Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Paul Davis leads Sam Brownback by 10 points in new poll. A new poll conducted in the two days following the August primary puts Democratic challenger Paul Davis ahead of Gov. Sam Brownback by 10 points. The poll, conducted by national polling firm Rasmussen, used automated phone calls to landlines and online surveys. The poll found 51 percent of respondents supporting Davis, 41 percent supporting Brownback, and 8 percent backing other candidates or undecided. [New Rasmussen poll gives Davis 51-41 edge over Brownback in governor’s race — Topeka Capital Journal]

Roeland Park resident says church teaching shouldn’t have been used to oppose new anti-discrimination ordinance. Roeland Park resident Tom Fox wrote an opinion piece in the Kansas City Star voicing support for the city’s recent passage of a new anti-discrimination ordinance. “Earlier in the consideration of this ordinance, it was quite disappointing to see church teachings used by opponents of this ordinance,” he wrote. “Let me quote Pope Francis, who has said that gays and lesbians are ‘our brothers and sisters’ who ‘should not be marginalized.’ Asked about gay priests and their place in the church, he famously said: ‘Who am I to judge?’ Indeed.” [Tom Fox: Small city of Roeland Park made a big statement — Kansas City Star]

Area newborns test positive for virus that causes meningitis. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is examining several cases in which infants have tested positive for a human parechovirus that has been associated with meningitis. Cases have been reported at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. [Virus is found in 14 Kansas City area newborns — Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park drivers license checkpoint nets arrests. A Roeland Park saturation checkpoint Friday night resulted in 21 citations, two arrests and nine towed cars. All of the violations were found in a two and one-half hour operation. Police towed cars for violations where the driver was not legal to drive the car, including no license, suspended license and narcotics violations.

One lane of 75th near SM East closed. WaterOne crews will have one westbound lane of 75th Street west of Mission Road to Delmar closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. WaterOne also has been working east of Mission Road in a months-long project to replace the water main along 75th Street to State Line Road. WaterOne says it “coordinated extensively with the school, police and city” regarding the work near the school. Today is the first day for all students at the high school, where classes begin at 7:40 a.m.