The antics of a longtime American diva inspires this peek at community news, pop culture and info from across the nation and around the world . . .
KC Provisionally Accredited Pandemic Life Lesson
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Graduation ceremonies will take place the week of July 20 for students in the Kansas City Public Schools system. The district made the announcement Thursday. "The overwhelming preference of our students and families includes a semblance of live, in-person graduations when it is safe to do so.
Heartland Keeps Waiting For Unemployment Insurance
Millions more Americans have filed for unemployment this week totaling more than 30 million since the start of the pandemic, including another 70,000 this week in Kansas and Missouri. But some people are still struggling to get help from the state.
Savory Local Blaze
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- A fire at Gates Bar-B-Q kept Kansas City firefighters busy early this morning. Crews were called to the restaurant near Emanuel Cleaver Blvd and The Paseo just after 2:30 a. a. Investigators said an employee reported the fire that started in the kitchen under the range hood.
COVID-19 Scams Abound
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Sugar Creek, Missouri, couple is warning people still waiting for their stimulus payment not to fall for scams. Wendy Jackson is one of many Americans still waiting for the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment. Her husband, Richard said his wife decided to take action in finding out the status of the money.
Pop Workout Hotness
Britney Spears made a shocking confession on Instagram on Wednesday, sharing that she burnt down her gym when she left candles out. "Hi guys, I'm in my gym right now. I haven't been in here for, like, six months because I burned my gym down, unfortunately," Spears, 38, said.
Prez Trump: China Punisher
The Trump administration is formulating a long-term plan to punish China on multiple fronts for the coronavirus pandemic, injecting a rancorous new element into a critical relationship already on a steep downward slide.
COVID-19 ‘Liberate’ Protesting
Hundreds of demonstrators - some of them heavily armed - crowded into Michigan's state capitol Thursday afternoon to protest against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's shelter-at-home order. The demonstration began outside the capitol early in the day in heavy rain, but later in the afternoon, police allowed several hundred protestors - many not wearing masks - inside the building itself.
Veep Explanation Time
Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday, publicly addressing for the first time an allegation of sexual assault made against him by Tara Reade, a former aide in his Senate office. Reade has claimed that in the early 1990s, when Biden was a senator from Delaware, he assaulted her while they were in the Senate building.
Still Stuck In Northeast
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KC Tech Cash Giveaway
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Local Cure Consideration
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that a new drug showing promise in clinical trials could be a first step toward a potential COVID-19 treatment. That drug, described on the TODAY Show , is remdesivir, which Fauci called "not the total answer" but "a very important first step."
Spring Warm Up Underway
We'll drop back to near 50 degrees for a low. Temperatures will climb to 80 degrees on Friday.
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