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | May 17, 2015

    DHS awards final NBAF contract

    The federal government awarded a contract for the final phase of construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced the award on Friday. The $834 million award by the directorate’

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 17, 2015

    Dempsey helps with ROTC commissioning ceremony

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    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, assisted with the K-State ROTC commissioning ceremony Friday. Dempsey spoke at Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. He also administered the oath of office for cadets and gave them their new insignia.

  • Local |Business | May 17, 2015

    Couple repurpose historic grocery store

    Let’s go to the store.  In this case, we’re not going for milk or bread. We are visiting a historic store building which is becoming a cultural and educational center for a rural region of Kansas. Patty Reece and her husband, Jerry,

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 17, 2015

    K-State announces faculty, staff retirements

    Some Kansas State University faculty and professional staff are retiring this year. The Faculty Senate had ceremony April 24 for the retirees. These were the faculty on the program this year: Agriculture: Joseph Arata, agricultural economics; Arlo Biere, agricultural economics; Daniel Fung, animal sciences and industry;

  • Local |Business | May 16, 2015

    Local insurance agency makes top 10 for growth

    Charlson-Wilson Insurance Agency of Manhattan has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance in Missouri and Kansas for 2014. The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Columbia, Missouri, and a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients

  • Local |Business | May 16, 2015

    Mall hires marketing manager

    Manhattan Town Center announced Monday that Jeff Sutton has been hired as its marketing manager. Sutton comes to Manhattan Town Center with 15 years of media, communications, leadership and marketing experience. He previously served as director of marketing, business partnerships and leadership development at Kansas Farm

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 15, 2015

    Aguirre to get new trial

    An Ogden man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and their son in 2009 will get a new trial after a decision by the state’s high court released Friday. The Kansas Supreme Court reversed the 2012 conviction of Luis Aguirre, saying his Miranda rights were violated during

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