Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Rep. Kevin Yoder.
Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Yoder campaign poll shows incumbent with sizable lead over challenger, but forecaster suggests Trump could affect race. A Public Opinion Strategies poll commissioned by the campaign of Rep. Kevin Yoder shows the three-term incumbent with a 17 point lead over Democratic challenger Jay Sidie of Mission Woods. The poll, which sampled 400 likely general election voters, found Yoder ahead 53-36 and notes that Sidie’s name recognition is low. However, Sabato’s Crystal Ball out of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics recently moved the race from “Safe Republican” to “Likely Republican” citing the likelihood that Donald Trump will underperform in Kansas and that “the Republican brand in Kansas is somewhat tarnished thanks to unpopular Gov. Sam Brownback.”

Prairie Village man lands monster fish. Bob Bates, 80, of Prairie Village landed a northern pike that measured 56 inches while fishing a lake in Ontario that he had been visiting for 35 years. The catch was estimated at 50 pounds. [Prairie Village man lands fish of a lifetime – The Kansas City Star}

Merriam Marketplace hosts cruise night. The Merriam Marketplace will be the site of the Turkey Creek Sweet 16 Cruise Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Classic cars and motorcycles are invited. The night features free admission, food, music and door prizes.

Macy’s closing stores. Macy’s, which operates a store in the Prairie Village shops, has announced the closing of 100 stores around the country. The stores are expected to close by early 2017. Macy’s did not disclose the locations of the stores it will shutter. [Macy’s is closing another 100 stores – CNN Money]

Miss Kansas to appear in Johnson County to promote anti-distracted driving message. Kendall Schoenekase, the Overland Park native who became Miss Kansas 2016, will be at Oak Park Mall today from 1- 3 p.m. to discuss her platform issue, distracted driving. AT&T will have a virtual reality simulator on hand from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. that demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving.

Dreams of Mission aquarium fell by the wayside — a common fate for such projects in Kansas City. KCUR has a piece out this week looking at the many failed plans to bring a big aquarium to the Kansas City area, including an attraction that was initially slated to be part of Tom Valenti’s Mission Gateway project back in 2008. [Landlocked Kansas Citians Love To Dream Of Big Aquariums, But Settle For Smaller Ones — KCUR]

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