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  • Local |Government & Politics | June 20, 2014

    Lone Dem looks to fix insurance issues

    Dennis Anderson says that the office of state insurance commissioner has become a little more exciting since the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — was passed by Congress 2010. Some healthcare entities across Kansas have expressed disappointment that Gov. Sam Brownback has kept the state

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 20, 2014

    KSU professor rustles up winning cowboy poetry

    Tim Keane, a professor of landscape architecture at Kansas State University, didn’t grow up riding horses or running cattle. Still, the KSU professor of 30 years is now the funniest cowboy poet in the state. Keane, 56, won the humor division in the Kansas Cowboy Poetry

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 20, 2014

    RCPD officers to ride rails watching for violations

    Accidents involving trains and other vehicles rarely end without injury or worse. In an effort to prevent future accidents from occurring in Manhattan and Riley County, the Union Pacific Police and Riley County Police departments are teaming up from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 19, 2014

    Regents approve naming planned residence hall for former president

    Wefaldhall 1.phatch

    A planned residence hall has been named for former Kansas State University President Jon Wefald. Wefald Hall, a new dormitory open in August 2016, honors the university’s 12th president, who served from 1986 to 2009. Current K-State President Kirk Schulz went to the Kansas Board of Regents

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government & Politics | June 19, 2014

    Regents approve tuition hike

    The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal to increase tuition at Kansas State University by 5 percent. Though there was an increase for all six state schools – University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | June 19, 2014

    Regester: Fee increase won’t make up for loss

    Debbie Regester, the Riley County register of deeds, confirmed county commissioners’ suspicions that revenues are down in areas Thursday morning. “We’re behind where we were last year,” she said. Regester said the total mortgage amount in the county was $208,598,212 at this time last year.

  • Local |Fort Riley | June 19, 2014

    Unit cases colors, reorganizes ahead of Kuwait deployment

    FORT RILEY — Ahead of its deployment to Kuwait, the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team conducted a ceremony Wednesday in which leaders cased the brigade colors, inactivated the Special Troops Battalion and reflagged the 1st Engineer Battalion to the 1st Brigade Engineer

  • Local | June 19, 2014

    25th annual Juneteenth celebration set for weekend

    The 25th annual Juneteenth Community Festival will take place Friday and Saturday. Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and delivered the news that the Civil War ended and slaves were freed. The celebration starts Friday with Gospel Fest

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 19, 2014

    Riley fire causes $25,000 in damage to apartments

    A Riley apartment sustained heavy damage after a fire broke out early Thursday morning. Firefighters from the Riley and Riley County Fire departments responded to the apartment complex in the 300 block of North Noble Street at about 3:20 a.m. Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins

  • Local |Business | June 19, 2014

    Manhattan woman big bingo winner

    Bingo winner.phatch

    Kim Wishard of Manhattan on Wednesday won the grand prize in The Mercury’s first-ever bingo game. She completed her bingo card for a “blackout” and a prize of $500 with winning number N-39. Wishard, a retiree who moved to the area just a year and

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