Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Tyler Salmon is headed to Denver for a free throw tourney next month. Photo courtesy Salmon family.

Rhein Benninghoven fifth grader headed to Denver for free throw contest. Tyler Salmon of Rhein Benninghoven Elementary took first place in the boys 10-11 division at the Kansas Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw finals in Wichita, and is headed to Denver to face off against state winners from Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming next month in the regionals. Other Shawnee Mission Students who too part in the state competition after placing high in the Johnson County tourney were: Daniel Burns, Indian Woods, who placed 3rd in the 12-13 boys division; Iliana Garcia, Bluejacket-Flint, who placed 3rd in the 12-13 girls division; and Oliver Wilson, Brookwood Elementary, who placed 2nd in the 8-9 boys division.

SM East community gathers to show support for family of Alex Carney. Hundreds of SM East students and community members gathered at Loose Park Wednesday night to pay homage to Alex Carney, the put on life support after a car wreck in Prairie Village last week. Members of the Carney family addressed the crowd. [Friends, family hold vigil for Shawnee Mission East student likely coming off life-support after scary crash — WDAF]

Westwood, Roeland Park seeking input on 47th Street corridor plans. The group coordinating on planning for the future of the 47th Street corridor that touches Westwood, Roeland Park and Kansas City, Kan., has posted an online survey soliciting feedback on the concepts for the street. You can find more information on the project and a link to the survey here.

Changes to federal tax law could bolster Kansas receipts by $505 million as state looks to address school funding issue. Kansas’s Department of Revenue yesterday issued a report projecting that the state would bring in an additional $505 million over three years due to the changes in the federal tax laws, though some lawmakers have questioned the accuracy of the projections. If they came to fruition, the added revenues would help legislators as the look to address the Supreme Court’s ruling in the K-12 funding suit. [Report: Changes in federal tax laws to boost Kansas revenues — Associated Press]