Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Schools, libraries, government offices closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Shawnee Mission schools, Johnson County library branches and local city and county offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Eilert honored at 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner. Johnson County Commission Chair Ed Eilert was the honoree at Sunday’s 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner in Overland Park. The event is hosted in part by the NAACP of Johnson County. [Suburban communities embrace and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy – Kansas City Star]

Kansas would need to increase average teacher salary by 8 percent to reach Nebraska, top-paying neighbor. Gov. Sam Brownback said in his State of the State address last week that he believed Kansas should have a higher average teacher salary than any neighboring state. According to figures from the National Education Association, that means Kansas teachers would need to see salaries rise by about 8 percent, which would put them on par with the top-paying neighboring state, Nebraska. [Report: Kansas needs average teacher salary increase of almost 8 percent to match top neighbor — Lawrence Journal-World]

Merriam man charged after police officer injured with flare gun. A 28-year-old Merriam man has been charged in Clay County court after he discharged a flare gun, injuring a police officer who was trying to remove him from a tent in North Kansas City. [Man charged after North Kansas City police officer wounded in head with flare gun — KMBC]