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  • Local |Kansas State University | April 10, 2013

    Vote on union expansion begins


    K-State students began voting Wednesday on a proposed $25 million renovation and expansion plan for the K-State Student Union. The proposal calls for new southwest and east entrances, a central elevator serving all floors, expanded study and hang-out areas, and improved meeting, retail, dining and recreation

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 10, 2013

    NBAF funds in federal budget

    President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget includes $714 million in federal funding for construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). The biosafety level 4 facility is slated to be built in Manhattan, replacing Plum Island Animal Disease Center as the nation’s lead

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 10, 2013

    Re-start a threat to Ike memorial

    A bill that proposes starting from scratch on the nearly 14-year development of a monument to President Dwight D. Eisenhower would effectively end efforts for memorialization, the head of the memorial commission said Wednesday. Conflicts over the size, concept and design of the planned memorial

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 10, 2013

    Journalism school here gets new director

    A German native who has administered a journalism program in Georgia for seven years will be the next director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University. Birgit Wassmuth will start her new job in June. Wassmuth comes

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Traffic | April 10, 2013

    Fatality still under investigation

    A Manhattan man died Sunday in an early morning accident in Butler County after his vehicle overturned. James Ponce, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle rolled multiple times and landed on its top on Highway 77, about 10 miles north of El Dorado. Officials

  • Local |Kansas State University |Arts, Leisure | April 10, 2013

    Purple Masque to house Pulitzer winning play

    Kimberly Akimbo,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 in East Stadium’s Purple Masque Theatre at Kansas State University. A comedy, the play is about Kimberly, a 16-year-old girl who must cope with a very out-of-the-ordinary physical

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 10, 2013

    Stephanie Coontz to give speech at K-State

    Social historian and author Stephanie Coontz will present two lectures for Kansas State University groups in May. Her visit is being sponsored by the department of women studies. A professor of history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Coontz also is

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

    Man arrested for battery

    Riley County officers arrested a Manhattan man Tuesday for aggravated battery after police were called to his residence for reports that a man had been attacked with a knife. Officer Matthew Droge said Cody Fegan, 29, 1415 Claflin Cir., was arrested after an on-scene investigation at Fegan’

  • Local | April 10, 2013

    Obama proposes funding NBAF

    President Obama’s budget proposal includes $714 million for NBAF. Combined with state appropriations, officials say that would be enough to fully fund construction of the facility. Details coming later; full report in tonight’s Mercury.

  • Local | April 09, 2013

    Dry conditions making burns dangerous, officials say

    With spring pasture burning season rapidly approaching, Pottawatomie County officials have a recommendation: Don’t! Due to continuing dry conditions, Bruce Brazzle, county fire supervisor, is asking landowners to burn only if absolutely necessary. “The winter moisture Pottawatomie County received has done little to relieve

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