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Cowtown Eternal Tax Questions & Very Few Answers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In this world, nothing can be certain except death, taxes and life with COVID-19, and even that is a bit hazy. "We've all had this experience where you're driving in total fog. You're moving forward. You've got both hands on the wheel, it's white knuckle time," Jeff Jones, H&R Block's CEO, explained.
NextGen Pandemic Warning
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - If you go for a walk around the Plaza, you'll find more businesses open than closed. Health officials say the part of the population most likely to visit businesses without masks and without adhering to social distancing guidelines are young people in their 20's and 30's.
Heartland COVID Count Spikes
Update: This page is updated daily as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The latest figures were added about 10 p.m. June 23. Since early March, cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Kansas and Missouri. Worldwide there have been more than 9.2 million confirmed cases, with more than 2.3 million reported in the United States.
Kansas City Apartment Complex Crackdown Redux
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Owners of a Northland apartment complex have been fined more than $400,000. Last year, health inspectors shut down part of Englewood Apartments, finding 115 health and safety violations. Sewage back ups, cockroach infestations, asbestos, leaks and ceilings caving in are just some of the issues residents at Englewood Apartments dealt with for years.
Trollz Stay Winning
6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj's "Trollz" blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song marks the first Hot 100 leader for 6ix9ine and the second for Minaj, who notches her first in a lead role. Plus, Lil Baby's "The Bigger Picture" bows at No.
Top Doc Contradiction
President Donald Trump's top health advisers say that the coronavirus pandemic has driven America to its knees amid a disturbing surge in cases. But Trump is ignoring the new danger, instead using the worst domestic crisis in decades as a racist punchline.
Vaccine Might Be Worthless And Mandatory
A vaccine against Covid-19 may not work well in older people who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and dying from the disease, say scientists, which may mean immunising others around them, such as children.
Tragic American Exceptionalism
The European Union is planning to reopen its borders on July 1, allowing some travelers in for the first time since it closed them as the coronavirus pandemic began to grow in March. However, Americans might be excluded.
Russia will hold its annual Victory Day parade in Moscow on Wednesday, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's capitulation in World War II. As well as a day of national celebration, the parade allows Russia to show off the range of its military personnel and equipment to the world.
Summer Burning Sensation
Over the weekend, Verkhoyansk, Russia, hit a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers are still working to confirm the result, which may be recognized as a record high for the Arctic Circle. And the small Siberian town isn't alone.
KC Hat Tip Help
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A new campaign is underway to help support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the 18th and Vine District. Launched by writer Joe Posnanski of "The Athletic," the campaign encourages people to "tip your cap" to honor the Negro Leagues in its centennial year.
Midweek Hotness Awaits
Plenty of sunshine and a little warmer for your Wednesday. We will climb to a high near 85 today.
Lindsey Stirling - Between Twilight is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . . And AFTER THE JUMP we've got a few more news items worth a peek . . .
Kansas City International Celebration Recap
Daisy Garcia Montoya Editorial Assistant Families gathered on Saturday June 20 at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (SURHC) for the annual World Refugee Day celebration. Since 2010, SURHC has helped plan and sponsor the celebration along with other organizations.
Corporate Welfare Progress Inside The Loop
Though vertical construction has not yet begun on Waddell & Reed Financial Inc.'s new downtown Kansas City headquarters, visible progress has been underway. The company has erected a tower crane at the $140 million project's construction site, at 1400 Baltimore Ave., which spokesman Roger Hoadley described as a "significant early milestone" in a recent email.
Cowtown County Song Suggestion And/Or Truck Fight
PLEASANT HILL, Mo. - You know life isn't going well when three police officers show up as you try to get your truck back from a repair job. The ugly mess started about two months ago when Derek Dixon noticed on his way home from work that his 2006 diesel pickup was having problems. A [...]
Show-Me Ballot Debate
The Missouri Supreme Court is sending a lawsuit over absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic back to a lower court for review. Supreme Court judges on Tuesday ruled that Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem was wrong to dismiss the case. They're sending the case back to the lower court for further review.
Pandemic Hits Polls
In response to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Johnson County Election Office is encouraging residents to vote by mail for the August primaries and November general elections. For the first time, the county sent out mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters.
Salad Stays Losing
A recalled bagged salad distributed to a dozen Midwestern states by grocery stores has sickened 122 people in seven states and sent 19 to the hospital, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The salad distributed by Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and Aldi grocery stores is contaminated with cyclospora, a parasite that can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and fatigue.
Internets House Party Regret
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Homeowners in east Kansas City say they're fed up with the traffic, loud music and disruptions one rental home is bringing to their neighborhood. Neighbors said they first started having problems last year around August, and things haven't slowed down. "You can hear it four blocks away," nearby homeowner Lonnie Jackson [...]
Closing Book On Comeback
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Boardwalk Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library will be closed until further notice after a customer who visited Monday said they tested positive for COVID-19. The branch, located at 8656 N. Ambassador Drive in Kansas City, Missouri, closed at noon Tuesday.
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