Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Locals Ross Guignon and Olivia Sneed lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals at last year's USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament.
Locals Ross Guignon and Olivia Sneed lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals at last year’s USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Homestead.

USTA event returning to Homestead. Local tennis fans will once again have the chance to see some of the best young talent from around the region square off at Homestead Country Club. The United State Tennis Association announced Monday that it would again hold its US Open National Playoffs USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the Prairie Village club. The event will run May 28-31. In addition to the men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles competitions that were part of the event in years past, this year’s tournament will include men’s and women’s doubles play as well. Last year’s tournament saw more than 60 players from 13 states compete, including Prairie Village native Ross Guignon, who made it to the men’s finals.

Kansas Senate approves block grant school funding bill. The Kansas Senate on Monday passed the block grant bill that was narrowly approved by the House on Friday. Northeast Johnson County Sen. Kay Wolf voted in favor of the bill. Every northeast Johnson County representative in the House voted against the bill. The final vote in the Senate was 25-14. The bill will now go to Gov. Sam Brownback, who will have 10 days to approve or veto it. [Legislature sends school funding bill to governor — Topeka Capital Journal]

Cedar Roe Library hours to shift April 1. Patrons at the Cedar Roe will have an hour of extra time on weekday mornings, but will have to skedaddle an hour earlier at night. As of April 1, the hours at the library Monday through Thursday will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. instead of the current 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will remain closed Sunday.

Bollier sits down with KCUR’s Sam Zeff for Statehouse Blend. Dist. 21 Rep. Barbara Bollier was the latest Kansas legislator to sit down with KCUR’s Sam Zeff for the station’s new Statehouse Blend podcast. In her session, Bollier discusses how she got into state politics and school funding. [Statehouse Blend — KCUR]

Meadowbrook proposal cited in Huffington Post story on repurposing golf courses. F. Kaid Benfield, an expert on environmentally friendly development, used the Meadowbrook mixed-housing and park land proposal as an example of how golf courses can be reworked to create community spaces on the Huffington Post Monday. [Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses — Huffington Post]

Mission martial arts studio featured on Fox 4. Mission’s Shogun Martial Arts International was the subject of a story on self defense classes aired by Fox 4 on Monday. [FOX 4’s Mary Pulley makes appearance at local self-defense event — WDAF]

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