Thursday, May 25, 2017

TEAM TAMIKA STAYS LOSING: PLEDGER GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER!!!

After a court fight that dragged on to way too long . . . More courtroom drama today preceded this verdict. Take a look:

Tamika Pledger found guilty after driving into group of teens, killing one of them

A woman accused of driving into a group of teens, killing one of them, has been found guilty on all counts.

Kansas City, Kansas Memorial Weekend Flags Offer Tribute To Terror War

Powerful symbolism in this endless fight that now dominates the global discourse . . . Take a look:

8,000 flags fly in KCK in memory of the lives lost in war on terrorism

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --Volunteers in Kansas City, Kan., spent Thursday morning putting up 8,000 flags for Memorial Day to honor the fallen in the fight against terror. FOX 4's Rob Collins stopped by State Avenue near I-435 to speak with volunteers. "We hope that people will stop by, remember.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CITY HALL PROMISES 'MORE STRINGENT' KANSAS CITY SUMMER CURFEW CRACKDOWN!!!



The Kansas City Summer curfew stars this weekend ...

To wit . . .

THE SMARTEST DENIZENS OF OUR BLOG COMMUNITY REMIND US: THE 2017 SUMMER CURFEW CRACKDOWN IS UNDERWAY!!!

The Plaza has been focus of police efforts as authorities struggle assure fairness but also apply KCMO codes . . .

To make matters worse, over the past year . . . Grown ups and not youngsters have proven more dangerous to Plaza patrons amid increasing assaults, a deadly shooting, robberies and some naked guy wondering through parking lots.

Here's the latest word on the topic just released and sent by AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS . . .

Kansas City’s more stringent summer curfew is enforceable from May 26, 2017 (the Friday of Memorial Day weekend) to Sept. 24, 2017 (the last Sunday in September) and will be supported by an appropriate increased police presence.

For minors 15 and younger, the curfew is set at 10 p.m. For minors ages 16 and 17, the curfew is set at 11 p.m. in most parts of the City.

The City’s five entertainment districts – the Plaza, Westport, Downtown/Central Business District, 18th and Vine, and Zona Rosa – have a special curfew during summer months that requires anyone under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 9 p.m. during those summer months.

Quick guide to the rules . . .



Will it "work" to prevent violence and keep youngsters, shoppers and party district patrons safe????

You decide . . .

Kansas City Airport Meeting Clip: Council Majority Will Okay Burns & Mac NO BID Deal



Round-up of recent discussion . . . They'll be more today . . .

Also, here's one of Kansas City's top consultant and pundits showing just a bit of hateration for old school members of the discourse . . .

Local consultant Jon Stephens: "No offense, but it looks like the 55+ demo is over represented. Perhaps this discussion needs more 25-49 year-olds engaged."

And while the "don't trust anybody over 30" ethos is a throwback to different era in American Discourse . . . Once again it's curious to see consultants and middle-class white people fighting for influence in support of ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT DEALS IN KANSAS CITY HISTORY TO BENEFIT A GLOBAL CORPORATION.

As for the council vote . . . We covered that earlier in the week and insiders agree that the decision will be close and leave a BILLION-DOLLAR NO-BID CAMPAIGN against a small group of local tax fighters.

You decide . . .

Hypocrite Blogger MO Rage Touts All White Guy Kansas City Celebrity Good Times



Quick bit of context here . . . MO Rage is a lesser local liberal blogger who constantly "rages" against KCPT when their weekly panels don't include a minority . . . It's is kinda sad because that means that he's somewhere watching TV and counting people of color rather than focusing on what guests are saying . . . More proof that KC "progressives" can be just as racist as anyone else - The emphasis on quotas and headcounts reveal this critic to focus FIRST on racial identity rather than any other concern.

Nevertheless, his criticism doesn't seem to apply to an annual celebrity event that confirms Hollywood's notorious lack of diversity and this adoration of a cast of all-white guy Kansas City B-listers helping to boost their likeability . . .

