We start the morning with hottie Rihanna making herself handy as we take a peek at community news, pop culture and top headlines . . .
Kansas City Pandemic Surveillance Stays Losing
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - City and county health officials across the Kansas City area are having a difficult time with contact tracing. Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer said the department is actively adding contact tracers, including 15 who were hired earlier this week, and he expects to add another 30 within the next few weeks now that federal CARES Act money has been released by the Jackson County Legislature.
Show-Me Hipster Piggy Future For Missouri
About 100 Meishan pigs grace the land at Odd Bird Farm, which includes a small organic vineyard, as well as all the corn, alfalfa, acorns and tasty foraging plants needed to feed the heritage hog breed in the self-contained environment.
Kansas Fakes Inspiration
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen.
Rihanna is on the cover of not one, not two, but 26 September issues from across the globe this year - thanks to Harper's Bazaar. The 32-year-old performer, beauty and fashion mogul and style icon appears on every single one of the title's international editions for September 2020, photographed by Gray Sorrenti and creative directed by Jen Brill.
CRAFTING PPE BLING!!!
MOTZA, Israel - An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world's most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million. The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.
Check The Big Picture Light Show This Week
It's early August, which means the annual Perseid meteor shower is active, and it's about ready to peak. The Perseids are one of the best, brightest batches of shooting stars, and it feels like we could use them now more than ever to add a little wonder and distraction into these pretty dismal times.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has urged Sen. Kamala Harris to "politely decline" a spot on Joe Biden's ticket if the 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee chooses her as his running mate.
A Hong Kong media tycoon known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China has been arrested under the new security law imposed on the city last month, which bans "collusion with foreign forces."
2020 Election Suspect
White House Says China Is Targeting U.S. Election With Cyberattacks, But Pelosi Says Threats From Russia And China Are 'Not Equivalent'
After the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a report Friday warning of ongoing interference activities by China, Russia and Iran to disrupt the 2020 election, White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Sunday that China "has been expanding its influence efforts," while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that actions from China and Russia are "not equivalent."
Amazon Retail Takeover
Amazon reportedly wants to take over JCPenney and Sears stores to turn malls into giant fulfillment centers
Amazon is in talks with the biggest mall owner in the US to take over retail space and turn them into giant Amazon fulfillment centers, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The deal could involve Amazon taking over spaces formerly occupied by Sears and JCPenney, both of which have filed for bankruptcy and closed dozens of stores.
Home Team Pay Cut
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins said he agreed to a restructured contract that resulted in a pay cut because he wanted one thing. "It was very important to stay here," Watkins said Sunday in a press conference.
Wild Weather This Week
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- The rainiest months, historically speaking, of the year are behind us. May, June, and July typically deliver just under 15 inches of rain every year. Between May 1 and July 31 of this year, we picked up 15.62 inches of rain.
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