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  • 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

  • Local |Business | July 01, 2014

    County adds $49M in property valuation

    Pottawatomie County added nearly $49 million in appraised property valuation due to new construction over the past year. That’s the largest increase in six years, Appraiser Lois Schlegel told Pottawatomie County Commissioners Monday. The appraised value of new construction is $48,682,980 for 2014, the largest increase since 2008,

  • Local |Education | July 01, 2014

    Board to elect officers

    USD 383 Board of Education members will elect their newest officers Wednesday. The meeting will be the first of the district’s new fiscal year, which begins Tuesday. At the board’s last meeting, vice president Leah Fliter said she wanted to run for president. Curt

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 01, 2014

    Appeals court confirms sexual exploitation ruling

    The Kansas Court of Appeals last week affirmed a Riley County District Court opinion in a case involving a Manhattan man convicted in 2012 of sexual exploitation of a child. The district court sentenced Michael Combs to 32 months in prison with lifetime post-release supervision, but granted

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