One of the Best Promotions of Our City

Sure, it's for a great cause but there's also a chance that this Hollywood celebrity festival seems to have left the critical insights of MO Rage starstruck and silent on his constant struggle to fight for civil rights by way of his keyboard. . . Also, it is kind of curious that Don Cheadle or Eddie Griffin or any bigger names with better work from KC aren't included in the national press hype for this charity event.

Is Big Slick a good cause regardless of its lack of diversity??? OF COURSE . . . Even better, the event confirms that star power and good vibes are far more important to local critics than remaining consistent about their pet causes.

You decide . . .

Sexy Lexi Leaving Kansas City



Another news babe kicks the dust of this cowtown from her high heels . . .

Lexi "Leaving KC is not easy. Not many Local news reporters get to cover the World Series, NFL Playoffs, national politcs or a military mission on the other side of the world. I will forever be grateful to my bosses for taking a chance on my (just a small town girl fresh out of Peoria!) and my coworkers for supporting me. I owe you all so, so much."

Sadly, she didn't send a note our way and we never got that candlelight dinner at Applebee's given our blog community rhetorical spanking of Sexy Lexi for using SJW language in defense of her hottie friend's hair extensions.

Best of luck to this local "journalist" in Phoenix, Arizona where the higher temps and slightly bigger spotlight might help this lady in her mid-thirties to stop calling herself a girl.

You decide . . .

END OF AN ERA: MR. BROOKS RESIGNS FROM KANSAS CITY POLICE BOARD



Another important local transition . . .

KSHB: Alivin Brooks has resigned from the Kansas City Police Board of Commissioners after being elected to the Hickman Mills Schools Board.

Clearly, more experienced leadership is needed at Hickman Mills where the infighting among politicos, teacher, parents and administrators has become just as volatile as many issues confronting KCMO police.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY CRIME REPORT NEWS LINKS



The season of higher crime is nearly upon us and there are so many worthwhile recent news items on this front that we wanted to collect them all in one convenient location. Checkit:

Follow-Up On KCMO Gunfire

Police investigating double-shooting in Kansas City

Kansas City police are investigating a double-shooting at Smart Avenue. The victims suffered life-threatening injuries. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more. Copyright 2017 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.


Nasty 1st Responder Charges

Former Claycomo firefighter indicted for felony statutory rape, sodomy

New information Wednesday about charges filed against a former Claycomo firefighter and medic who is accused of having sex with a teenage girl inside a fire station. KCTV5 has learned a grand jury indicted the first responder for felony statutory rape and sodomy.


JoCo Creeper Suspect Shock

Fugitive accused of molesting girl under age of 12 found living near Johnson County elementary school

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Police say a fugitive has been hiding out in Overland Park after being charged with child molestation in Jefferson City, Mo. The Cole County Sheriff's Department has been looking for Julio Clark since March 28th when he was charged with molesting a girl under the age of 12 years old.


Car Crash Charge Against Prosecutor

Blue Springs assistant prosecutor faces misdemeanor charges in deadly wreck

A Blue Springs man faces only misdemeanor charges for a crash that killed a mother. That man also is the assistant prosecutor in the City of Blue Springs. Adrienne Afrisio was pulled over on a very busy stretch of roadway and was waiting for a tow truck driver to wrap up the job after her car had broken down.


JoCo Lesson In Nasty

Police investigating possible sexual relationship between Olathe South student and teacher

Olathe Police are investigating a possible sexual relationship between a teacher at Olathe South High School, and one of his students.


Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY PREGGO MOMMY ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN HER DRIVEWAY!!!

Another sign that local crooks have no decency . . . Check the round-up:

Pregnant Kansas City mom robbed at gunpoint in her driveway, shaking family's security

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A pregnant mom ended up with a gun to her head in her own driveway. Kansas City police are still working to catch the man who left the woman and her family shaken, without transportation, and out hundreds of dollars.

Did Mean Jean's Presser Backfire?!?!

