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  • Local |Government, Politics | June 05, 2013

    Commission to tackle pool policy in work sessions

    City commissioners have decided to hold two work sessions to give the Parks and Recreation Department guidance on how to charge and admit people into the pools. During a pre-meeting discussion Tuesday night, commissioners told city administrators they wanted to hold a work session June 11

  • Local |Education | June 05, 2013

    Wamego school district not likely to drop controversial test policy

    Following four months of committee study of the district’s controversial grading policy, Wamego USD 320 board members are likely to impose some stricter standards for the policy’s execution. But the specifics of those changes are still being discussed, and may not be determined until

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 05, 2013

    K-State grad student wins fellowship to study declassified Russian documents

    A look into the past will give insight to the future, according to Kansas State University’s newest David S. Boren Fellow. Tony Demchak, doctoral student in history, Twinsburg, Ohio, has been awarded a 2013 David S. Boren Fellowship to explore archives in St. Petersburg and

  • Local |Government, Politics | June 05, 2013

    Obama threatens to pull NBAF funds

    President Barack Obama has threatened to veto an appropriations bill that includes money for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). A statement of administration policy on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act said Obama’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto the

  • Local |Business | June 04, 2013

    Housing boom in Pottawatomie County

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    Housing construction in Pottawatomie County is booming. In monthly updates Monday, three department heads told county commissioners that housing-related activity in their offices is has taken off in the past month. “Things are not slowing down at all. They’re really moving,” said Betty Abitz,

  • Local | June 04, 2013

    Mercury’s executive editor stepping down in the fall


    Bill Felber, executive editor of The Mercury for nearly three decades, has announced his retirement. Felber will officially retire around Oct. 1, but announced his decision now in order to give the newspaper time to make a smooth transition to his successor. “I’ve never viewed

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 04, 2013

    KSU sorting through how to deal with cuts

    Kansas State University administrators said Tuesday they will announce next week how they intend to address reduced state funding. Officials are spending this week determining implementation strategies for dealing with fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budgets approved by lawmakers. Those budgets included 1.5-percent across-the-board reductions in the

  • Local |Education | June 04, 2013

    Board to discuss East Campus study

    The USD 383 school board will discuss a preliminary report on the Manhattan High School East Campus facility study at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center. Gould Evans of Lawrence started the facility analysis after the school board approved it in February. The board

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 04, 2013

    K-State to offer MBAs online starting this fall

    Working professionals are getting help advancing their careers with a new online Master of Business Administration program from Kansas State University. The K-State College of Business Administration has partnered with the Division of Continuing Education to offer an accredited online master’s program for working

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 04, 2013

    Physicist receives $750,000 award for international quest

    A K-State physicist has received the prestigious Department of Energy Early Career Research Award for his collaborative research involving the Large Hadron Collider. Andrew Ivanov, assistant professor of physics, has received the five-year $750,000 award for his proposal titled “Quest for a top quark partner and

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