Your daily planner: Wednesday, Jan. 12

The bitter chill broke Tuesday, making for a good day to get outdoors. At the Overland Park Arboretum, the pond-side statue of Claude Monet painting en plein air looked perfectly at ease. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

Good morning! Lucie here with your update on what’s going on in Johnson County on Jan 12. 

Forecast: High: 55. Low: 29. Partly cloudy with winds at five to 10 miles per hour. 

Diversions: 

  • Catch more men’s college hoops. Mizzou plays at Arkansas tonight at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network. 
  • Meanwhile, K-State also hosts TCU at 8 p.m. in Manhattan. That will air on ESPNU. 
  • Need some fun for your ears? Listen back to the interview on KCUR’s “Up To Date” program with Johnson County author, humorist and self-identified “throat puncher” Jen Mann. She’s out with a new book, entitled “Midlife Bites: Anyone Else Falling Apart or Is It Just Me?”

Public Agenda: 

  • Mission, Prairie Village and Roeland Park will all hold special city council meetings tonight to discuss potentially imposing new citywide mask mandates. Read our coverage for more details. 
  • Overland Park’s Public Safety Committee meets tonight at 7 p.m. The committee is discussing a pilot program that would allow some residents to keep chickens in their backyard. 
  • Mission’s Community Development Committee also meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. One of the agenda’s most notable items is a design agreement for a new senior apartment complex at 51st and Foxridge Drive. 

Noteworthy: 

  • Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly delivered the annual State of the State speech Tuesday evening in Topeka and called for cutting sales taxes on groceries, freezing public university tuition and eliminating partisan squabbling. [KCUR]
  • Union Station’s ongoing Auschwitz exhibit has set an all-time attendance record for an exhibition there. According to Union Station officials, more than 300,000 guests have now attended or reserved tickets. [Fox 4]
  • The University of Kansas will soon return to in-person classes as planned for the spring semester, but instructors will be required to wear masks at all times — including while actively giving a lecture, which wasn’t required before. Meanwhile, Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence has announced the spring semester will start online. [LJWorld, KSHB]