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  • Local |Government, Politics | May 21, 2014

    ‘True conservative’ to challenge Huelskamp for Republican nomination in 1st District


    Alan LaPolice and Tim Huelskamp were both raised in Catholic families on farms near small Kansas towns. The similarities of their lives’ paths didn’t last past high school. LaPolice, 42, of Clyde, joined the Army immediately following his graduation. Huelskamp, 45, of Fowler, went a different

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 21, 2014

    Carlin to run for re-election

    State Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, announced Tuesday she filed for re-election in the 66th District. Carlin was first elected in 2002. She is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee and a member of House Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and

  • Local |Fort Riley | May 21, 2014

    Army’s M4s being upgraded to M4A1s

    Officials from Program Executive Office Soldier visited the 1st Infantry Division on Wednesday to observe the conversion of previously fielded M4 carbine guns to the M4A1 configuration. Big Red One units are the first to have their M4s upgraded as part of the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | May 20, 2014

    Police investigating report of sexual assault in Ogden

    Riley County police on Tuesday afternoon were investigating a complaint of sexual assault in Ogden between two people who know each other. According to a report from public information officer Matthew Droge, no arrests had been made as of about 3 p.m. Ogden Elementary, meanwhile,

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | May 20, 2014

    RCPD says it won’t change alcohol policy

    The Riley County Police Department’s policy on how it handles alcohol violation citations isn’t going to change, officials said Monday. During a Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board meeting, RCPD Assistant Director John Doehling said the department reviewed its policy as the board

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 20, 2014

    Aggieville signs could go digital

    Manhattan could soon see more digital signs in Aggieville and at churches and schools if the city approves changes to local regulations. The Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board received an update Monday on the ongoing sign regulation changes. Senior planner Chad Bunger said one of

  • Local |Education | May 20, 2014

    Board to consider mill levy increase

    The USD 383 Board of Education members will consider raising the local mill levy to help fund its capital outlay budget, potentially raising property taxes. The discussion will happen at the board’s Wednesday meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Currently, the local mill levy for the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | May 20, 2014

    RCPD forms special reaction team to address violations at Pillsbury

    Visitors to the Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area may have noticed an increased Riley County police presence in recent weeks. On Monday, RCPD Patrol Division Capt. Kurt Moldrup told the Riley County police board that the department recently has had a “special reaction team” of three

  • Local | May 20, 2014

    Burn season unusually busy in Pott County

    This spring was an expensive and time-consuming burn season in Pottawatomie County. There were 837 controlled pasture fires during the April burn season and 69 of those (more than eight percent) got out of control, requiring a response from between three and five fire departments, according to

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | May 20, 2014

    Officials expect another surge in construction

    Pottawatomie County officials are anticipating another surge in new housing construction this year. Appraiser Lois Schlegel, in her monthly update to county commissioners Monday, reported 87 property sales in the county during April — considerably higher than the 60 sales during the same period last year. More than

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