Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM East area candidate forum Oct. 1. The SM East area PTSAs will hold candidate forum from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 in the cafeteria of SM East High School. The forum will be moderated by Kyle Palmer of KCUR. Candidates for Kansas House, Senate and State Board of Eduction have been invited to share their views about education policy and funding.

Forum on Kansas judiciary Saturday. The League of Women Voters will hold a forum title Kansas Judiciary: Selection, retention, Issues. The forum start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Charter Hall, 9948 Metcalf. The speakers will be Paul Davis (Attorney and former Kansas House Minority Leader), Dan Biles (Justice, KS Supreme Court), Karen Arnold-Burger (Judge, KS Court of Appeals), and Kelly Ryan (Judge, Johnson County District Court).

SM North game starts at 5 p.m. SM North will play at Lawrence High School tonight with a game time of 5 p.m. Games scheduled for the remainder of the year start at 7 p.m.

Leawood welcomes Dr. Steven Kaster to city council. Leawood this week swore Dr. Steven Kaster onto the city council. Kaster was appointed to fill the remainder of Lou Rasmussen’s term in Ward 2 after he stepped down. Kaster has lived in Leawood for more than two decades and is a gastroenterologist by trade. His term will run through the beginning of 2018.

Overland Park rated top city for families. A new set of rankings from the website WalletHub suggests that there is no better place to raise a family in the United States than Overland Park.¬†Released Wednesday, the rankings put Overland park at the top of the country’s 150 most populous cities, followed by Madison, Wis., Plano, Tex., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Virginia Beach, Va., in the top five. The rankings measured 36 key metrics, including housing cost, school quality, recreation options and health care accessibility. Overland Park scored among the best in the country in the categories of “most affordable housing” (2nd overall) and lowest percent of families below the poverty line (1st overall). The authors note that Overland Park has just 3.9 percent of its families living below the federal poverty line, a figure nearly nine times lower than Detroit, which had the highest rate of family poverty among the cities in the study.

Phony Uber driver had stolen from Roeland Park woman. A man posing as an Uber driver has been charged with raping a woman in Johnson County after leaving her companion at the side of the road. KSHB 41 reports that he had previously been arrested for stealing credit cards from a Roeland Park woman. [Phony Uber driver charged with rape, theft in Johnson County -KSHB 41]

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