Lana tops our look at some of the most important Kansas City MSM news for right now as we clean up and filter the topics of the day for our KICK-ASS readers. Checkit:
1st Responder Training Day
RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Multiple fire departments have been conducting dramatic firefighter survival training in a donated warehouse in Raytown. The training is called "save yourself." Firefighters are put through several different training stations where they brush up on skills they hopefully don't have to use.
Northeast Kansas City Peddling Along
Kansas City's Public Works department is looking to spend roughly $475,000 on bike lanes in the Northeast that would span from The Paseo and Missouri on the west to Indian Mound Park on the east. Mario Vasquez, a project manager in the Public Works department, has already met with the Pendleton Heights, Scarritt Renaissance and Indian Mound neighborhood associations to discuss the planned bike lanes.
Fed Cracks Down
Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET For the third time this year and the fifth time since the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has increased interest rates another quarter of a point. Fed policymakers on Wednesday announced an increase in the benchmark federal funds rate to a range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent, the third increase in the key rate this year.
Kidnapping False Alarm Today
A police standoff near 23rd Street and Topping Avenue Wednesday morning ended with no arrests. Kansas City police said that just before 9 a.m., police were called to the area on a report of a robbery and possible kidnapping. "During the incident, the offense was said to have occurred in Riverside, MO.
Breaking Down Kangaroo Cash
The University of Missouri-Kansas City will construct another building on its Volker Campus with millions from donors and the state. Friday at 1 p.m. the school will announce details about the construction of a $32 million education and research center for its fast-growing school of Computing and Engineering.
Show-Me Pro-Choice Of Sorts
Charter Schools' Accountability Is Their Strength
Cowtown Big Band Dedication
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra is the region's most prominent big band, dedicated to preserving and advancing the tradition of iconic Kansas City jazz ensembles led by William "Count" Basie, Andy Kirk and Bennie Moten. Guest vocalist Marilyn Maye, after all, performed at the band's debut concert in 2003.
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