Yesterday the top law enforcement lady delivered a stern warning to a problematic house . . . The response??? Residents came out yelling in defiance and argued against the pronouncements of the law enforcement official in a manner that was just a bit more captivating . . . Here's another look at the media event that didn't plan for outright defiance:

Jackson County Prosecutor Delivers Warning To Residents Of Home Riddled With Gunfire

"This is my momma's house. I ain't movin.'" This shout rang out amidst a press conference on the 4300 block of Forest Avenue Wednesday afternoon, right after Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker delivered a warning letter. The warning comes after Baker's office announced they found evidence of 210 shots fired around the property since February 2016.

SEN. McCASKILL QUESTIONS TRUMPCARE



Missouri Democratic Party have clearly found a weak spot in the GOP hegemony and election tidal wave of last year . . .

A recent example . . .

McCaskill wants to know: Do you support Trumpcare?

McCaskill for Missouri money line:

"This bill is nothing short of a disaster for American families. But Republicans don't care how many everyday people they hurt – the next step for this catastrophic bill is the Senate, where they're hoping to hand President Trump a political victory."

You decide . . .

Show-Me Tuition Hike Missouri Aftermath

The cost of screwing with SEC football is great indeed . . .

The University of Missouri Still Pays the Price for Campus Craziness

Remember the overblown, hysterical protests that roiled the University of Missouri in 2015? Remember how professor Melissa Click called for "muscle" to boot the press from protest sites? Remember how ESPN previewed its Colin Kaepernick lovefest with its fawning coverage of the football team's threat to boycott a game?

Talking Gun Safety Crackdown On Parents

Bi-state consideration hoping to curb so many youngsters with guns . . . Take a look:

Kansas and Missouri lawmakers discuss children's access to firearms

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas and Missouri lawmakers are discussing rules regarding children's access to firearms and if parents should be responsible. Missouri is one of several states where proposals to punish adults in cases where children gained access to unsecured weapons have stalled in the Legislature.

Kansas Vote On School Funding Sneak Peak

More insight into what could be an important bi-partisan compromise that, for better or worse, has defined progressive politics in the Sunflower State for the past five years. Checkit:

On Day 100, A School Funding Bill Gets A 'Yes' Vote On The Kansas House Floor

The Kansas House debated a new school finance plan for five hours Wednesday, taking up two dozen amendments and finally voting 81-40 to advance a bill not much different from the one that had come out of committee. The measure is slated to get a final vote in the House Thursday.

Kansas City Thursday Morning News Look



6-foot-tall pr0n star Alison starts our Thursday morning as we check these news links to begin our day. Take a peek:

Pricey Kansas City Tagging

Signs over I-35 tagged again - and the price tag to replace them is steep

It's quite the welcome to Kansas. Heading southbound on I-35 from downtown Kansas City - it's hard to tell just where you are - not because of the lack of signs, but because of what's on them. "I have lived here a long time and know where I'm going, and I could hardly read the signs," said Reed Wintering.


Tribute To Coach's Bar Co-Owner

200 attend bike ride to honor Indian Creek Trail homicide victim

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 200 people showed up for a Wednesday night bike ride in Mike Darby's honor. Mike Darby knew how to bring people together. Wednesday night's Coach's ride is just one example.


Building Kansas City Norhteast

PZED Committee moves forward on Northeast housing projects

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Three significant Northeast housing projects are now a step closer to coming to fruition, as the City Council's Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee approved development plans on Wednesday, May 24 for a trio of mixed-income housing structures connected to the Paseo Gateway Project.


KCMO Miracle Man

Kansas City man who got pinned under car calls himself 'a walking miracle'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hit by two cars and then pinned under one of them -- a Kansas City man describes himself as a walking miracle. Carlos Green's harrowing experience happened last week while he was standing on a corner near 35th and Prospect.


Remember KCI History

Group says slaves may be buried at KCI, could slow proposal for new airport

Warren Watkins of the Watkins Foundation is leading an initiative to preserve the history of slaves who once worked and lived on land that is now Kansas City International Airport. Watkins claims slaves were buried on airport land; but airport managers said they have proof, that's not true.


