Kansas State University has announced a third round of emergency furloughs, which will occur in June and July. This round includes a total of 15 employees, three of which are from Enrollment Management, five from International Student and Scholar Services and seven from Education Abroad. Doing so is expected to save the university about $80,000 [...]
After closing for 51 days due to COVID-19, Manhattan will abate one quarter of the Manhattan Town Center’s annual rent. Manhattan City Commissioners narrowly approved the abatement by 3 to 2 vote, though only one third of the abatement requested by mall ownership. The nearly two months that businesses were mandated to shut their doors [...]
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The following summary of calls for service/reports filed by the Riley County Police Department is a portion of those received by police. Some names, addresses, and case details are withheld to follow local, state, and federal law as well as in an attempt to protect community members from being victimized further. Those arrested are presumed innocent [...]
One person was arrested Tuesday during the largely peaceful protest through Manhattan. Riley County Police charged 65-year-old Ralph Walters with making a criminal threat in the 1300 block of Fremont Street shortly after 8 p.m. Witnesses at the scene allege Walters shouted profanities at the group including using the N-word and threatening protestors with violence. [...]
Geary County health officials have confirmed the county’s first death of COVID-19. The patient, a 65-year-old man had been a patient at Geary Community Hospital. He died Tuesday. No additional information about the patient is being released. The news comes as Geary County has now totaled 22 cases since March. Area wide it’s the fourth [...]
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A large portion of College Avenue will remain closed for the next eight weeks as construction continues on the city’s North Campus Corridor project. It will include full-depth lane removal and reconstruction between Kimball Ave. and Dickens, near Ascension Via Christi Hospital and Bill Snyder Family Stadium. No thru traffic will be allowed. Access to [...]
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The Riley County Police Department lacks diversity in some of its highest ranking positions. According to information provided by RCPD spokesperson Hali Rowland, 40 RCPD patrol employees currently hold leadership titles of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, assistant director and director. Of those 40 employees, all of them are white, 38 are white males. The two [...]
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Approximately 2,000 people marched down Bluemont Ave. under police protection Tuesday evening to protest the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Despite reports on the event’s Facebook page of a man threatening people in the area, [...]
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Budget requests The Pottawatomie County Commission heard a number of budget requests for fiscal year 2021 during their meeting Monday. These requests came during the first Pottawatomie County Commission meeting to be open in-person to the public since mass gathering restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic made Zoom the only mode of [...]
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As concerns about racial equality continue to be raised nationally, high ranking Manhattan City officials admit more work must be done. Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi cited one specific problem in policing. She noted a viral incident in New York’s Central Park showing Amy Cooper, a white woman, seen calling police on Chris Cooper, an African [...]
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