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  • Local |Business |Government, Politics |Agriculture | February 05, 2014

    Farm bill passes after 3 years of talks

    WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a sweeping overhaul of federal farm and nutrition policies after almost four years of negotiations, sending a five-year farm bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate voted 68 to 32 to approve the $956.4 billion agreement, which Obama

  • Local | February 05, 2014

    3 snowplows, other vehicles wrecked


    Tuesday’s winter storm has had plowers working hard to clear the Manhattan area’s 13 inches of snow. Kansas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kimberly Qualls said northeast Kansas had a total of three accidents involving snow plowing vehicles during the storm. One of them happened

  • Local |Business | February 05, 2014

    Mail service spotty on Tuesday

    Mail carriers also struggled with impassable roads on Tuesday. Manhattan postmaster Bob Mikulecky said that the carriers made judgment calls on whether to deliver the mail on Tuesday. “Our concern was to get as much mail delivered yesterday, but make sure everyone got back safely,”

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | February 05, 2014

    More K-State graduates getting jobs

    A Kansas State University survey of recent graduates has found an increase in the percentage of new graduates with jobs — more than half of them in Kansas — as well as rising salaries and a broad range of career choices. Survey results show that 93 percent of

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 05, 2014

    Career fair planned Feb 11-12

    The opportunity for Kansas State University students to network with more than 150 employers over a two-day period will be offered again at the 2014 Engineering Career Fair. The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 on the second floor of the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 05, 2014

    Firefighters respond to four kitchen blazes

    The Manhattan Fire Department on Tuesday responded to four kitchen fires, three of which started in ovens. The biggest fire happened at 6:25 p.m. at 2117 Griffith Terrace. Firefighters found that the fire was extinguished by the occupants and was caused by unattended cooking.  Assistant

  • Local | February 04, 2014

    Schools will continue to stay closed for Wednesday, Feb. 5

    The following educational entities will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 5 as a result of severe winter weather: Kansas State University’s Manhattan, Salina, and Olathe campuses. USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden schools. USD 320 Wamego schools. USD 323 Rock Creek schools. USD 475 Geary County schools. USD 378 Riley County schools. USD 379

  • Local | February 04, 2014

    Schools, city close as forecast predicts near-record snowfall


    Snowfall on Tuesday put a halt to plenty of plans throughout the state — and the Flint Hills region was no exception. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp said the Manhattan area received 2.8 inches of new snow from midnight to 7 a.m., which put the total snow on

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 04, 2014

    Belafonte to speak at K-State

    Singing legend and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte will give a Black History Month keynote address next week at Kansas State. Belafonte’s address, “From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: The Evolution of the Movement,” will take place at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10 at McCain

  • Local |Traffic |Business |Government, Politics | February 04, 2014

    Excel to total $1.8M

    WESTMORELAND — A $1.8 million project to improve Excel Road north of U.S. 24 came closer to reality Monday as Pottawatomie County commissioners reviewed a proposal of project responsibilities. Leu Lowrey, public works director, presented cost estimates for various aspects of the project: improvements to the roadway,

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