Local Star Talks Old School Hit

'Charlie's Angels' reboot to star KCK's Janelle Monae? Maybe, Hollywood sources say

If rumors hold true, you might hear Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monae uttering the iconic "Hello, Charlie!" into a speakerphone in the near future. Monae, building on her budding acting resume, is being sought to play one of the three Angels in Sony Pictures' "Charlie's Angels" reboot set for June 7, 2019, according to the website The Tracking Board.


Kansas City Bar Scene Sound

Making Movies' Enrique Chi on the band's latest, I Am Another You, ahead of Friday's RecordBar show

Brian Slater Kansas City's Making Movies returns with a new album this week. I Am Another You is the quartet's first full-length since 2013's A La Deriva and, much like that record, blends genres and styles into something unique, aided by the production of Los Lobos' Steve Berlin.


Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me is the song of the day for #TBT and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER: TRUMPCARE IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!



Tonight we check the aftermath of an EPIC medical decision and the impact on Kansas City residents according to local leadership.

Accordingly . . .



Congressman Cleaver puts attempts to rally his colleagues and prevent what many would believe would be a medical crisis if Obamacare is lost.

Take a look:

Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement Regarding Exit of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri’s ACA's Marketplace



Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement after reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri will pull out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2018.

"The news that Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance will exit from the ACA's Marketplace in Missouri next year is devastating and should be a wake-up call to Congress. This means that thousands of Missourians will be without health care next year if their employer doesn't provide it. What choices will they have if the largest insurance provider pulls out? Trumpcare is not the answer. Congress must come together to improve the ACA, not start again from zero with a plan that would harm so many Americans."

-U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II
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You decide . . .

Quizzical And Tragic Toni Anderson Pass From North Kansas City Police Makes New York Post

Reader link suggestion as questions about a clearly bad decision grow louder. Checkit:

Cop lets stoned driver go, she drives into river and dies

Dash cam footage of a traffic stop involving a woman who later died when her car went into the Missouri River has been released. The footage was released Tuesday as the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that drug intoxication was a factor in 20-year-old Toni Anderson's accidental death.

KCK Courtroom Cleared As Family Yells At Tamika Pledger: 'You Killed My Daughter!'

Drama today amid legal proceedings . . .

Judge clears courtroom after victims' family members yell at Tamika Pledger

A woman charged with killing a teen and hurting three others took the stand Wednesday, and it caused chaos in a Wyandotte County courtroom. Tamika Pledger is accused of running down several teenagers in Jan. 2015. One teenage girl died from her injuries.

Kansas City Homicide #46: Man Shot To Death Wednesday Night

In addition to a double shooting this evening on Benton & Smart . . .

Two people in critical condition following shooting in KCMO

The incident happened on Smart Ave. between Benton and Indiana


Tonight's local murder scene after gunshots ring out in this neighborhood. Take a look:

KCMO police investigating homicide on 57th and Bales

Police say a man was shot to death on 57th and Bales at about 8 p.m. Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FIRST LOOK AT BURNS & McDONNELL NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT NO-BID PITCH!!!



Right now, we invite our blog community to take a peek at DOX behind the scenes of the current new airport debate . . .

Once again for the cheap seats . . .

THIS TIME AROUND THE KANSAS CITY AIRPORT DEBATE ISN'T ABOUT THE MERITS OF A NEW FACILITY BUT THE CORRUPT AND DISGRACEFUL NO-BID TACTICS USED BY MAYOR SLY TO PUSH THROUGH THIS PLAN AFTER BETRAYING HIS VOTE FOR LEGAL REVIEW!!!

To be fair . . .

HERE'S FIRST LOOK AT THE EXCEPTIONAL PITCH FROM BURNS & MAC!!! SADLY, NO OTHER FIRMS HAVE BEEN INVITED OR ALLOWED TO COMPETE THANKS TO MAYOR SLY'S DESPICABLE NO-BID PLAN!!!



For all of the public meetings and two-faced talk about transparency . . . This document was only available until to Council . . . Until now . . .

THANKS TO THE MOST BAD-ASS TKC TIPSTERS, WE'RE SHARING THE BURNS & MAC PITCH WITH OUR BLOG COMMUNITY FIRST!!!

The message intercepted earlier today . . .

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Council Members:

Please see the attached document per our discussion regarding the qualifications question last week. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and questions,

Mike Talboy

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Again, the PDF is clean, the qualifications are impressive BUT THE NO-BID TACTICS OF MAYOR SLY AND HIS CORPORATE PALS ARE DECEITFUL AND NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF KANSAS CITY VOTERS.

That's the opinion of our blog community . . . But, as always, take a look at the documents and decide for yourself FIRST ON TKC.

Developing . . .

Jackson County Prosecutor Mean Jean Peters Baker Puts Problem House On Notice

Maybe a bit of a publicity stunt but, most likely, a welcomed bit of attention amid constant neighborhood complaints. Checkit: Prosecutor gives warning to problematic KC house

Raytown Middle Real Life: Students Witness Suicide Scene Amid Bus Ride

A tragic lesson confronts students, teachers, parents and administrators . . .

Raytown Middle students monitored for signs of trauma after bus passes scene of suicide

Students on board a bus bound for Raytown Middle School saw something terrible Tuesday morning. A parent called KMBC 9 News and said his daughter was on a bus that drove by a man who had apparently committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree.

The Kansas City Evening News Squeeze



Brit Hottie Leanne Crow remains an example of Instagram offering alternative and far more intriguing visions of beauty than the MSM and this inspires a peek at news links closer to home. Take a look:


NASTY KANSAS CITY SPILL TONIGHT!!!

940 gallons of wastewater spill into drainage ditch leading into a Kansas City pond

940 gallons of wastewater spill into drainage ditch leading into a Kansas City pond The overflow was the result of a grease stoppage in a sewer main KC Water crews say 940 gallons of wastewater spilled into a drainage ditch and reached state waters following an incident Monday.


Community News Conversation

Northeast Newscast Episode 12 - Park violence and the ongoing GO Bond debate w/ KCMO Parks and Rec Director Mark McHenry

By Paul Thompson KANSAS CITY, Missouri - This week on the Northeast Newscast, Northeast News Managing Editor Paul Thompson is joined by Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Director Mark McHenry to discuss a variety of pressing issues, including the spate of violence along the Indian Creek Trail, the ongoing City Hall debate over the first-year GO Bond project list, the importance of supporting the city's historic fountains, the timeline for completion of the Cliff Drive Connector Trail, the long-gestating Paseo Gateway Project, and finally, Mark discusses some of his favorite parks in Kansas City, Missouri.


Another Country Club Scare

3 hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at Buca di Beppo on the Plaza

Firefighters are at the Country Club Plaza after a reported gas leak at an Italian restaurant sent three people to an area hospital. Fire officials say a carbon monoxide leak started in the kitchen of Buca di Beppo. Five employees were at the restaurant at the time.


Golden Ghetto Gun Flash

Man charged after woman says he waived a gun at her during road rage incident

A man has been charged after allegedly displaying a gun during a road rage incident involving a woman. Hugh Parris, 53, of Shawnee, KS, has been charged with aggravated assault. The incident happened about 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday in the 7500 block of northbound Interstate 435 in Shawnee, KS.


Mayor Sly Talking Points

Combatting Terrorism With Entrepreneurship, And Mayor James On New KCI Proposal

Monday's bombing in Manchester, England, show the global war on terrorism has been unsuccessful thus far in stopping extremist violence. Today, former Department of State advisor Steven Koltai suggests a new approach to stopping the bloodshed: encouraging entrepreneurship.


Kansas City Wayback Wednesday Sound

KCUR's Band Of The Week: Oleta Adams

A popular lounge singer in Kansas City in the 1980s, Oleta Adams had a massive pop hit in 1991 with the heartfelt ballad " Get Here." She's back in town on Sunday for a main-stage performance at the Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival. Adams' distinctively dusky voice sounds as inviting as ever on Third Set.


