Kansas City Thursday Night News Blurred Lines Redux

Tonight we reflect on a hottie video allegation against a work that made her career . . . Additionally we take a peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

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 Open City Cowtown Welcome

FIFA World Cup selection committee in Kansas City as city vies to host some World Cup games

Kansas City entered the global stage Thursday in hopes of landing a spot in the 2026 World Cup. The FIFA World Cup selection committee received a tour of everything Kansas City has to offer.The United States will host the 2026 World Cup. It's the biggest sports event in the world, dwarfing the Super Bowl.

Golden Ghetto Casts Ballot

Advance voting in Johnson County begins Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - General election voting will open on Saturday in Johnson County, Kansas, at eight different locations. Advance voting will be open through next week, according to a release from the county. City, school district, community college, and water and drainage offices will be among those on the ballot.

Show-Me COVID Career Opportunity

More applying for nursing programs in Kansas City during the COVID-19 pandemic

More people are applying for nursing programs during the pandemic.What this means for staffing is that there will be about a dozen more nurses able to work in Kansas City at the end of the school year. It's a 10% increase from the previous year.There's higher than normal interest in nursing careers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Local Frontline Testimony Shared

Fighting COVID-19 from the frontlines more than 1 year later

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - One year ago, KSHB 41 News chronicled frontline workers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of them thought we'd still be here, working in a pandemic more than a year later.

Push Back Against Rent Wins

A Kansas City tenant fights back and wins rare victory against landlord who tried to evict her

A Kansas City landlord with a habit of filing eviction complaints and counting on tenants not to show up in court didn't count on one of them fighting back.

EmRata Tells All

Emily Ratajkowski reveals why she included alleged 'groping' in book

Emily Ratajkowski has revealed 'why' she decided to include an essay about her experience on the set of Blurred Lines in her recently released book My Body. Earlier this month, the 30-year-old model accused singer Robin Thicke, 44, of 'groping' her bare breasts as they shot the song's suggestive music video in 2013.

Prez Calls Out Colleagues

Biden uses town hall to name-check Manchin and Sinema on agenda hold-ups

"Joe's not a bad guy. He's a friend," he said of Manchin, while talking about the difficulty in coming to an agreement with him on expanding Medicare to cover dental, vision and hearing benefits. "I think it's a good idea. But here's the thing. Mr. Manchin is opposed to that."

MAGA Social Media Stays Winning

Trump's 'Truth Social' platform deal draws strong interest from investors

Former President Trump's planned launch of a social media platform drew strong interest from investors on Thursday, causing shares of SPAC company Digital World Acquisition Corp. to surge 357% on news of a planned merger. DWAC's stock closed at $45.50 per share in trading on Nasdaq.

Tech Tumble Today

Facebook, Twitter and digital ad stocks drop sharply after Snap earnings

Shares of Facebook and Twitter and other social media and digital advertising companies are sharply down in after-hours trading, after Snap reported it missed revenue expectations in the third quarter as Apple's iPhone privacy changes disrupted its advertising business.

Best Defense Pledged

Biden pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks

President Joe Biden vowed to protect Taiwan from any Chinese incursion during a CNN town hall on Thursday night. "Are you saying the US would come to Taiwan's defense if China were to attack?" CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Biden to which the president responded, "Yes, we have a commitment to do that."

US Tech Stays Losing

Rocket failure mars U.S. hypersonic weapon test as others succeed

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The Pentagon's hypersonic weapon programs suffered a setback on Thursday when a booster rocket carrying a hypersonic weapon failed, people briefed on the test result said. The test was intended to validate aspects of one of the Pentagon's hypersonic glide vehicles in development, two of the people said.

Semper Fi Gun Control

Marine Corps vet disarms gun-wielding robbery suspect at Arizona gas station, video shows

A US Marine Corps veteran in Arizona was caught on video single-handedly disarming a gun-wielding juvenile who was attempting to rob a gas station on Wednesday. The incident happened at around 4:30 a.m. inside the convenience store at a Chevron gas station, the Yuma County Sheriff's Office said.

Midwest Crime Fight Escalates

Crime-hit Chicago grapples with police vaccine revolt

A standoff in Chicago, where the head of the city's largest police union is urging officers to defy a vaccine mandate, is the latest battle line being drawn in a national battle over Covid-19 jabs. Chicago, a city of nearly three million people, has seen more than 1,600 sexual assaults, nearly 3,000 shootings and 649 murders this year - a 14% increase over last.

Hollywood Hot Mess

'Rust' crewmember dies after prop gun misfires on set of Alec Baldwin film

An accident on the set of Alec Baldwin's movie, "Rust," at the Bonanza Creek Ranch on the outskirts of Sante Fe, New Mexico sent two members of the film crew to the hospital - one of whom - a woman, has died, according to a press release from the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department.

Her End Game Is Strong

Taboo Categories, Like Pooping, Inspire Tushy Founder to Innovate

You've heard of experiential marketing ... but what if you add the theme of mystery? A play on the human instinct to solve problems is just what makes bidet and toiletries company Tushy a creative disruptor, not only in their unique category but the entire industry.

Rematch Redux

Chiefs ready to execute against Titans as Kansas City plays catch up in AFC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Kansas City Chiefs are in catch-up mode while sitting at the bottom of the AFC West they've won the past five seasons. The Tennessee Titans have an opportunity to prove they're a team to be reckoned with in the AFC.

Meet New Neighborhood Boss

New Neighborhood Services Department head to improve KCMO neighborhoods

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Forest Decker has been appointed as the director of the Neighborhood Services Department, with a mission to improve Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhoods. "Forest Decker has been appointed director of the Neighborhood Services Department, accepting the mission to implement a new vision for the department to focus on enhancing services that improve the livability of KCMO neighborhoods," the city said in a release.

Kansas City's Best Delivered

Operation Uplift is a charity in Kansas City is sending care packages to deployed troops

Operation Uplift sends care packages to deployed troops."It was just kind of rewarding to see them and their family members, just how much they appreciated the sentiment, especially from strangers, and people just trying to show their support and love for them," Operation Uplift Co-Founder Jason Simonin said.

Pork Star Earns Left Turn Honor

Actor Eric Stonestreet named Grand Marshal for Sunday's Kansas Speedway race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Emmy Award winning Actor Eric Stonestreet, known for the show "Modern Family" is returning to his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas and will serve as the Grand Marshal for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at the Kansas Speedway. "We're excited to welcome Eric home again," said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren.

Kansas City Temperatures Fall

Another chilly fall night and Friday ahead

Another chilly fall night and Friday aheadThe greater Kansas City area will be breezy and cool for the rest of the day into the night. The low drops down to the lower 40s. There is a frost advisory for northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas, well north of the metro.Things are sunny and seasonal to start the weekend off and dry.

And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight. Hopefully, we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED.