Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

 

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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]