Home Team Conclusion

A Royals rebuild is inevitable

Building a great baseball team is hard, but simple. Kansas City will need to rebuild.


Hampton's Always Ahead Of The Curve

The Weekend Starts Today

Memorial Day is, most importantly, for remembering those who served. It also means a three-day weekend. Unless, that is, you happen to be self-employed or work in the gig economy. In that case, you don't get "official" days off.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Can New Mizzou Honcho Fix Tiger Chaos?!?

Talk of ‘inclusion, diversity and equity’ is nice but students, parents and donors might be more concerned about how the new guy will cope with constant SJW protest and turmoil on campus that rendered the previous Administration helpless. Here's a look at the new plan to get back on track:

New Mizzou chancellor pledges end to campus leadership dysfunction

COLUMBIA, Mo. * At his introduction to the University of Missouri-Columbia community, the new chancellor and the university president on Wednesday made one thing clear: the leadership dysfunction stops here. The incoming chancellor, Alexander Cartwright, was introduced to a crowd of Mizzou and Columbia community members as Gov.

Kansas Tax Compromise Coming Soon?!?!

More budget slap-fighting underway . . . Here's more insight on horse trading betwixt Johnson County Republicans and Democrats who have always been hard to tell apart . . .

Kansas lawmakers draft new budget fix with mix of tax hikes

Kansas lawmakers draft new budget fix with mix of tax hikes State faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $887 million through June 2019 House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday night on details of a plan for raising $948 million over two years. The House would vote on the plan first and expected to debate it Wednesday.

Show-Me The Pitch Joking Gov. Greitens

Statehouse chatter from a month ago as this magazine attempt to make up ground against Feast mag with stale Missouri politics. Take a peek:

Gov. Eric Greitens finally has his breakout action-hero film role

Eric Greitens was born to be an action figure. That Navy SEAL bio. Those campaign ads that promised to parachute a commando into the governor's mansion. From the very recent start of his political career, the man has been a Schwarzenegger in search of a Terminator - a vehicle truly suited to his talents.

Clay Chastain Ultimatum To KCMO Mayor Sly



Strong words regarding local transit legislation . . .

Clay Chastain: KCMO has until tomorrow to undo corrupt transit petition ballot language and place original ballot language before Aug.voters.

The City, led by Mayor Sly James, has until tomorrow to reverse its corrupt course concerning its corrupt attempt to corrupt the ballot language and thus corrupt, yet again, a transit-oriented petition election.

City Ordinance No. 170042 deliberately and unlawfully is set to place ballot language before Kansas City voters on August 8 that does not reflect the intent of a transit petition (construction of a new specified and integrated rapid rail / electric bus / bikeway system) submitted to the City by the people. The City's corrupt and vague version of the transit petition only proposes "extending the streetcar system in several different directions."

The Missouri Supreme Court recently ordered (in effect) the Sly James' Administration to cease its on-going hostility and opposition to placing valid petitions before voters.

Nevertheless, Sly and the City are moving ahead and thumbing their noses at the spirit of that high court order (and indeed City Charter law itself... Sections 702 and 712) by unilaterally and arbitrarily re-writing the transit petition's original ballot language so that the petition question before voters will mean what Sly and the City want it to mean.

This blatant and arrogant abuse of governmental power against the stated will of the people is unamerican, unintelligent and unacceptable.

As the leader and spokesperson for the Committee of Petitioners I urge the fair-minded and thinking members of Kansas City, Missouri's City Council to repeal Ordinance No.170042 tomorrow and enact a new ordinance that will submit to the voters the transit petition in its "original form" so that the transit petition's true intent can be truly decided by the voters of Kansas City.

Clay Chastain
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TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SHOCK!!! BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF KANSAS CITY DUMP OBAMACARE!!!



Here's the start of a trend in Kansas City and a sign that legacy of the previous administration is being quickly undone.

