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  • Local |Government, Politics | January 02, 2013

    Reps unhappy with passage of ‘cliff’ measure

    Members of the Kansas Congressional delegation expressed displeasure with the way the government conducts business after passage late Tuesday of a measure designed to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Congress had to pass a budget deal to stop the automatic tax increases across the board

  • Local |Kansas State University | January 02, 2013

    NBAF land transfer completed

    Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the state’s Congressional Delegation announced Wednesday the formal transfer of the proposed site of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) to the U.S. Department of Homeland. The action is considered a key but expected step in

  • Local | January 02, 2013

    Snow drives crowd indoors for most of Aggieville ball drop

    Falling snow and freezing temperatures kept the crowds huddled inside until minutes before the ball dropped during the 10th annual Little Apple New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday. “I wish it was about 10 degrees warmer,” said Devin Randal, a member of Reckless Rebellion, the

  • Local |Kansas State University | January 02, 2013

    K-State sets enrollment, donation records, looks to 2025

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    Kansas State showed itself to be a university on the rise in 2012. Records set during the year include 24,378 students enrolled this fall, $121 million in donations in fiscal year 2012, $25.8 million in athletic support and the participation of 91,975 alumni in various ways. With the growth in students

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 02, 2013

    Commission irked about justice center

    Pottawatomie County commissioners expressed frustration Monday with the general contractor for the new justice center after receiving what they considered unwarranted change order requests. Trisha Fruendt of SMH Consultants presented three change order requests during her weekly project update, but commissioners became increasingly annoyed that

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 31, 2012

    Fiscal cliff may affect local companies

    The deadline is midnight for Congress to pass a budget deal that would prevent taxes from increasing to levels in existence during the Clinton administration. Along with the 2 percent increase in payroll tax, Congress’ failure to beat the Jan. 1 deadline for avoiding the so-called “fiscal

  • Local | December 31, 2012

    2012 marked by drought, warm temps

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    The key word for weather in 2012 was dry. For much of the year, the state battled extreme drought that threatened crops and wildlife, and depleted water supplies. “The latest is that we’re still in extreme drought in our area,” state climatologist Mary Knapp said. “

  • Local | December 31, 2012

    New feature offers bits of local history

    The Mercury is introducing a year-long daily feature called Manhattan Milestones. Each day, it will feature interesting and significant happenings from the city’s history. The items are compiled by Kevin Olson, author of the book “Frontier Manhattan.” Here are the entries for Jan. 1 and 2.

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 31, 2012

    Building fees to increase

    For those contractors looking to build in Riley County, the fee to get a permit is going up. Steven Higgins, Riley County zoning officer, told county commissioners Monday that building permits for principal structures were raised from $50 to $75 Dec. 19. That takes the fee for residences

  • Local |Education | December 31, 2012

    Leonardville man to run for USD 378 board

    A Leonardville man has filed for a position on the USD 378 Board of Education. Steven R. Reed filed papers declaring his candidacy for the position 5 seat on the board Friday. He is an electrician and is the current board president.

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