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  • Local |Business | February 21, 2014

    MPO hires firm for regional transit plan

    A consultancy firm has been hired to develop a long-term transportation plan, the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) policy board learned Wednesday. URS Corporation will be the consultant advising on the development of a transportation plan. MPO transportation planner Stephanie Watts said the development

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 21, 2014

    Court dates set for suspects in JC murder case

    Three suspects facing murder charges in connection with the death of a Junction City woman appeared in court Thursday and are set for their next status hearings. Larry Anderson, 25, of Manhattan; Drexel Woody, 23, of Fort Riley; and Marrysa Middleton, 22, of Colorado (city unknown), were arrested

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 21, 2014

    K-State online system down for 11 hours

    Kansas State University experienced an online services outage for more than 11 hours Thursday. Beginning around 11:20 a.m., K-State began experiencing losses to key information technology services — including a home page, its student information system, online classrooms, human resource information system and other applications. Services were

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 21, 2014

    St. Marys man bound over in 2nd-degree murder case

    A St. Marys man was bound over on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault after a preliminary hearing in Pottawatomie County District Court on Thursday. Pablo Gonzalez, 21, was arrested in Pottawatomie County early New Year’s Day after Levi W. Bishop, 24, of Rossville was

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 21, 2014

    Professor and architect to give lecture at KSU

    A Columbia University professor and New York-based architect will present the Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture for the architecture department at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design. Laurie Hawkinson’s lecture, “Moving Space,” will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the K-State

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 21, 2014

    K-State offers sales certificate

    A new certificate being offered by Kansas State University’s National Strategic Selling Institute can provide students planning sales-related careers with a competitive advantage. The institute’s certificate in professional strategic selling lets students gain exposure to the fundamentals of sales through an advanced curriculum

  • Local | February 21, 2014

    Medal of Honor winner Walter Ehlers dies at 92

    Ehlers new.phatch

    Walter Ehlers knew fear, tragedy, glory and celebrity as few Manhattanites ever have or ever will. Mr. Ehlers, the only resident of Manhattan to receive the Medal of Honor for gallantry in combat above and beyond the call of duty, died Thursday near his retirement

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 20, 2014

    Huelskamp sees the problems but stays upbeat

    WAMEGO — Rep. Tim Huelskamp worked hard to paint himself as a relentless optimist during a town hall meeting Wednesday – and then listed a nearly endless set of reasons why he shouldn’t be. The event at the Wamego Public Library, attended by a couple dozen

  • Local |Education | February 20, 2014

    Virtual school proposal unveiled

    USD 383 officials unveiled their plan for a proposed virtual school Wednesday during the district’s Board of Education meeting. Under this plan, USD 383 would run its own online education program, Manhattan Virtual Program (MVP), starting next school year for grades 7-12 for students statewide. That

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 20, 2014

    County opposes mortgage measure

    Despite the Kansas Association of Counties offering alternatives to the bill, Riley County continues to oppose Senate Bill 298, which would eliminate Kansas’ mortgage registration fee. The KAC’s suggestions include exempting agricultural mortgages from the fee and privatizing the mortgage process, removing county government’s

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