Kansas City Early News Overview

Right now we want to start the day with a quick news overview and a bevy of news items from across the metro that are important but might not inspire debate.

Additionally, we've added in just a few national links that captured our interest as well . . .

Kansas City Fire Safety And Prevention Effort Hits Streets

Boy's death in fire prompts KCFD to canvass neighborhood with smoke detectors


Everybody Against Prez Trump

Every Democrat and Their Mother Is Running for President | National Review

Making the click-through worthwhile: Three more Democratic officials are getting ready to run for president. No, that's not a joke. Meanwhile, Democrats in Washington continue to hope that the Mueller report includes something significant that Attorney General Barr forgot to mention, and progressives start to openly discuss why the Obama era disappointed them.

Meet New Friends

Trump's DHS Releases More than 17K Illegal Aliens into U.S. in 12 Days

JOHN BINDER According to newly obtained data by Breitbart News, DHS released about 17,065 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the U.S. between March 21 and April 1, a mere 12-day period. Since December 21, 2018, DHS has released about 125,565 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the country.

Meth Town Gunfire Drama Resolved

Show-Me Frat Reform

University of Missouri announces changes in Greek system

COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - University of Missouri officials are planning changes designed to reform its troubled fraternities and sororities. The reforms unveiled Thursday come two years after a consultant found ineffective policies and risky behavior - including hazing - in the university's Greek system.

Rock Chalk Life Saver?!?!

Health leaders urge Kansas Medicaid move

ATCHISON, Kan. - For years, Kansas has appeared to be always the bridesmaid and never the bride on Medicaid expansion. A bill passed in 2017 nearly made it, but got vetoed. The issue occupied a front-and-center position in the 2018 gubernatorial race, with Democratic Gov.

Show-Me Voter Check Debate

Missouri Secretary Of State Says Let Me Investigate Voter Fraud Or Leave Me Out Of It

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft was growing frustrated with the limits of his office when it came to investigating voter fraud or election law violations. So, he gave lawmakers a choice.

More Deets On Good Deeds

Kansas Woman Buys Out Payless Store to Donate Shoes to Nebraska Flood Victims

Tritt ended up grabbing 204 pairs of shoes, but did not have the money to pay the large bill. She negotiated with a manager, who eventually gave her all of the shoes for $100. According to CBS News, the shoes were worth around $6,000 altogether.

Guv Takes Billionaire Lunch Date

Sinquefield lunches with Parson at governor's mansion

JEFFERSON CITY * The man who financed much of the early work behind a campaign to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County lunched with Gov. Mike Parson at the governor's mansion Thursday.

Former KCK School Dude Accusation

Suspended school resource officer charged with child sex

Authorities say a school resource officer in Kansas City, Kansas, has been charged with child sex crimes.The Kansas City Star reports that 30-year-old Mark Scheetz, of Lansing, faces two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. The Kansas Attorney General's Office filed the charges last week in Norton County District Court.

Tragedy Aftermath Resonates With Newbie Missouri Senator

Hawley proposes duck boat safety bill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has introduced a bill in Congress that would enact stronger safety measures after a duck boat sank and killed 17 people near Branson, Missouri, last summer. Hawley's proposal would require the use of life jackets on duck boats.


New Home For KC Boat

KC's Arabia Steamboat could move to proposed $100M museum in Jefferson City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David Hawley beams with enthusiasm when he discusses the plans for a new museum for his vast collection of artifacts from the shipwreck of the Arabia Steamboat. "It would be unlike anything that exists," Hawley said.

Acting Out Or Maintaining Innocence???

Jussie Smollett To Be Sued By Chicago After Repayment Deadline Passes; 'Empire' Co-Star Says Actor Returning

Jussie Smollett may have seen the felony charges against him dropped by state prosecutors last week and Taraji P. Henson is predicting he will return to but the actor's legal troubles in Chicago are far from over.


Don't Discount Workers

Target raising its minimum wage to $13 an hour

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is raising the minimum hourly wage for its workers for the third time in less than two years. The discounter said Thursday it plans to raise the hourly starting wage to $13 from $12 in June.

Silence From Former Prez

Obama is quiet as Biden comes under attack

As Joe Biden Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama Obama is quiet as Biden comes under attack Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress Obama celebrates Lori Lightfoot's victory: 'Chicago's best days are still ahead' MORE .

Border Back Down And/Or Mexican Standoff Gone Wrong For The White House?!?!

Trump backs off threat to close border, capping a week of retreats

President Trump backed away from his threat to shut down the country's southern border, but vowed to impose additional tariffs on automobiles in a year - if Mexico doesn't do more to stop the flow of drugs and immigrants.

Show-Me Old School Respite

Missouri bill would excuse those 75 and older from jury duty

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Police Scam Advice

Union head: Don't fall for crooks who claim to raise money for Fraternal Order of Police

Scam artists are using the goodwill of people who care about fallen police officers in a scheme to make a fast buck.Swindlers are calling people on both sides of the state line, claiming that they are raising money for a Fraternal Order of Police charity softball tournament.

Fishy Story

Man accused of abandoning pet fish faces animal cruelty charges

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A New Hanover County man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly failed to provide fresh water and food to his pet fish and abandoned it after he was evicted from his home last month.

Kansas City Foodie Lesson Plan
Food Truck Workshop | Mid-Continent Public Library
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .