Kansas City Community News Gathering Redux

For our fellow news junkies, late night blog lurkers, insomniacs and early risers . . .We share a worthwhile glimpse at pop culture, community news and top headlines.  

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Biggest Metro Employer Reports Local Vaxx Opt-In

Kansas City federal workers say there's strong compliance with vaccine mandate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Monday is the deadline for millions of federal workers to provide proof that they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. Federal workers in Kansas City said the vast majority here are fully vaccinated. Nationwide, a U.S. official said over 90% of federal workers received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday's deadline.

Turkey Day Travel Rises

KCI, airlines prepare for nearly pre-pandemic travel levels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City International Airport is expecting more than 300,000 travelers this Thanksgiving travel period. Airport officials said holiday travel is at about 85% of its pre-pandemic levels and is about 40% more traffic than Thanksgiving 2020.

Here's The Rock Chalk Scoop...

Kansas attorney general insists Ben & Jerry's parent company reverse Israel boycott

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt insisted Monday, in a letter to the consumer goods company Unilever, that they must end a boycott of Israel enacted by their subsidiary Ben & Jerry's .The AG says the company should instead stand in support of the ally of the United States.

Show-Me Disgraced Defense

Missouri has paid $30K to defend Eric Greitens in age discrimination lawsuit * Missouri Independent

The state has paid private attorneys more than $30,000 since 2019 to defend former Gov. Eric Greitens from an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee of the Missouri Department of Revenue. Mark Ausmus filed a lawsuit in 2018 alleging he was fired from a senior counsel position during the early months of Greitens' administration and replaced with a younger attorney.

Local 1st Responder Tribute

KCFD remembers three members who died from COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been one year since two Kansas City Firefighters died a day apart from COVID-19. Captain Robert "Bobby" Rocha was 60-years-old and a 29-year veteran on the department. Scott Davidson was 45-years-old and a member of KCFD for 18 years.

Double Team For Good Deeds 

Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu give back to Kansas City community during Chiefs bye week

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Chief super-stars Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu started their bye week by giving back to the Kansas City community. Patrick Mahomes and The 15 and the Mahomies Foundation hosted their gala in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation held the 6th "Tyrann's Turkeys" Thanksgiving event in Kansas City, KS.

Kansas City Backside Cleaning Advice

KC Water: "Think before you flush"

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- If you want to know the city's dirtiest secrets, you can see (and smell) them at the Blue River Water Treatment plant. The facility handles 70 to 80 percent of the city's sewage, filtering and cleaning it before it is pumped back downstream into the Missouri River.

Pr0n Game Double Talk Reconsidered

Porn star Emily Willis sues competitors over alleged dog-sex tweets

A Los Angeles porn star has filed a defamation lawsuit against two industry rivals who claimed she was filmed engaging in sex acts with a dog. Emily Willis, whose real name is Litzy Lara Banulos, alleges in her suit filed against Gianna Dior and Adria Rae that the women tanked her future career prospects by falsely accusing her of taking part in the bestiality video on social media, My News LA reported.

MAGA Crackdown Part Deux

5 new January 6 committee subpoenas issued

The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot issued a new round of subpoenas on Monday to five of former President Donald Trump's allies directly involved in planning "Stop the Steal" rallies, including longtime Republican operative Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.


Joe Biden intends to run again in 2024, White House confirms

The White House has said that Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, a statement that comes amid speculation over his future as the president sees a dip in his approval rating. Biden, 79, has suffered a drop in his polling numbers in recent months, leading some Democrats to speculate he might not seek another four-year term.

Progressive Push Back

AOC blasts Democrats for not using her in Virginia election: 'It was a mistake'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Democrats made a "mistake" by not using her and fellow progressives during the Virginia gubernatorial race, where Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. During an interview with The New York Times published Monday, Ocasio-Cortez complained that she wasn't invited to campaign with McAuliffe or help out with the race in any way.

Far East Offers Promises

Xi tells Southeast Asia that China is no 'bully' as Philippines defies shoal blockade

Chinese president Xi Jinping said on Monday that Beijing will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or "bully" smaller neighbours amid mounting tensions with the Philippines over the disputed South China Sea. Mr Xi's comments came at a virtual conference with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), marking the 30th anniversary of relations between the sides.

New Tech For TV

TikTok Is No Longer Safe From Your Parents

Private your accounts, kids, TikTok is becoming an app for more than just Gen Z and tired millennials. Now your parents can flip between their streaming services, cable news, and TikTok TV, the new TV-compatible app that translates the mobile experience to a bigger screen.

Former Diva Fights Fans

Tiffany curses fans after rough performance of I Think We're Alone Now

Eighties pop star Tiffany lost her cool after a less-than-stellar performance in Florida over the weekend. The songstress, 50, struggled through a performance of her hit I Think We're Alone Now while on stage in Melbourne, Florida on Sunday, heard singing hoarsely and even skipping lyrics at some points.

Northeast Cleans Up Against COVID

Sani-wiping the Avenue Clean

At this stage of the game in the ongoing pandemic, one thing is certain. Keeping things clean and sanitized is an integral part of staying healthy. Enter Jeffery Norton, the General Manager of the Westlake Ace Hardware at 6200 Independence Avenue whose store just donated over $5,000 worth of hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes to the Independence Avenue CID for along the Avenue.

Burger Clog Reconsidered

Traffic congestion remains near Lee's Summit Whataburger

Whataburger footed the bill for the Lee's Summit Police Department's overtime associated with managing traffic as the fast-food burger chain's first restaurant opened in the Kansas City area. Independence police are working on a traffic plan with another restaurant scheduled to open next week.

Internets Supports Cowtown Purchases

KCSourceLink, partners launch inclusive 'BuyKC' site to add firepower to 'Buy Local' movement

"Buy Local" is no longer just a catchphrase or a hashtag in Kansas City, said organizers of a new metro-wide initiative led by KCSourceLink, local business leaders and community influencers. BuyKC aims to help increase sales for all local, independently owned businesses and build awareness of these economic powerhouses for consumers and corporate buyers, said Jenny Miller, network builder at KCSourceLink.

Hipsters Sound Off

Photos: Silversun Pickups rocked The Truman with support from Zella Day

Silversun Pickups with Zella Day @ The Truman Saturday, November 20 On Saturday night, Silversun Pickups brought their alt-rock to the Truman with opener Zella Day. Our photographer Chris Ortiz (Insta: @fastboyent) was there to document it all.

BBQ Roast Competition

Pitmasters from Missouri, Kansas win bragging rights at World Championship

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: Pitmasters from both sides of the state line have new bragging rights to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. MASTER SERIES The Kansas City Barbecue Society announced the winners of its third annual World Championship. The event took place in Shawnee, Oklahoma Nov. 12-14.

Local Love For Sailor

Kansas City-area Navy veteran receives service dog to help with post traumatic stress disorder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been two weeks since Veteran's Day and the payoff from fundraisers is showing in the Kansas City area community in tangible ways. A Kansas City dog bakery helped raise funds to provide service dogs for local veterans.

Forecast For Holiday Week

Windy, warmer leading up to Thanksgiving


And this is the OPEN THREAD for now. 

Hopefully, we'll have more sometime around sunrise . . . STAY TUNED!!!