Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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BBQ and Bluegrass fundraiser coming April 11 in Roeland Park.  It won’t just be barbecue, drinks and bluegrass music for immediate consumption at the April 11 fundraiser for Roeland Park’s R Park. A long list of barbecue establishments are lending a hand by donating items for the R Park Marketplace, including restaurant gift certificates, sauces, rubs, gift baskets, t-shirts and art. Among the businesses contributing will be RJ’s Bob-be Que Shack, Johnny’s BBQ, Brobecks BBQ, Burnt End BBQ, Q39 BBQ, Plowboys BBQ, Slap’s BBQ, Danny Edward’s Blvd BBQ, Rosedale, Bar-B-Q, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, Original Juan Specialty Foods, Smoke ’n’ Fire BBQ Products, Mike Savage, artist, Charlie Podrebarac, cartoonist. A rib cooking class by local author Ardie Davis and a Behind the Pits tour and tasting at RJ’s and Johnny’s will be available.

Shawnee Mission superintendent quoted on block grants.  Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson is quoted in a Kansas City Star story on the new block grant proposal to fund Kansas schools. Hinson says that in light of the financial situation in the state, the proposal is “probably the best-case scenario.” He said it is believe the block grant funding keeps state support at the current levels. The plan was unveiled Thursday. [Legislative leaders unveil plan to fund Kansas schools with block grants – Kansas City Star]

Bollier responds to Brownback’s evolving stance on Medicaid expansion. Mission Hills state Rep. Barbara Bollier had positive things to say about the news Thursday at the Gov. Sam Brownback may be open to signing a bill that expanded Medicaid in Kansas. The retired physician has been an advocate for expanding access to the program. “If this is true, I’m thrilled for the people of Kansas,” she said. [Brownback softens stance on Kansas Medicaid expansion — KCUR]

Prairie Village police, SM East students featured in story on teen traffic enforcement. The Prairie Village Police Department and SM East students were the subject of a recent Kansas City Star article on the statewide effort to enforce traffic belt laws. [Seat belts click in Kansas as police monitor teen drivers — Kansas City Star]

Miege boys advance in sub-state play. Bishop Miege’s boys basketball team advanced to the final of the class 4A Division 1 sub-state tournament with a 66-57 win over Bonner Springs Thursday. The Stags face top-seeded Eudora, 17-3 on the year, in Saturday’s final, which will be 7 p.m. at Bishop Miege.

Miege’s Bol Bol “could be 7’4” Kevin Durant” says Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report this week published a video profile of 15-year-old Bol Bol, the 6’10” Bishop Miege freshman basketball standout who is the son of NBA star Manute Bol. [Finishing a Father’s Dream: Manute Bol’s Son Could Be a 7’4″ Kevin Durant — Bleacher Report]

SM East senior Clara Ma named Coca-Cola Scholar. SM East senior Clara Ma has been named a Coca-Cola Scholar and will receive a $20,000 scholarship for college. Ma is one of a select few to receive a scholarship through the program, which has 103,000 initial applicants.

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