Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Denning critical of legislators who signed letter supporting Dale Dennis. Overland Park Sen. Jim Denning took to social media this weekend to criticize the legislators who signed onto a letter in support of Dale Dennis, the 80-year-old deputy education commissioner who has been with the state for decades. Legislative leaders were pushing to have Dennis suspended after a state audit suggested the education department may have allocated millions of dollars to student transportation that it was not authorized to. Following the state board of education’s 9-1 vote to support Dennis, Denning issued a statement saying people supporting Dennis had likely not done “much due diligence.” Shawnee Mission Assistant Superintendent Rick Atha traveled to Topeka on Friday as part of a show of support by Kansas Associate of School Board members for Dennis.

No injuries after house fire in Prairie Village. Fire crews were able to knock down a house fire on 65th Ter. in Prairie Village Friday afternoon before it caused any serious damage. The woman who lived in the home was able to get outside without injury. [Woman safe following house fire in Prairie Village — KCTV]