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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 11, 2013

    Hotel shooter not yet identified

    The name of the gunman in Tuesday morning’s shooting at Quality Inn and Suites in Manhattan has yet to be released by area law enforcement. RCPD director Brad Schoen held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to talk about the department’s involvement in shooting

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 11, 2013

    K-Stater will study in West Africa

    A Kansas State University student will study in West Africa with the help of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Micah D. Wilcher, senior in history, Salina, is one of more than 700 students selected to study abroad in the spring 2014 semester through the Gilman Scholarship

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 11, 2013

    NBAF’s status in budget uncertain

    The federal budget deal reached by congressional leaders does not make clear the status of funding for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, congressional sources told The Mercury Wednesday. Both houses of Congress put $404 million in their budget plans to pay for construction of

  • Local |Education | December 11, 2013

    Program teaches students to draw conclusions, back them up

    A girl reached as high as she could to raise her hand, wiggling her fingers for extra emphasis. The Bluemont Elementary student wanted a chance to share her observations during her class’s Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) time. VTS, an observation and critical thinking program

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 11, 2013

    Wabaunsee considers its part in bridge project


    The Belvue Bridge has been a topic of discussion for the Pottawatomie County Commission for some time, and now Wabaunsee County officials are joining in. Wabaunsee County Commission chairman Ervan Stuewe said the commission has committed to funding part of a study to determine if

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 11, 2013

    KSU gets $8.5M grant to study strategies for reducing post-harvest loss abroad

    Kansas State University is receiving an initial five-year, $8.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to establish the federal government’s new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. It is the third Feed the Future

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 10, 2013

    Man accused in fatal vehicle crash appears in court

    An Ogden man made his first appearance in court Monday on charges of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of an Abilene woman who died Sept. 8. Daniel Nathan Nitchman, 38, appeared in front of Judge Meryl Wilson in Riley County District Court Monday afternoon. Nitchman

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 10, 2013

    Police fire back and wound shooter at Quality Inn


    An armed man who fired at police was shot and wounded by officers Tuesday morning. The incident occurred at the Quality Inn and Suites, 150 E. Poyntz, around 6 a.m., after the Riley County Police Department received a 911 call regarding shots fired. According to information provided

  • Local |Education | December 10, 2013

    Parents get primer on sexting

    By the time you read this sentence, a sexually explicit picture or video can be sent, leaving a permanent mark on the world. More than a hundred parents gathered Monday at Manhattan High to hear about ways to guard their children from making that terrible

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | December 10, 2013

    Officials: Residents taking their waste to Riley — and taking money with them

    WESTMORELAND — Business at the Pottawatomie County landfill has fallen off dramatically over the past year. Scott Schwinn, county sanitarian, told Pott County commissioners Monday that for the month of November, the landfill shipped 567 tons of waste, a decline of about 16 percent from last year’s 677

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