Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Senior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam in the SM East library Friday.
Senior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam when he was a SM East student.

Prairie Village’s Akshay Dinakar in 2016 National Youth Orchestra. Akshay Dinakar is one of three Kansas students who have been selected for the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Dinakar plays the violin. Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the program recognizes the finest musicians from across the country ages 16-19. The 109 members of the orchestra were announced by Carnegie Hall. The selection followed a competitive audition process. The orchestra will tour in Europe this summer following performances in New York. Akshay is a SM East graduate.

Shots fired at Leawood police by bank robbery suspects. A police chase that ended with a crash in south Kansas City started with a bank robbery at the First National Bank in Stilwell. The Kansas Highway Patrol began chasing the suspects near 151st Street and U.S. 169. The chase entered into Leawood and shots were fired at Leawood police joining the pursuit. One marked patrol car was hit near 119th Street and Mission Road. Three suspects were taken into custody. [FBI: 3 captured after chase involving bank robbers ends in crash – KCTV5]

KNEA expects schools to stay open. The Kansas National Education Association told school districts that it expects Kansas schools will open in the fall. Citing the deep impact of closing – a view also articulated by Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson – KNEA officials said “even the most extreme ideologues would realize the harm” that would be inflicted. A court decision finding the current block grant financing unconstitutional left the prospect that schools could not open unless the deficiency is addressed by the legislature. [Kansas National Education Association responds to talk of schools closing – The Kansas City Star]

Morrison on NLC committees. Prairie Village Councilor David Morrison, who is attending the National League of Cities Congressional Conference, serves on the NLC Small Cities Steering Committee and the NLC Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He also was invited to a White House NLC briefing during gate conference.

Shot fired in Merriam during fight. Merriam police responded to a physical fight between four or five people in the 7300 block of Brittany. During the fight , one shot was fired from a handgun. Two or three of the subjects fled the scene on foot or in a car. The incident occurred late Wednesday evening. No injuries were reported. Detectives were still on the scene at 11 p.m.

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