Kansas City Community News Cloud: Work & The Weekend

Day after day we keep up with this blog because we, begrudgingly, love Kansas City and all of its news.

And so, here are a few community-minded news links that deserve a look and help us keep up with some of the nicer day to day stories concerning this town.

Here's our TKC news gathering . . .

Kansas City community center closed for repairs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two weeks after a metro community center unexpectedly closed, repairs are underway. A water main broke near West 21st Street and West Pennway Street on Jan. 27. It impacted water in the area. The Tony Aguirre Community Center closed again Thursday so crews could fix the issue.

Here's where work on the new KCI airport terminal stands after 2021

As the largest infrastructure project in Kansas City's history nears its last full year of construction, work on the $1.5 billion new terminal at Kansas City International Airport has passed several important milestones. In January 2021, crews "topped out" the new KCI (Code: MCI) terminal with the erection of all 17,500 individual steel pieces.

Melgren brothers relocate Flagship Books to Strawberry Hill

Independent book store owners Joel and Ty Melgren live in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood and have fallen ass-over-teakettle in love with the Kansas City, Kansas borough. When they outgrew their shipping container storefront in the Iron District of North Kansas City, the brothers had a location in mind.

The housing market was on a wild ride this year. Here's what to expect in 2022

The U.S. housing market has had a white hot year. Home sales are on track to reach the highest level in 15 years, with an estimated 6 million homes sold in 2021.But whether you benefited from this surge depended a lot on if you were selling a home or buying one.Homeowners saw average home prices skyrocket nearly 20% through the third quarter compared to a year ago, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Developer seeks special tax district for new apartment complex

LENEXA, Kan. - The City of Lenexa will host a public hearing to consider creating a new tax district to support the creation of a new apartment complex near Interstate 435. Developer 87 Renner, LLC is requesting the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID) for a mixed use development at the northeast corner of 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard.

How Wyandotte County spent $37.3 million in CARES Act funds

From $2,500 to aid a therapeutic horse riding center to $1.25 million to support a nonprofit program focused on housing stability, here’s how WyCo spent its federal COVID relief money.

Lee's Summit veteran takes horrific experience, uses it to help others

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) - A Lee's Summit veteran is taking a horrific personal experience and making it a positive for hundreds of other veterans. Almost 50 years ago, Jack Alley was sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier while serving overseas on a military base far from home.

Report: Kansas parents fight high child care costs

A new report finds day care in Kansas can cost more than in-state college tuition. Fortunately, there may be a way to ease the burden on families.In Kansas City, Kansas, and day cares statewide, toddlers are learning their shapes and numbers, but something isn't adding up.Child care costs are astronomical.

Which states have worst, best life expectancy? See where Kansas, Missouri rank

A report released Thursday found life expectancy in the U.S. can vary wildly based on which state you were born in. The data, analyzed by the National Center for Health Statistics, found Hawaii residents had the highest life expectancy at birth at 80.9 years, while Mississippi was lowest at 74.4 years.

Missouri farmers support right-to-repair bill

Imagine going to an auto parts store to fix something yourself on your car and they won't sell it to you. That is what many area farmers say is happening to them.Now, there is a new push to change that with Missouri House Bill 2402.

Federal programs offer assistance paying utilities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Colder temperatures means many people are likely cranking up the heat at home, which means higher utility bills. This comes as federal officials warned us about a rise in utility costs back in October.

'Stomp', Winter Jam, 'Jedi' & more this Valentine's weekend - Downtown Council of Kansas City

Downtown A&E for Valentine's Day weekend 'Stomp' to storm into the Kauffman Center KC Symphony to celebrate 'Return of the Jedi' Skillet to headline Winter Jam - no ticket required 'Barbecue' - on the menu at KC Melting Pot Theatre Master pianist Vladimir Feltsman to light up the Folly Circus Spectacular coming to Hale Arena [...]

Eat This Now: The Chocolate Cupcookie from McLain's Bakery

The chocolate cupcookies at McLain's. // Photo by April Fleming Opened in 1945, the original McLain's Bakery in Waldo is a bona fide Kansas City institution. One not-at-all-small reason for that longevity is a humble cupcookie. They don't appear in the display cases alongside McLain's glitzy, camera-ready cakes and cupcakes or even with their big, pillowy cookie cousins.

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