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  • Local |Business | January 17, 2014

    Historic Wamego mansion to go on auction block in March

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    WAMEGO — One of Wamego’s largest and most historic homes is going up for auction. The Ditto-Leach mansion at 910 Fifth St., built in 1890, will be auctioned off on March 15. The home’s current owners, Rose and Bill Ditto, have decided to downsize. “Rose said, ‘I

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 17, 2014

    Schuster pleads guilty

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    A Manhattan doctor pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawfully prescribing prescription drugs. Michael P. Schuster, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. According to a report from Kansas’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, in his plea, Schuster admitted the crime occurred

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 17, 2014

    Area lawmakers wonder how state will fund governor’s initiatives

    TOPEKA — Now that legislators know what Gov. Sam Brownback wants, where will the money come from? Revenues are down for the state based on Brownback’s projected budget adjustments for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. After revenues reached $6.8 billion in FY13, the projected revenues are $6.56 billion in

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 17, 2014

    Kansas delegation split on vote for NBAF funds

    Although the $1.012 trillion spending bill passed by Congress included funding for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, the votes among Kansas’ all-Republican delegation were split. The bill included $404 million for construction for NBAF, a facility that would conduct infectious disease research on animals such

  • Local |Education | January 17, 2014

    Finney, Hostetler among Wall of Fame inductees

    A former governor, a banking and insurance industry leader, and a pair of physicists have been selected for the Manhattan High Wall of Fame. The Manhattan High School Alumni Association picked four graduates for induction this year. They are Joan (McInroy) Finney, Charles Hostetler, Don

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 17, 2014

    Hearing for murder case rescheduled

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    WESTMORELAND — A preliminary hearing for a St. Marys man charged with second-degree murder was rescheduled for Feb. 20. Pablo Alberto Gonzalez, 21, was arrested in Pottawatomie County early New Year’s Day after Levi W. Bishop, 24, of Rossville was found shot to death inside a car that

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 17, 2014

    High winds force crew out of burning home

    A fire caused an estimated $200,000 of damage to a Manhattan home and its contents Thursday. The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 3114 Gary Ave., owned by Jeanette Cukjati of Girard, for a report of a structure fire. When crews arrived, officials said smoke and fire

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 17, 2014

    RCPD names victim of job site accident

    David G. Teske, 47, of Onaga died Thursday after an accident at a job site in Manhattan, according to the Riley County Police Department. Teske was struck by a falling tree. RCPD, emergency services, the Manhattan Fire Department and Riley County Rural Fire responded to a

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 16, 2014

    Schulz: NBAF will require 31 more acres of land

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    TOPEKA — The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) is looking more and more like a reality this week, and that was reflected in the way Kansas State University officials treated the topic while meeting with the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday. Discussing NBAF’

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government, Politics | January 16, 2014

    No change on regents’ social media policy

    TOPEKA — Faculty senate presidents across the state university system tried in vain Wednesday to get the Kansas Board of Regents to reverse its social media policy changes. During their December meeting, the regents unanimously passed a policy that outlined the authority that universities have to

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