Exploring Kansas City Early Morning News Space

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Cowtown Parties This Weekend Despite Pandemic

Weekend Possibilities | Dua Lipa Dance Party, Harry Potter House Party and Seltzer Fest at Bar K

Parties left and right, live music across multiple genres, along with hard seltzer and whiskey tastings have August's final weekend looking strong. Just stay healthy out there. 7 - 11 p.m. Ain't no party like a witch and wizard party. Pawn and Pint, 613 Walnut St., is inviting muggles to its Harry Potter House Party.

Cowtown Creative Spotlight

SING, PLAY, MOVE: Charlotte Street makes bold new commitment with music-composition contest

You might at first wonder what artist-poet-filmmaker Michèle Saint-Michel has in common with singer-songwriter AJ Harbison or UMKC Conservatory doctoral student Yunfei Li. All are among the six Kansas City performing artists selected this summer as winners of the Charlotte Street Foundation's first annual New Music Composition Competition.

Troops Develop Coping Skills

Local veteran shares importance of seeking mental health help following Afghanistan attack

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local veterans organization said it's experiencing more calls. Veterans and others seeking resources for mental health help following an ISIS attack Thursday. For Afghanistan veterans seeing what is unfolding can bring back some painful memories. FOX4 spoke with a local veteran organization, who meets at the American Legion Post in Overland Park.

NextGen Help Shuts Down

The Salvation Army Children's Shelter near Midtown will close in April 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Salvation Army Children's Shelter near Midtown Kansas City, Missouri, will close on April 4, 2022. Changes in federal legislation to observe a "Family First" model led to the shelter's decision to close. These changes reduced shelter stays from 30 days to 14 days.

Guv Parson Cancels Alert

After 17 months, Gov. Parson ends previous COVID-19 state of emergency in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Mike Parson is ending Missouri's state of emergency that has been in effect since March 13, 2020. Parson said Friday that in the nearly 18 months under the order, Missouri has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing unprecedented levels of resources and support.

Beg Pardon

"It's time for this tragedy to end." Lamar Johnson's legal team asks Governor Parson to pardon him

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- Lamar Johnson has spent more than 26 years in prison for a Missouri murder he swears he didn't do. A letter sent to Governor Parson on Friday calls on him to end a wrongful conviction based on a 1994 murder in St. Louis.

New Digs For Community

Heart Village Mobile Home Park residents prepare to relocate

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. - Residents at Heart Village Mobile Home Park are reflecting on their victory from Monday and preparing to relocate in order for the new Jackson County jail to be built on the property where they currently live.

Kansas City Cuisine Evolves

How I learned to love sour and spongy injera

Injera, a sour fermented flatbread, is an integral part of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisines. Here, Cherven Desauguste, chef-owner of Mesob Restaurant & Rhum Bar in Kansas City, explores how he learned to love it. Traditional injera, made from 100 percent teff flour, has a strong sour flavor and slightly spongy texture.

Scribe Earns Citywide Tribute

Chiefs retire Terez Paylor's press box seat, donate to scholarship fund

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they would retire our late friend Terez Paylor's Arrowhead Stadium press box seat on Friday - which was decreed as "Terez Paylor Day" by Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas. The Chiefs are set to host the Minnesota Vikings in their final preseason game on Friday night.

Paper Chase Persists

Kansas City man has been waiting on passport for over a year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dave Shever knew it would take longer than normal to get his passport because of processing delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But he never expected that 18 months later he would still be waiting. "I've been on the phone with them 41 times," said Shever referring to the U.S.

From KC's VERY BEST Photog

KC Main Street Motion Blur - Eric Bowers Photoblog

KC Main Street Motion Blur - Similar to THIS ONE, Main Street KCMO traffic motion blur Wednesday night while out on a small job for the digital screen company. This is a layering of several half-second exposures to help dramatize the look of the moving traffic.

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