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  • Local |Kansas State University | January 09, 2014

    Three K-State grad programs gain recognition from student guide

    Three Kansas State University graduate programs have received recognition by, a student-rated guide. The website ranks the College of Arts and Sciences’ sociology graduate program No. 20 and the political science graduate program No. 23. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s graduate program is No. 24

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 09, 2014

    Ogden Pizza Hut catches fire

    Firefighters from Riley County responded to Pizza Hut in Ogden, 523 Riley Ave., for a structure fire around 2 p.m. Thursday. Pizza Hut cook Dereck Williams said no one was injured in a fire that started in the attic of the building.  He said the

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 09, 2014

    County proposes sharing equipment

    Riley County wants regional governments to share their equipment. Speaking at today’s commission meeting, county counselor Clancy Holeman said that he is working with several local governments and their insurance agencies to develop an agreement to share equipment. He said that the agreement would

  • Local | January 08, 2014

    Winter not emergency shelter’s busiest time, director says


    Despite the frigid temperatures recently, the Manhattan Emergency Shelter still has room for those in need of shelter. In fact, the dead of winter is not typically their busiest time, according to Executive Director Emily Wagner. That’s largely because of Westar Energy’s cold-weather

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 08, 2014

    Commissioners endorse $26.4M plan to raise levee

    Levee new.phatch

    City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to raise the levee. Although they approved the letter of endorsement, commissioners were vocal in their concerns about cost. According to Corps representative Lamar McKissick, the city ultimately would be responsible

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 08, 2014

    Doctor to plead to fraud

    A Manhattan radiologist is expected to plead guilty Thursday in Texas to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme involving more than $7 million in military contracts. Dr. Heidi L. Webster, 50, a former official of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, signed a

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 08, 2014

    Shooting suspect to appear

    A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Pablo Alberto Gonzalez of St. Marys, who was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old Rossville man. Gonzalez, 21, will appear in Pottawatomie County District Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17. He made his first appearance

  • Local |Education | January 08, 2014

    Heating system fails at MHS east campus

    Ninth-graders couldn’t escape the cold weather Tuesday as the Manhattan High east campus dealt with a heating issue. MHS principal Greg Hoyt sent a message out to parents detailing the experience. He said he was notified at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday about the issues and

  • Local |Business | January 07, 2014

    Outage leaves thousands in cold

    Thousands of Manhattan residents endured a stretch without power Monday night because of a Westar equipment failure. Westar Energy spokesperson Shane Batchelder said that 1,462 customers — business and residential — lost power in the north and northwest part of town after a piece of equipment failed on

  • Local |Fort Riley | January 07, 2014

    DOD grants $16M to replace Fort Riley school

    The Department of Defense on Monday awarded the Geary County school district a $16 million federal grant to replace Fort Riley Elementary School. The planned building will address the capacity and facilities needs of the current school and will be able to acommodate 500 students. “These new

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