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  • Local |Government & Politics | December 05, 2014

    Moran talks Obamacare while touring Mercy Regional

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    U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said he expects repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare,  to come up for vote again now that Republicans have a majority in Congress. The senator toured Mercy Regional Health Center Friday morning, learning about updates

  • Local |Education | December 05, 2014

    High school wants to prove physics is for everyone

    WICHITA — There’s a physics revolution in the works at North High School in Wichita, and science teacher Hannah Kelderman couldn’t be happier. In the past, physics — the branch of science that deals with properties of matter and energy — was for “those kids,” Kelderman

  • Local |Business | December 04, 2014

    Residential, commercial values continue climbing in county

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    Home prices and commercial property prices are up in Riley County. County appraiser Greg McHenry told county commissioners Thursday morning the median sale price for homes in November was $175,000, compared with a price of $164,500 during the same time last year. The average sale price for 2014

  • Local |Education | December 04, 2014

    Board pushes election changes

    Manhattan Ogden school board members on Wednesday asked area legislators to work with their fellow lawmakers to retract a requirement for school districts to hold elections with mail-in ballots separately from other elections. The measure was put in House Bill 2506, which passed in April and

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 04, 2014

    State’s high court to hear ex-soldier’s appeal

    A former Fort Riley soldier convicted of first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm will appeal Dec. 9 to the Kansas Supreme Court. Daniel Parker, who was 25 at the time of the incident, was convicted for an incident in which a bullet fired from his

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 04, 2014

    K-State announces fall graduation ceremonies

    Fall commencement ceremonies will be Dec. 12 and 13 at Kansas State University.  The university will award more than 1,350 bachelor’s degrees, nearly 400 master’s degrees, nearly 60 doctoral degrees and 12 associate degrees. More than 200 students are earning their degree through K-State Global Campus distance education programs.

  • Local |Education | December 04, 2014

    Committee to study school budget for cuts

    The school district will create a budget advisory committee to evaluate cuts for the next fiscal year in anticipation of decreased state school funding. In November, estimates from the state’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group predicted a $279 million shortfall from original projections for the current

  • Local |Business | December 03, 2014

    Fifth-graders learn about engineering with pingpong balls, Dixie cups, string

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    Bluemont Elementary fifth-graders on Tuesday got a tasteof what it’s like to be an engineer. The students worked on sending a pingpong ball in a Dixie cup carrier down a small zipline. The stipulation? The students had to figure out how to get the

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 03, 2014

    ‘Six old white men’ on board?

    City commissioners Karen McCulloh and Usha Reddi on Tuesday talked about frustration with their treatment as women on the commission. “I’m quite frankly fed up with being treated like a third-rate citizen on this commission,” McCulloh said during the commission’s regular weekly meeting. “

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 03, 2014

    Intersection improvement may include roundabout

    The Manhattan City Commission Tuesday expressed its desire to see a roundabout at the West Anderson Avenue and Scenic Drive intersection. The commission continued its discussion from an Oct. 21 meeting about improvements to the stretch of Anderson Avenue between Kimball Avenue/Scenic Drive and Anneberg

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