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  • Local | March 26, 2013

    GAO report: lack of standards makes containment labs risky

    A continued lack of national standards places the United States at increased risk for accidents at high-containment laboratories, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Monday. This report was a follow-up to a 2009 GAO report, which called for national standards relating to designing,

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 26, 2013

    Flood plan affecting some landowners

    Pottawatomie County commissioners discussed new FEMA flood plain maps Monday and how the revised maps are adversely impacting some area property owners. The discussion was prompted by a recent work session with the Wamego City Commission during which several local business owners along U.S.

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 26, 2013

    Commission to fund Living History Day

    Pottawatomie County commissioners indicated Monday they would find some financial assistance for Living History Day, a longstanding event sponsored by Havensville Community Center. “We’re asking for help if we can possibly get it,” said Jim Armstrong. “We don’t charge anyone anything except for

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 26, 2013

    Former employee files wrongful termination suit against K-State

    A former Kansas State University employee has filed suit against the university alleging she was wrongly terminated from her accounting job. In the suit, filed in Riley County District Court, Platt asks for more than $75,000 in compensation for damages she said she suffered as a

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 26, 2013

    K-State researchers take groundbreaking approach to stopping stomach bug

    Kansas State University-led team is researching ways to stop the spread of norovirus, a contagious stomach illness that infects one in 15 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kyeong-Ok Chang, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, is leading researchers

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 25, 2013

    Forgivable loan among items on city’s docket

    The library, fireworks, the airport and an incentives package: City commissioners will consider a range of items that have previously created a stir during their Tuesday meeting. Commissioners will consider giving a $100,000 forgivable loan to Continental Mills. The company wants to relocate its Wild Roots

  • Local |Education | March 25, 2013

    School board candidates talk enrollment growth, future issues

    In advance of the USD 383 school board race, the Mercury asked the four candidates — Mitch Beims, Aaron Estabrook, Pat Hudgins and Marcia Rozell — to answer questions about issues pertaining to non-fiscal matters likely to come before the school board. Three of these candidates will be

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 25, 2013

    Treasurer’s office given OK to add a position


    County commissioners voted 2-1 Monday, with Bob Boyd opposed, to add a full-time staff member to Riley County Treasurer Eileen King’s motor vehicle department. King requested addition of the position, saying the department has been about one person short for the nearly three decades

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Government, Politics | March 25, 2013

    RCPD earns national accreditation

    A national accreditation agency recently recognized and awarded the Riley County Police Department with its highest honor available following the agency’s three-day on-site assessment in December. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) recognized the department for its “outstanding performance” and awarded

  • Local | March 25, 2013

    Former Conoco-Phillips exec named to K-State position

    Rand Berney has been appointed executive in residence at Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration. Berney is retired from ConocoPhillips, where his last position was senior vice president, corporate shared services from 2009 until his retirement in May 2012. With Berney’s appointment, the college

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