Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Storm topples trees on north Leawood home, across Fairway street. Monday night’s storm and its accompanying 70 mile an hour winds toppled a large oak tree on a home near 92nd Street and Manor in north Leawood. No one was hurt in the incident, but the house suffered extensive damage. The storm also felled a tree across Sheridan Street at Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway. Photo above courtesy of Tom Rooker.[Storm topples tree through roof of Leawood home — KMBC]

Prairie Village accepting applications for 2014 State of Arts exhibit. Prairie Village has opened up the application period for the 8th Annual State of the Juried Exhibition, with the State of the Arts Gala scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10 from 6-8 p.m. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 8. More info on applying is here.

Mission Hills budget meeting set for July 14. Mission Hills will be presenting an overview of its 2015 budget at a meeting Monday, July 14. The meeting is set to run 5:30 t0 6:30 p.m.

Meet the candidates events planned this month. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and chambers of the Johnson County Public Policy Council will be hosting several candidate forums. Next Tuesday, July 15, a forum will feature Kansas House District 19 (Stephanie Clayton and Jennifer Flood) and House District 21 (Barbara Bollier and Neil Melton) and Kansas Insurance Commissioner candidates. It will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Meadowbrook Country Club, 9101 Nall Avenue. No cost to attend.

Heritage Foundation rebuts attacks on Kansas tax cuts. Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation took issue with Paul Krugman’s recent New York Times column on “Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas,” and published a rebuttal this week in newspapers across the country. Kansas’s tax cuts haven’t been in effect long enough to measure their full impact, he says, and the past several decades have shown that states with low taxes are producing more jobs than states with higher taxes. “The Kansas story is still incomplete, and we will see over the next few years whether growth is revived in a state that people have been fleeing for the past decade,” [What’s The Matter With Paul Krugman?— Investor’s Business Daily]

Law enforcement offered free admission to book event. Fairway’s Rainy Day books is inviting all law enforcement personnel to attend a presentation by Jack Devine, CIA spymaster and author, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Unity Temple on The Plaza. Devine will be talking about his new book “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story.” Devine is former head of the CIA Directorate of Operations. Admission is free to law enforcement personnel who show an ID.