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  • Local |Education | November 07, 2014

    Board looks at increase in tax authority

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board could be sending out a mail-in ballot months from now seeking to raise the district’s budget authority. School board members began talking about the potential ballot measure to increase the district’s Local Option Budget (LOB) during their Wednesday meeting,

  • Local |Kansas State University | November 07, 2014

    KSU student a finalist for Rhodes scholarship

    Kansas State University student Ross Allen, a senior in economics and philosophy and a minor in nonprofit leadership studies, has advanced to the final round of the 2015 Rhodes Scholarship competition. Allen, of Soldier, will interview Saturday, Nov. 22, in St. Louis, Missouri, with other finalists from

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | November 07, 2014

    Clay Center man dies in apparent hit-and-run

    CLAY CENTER — A Clay Center man died after being struck by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run incident Friday morning. Joe Knitter, 83, was hit by a westbound vehicle on U.S. 24, a half-mile east of Clay Center at 6:19 a.m., Clay County Sheriff Chuck Dunn

  • Local |Government & Politics | November 07, 2014

    Legislative conference focuses on funding

    Area legislators were reminded their votes in Topeka affect more than just the state’s budget at the Riley County Legislative Conference on Thursday. State funding — or the lack thereof — was the focus of discussion among Riley County commissioners, department heads and three legislators. “We

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | November 06, 2014

    Barrett guilty in 2008 murder

    A jury found a Leonardville man who stabbed a pest exterminator to death in 2008 guilty of reckless second-degree murder. Howard Barrett, 58, stood trial in Riley County District Court this week, six years after the killing of Thomas James, 48, in February of that year. Barrett has

  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | November 06, 2014

    Students vote for Brownback

    As Gov. Sam Brownback held onto his office in Tuesday’s election, he also eked out a narrow victory among local schoolchildren. USD 383 students cast their ballots in the Kids Voting Kansas event earlier this week. It’s sponsored by the school district and the

  • Local |Government & Politics | November 06, 2014

    Gay marriage ruling not likely to help local couple

    A local minister said the same-sex marriage benefits battle is ongoing even if Kansas’ constitutional ban is lifted. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction that will stop the state from enforcing its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage starting at 5 p.m.

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | November 06, 2014

    Konza Prairie gets $6.76 million grant

    Long-term ecological research at Kansas State University’s Konza Prairie Biological Station will continue for another six years with a $6.76 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Long-Term Ecological Research, or LTER, program is a research and education program focused on the

  • Local |Government & Politics | November 06, 2014

    Commission seeks input for public building panel

    Members of the public can voice their opinions to Riley County commissioners on a proposed Public Building Commission next week. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the lecture hall at the Manhattan Fire Department Headquarters, 2000 Denison Ave. During the meeting, no actions

  • Local |Education | November 06, 2014

    Board approves higher facility use fees

    Booking an an area school for outside events will cost slightly more starting next month. The Manhattan-Ogden school board unanimously approved on Wednesday an increase in facility use fees for non-school youth activities and community events. The board also approved the purchase of new equipment

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