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  • Local |Business | June 28, 2015

    Kansas oil business passed down through generations

    The fleet of oil company service trucks is being converted, to operate not on gasoline, but on propane. The conversion of those vehicles from gas to propane fuel was completed by an innovative, diversifying company in rural southeast Kansas. Natalie Beard-Dent is owner of Beard

  • Local |Education | June 26, 2015

    Kansas court rules against part of school finance law

    USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden school district officials are working to interpret a court decision that declares the block grant school finance plan unconstitutional. A three-judge panel in Shawnee District Court ruled on Friday the block grant bill is neither equitable nor adequate. The school finance law that

  • Local |Business | June 26, 2015

    Thomas Rhett fuels party at Country Stampede

    “This is for the campers,” declared Thomas Rhett, acknowledging the fans who give Country Stampede its rambunctious reputation. “Four days in the heat, sweat, Bud Light, sweat and country music,” Rhett continued, before playing “Parking Lot Party,” a song about parties, pre-parties and after parties.

  • Local |Fort Riley | June 26, 2015

    Army designing gender-neutral combat tests


    Fort Riley soldiers on Thursday participated in a project to develop performance standards for military roles, particularly the combat positions closed until recently to female soldiers under a 1994 Department of Defense rule. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded that rule in January 2013 and called for

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | June 26, 2015

    Regional council marks 5th anniversary

    The Flint Hills Regional Council celebrated its fifth-year anniversary Thursday at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. About 50 people and the 1st Infantry Division Band showed up to commemorate the advancements of regional planning through the council. The Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization, which develops regional

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 26, 2015

    Kansas State-Salina adds major for unmanned aircraft

    SALINA — Interest in unmanned aircraft, often called drones, is taking off. In response to the growing demand, the Kansas State University-Salina plans to add a major and two minors focusing on the aircraft. The new courses are scheduled to start in the fall. The school

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 26, 2015

    BRI offers biocontainment basics

    If you attend new researcher training at Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, at Pat Roberts Hall, one of the first things you notice is nothing happens quickly. Getting into the building requires passing through several layers of security, and strict rules

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 26, 2015

    Phi Beta Kappa selects 40 new members

    Forty Kansas State University students are the newest members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. To be eligible for membership consideration to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must be a junior or a senior with a grade point average of

  • Local | June 25, 2015

    Stampede fans arrive early to snag favorite campsites


    With opening performances less than 24 hours away, Country Stampede fans were already setting up camp Wednesday evening in preparation for the weekend’s events. “We’re taking a three-day event and turning it into a six-day affair,” said Jeff Brake of Lee’s Summit, Missouri,

  • Local |Education | June 25, 2015

    Staff waiting on software to begin budget process

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board has yet to approve anticipated cuts for the USD 383 budget. During a meeting Wednesday evening, USD 383 business services director Lew Faust said to school board members that the district had been notified Tuesday that the state’s first budget workshop is

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