The word right now . . .

JUST HIT THE INTERNETS: BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF KANSAS CITY DUMPS OBAMACARE!!!

Check their statement and more info . . .

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Announces it will not offer Individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) Plans in 2018

Kansas City, MO. – May 24, 2017

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) today announced the company’s decision to not offer or renew individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans in the company’s 32-county service area in Kansas and Missouri for 2018. This decision will affect Blue KC members with both on- and off- exchange individual plans but does not affect individual plans that were purchased on or prior to October 1, 2013.

“Since 2014, we’ve expended significant resources to offer individual ACA plans to increase access to quality healthcare coverage for the Kansas City community,” said Danette Wilson, President and CEO of Blue KC. “Like many other health insurers across the country, we have been faced with challenges in this market. Through 2016, we have lost more than $100 million. This is unsustainable for our company. We have a responsibility to our members and the greater community to remain stable and secure, and the uncertain direction of this market is a barrier to our continued participation.”

Blue KC has more than 1 million members, and this will affect approximately 67,000. This decision will not affect 2017 coverage. It also does not affect Blue KC members who are covered under one of its “grandfathered” or “grandmothered” plans. These plans were purchased on or prior to October 1, 2013. Additionally, members who receive coverage through their employers, as well as those who purchased a Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, short-term or student health plan from Blue KC, are not affected.

“This decision is necessary at this time, but we’ll continue to work with federal and state legislators to identify solutions that will stabilize the individual market and bring costs down for our members, the community and Blue KC,” said Wilson.

For more information, call 1-888-737-7086. Affected Blue KC members will be notified via mail by Blue KC by July 1, 2017.
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Click on the graphics for more deets about how this impacts the company and their users . .



A look the company's membership overall . . .



Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC TELEVISION STAYS LOSING AMID PREZ TRUMP CUTBACKS!!!

Amid Prez Trump cutbacks and fewer donations from viewers like you . . . KCPT is cutting staff and possibly their stranglehold on the local discourse. Take a look:

Broadcast Veteran Randy Mason Is Among Those Laid Off At Kansas City Public Television

President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The CPB provides support for public television and radio stations across the country, including KCUR 89.3. The draft requires Congressional approval - but cuts are already underway in Kansas City public media.

Mayor Sly's Sneaky Kansas City New Airport NO-BID CORRUPTION Sours Progress

Selling the idea of a new airport is harder when the process has been fraught with duplicitous words and deeds of a politico looking out for the best interests of his pals above voters. Take a look:

Critics' main KCI plan complaint: 'It's being railroaded' - Kansas City Business Journal

But during the event, hosted at the Kansas City Airport Marriott by a joint City Council committee, it became clear that the longstanding desire to preserve the in-and-out convenience of KCI's current three-terminal layout no longer is the public's overriding concern.

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY AUTHORITIES DOWNPLAY RISK: IS SPRINT CENTER 'SOFT TARGET' AFTER MANCHESTER TERROR ATTACK?!?



As Summer concert season approaches, Kansas City's celebrated downtown concert venue confronts increased threats that local officials would rather not address.

Behind the scenes, TKC newsie friends warns us that local authorities aren't answering questions about increased security for the Sprint Center now that the terrorists are targeting youngsters and teen pop concerts.

Remember that Kansas City cheerleaders brag about the Sprint Center's national reputation as a concert venue leader which purportedly resonates worldwide.

Also, The Sprint Center hosts big crowds gathered outside the arena in a relatively unsecured environment that's easily approachable by people walking downtown in the same kind of setup that preceded the deadly Manchester bombing.

Previously, there has been a couple deadly shootings outside the Sprint Center and a Summer of youth basketball party rioting which demonstrate the location is anything but secure.

And so . . .

OUR KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY ASKS: IS THE WIDE OPEN SPRINT CENTER WALKWAY SAFE FROM TERRORIST ATTACK?!?!

Again, our blog community asks this question specifically because local authorities DO NOT want reporters raising this kind of concern and because the public deserves to know before some of the better local concerts arrive.

