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  • Local |Kansas State University | March 05, 2015

    Researchers monitor for next novel influenza strain

    As seasonal influenza cases decrease across the United States, Kansas State University researchers are preparing for the next potential virulent strain of flu. The work is starting with swine in the field. Juergen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary medicine and director of the U.

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 04, 2015

    DHS bill includes last piece of federal funding

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    Construction on Manhattan’s planned National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility could begin this summer after Congress passed a funding bill Tuesday appropriating the last $300 million needed for the project. “It’s nice to get the funding wrapped up,” said Ron Trewyn, Kansas State University’s

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | March 04, 2015

    Schulz cuts Global Food

    Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz announced nearly $3.1 million in cuts to the school’s Global Food Systems initiative and its Biosecurity Research Institute on Wednesday. The cuts come after Gov. Sam Brownback’s Feb. 5 announcement that he would be cutting higher education across the

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 04, 2015

    City Commission members support allowing signs to stay

    The Manhattan City Commission is likely to remove a five-year grace period to fix nonconforming signs for at least some and possibly all businesses. The sign regulations the commission passed in December include a clause that all lawfully existing permanent signs must be brought into

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 04, 2015

    City names Discovery Center theater for Vanier, Krause

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    Marty Vanier and Bob Krause have donated $750,000 to the Flint Hills Discovery Center. It is the largest donation in the center’s nearly three-year existence. Officials made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Discovery Center after the Manhattan City Commission approved the donation Tuesday. As

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 04, 2015

    Golf course to receive $30K from city-university fund

    The Manhattan City Commission approved drafting a grant agreement between the city and owners of the Colbert Hills Golf Course but not in the manner requested. The commission approved Tuesday the use of at least $30,000 per year for four years from city-university funds to help

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 04, 2015

    Counties show mutual support for bridge funding

    Pottawatomie and Shawnee counties share a common dilemma: both co-own aging bridges over the Kansas River and both are responsible for the bulk of the cost of those bridges. Pott County Commissioners Monday adopted a resolution in support of Shawnee County’s quest for state

  • Local |Education | March 04, 2015

    Advisory committe near decision on cuts

    USD 383’s 60-member Budget Advisory Committee is close to a decision on proposed budget cuts. The committee met Tuesday afternoon for a weekly meeting, and after hearing presentations from USD 383 departments for the past month, each member will rank proposed cuts. Cuts in all areas —

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 04, 2015

    Commission moves forward with bridge patching

    Pottawatomie County commissioners agreed to move forward with patching the Belvue Bridge deck with a polymer material in hopes of keeping the span viable until a new bridge can be constructed. In a test last Wednesday, county crews patched 170 square feet of the deck using

  • Local |Kansas State University |Arts & Leisure | March 04, 2015

    Staged readings planned for student-written plays

    Staged readings of plays by two Kansas State University master’s students in drama therapy will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Nichols Hall’s Mark A. Chapman Theatre at Kansas State University. Admission is free. “Catcalls” is by Jessica Munoz, Manhattan,

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