Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Congressional candidate Tom Niermann is calling on Yoder to return campaign contributions from Patrick Meehan. Photo via Tom Niermann on Facebook.

Tom Niermann calls on Yoder to return campaign contributions from GOP rep who retired after sexual harassment allegations. Prairie Village Democrat Tom Niermann has made a public appeal for Rep. Kevin Yoder to return the $5,000 he received from Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan and his political action committee during the 2016 election cycle. Meehan announced last week he would retire from Congress after it came to light that he had pledged his affection to a female aid, ultimately resulting in a settlement paid to the woman using taxpayer money. “Kevin should do the right thing, and donate the campaign contributions from Rep. Pat Meehan, who has broken the trust of his staff and those he’s sworn to represent, and get to work ending the culture of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill,” Niermann said in a statement. Niermann is among a field of Democrats vying to challenge Yoder in November. [Will Yoder return contributions from congressman accused of sexual harassment? — Kansas City Star]

Hinson doesn’t return inquiry call from Star regarding EdCounsel job. Former Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson apparently isn’t interested in discussing the circumstances that led to his new position with EdCounsel, the law firm he brought on to handle the bulk of the district’s legal business. The Kansas City Star’s Editorial Board reports that Hinson would not return calls seeking comment on the situation. [Former Shawnee Mission schools superintendent Jim Hinson’s new job raises questions — Kansas City Star]

Fire in Shawnee displaces families in duplex. Two Shawnee families are receiving assistance from the Red Cross today after a fire in their duplex at 60th and Pflumm caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Shawnee Fire Department officials say heavy flames were coming from the back of the building when they arrived, and the fire was being spread to the inside of the home by the high winds. No one was home at the time of the fire. Damage is estimated at $80,000.