Check the links . . .

CBS: Manchester attack highlights security risks to “soft targets”

Time: U.S. Authorities Are Taking a Fresh Look at Security Outside Arenas After the Manchester Attack

USA: Manchester bombing demonstrates difficulty defending large events

Chicago Tribune: Venues reflect on security after Manchester attack

Vice: Manchester bomber exploited a common security vulnerability

You decide . . .

Kansas City New Airport Conversation: NO-BID Paid Cheerleaders Vs. Community



Here's the round-up of an airport talk wherein most of the important questions about alternative plans and  THE CORRUPT NO-BID PROCESS were unanswered and a litany of suits looking to get paid seemed to dominate the conversation.

Check a bit of perspective from the comments that offers a ground-level view of the event . ..

"We attended the airport meeting at the Marriott. It was interesting in that at least 7 speakers were there to advocate for their business and/or unions. Of course they were for the single terminal. About 16 speakers were for the deal and 13 or so were against it. One speaker identified herself as a JoCo resident who was embarrassed by her airport. She thought Indianapolis had a much better set-up. We silently urged her to go there - ha ha.

"One speaker asked about alternative ideas - where were they? No answer from the Council or the panel of B&M suits. The usual song & dance with claims that the airlines would pay for the new airport - definitely NOT true."

There's one more conversation on this subject as THE MAYOR AND HIS SUPPORTERS HOPE TO PASS THIS EFFORT WITHOUT THE LEGAL REVIEW COUNCIL PROMISED . . .

Check the links . . .

Fox4: Kansas City residents share concerns, input about proposed single terminal for KCI Airport

KSHB: City getting outside perspective on KCI proposal

Northeast News: Crony Capitalism

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND LIVES IN TERROR AFTER BRUTAL HOME INVASION!!!

Neighbors arm themselves amid threat of a crime wave across the bridge. Take a look:

Northland neighbors shaken by violent home invasion

Three men broke into an occupied home in broad daylight, rattling a peaceful neighborhood in the Northland. One of the three was armed with a handgun when they invaded the home in the Willow Woods Estates subdivision. A 20-year-old woman was struck on the back of the head.

Powerful KCK Testimony Against Team Tamika

Witnesses recount a frightening scene and a deadly car crash some claim was intentional. Take a look:

Pledger trial: witnesses say she was speeding before hitting, killing teen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Day two of the Tamika Pledger manslaughter trial included 11 witnesses called by the special prosecutor, including four teens who were involved in a street fight that happened just minutes before Pledger drove down the street.

El Bryan Jokes Prez Trump Russia Crisis

Investigation perspective from one of Kansas City's best comic artists. Take a look at this bit of Northeast News community discourse: retorts illustrated bryan stalder

Kansas City Public Schools Confessional



Amid a conversation with Conservatives over the weekend . . . The new leader of an embattled local school district shared his powerful perspective . . .

Description: "If you haven't heard Mark Bedell's story, it's well worth your time. The Kansas City Public Schools superintendent is the first to admit he leads with his heart."

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Kansas Healthcare Gun Rights Push Back

Preliminary efforts to keep law abiding CCW enthusiasts out of Sunflower State medical facilities . . .

Kansas Committee Advances Bill To Keep Gun Ban At Some Health Facilities

The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow public health care facilities to continue to ban concealed guns. A state law taking effect July 1 will allow people to carry concealed guns into any public building that is not secured by armed guards and metal detectors.

Show-Me The Gov. Greitens Special Session Rally Against Missouri Career Politicos

A nice look at single-party gridlock and the growing debate betwixt Missouri Republicans . . .

Greitens attacks 'career politicians' at special session rally

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Roughly 300 people joined Gov. Eric Greitens at his rally Tuesday afternoon to pass legislation he promises will bring a steel mill to Southeast Missouri. Young Republicans, local voters, GOP state representatives and a significant number of Missourians from the Bootheel all cheered as he descended the stairs on the north...