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  • Local |Kansas State University | August 08, 2013

    K-State to host native grasslands conference

    Nearly 200 researchers, students, ranchers and conservationists will gather in Manhattan Aug. 12-14 for the biennial America’s Grasslands Conference. The event will focus on the status, threats and opportunities facing America’s declining grasslands. It is the first time for Kansas State University to host

  • Local |Education | August 07, 2013

    School board approves 2014 budget

    On a split vote, the USD 383 Board of Education Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a 2014 budget that includes a 2.095 increase in the property tax levy. Board members Curt Herrman, Dave Colburn, Pat Hudgins and Marcia Rozell comprised the majority. Board members Leah Fliter, Aaron Estabrook

  • Local |Government, Politics | August 07, 2013

    Commission allows rezoning for 15-plex

    City commissioners thumbed their noses at the planning board, and also deferred the Fort Riley Boulevard/Seth Child Road interchange project during Tuesday’s meeting. Rejecting a planning board recommendation for denial, commissioners approved the rezoning of lots at 1021 and 1027 Thurston Street by a supermajority 4

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 07, 2013

    K-State students again rank in Princeton Review list

    Life is good for Kansas State University students, who were once again named among the happiest students in the nation, according to the 2014 edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges.” The book only recognizes 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four

  • Local |Government, Politics | August 07, 2013

    City approves $131M budget for 2014

    City commissioners unanimously supported the 2014 city budget Tuesday, but only after making a couple of last-minute changes. The $131 million 2014 budget is about $9 million (6.6 percent) higher than this year. The levy will remain at its current 43.44 mill rate, but taxes for most property owners will still

  • Local |Government, Politics | August 07, 2013

    Commission to reconsider plan for Peace auditorium

    Commissioners informally agreed Monday to reconsider plans for remodeling the Peace Memorial Auditorium. The decision to reconsider a 4-1 June Commission vote to move ahead with the remodeling came during discussions preceding Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. The remodeling has been on hold since the

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 07, 2013

    Mindfulness may help children focus in the classroom

    A Kansas State University child/adolescent counselor says a process used to help adults with anxiety disorders may also have a place in the classroom, helping children keep their focus on the subject at hand. Karrie Swan, assistant professor of special education, counseling and student

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | August 06, 2013

    Man gets 20 years in crime tied to death

    A Manhattan man has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for aiding and abetting an armed robbery that set in motion a series of events leading ultimately to a deadly arson in which a Kansas State University researcher died. U.S. Atty. Barry Grissom

  • Local |Government, Politics | August 06, 2013

    Leaky jail concerns officials

    The architect for the new Pottawatomie County Justice Center told Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday his firm would stand the cost of fixing the cause of water leak in the facility. “If we’re wrong, then we’ll fix it. We’ll stand behind it,” said

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | August 06, 2013

    9-year-old girl rescued from river

    A Wamego police officer fresh out of cadet training had a dramatic first week on the job when he was called to help save a girl who had fallen into a river swollen from recent rains. Two sisters, ages 9 and 17, were playing near the Kansas

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