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In unofficial returns, Melissa Bynum and Mark Gilstrap advanced to the general election for the Unified Government Commission, 1st District, at large contest.

Bynum was in first place with 23 votes to spare. She received 1,125 votes to Gilstrap’s 1,102 votes.

Nathan Barnes, who led most of the evening, was a very close third, with 1,092 votes, only 10 votes short of Gilstrap.

The leader of the UG Commission, 4th District, contest was Harold Johnson, with 470 votes.

In second place was incumbent Commissioner Tarence Maddox, with 306 votes.

In the Board of Public Utilities, at large, position 3, contest, Chris McCord was leading with 2,020 votes.

In second place was Norm Scott with 1,886 votes.

These are final unofficial returns. Twenty-five precincts of 25 are reporting.

Voter turnout was 6,406, which is 9.9 percent of the registered voters.

It was a better turnout than the February 2013 primary election, when there was a 7.9 percent turnout, and a snowstorm. The March 2011 primary election had a 7.9 percent turnout.

The general election will be April 7.

UG Commissioner, 1st District at large

Nathan Barnes 1,092
Melissa Brune Bynum 1,125
Mark Gilstrap 1,102
LaVert A. Murray 721
Tamika Pledger 122
Christal Watson 538
Janice (Grant) Witt 178

UG Commissioner, 4th District

Harold Johnson 470
Tarence L. Maddox 306
Scott C. Murray 105

BPU, at large position 3

Murray D. Anderson Sr. 838
Thomas H. Gordon 1,237
Chris McCord 2,020
Norman D. Scott 1,886

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by Mary Rupert
It’s been a mostly quiet primary Election Day in Wyandotte County with an average turnout, according to Election Commissioner Bruce Newby.

About 3,558 people had voted by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, he said, and when they are added to the 1,312 who voted by advance ballots, that brings the total of voters so far to 4,870.

There are about 64,600 registered voters eligible to vote in the election, he said. The turnout has been about 7.5 percent so far, which is average, he added.

The polls will be open through 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The number who used advance voting this year was “not impressive,” he said.

“In fact, it’s much less than we’d expected,” he said. “We thought more people would use the advance voting opportunities, especially with the weather we’ve been having.”

Three contests are on the primary ballot in Kansas City, Kan.: Unified Government Commissioner at large, 1st District; UG Commissioner, 4th District; and Board of Public Utilities, at large, position 3. It is a nonpartisan election.

Today’s voter turnout has seen some heavy voting in different parts of Kansas City, Kan., including in the Piper area.

Mid-afternoon turnout: Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 93rd and Parallel, 260 voters; Kane Community Center, 123rd and Leavenworth Road in Piper, 230 voters; Kensington Recreation annex, 29th and State, 174 voters; Trinity Community Church, 50th and Parallel Parkway, 165 voters; Argentine Community Center, 28th and Metropolitan, 73 voters; and Bible Temple Baptist, near 18th and Quindaro, 70 voters.

For information about the candidates, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/information-offered-on-primary-election/.

For election and polling place information, visit http://www.wycovotes.org./

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A little effort was made to straighten a “Vote Here” sign at 103rd Terrace and Leavenworth Road on Tuesday.  Election Day turned out to be warmer and windy, with a northwest wind of 11 to 13 mph, gusting to 21 mph. The temperature was in the mid-40s this afternoon.
A little effort was made to straighten a “Vote Here” sign at 103rd Terrace and Leavenworth Road on Tuesday. Election Day turned out to be warmer and windy, with a northwest wind of 11 to 13 mph, gusting to 21 mph. The temperature was in the mid-40s this afternoon. The polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the primary election. For more information, see http://wyandottedaily.com/information-offered-on-primary-election/.

A group of school districts filed a response today in the Kansas Supreme Court to the state’s motion to stay further panel proceedings in the Gannon school finance case.

The school districts in Schools for Fair Funding include the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools and the Turner Public Schools.

Today the school districts requested that the court deny the state its requested relief and instead remand the adequacy portion of the case to the panel until the conclusion of all of the pending post-trial motions, including the state’s post-trial motion related to adequacy and the plaintiffs’ post-trial motion related to equity.

According to the response filed today, the Gannon lawsuit had two equally important components – adequacy and equity. The adequacy portion of the lawsuit was appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, and the state contended that this action strips the panel of jurisdiction to alter the adequacy portion of the judgment and the state sought an order staying the panel from acting on the state’s post-judgment motion.

The response pointed out that the state’s motion requested the panel to do what the state is now trying to stop it from doing – alter the adequacy portion of the judgment. Alternatively, the state asked the court to remand the case to the panel for the limited purpose of ruling on the state’s pending post-trial motion related to adequacy, according to the document filed today.

Instead, the school districts suggested that the court remand the adequacy portion of the case to the panel until the conclusion of all of the pending post-trial motions, including the state’s post-trial motion related to adequacy and the plaintiffs’ post-trial motion related to equity.

“There is no need for the court to enter the state’s requested relief, which will only extend and prolong this litigation,” the school district group stated.

The districts stated that their suggested relief would avoid piecemeal appeals. The school district group asked the court to resolve the adequacy and equity issues together. It added when the state filed its motion, it was concerned about preserving its appeal deadline.

To see earlier stories on this topic, visit:

http://wyandottedaily.com/school-district-group-ordered-to-respond-by-tuesday-to-school-finance-case-motion/

http://wyandottedaily.com/kansas-attorney-general-appeals-school-finance-decision-to-kansas-supreme-court/

http://wyandottedaily.com/kansas-attorney-general-asks-judges-for-clarity-in-school-finance-case/

http://wyandottedaily.com/school-funding-not-adequate-in-kansas-district-court-rules/

IHOP restaurants nationwide are celebrating National Pancake Day by giving away free pancakes.

The restaurant will give away a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes, and guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities. The goal is $3.5 million for charity.

This promotion continues until 10 p.m. today. IHOP has a participating restaurant at The Legends.

For more information see http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/.

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