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  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | July 02, 2014

    City nixes guest tax increase

    City commissioners said Tuesday that they didn’t support increasing the transient guest tax. There wasn’t a vote, but their comments essentially put an end to the proposed half-cent increase of the guest tax to increase revenue for the Flint Hills Discovery Center in 2015.

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 02, 2014

    Commission bans open carry in 42 city buildings

    City commissioners unanimously approved banning the open carry of firearms in 42 buildings during their meeting Tuesday. The vote was 4-0; commissioner John Matta was absent from the meeting. Tuesday was the official start of changes in the state’s gun law. Government entities are allowed

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 02, 2014

    29 arrested, 121 cited for MIP at Stampede

    Twenty-nine people were arrested while attending the 2014 Country Stampede music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park, according to numbers from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Greg Riat said in a report that seven women and 22 men were arrested while attending the four-day event

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 02, 2014

    Competency hearing reset for Leonardville man in murder case

    A competency hearing for a Leonardville man accused of murdering a pest exterminator in February 2008 was reset for a later date Tuesday after his attorney requested the cancellation and that he be allowed to withdraw. Howard Barrett, 55, is accused of second-degree murder in the stabbing

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 02, 2014

    Commission expresses confidence in hiring policy

    The city commission on Tuesday rebuffed an attempt to change the city’s hiring policy to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Mike Herman, chair of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project, spoke during the public comment period of the commission

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Traffic | July 02, 2014

    Officials ID I-70 tractor crash driver, victim

    A Topeka man has been identified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as the driver of a box truck that collided with a tractor mowing a ditch Tuesday morning on Interstate 70. According to a KHP report, Halston Puett, 20, was driving the 2002 Ford box truck west on

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 02, 2014

    Commission discusses fireworks cancellation

    City commissioners on Tuesday discussed the absence of a city fireworks show. With no one to sponsor it, the annual Thunder Over Manhattan fireworks display fizzled out this year after several years struggling to find sponsors. City commissioners mentioned prior to the meeting that some

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 02, 2014

    KSU culinary historian says Americans have long celebrated Independence Day with food

    What’s the Fourth of July without food? It could be downright un-American, according to a Kansas State University culinary historian. “Even before the colonists were Americans, they celebrated with food. We still do,” said Jane Marshall. “Every occasion that we can think of, we

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 02, 2014

    K-State Vet: Keep an eye on your pet during the Fourth

    You may be looking forward to the fireworks this Fourth of July, but chances are your pet is dreading it, says a Kansas State University veterinarian. “Fourth of July tends to be a fun holiday for people, but not so fun for our pets,” said

  • Local |Business | July 01, 2014

    Fourth of July fireworks sales get underway after lots of prep

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    It takes a while for fireworks sellers to get ready. Nick Wiggins said workers spent 16 hours on Monday, from noon to 4 a.m., unloading boxes and setting up under his tent in the Westloop Shopping Center parking lot. He stayed overnight. “I slept on an

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