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  • Local |Government, Politics | July 17, 2013

    Cabin status tabled over accessibility


    City commissioners tabled consideration of historical status for a 1930s cabin here Tuesday. The tabling action passed 3-2 with commissioners Usha Reddi and Karen McCulloh opposed.  At issue is whether to endorse efforts to add the Bluemont Youth Cabin to the national register of

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 17, 2013

    Changes to codes are OK’d

    City commissioners approved adoption of international building and national electrical codes Tuesday over the objection of Mayor John Matta. Matta said he opposed the changes because he campaigned on a platform against them. But that objection didn’t hold with the rest of the commission,

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 17, 2013

    Options on table at intersection meeting

    City officials expect a meeting at 6 this evening at the Sunset Zoo to produce feedback on proposed changes for the interchange at Fort Riley Boulevard and Seth Child Road. Peter Clark, city traffic engineer, said the meeting will feature results of a study assessing traffic

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 16, 2013

    NBAF funds clear first Senate hurdle

    The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility project in Manhattan took another step forward Tuesday with the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approving $404 million as part of a DHS fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill. “Sen. (Jerry) Moran, Gov. (Sam) Brownback and I worked hard

  • Local |Business | July 16, 2013

    Power outage stymies activity within city’s commercial district just before noon

    Nearly 2,000 residential customers lost power in and around the city’s downtown Tuesday morning when a flock of birds got into equipment at one of the Westar Energy substations here. Erin La Row, spokesperson for Westar, said the birds caused several circuits to crash, resulting

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Government, Politics | July 16, 2013

    Speed cameras? Not so fast

    The RCPD’s lack of desire for automated enforcement won out over city commissioner Wynn Butler’s convictions during the Law Board meeting Monday. Automated enforcement refers to red light cameras and speed cameras that would automatically ticket those photographed running a red light or

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Government, Politics | July 16, 2013

    Grand juries may surface sparingly here

    A revised state statute will allow Kansas counties to use grand juries for all felony cases in place of preliminary hearings, a step designed to save time and money. But Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson said the system will be used conservatively here. The law

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 16, 2013

    Bridge will need more than a mere overlay


    The Belvue Bridge is probably not strong enough to handle any type of deck overlay, Pottawatomie County Commissioners learned Monday. That news, delivered by the Kansas Department of Transportation, all but eliminates the least expensive option of repairing the deck of the 58-year-old bridge which

  • Local |Education | July 16, 2013

    School board to discuss budget

    The USD 383 school board will hold a forum on the 2013-14 budget at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz. It will be followed by the regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Indications were the primary purpose of this forum is to explain

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 16, 2013

    K-State ranks high in engineering, good for students

    Kansas State University is receiving more plaudits for its engineering programs, and it’s earning strong marks for what its graduates receive for their investment in their education. The College Database is a noncommercial website that provides higher education information based on federal data and

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