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  • 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

    Zip2.phatch

    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

  • Local |Business | December 03, 2014

    Kansas Farm Bureau elects new president, board

    The Kansas Farm Bureau elected new officers and a board of directors Tuesday. Richard Felts of Montgomery County, near the city of Liberty, was elected president after the retirement of Steve Baccus, who had led the organization for the past 12 years. Felts had previously served

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 03, 2014

    Black Student Union uses silence in protest

    Vigil.phatch

    A few passersby looked with curious eyes Tuesday night at a silent, mostly black crowd. The crowd of around 50 gathered on behalf of the Kansas State University Black Student Union (BSU) at Bosco Plaza. The silence was much different than protests seen in Ferguson, Mo.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 03, 2014

    Preliminary hearing set for man in stabbing incident

    Two preliminary hearings were set Tuesday for a man facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in two separate cases. Samuel Dartez, 30, 1508 Jarvis Drive Apt. B., appeared in Riley County District Court with his attorney, Larry McRell, via webcam from Riley County Jail.

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 03, 2014

    Proposed apartments sent back to planning board

    The Manhattan City Commission sent the Islamic Center of Manhattan apartment building proposal back to the city planning board on Tuesday. The move came after the commission was deadlocked on a 2-2 vote to approve rezoning the area into a planned unit development. Commissioner Rich

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 03, 2014

    Judge appoints attorney for soldier in rape case

    A Fort Riley soldier, who was arrested in connection with a rape, was appointed a public defender Tuesday. Sean Wedgwood, 22, will be represented by Britain Stites, who was appointed by Judge William Malcolm in Riley County District Court. Wedgwood was arrested on Nov. 5 in connection

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