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

    Drug bust results in three arrests for meth, cocaine

    An ongoing investigation into methamphetamine, cocaine and controlled substance distribution in the Riley County area netted three arrests following drug busts on Wednesday and Thursday. The Riley County Police Department reported Thursday morning that officers arrested Eric Lipp, 43, and Catherine Hopkins, 45, both of 2108 Mike Place,

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 06, 2014

    Lewis attributes county commission loss to low turnout


    In the Republican primary race for the District 1 Riley County Commission seat, 21-year-old Ben Wilson pulled a shocker on Tuesday when he defeated incumbent Dave Lewis by a margin of 66 votes, 615-549. Lewis, who’s also the public-address announcer for Kansas State University sporting events

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | August 06, 2014

    Further cuts keep mill levy nearly flat

    The city commission approved the 2015 budget on Tuesday. The 2015 budget is $134.13 million with a mill levy of 43.942 mills, an increase of $3.34 million and 0.586 mills from 2014. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value. Considering the average home valuation has increased 2.3 percent,

  • Local |Business | August 06, 2014

    KDHE suspends daycare

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued an emergency order of suspension to Aunt Lesa’s Daycare, 525 Northfield Road. The department announced the suspension Tuesday. The action came about because of events that occurred on April 14. The department received a complaint that Lesa

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | August 06, 2014

    Citizens’ group concerned about NBAF safety following safety lapses at CDC

    After three safety breaches in the past two months at federal laboratories, a citizen spoke to the city commission about her concerns with Manhattan’s future federal lab. Sylvia Beeman, a spokesperson for the citizen group Biosecurity for the Heartland, spoke during the public comment

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

    Judge to allow past incident in child rape case

    Riley County Judge David Stutzman on Tuesday decided he would allow District Attorney Barry Wilkerson to admit evidence from an incident that Wilkerson argued shows a Fort Riley man accused of raping three young girls last year has a propensity for sexual misconduct. The defendant, 31

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

    Court dates set for men accused of robbery

    Two Ogden men charged in a July robbery that left a victim seriously injured were scheduled for future court dates on Tuesday in Riley County District Court. Judge William Malcolm scheduled 38-year-old Johnny Cossey to appear on Aug. 19 for a status hearing. Malcolm also set

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 06, 2014

    Expert expects compliance on labels

    A Kansas State University food label expert believes most companies will comply with a new voluntary federal labeling regulation that defines the term “gluten-free.” The new regulation went into effect Tuesday. “The gluten-free trend has been crazy,” said Fadi Aramouni, professor of food science and

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 06, 2014

    K-State scientist uses camelina to build better biofuels

    A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product. Timothy Durrett, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, is part of collaborative team that has received

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 06, 2014

    Communication key for parents dealing with new teacher

    Parents shouldn’t worry about having a first-year teacher in their child’s classroom, according to a Kansas State University education professor. “Being a first-time teacher is an exciting and amazing experience that gets easier with time,” said Lori Goodson, assistant professor of curriculum and

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