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  • Local |Government & Politics | January 07, 2015

    City weighs parking garages

    After receiving verbal support, a couple of proposed parking garages now need monetary support. The Manhattan City Commission discussed on Tuesday the possibility of parking garages in downtown and Aggieville. Commissioners supported the idea of the projects. “At some point, we have to stop kicking

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 06, 2015

    Moran says passing budget a priority for next Congress

    Making a budget will be a priority for the 114th Congress when it starts its session Tuesday, said U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. ‘I’m pretty certain that we will be doing a budget,’ Moran said. ‘Haven’t done a budget in the four years

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | January 06, 2015

    Up to 200 oppose Westar line plan

    Citing a substantial list of residents opposed to rerouting Jeffrey Energy Center power lines, Pottawatomie County Commissioners Monday asked Counselor John Watt to investigate the status of the proposal. Commissioners said as many as 200 county residents had signed a petition or sent letters in opposition

  • Local |Education | January 06, 2015

    East campus bicycle path on board’s agenda

    In its first meeting of the year, the Manhattan-Ogden school board will consider letting the city government build a bicycle pathway on Manhattan High School’s east campus. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists would be

  • Local |Education | January 06, 2015

    Low gas prices ease government budgets

    Falling gas prices are providing extra room in local governments’ budgets. Gasoline, which averaged $3.30 per gallon in January 2013, has now fallen below $2, and diesel fuel is on a similar downward trend. Riley County and USD 383 are seeing continued savings from lower fuel prices. ‘We’ve

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 06, 2015

    Commissioners approve building panel bylaws

    Riley County commissioners on Monday took their first action as the Riley County Public Building Commission in approving the panel’s bylaws. The bylaws are similar to ones commissioners described in public forums on the PBC’s creation a few months ago, with the chair

  • Local |Business | January 06, 2015

    Pott County building permits climb

    Pottawatomie County issued more than three times the number of building permits in December as it did for the same period in 2013. Gregg Webster, zoning administrator, reported 19 building permits issued in Pott County last month with a total value of $3,429,300. In December of 2013, the county

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 05, 2015

    City weighing designs for downtown, Aggieville garages

    City commissioners at their meeting Tuesday will consider designs for new parking garages downtown and in Aggieville. The city in August entered into a design contract for $53,650 with the firm Bartlett and West to study sites for the potential structures, and the company has submitted

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | January 05, 2015

    Drug contract to save $15,000

    Riley County commissioners agreed Monday to end the county’s agreement with Barry’s Drug Center, which has been the official provider of prescription drug services for inmates in the county jail since 2005. Instead, the county will agree with a one-year contract with Advance Correctional

  • Local |Education | January 05, 2015

    Survey: Manhattan High state’s 37th best school

    Manhattan High School is one of the state’s best public schools, according to a recent study. The Niche 2015 Ranking of the “Best Public High Schools in Kansas” tabbed MHS as the 37th best, just above Lawrence High School and below Piper, a school in

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