Midweek Kansas City Flood Of Streets And News . . .

Right now, for our beloved news junkie readers who might be staying inside amid some very EPIC puddles on local streets this evening; we share this deluge of info on pop culture, community news and top headlines. 

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We Always Get A Kick Out Of Soccer Hype . . . 

Kansas City named a top 10 soccer city in America

by: Juan Cisneros Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the MLS regular season coming to a close and Sporting Kansas City preparing to host a playoff game, both sides of the metro were among the top cities in the country for soccer, according to WalletHub's latest rankings.

Big Money Head Check Coming Soon To Golden Ghetto

Johnson County Mental Health Department seeks $1 million in grants

The Johnson County Mental Health Department has applied for $1 million in grants to hire more caseworkers, police responders, crisis-line clinicians.The phones in a Merriam office building ring all hours of the day and night. And someone always picks up, usually within seconds.The line is the mental health crisis hotline.

Life Lesson In COVID Hazard Cash

Pandemic pay: Metro school district approves plan to give employees bonuses

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: RAYTOWN, Mo. - Teachers and other regular employees in the Raytown School District will be getting an unexpected bonus, just in time for Christmas. The school district approved a plan suggested by the Raytown Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Local Gold Standard Endures

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, U.S. Mint reveal commemorative coin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the United States Mint hosted a ceremony Wednesday revealing the Negro Leagues Centennial Commemorative Coins to honor the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues. The 100th anniversary of the league happened in 2020, and the NLBM began the process of pursuing the coin legislation in 2019, according to a release.

Helping Rock Chalk Hard Times

Unemployment for unvaxxed: Kansans that lose jobs over vaccine order could soon get benefits

by: Rebekah Chung Posted: / Updated: TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would allow people that lose their jobs due to coronavirus vaccination requirements to be guaranteed unemployment benefits. Lawmakers are planning to discuss the bill on Friday, during an informational hearing.

Show-Me Tech Remuneration?!?

Missouri offering free ID theft services to teachers affected by state website data flaw

Missouri is alerting teachers whose personal information was made public through a recent data flaw in a state website and is offering them free credit and ID theft services for up to a year. Educators whose information was publicly accessible through the HTML source code of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website will start receiving letters or emails this week, the department said Wednesday.

Prepping For Clearing

Kansas faces staffing shortage for winter highway clearing

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas is facing a staffing shortage in its Department of Transportation that could slow the clearing of highways in winter storms, the agency said Tuesday. The department said it is about 30% short of being fully staffed with snowplow operators across the state.

Country Hotties Show Off Bling

CMA Awards 2021 Red Carpet: Carrie Underwood shines in beaded gown

Underwood shined in a mesmerizing asymmetrical gown with feathered beading and a thigh-high slit that accentuated her slender legs She has been for Female Vocalist of the Year for 15 consecutive years at the show Miranda Lambert wowed in a belted black dress, which went just past her knees, while

Veep Conversation Criticized

Kamala Harris panned for using 'French accent' to French scientists while touring Parisian lab

Vice President Kamala Harris went viral following her visit to a COVID-19 lab in Paris for appearing to use what critics described as a "French accent." During her overseas trip to France, Harris toured the Institut Pasteur and spoke alongside a group of scientists about the U.S.-France alliance on scientific research.

MAGA Plays For Time

Judge again rejects Trump's effort to delay Jan. 6 committee's bid for his White House records

In her latest decision, the judge said her earlier rationale dictated that she should turn down Trump's request for a temporary order preventing disclosure of the records pending further legal action. "This court will not effectively ignore its own reasoning in denying injunctive relief in the first place to grant injunctive relief now," Chutkan wrote.


'Skyrocketing' inflation exacerbated by Dems' economic policies, Rep. Luetkemeyer says

Republican Missouri Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, ranking member of the House Committee on Small Business, on Wednesday pointed to Democratic economic policies for record-high . The consumer price index (CPI) has risen 6.2% compared to October of last year - the largest annual increase in 30 years since November of 1990, according to a Wednesday report from the Labor Department.

Pandemic Comeback Reported

After weeks of declines, U.S. Covid cases have stalled at a high level: 'The ERs are packed'

After weeks of plunging U.S. Covid-19 cases, the decline in infections has stalled out. New infections have dropped to an average of more than 74,000 per day over the past week, a 57% drop from the delta wave's peak level of 172,500 new cases per day on Sept. 13.

Far East Saves Planet?!?

COP26: China and US agree to boost climate cooperation

In a surprise announcement, the two countries unveil a joint pledge at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

Money Flows After Tragedy

'We've made history': Flint water crisis victims to receive $626m settlement

A federal judge has approved a $626m settlement for victims of the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a case brought by tens of thousands of residents affected by the contaminated water. Announcing the settlement on Tuesday, district judge Judith Levy called it a "remarkable achievement" that "sets forth a comprehensive compensation program and timeline that is consistent for every qualifying participant".

Pr0n Plot Twists

Juicy J, Bella Thorne & Porn Star Abella Danger Are In A Toxic Love Triangle In The "In You" Music Video

Bella Thorne and Juicy J team up for a sultry and conceptual new track. Bella Thorne and Juicy J have teamed up for a new single called 'In You,' and it may just be one of the strangest collaborations of 2021. Fans familiar with the award-winning actress and adult film director likely already knew t...

Golden Ghetto Baller Gives It Up

Overland Park-native, former Sporting KC player Matt Besler retires

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Overland Park-native and former Sporting KC defender Matt Besler tweeted Wednesday he is retiring as a professional soccer player. Besler, who played this year with Austin FC of Major League Soccer, appeared to indicate soccer will still be a part of his life, just not as a player.

Chiefs Share The Love For Raider Haters

Tyrann Mathieu giving away weekend trip to Chiefs-Raiders game in Las Vegas

by: Makenzie Koch Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Las Vegas this weekend to take on the Raiders, and safety Tyrann Mathieu wants Chiefs Kingdom to join in on the fun!

I Really Don't Give A Folk

Folk Alliance announces the first wave of artists for their 2022 conference

Folk Alliance International, the global nonprofit for folk music, announced over 120 official showcases today ahead of its 34th annual conference, which takes place February 23-27 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel. Per the press release from FAI, the official showcase will be "presented and filmed on full production stage in the host hotel ballrooms and posted later for online...

Holidays Already Aglow

Powell Gardens will kick off its Festival of Lights on Thursday


Erin Tells Us Weather Or Not . . . 

Your Storm Track 5 Daily Forecast

A line of thunderstorms will race through our area shortly after sunset with the potential for thunder, lightning, and brief heavy rain. While the severe threat is marginal there is still a chance for a strong storm or two during a very narrow window during the early evening hours.

As always, this is the OPEN THREAD for the overnight and hopefully we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!