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  • Local |Business | August 23, 2015

    Plum Island, home to disease lab, readies for its historic sale

    PLUM ISLAND, N.Y. — Historians say the Indian tribes who once inhabited Plum Island sold it in 1659 for a coat, a barrel of biscuits and 100 fishhooks. There’s no telling what it will go for this time. As federal government officials prepare to sell this 840

  • Local |Business | August 23, 2015

    Flotation therapy aims to relax the Little Apple

    It took about 10 minutes for the floating to actually begin, but that’s just a guess. For about an hour on Wednesday, time — and most of my senses — were suspended as I floated in an oversized bathtub in complete darkness. It took some time to

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 21, 2015

    At K-State, sororities spend week making matches

    Recruitment.mercury

    More than 800 freshman girls have been bopping around K-State’s campus since Sunday, looking to get involved in the university community before classes start next week. Beginning Sunday afternoon with information sessions for parents and family members and ending Friday evening with a bid celebration,

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government, Politics | August 21, 2015

    College Republicans want to end death penalty

    College Republicans across the state have announced their opposition to the death penalty, prompting strong disapproval from some Republican lawmakers. The board of the Kansas Federation of College Republicans, representing campus organizations throughout the state, voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for repeal of

  • Local |Education |Business | August 21, 2015

    USD 383 scrambling to fill vacant bus driver positions

    USD 383 is struggling to make the wheels on the bus go round and round this fall. The school district needs 10 drivers to cover its daily routes, said Doug Messer, director of transportation for USD 383. Officials would prefer 15 to 20 total drivers to cover for field trips

  • Local | August 21, 2015

    Group to examine developing area behavioral health facility

    The Riley County Mental Health Task Force will examine how to develop a new behavioral health facility. Local government, law enforcement and mental health officials addressed the area’s handling of mental health on Thursday during the joint Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County meeting.

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | August 21, 2015

    Ex-soldier sentenced to 13 years for raping child

    A former Fort Riley soldier with almost 20 years of service was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for the rape of a girl younger than 14. In Riley County District Court, Judge David Stutzman on Thursday sentenced Timothy Charles Ayers, 42, to 98 months in prison for rape

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | August 21, 2015

    Fireworks blaze causes $80K in damage Thursday

    Fire.mercury

    Fireworks are the suspected culprit in a structure fire that caused more than $80,000 damage at a Manhattan residence Thursday night. The Manhattan Fire Department responded to 1831 Fairchild Ave. at 11 p.m., where responders found a one-story detached garage with heavy smoke and fire showing from

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 20, 2015

    Schulz discusses NCAA changes

    K-State President Kirk Schulz told USA Today that recent changes allowing college athletes to have an additional $160 million in benefits will require “a little bit of trust.” Schulz, who also serves as chairman of the NCAA board of governors, was at the center of two

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    District asked to list efficiencies for extra aid

    USD 383 Superintendent Bob Shannon will make the district’s case for more state cash Monday in Topeka, but first he needs to demonstrate to state officials how the district has “innovated and used efficiencies” to improve outcomes in district classrooms. The Manhattan-Ogden School District recently

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