Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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NEJC residents meet with Sen. Moran on cancer issues. Prairie Village resident Jim Miksch and Merriam resident Gay Garrett were among the contingent of Kansas residents who traveled to Washington, D.C., last week as part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Lobby Day. The group got to meet directly with Sen. Jerry Moran and with the staffs of Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Kevin Yoder. “It is unusual not to see Yoder but there was a lot going on with the House leadership changes,” Miksch said.

Mission Hills resident wins Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award. Mission Hills resident Barb Stuber on Saturday was named the recipient of this year’s Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award. Now in its 37th year, the award honors a standout author from Kansas City. [Barbara Stuber receives annual Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award — Kansas City Star]

Miege grad, KU freshman will start at QB for Jayhawks Saturday. University of Kansas football coach Dave Beaty told the media Monday that freshman Ryan Willis, who led the Bishop Miege Stags to an undefeated season his senior year there, will get the start at quarterback for the Jayhawks this week. Miege grad Montell Cozart, the Jayhawks’ top quarterback, has left shoulder sprain. The number two quarterback, Deondre Ford, has a season-ending thumb injury. Willis will have his work cut out for him: He’ll be facing a 4-0 Baylor team that had a romp against Texas Tech last week. [KU freshman Ryan Willis set to start after Jayhawks lose top two quarterbacks — Kansas City Star]

Walk to School Day on Wednesday. Students at a number of area schools will be participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. The day highlights the importance of creating safe routes for walking and biking to school and the benefits of walking.  Elementary schools start class at 8:10 a.m. so heaviest walking times are likely to be between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. near local schools.

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