Riley County Police Department

Authorities in Manhattan and Lawrence investigating a possible serial rapist have re-released a composite sketch of a man they want to talk with in connection with the case.

Last July, the Riley County Police Department and Lawrence Police Department announced they were working to solve multiple rapes in Manhattan and Lawrence that began in 2000 and appear to be connected. They released a composite sketch of a man who was seen near the first rape, in Manhattan in 2000, but it did not generate any new leads.

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

May 28, 2013

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.