This morning we start the rainy aftermath of the early morning with a peek at pop culture, community news and info from across the nation and around the world . . .
Kansas City Social Justice Graffiti Tribute Dutifully Celebrated By Mostly Middle-Class White Progressives
There's a face taking shape on a wall at 40th and Troost. Kansas City muralist Chico Sierra uses short bursts of spray paint to build the image. Sierra surrounds the figure with flowers and adds a golden halo behind the man's head.
Amateur Urban Planners Start Work In Suburbs
Hide Transcript Show Transcript THE PANDEMIC HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON A LOT OF BUSINESSES. NOW, SHAWNEE IS CONSIDERING A WAY TO HELP SOME OF THEM BY ALLOWING THEM TO ADD PARKLETS. HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT THOSE ARE AND THE MIXED REACTION TO THE IDEA.
COVID Hates Cash
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - New signs at QuikTrip counters are asking that customers use exact change, cards or contactless payments instead of asking for change from dollar bills. The request is due to a shortage of coins from the Federal Reserve, according to the signs.
Deadly Crash Postscript
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - UPDATE: 8:00 a.m. Police say two people were killed, and a third suffered critical injuries in the crash. Witnesses say a blue Ford Mustang convertible and a four door white vehicle were traveling west on Truman Road at a high rate of speed.
Veep Offers Rally Reassurance
Vice President Mike Pence on Friday defended hosting re-election rallies for President Trump as portions of the country are reporting big spikes in new coronavirus infections. Pence cited the Constitution's freedoms of speech and assembly and noted the presidential election in November.
The Big Idea is a series that asks top lawmakers and figures to discuss their moonshot - what's the one proposal, if politics and polls and even price tag were not an issue, they'd implement to change the country for the better?
Show-Me Legal Skepticism
Hawley said grassroots religious conservatives need to be much more involved in the Supreme Court discussions going forward given their political clout, and he offered a reminder to his friends in "the legal conservative project." "Who actually goes out and votes for judges?" said Hawley. "It's conservative Catholics, conservative Jews, evangelicals, Mormons.
Russian Bounty Reported
Outrage has greeted media reports that say American intelligence officials believe a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, including targeting Americans. The story first appeared in the New York Times, citing its sources as unnamed officials briefed on the matter, and followed up by the Washington Post.
Mexican Old School Returns
In the south of Mexico City, about 100 miles of murky canals wind their way through the Xochimilco neighborhood. Here, the urban sprawl of one of the world's densest cities yields to a lake region where indigenous farmers have been cultivating a unique system of floating gardens since pre-colonial times.
Name That Tune
In an increasingly anti-racist era when problematic iconography - ranging from Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben to even the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee car and country band Lady Antebellum's name - is being reassessed, revised or retired, America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," seems to be striking a wrong note.
Good Deeds Persist On The Nice Side Of The Bridge
Food insecurity during the pandemic has affected families that never needed help before.Four Northland churches operate a food pantry together. It's a big operation in Parkville, based out of Parkville Presbyterian Church.
Suburban Artsy Path Debuts
LEES SUMMIT, Mo. - Lee's Summit has a fun outdoor event that you can enjoy while social distancing. The Downtown Sculpture Walk is now on display for guests to enjoy. The walk features sculptures from all across the United States, according to Lee's Summit Cultural Arts Manager Glenda Masters.
Cowtown Rain Keeps Falling
Hide Transcript Show Transcript I KNOW A LOT OF YOU ALL HAVE BETWEEN ONE TO TWO INCHES SO FAR. RAIN LIKELY FOR THE REST OF THE MORNING AND WRAPPING UP AROUND LUNCHTIME. SEVERAL HOURS WHERE IT WILL STAY DRY, HUMID, AND THEN THE NEXT ROUND OF SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING ABOUT 6:00 TO 7:00 THIS EVENING.
Katy Perry - Daisies (Can't Cancel Pride) is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .