Tonight we share a bevy of local news that's worth a look and offers a great glimpse of life in the metro right now. Checkit:
Kansas City To The Rescue
ELWOOD, Kansas - Sirens sounded Thursday evening urging residents in Elwood, Kansas to evacuate as the Missouri River rose above 30 feet. Around the same time, residents filled a gym to learn about evacuation procedures where officials said that eight hours after the sirens sounded, utilities would be shut down.
Chiefs Always Second Best
NFL Power Rankings: 2019 Preview and 2018 Review
Cowtown Soda Shut Down
PepsiCo Inc. (Nasdaq: PEP) is shuttering its Kansas City production facility at 6050 Manchester Trafficway, which will affect 57 employees. The layoffs will occur over a 14-day period starting May 17, according to a filing with the state.
Local Blaze Aftermath
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Fire Department battled a large house fire near 59th and Wabash around 2:30 Friday morning. The fire quickly spread to nearby homes, damaging three houses in total. Two of the houses are total losses. They were occupied, but no one was inside when the fire took place.
Tragic Crash Aftermath
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chrissy Saale's family finally has answers. The man who caused a car crash that killed Saale admitted guilt in court Friday. Collan Cross, 25, pleaded guilty in Wyandotte County Court to second degree murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and felony fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.
Local Biz Sneak Peek
Custom Truck One Source continues to revitalize the former site of Armco Steel. The builder and supplier of specialty work trucks relocated its headquarters to two buildings on the site in the Blue River Valley Industrial Corridor in 2005. The company has been rehabbing additional vacant warehouses and converting them into workspaces ever since.
Sunflower State Civil Rights
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked state officials to investigate after a black man was detained by police while moving into his home, then allegedly harassed for weeks and blocked by the police chief from filing a racial bias complaint with the department.
Asking Community For Gift Of Life
Nine-year-old Emma Hall of Olathe has aplastic anemia, a blood disorder. She needs a bone marrow donor who is African-American, so her family and friends are having a donor drive on Saturday.
Ex-Burb Public Safety
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - A child wandering off or running away from home can be a parent's worst fear. In that situation, every moment matters, which is why the Blue Springs Police has unveiled a new program aimed at helping children and adults with special needs get back home safely.
Tragic Highway Wreck Postscript
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 33-year-old KC woman died Thursday night after being ejected in a crash on Interstate 29. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report, the deadly crash occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday on northbound I-29 near Interstate 635.
Record Breaking Po-Po Celebration
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - When it comes to stopping drunk drivers, no Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper does it better than one in Jackson County. Trooper Aaron Engelhart has arrested the most people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated among MSHP troopers in three of the past four years.
Former First Lady Chat Today
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former First Lady Laura Bush, and her daughter, Barbara Piece Bush, joined about 1,000 others Friday in paying tribute to 10 women being inducted into UMKC's Starr Hall of Fame. Laura Bush has been an advocate for education, health care and women's rights.
Rock Chalk Twitter Check
The last week might have been easier for Gov. Laura Kelly if every staffer and appointee had stuck to sharing cat photos on Twitter instead of political opinions. The Kansas GOP pounced quickly on her newly formed Democratic administration for the social media transgressions of its people.
Kansas City Stays Winning Small Time College B-Ball Bracket
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NAIA Tournament is staying in Kansas City for another four years, organizers say. The extension will keep the men's basketball tournament in Kansas City until 2024. About 250 colleges with enrollments of 2,000 students or fewer make up the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and that includes local schools like Park University and Mid-America Nazarene University.
Kansas City Christian Shut Down
LifeWay Christian Resources will close all 170 of its retail locations by the end of year, the company announced Wednesday. The decision to close its physical locations comes as LifeWay looks to strengthen its digital presence, according to a company blog post.
Stepping Up Local Care
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In just the last six weeks, at least six older people have been reported missing in the Kansas City area. The metro has roughly 50,000 people with dementia right now. There are an additional 200,000 people taking care of them.
Old School End Around Fix
HARRISONVILLE, MO (AP) - A Kansas City area hospital has passed a follow-up inspection after Missouri inspectors found that its staff failed to properly respond to an 83-year-old woman who died one day after undergoing a routine colonoscopy.
Kansas City's Latest Eco-Devo Game
Editor's Notebook: Opportunity Zones' potential seen in ZIP codes data - Kansas City Business Journal
Editor Brian Kaberline notes that last week's print edition of KCBJ highlighted the area's wealthiest ZIP codes. This week, he looks at the area's poorest such area - through the prism of what Opportunity Zones can do for similar neighborhoods.
Show-Me Sacrifice For The Wall
Among the military construction projects that could be cut, or at least delayed, in order to pay for a wall on the southern border of the United States is a $41 million communications facility expansion at Scott Air Force Base. Plans to build a new $1.75-billion National Geospatial-Intellence Agency campus in north St.
Speedy Kansas City Spring Awaits
Kansas City Royals 2019 season preview: This might be MLB's fastest team, but will the speed translate to wins?
The Royals won't see a lot of wins in 2019, but hope to see development for their younger players
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .