Kansas City Midweek News Look: Local Deets, Hype & Cognitive Test Demands

Right now hottie Kara and her bovine homage inspire our morning peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines. 

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Cowtown Comeback

One busy February weekend expected to bring millions to downtown KC businesses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A busy February is expected to bring millions of dollars to downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and that just with one event. It's no surprise hotels are filling up for the weekend of Feb. 18.

The Dotte United!!!

Wyandotte County residents react to redistricting developments

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Hours after the Kansas Senate voted to override Governor Laura Kelly's veto of a redistricting map , Wyandotte County residents were not happy, as the 3rd Congressional District will be split in the new map. "It's a part of an injustice," Mary Bailey said.

Meth Town After Hours

Closed-door meeting in Independence Wednesday night on investigation into officer's $160,000 in overtime pay

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- The Independence City Council is set to meet Wednesday night in a closed-door executive session. This comes after the city manager accused the police department of misusing city money while paying an officer $160,000 in overtime to conduct construction at the department.

Catholic College Against Hate

Rockhurst University students, faculty rally behind Black Student Union after racist incident

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Last week, a Zoom call for Rockhurst University's Black Student Union was interrupted with racial slurs and child pornography. On Tuesday, more than 500 students, faculty and community members rallied, responding to what the university president called an act of hate.

Heal Thyself With Help From Friends . . . 

Cardiologist who suffered cardiac arrest talks about what saved his life

Dr. Anezi Uzendu is an interventional cardiologist and researcher with Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute.He is dedicated to saving lives after nearly losing his own. Uzendu had just graduated from medical school and was 25 years old, and while playing basketball one day, he went into sudden cardiac arrest."I think one of the blessings is I don't remember how bad it was, you know?

Hottie Steps Into Crypto

Model Kara Del Toro Drops Exclusive 10-Photo NFT With Stunning Instagram Post - Maxim

"I wanted to be able to share a one of a kind collectible art piece with you through this new digital format." Kara Del Toro is cashing in on the NFT craze with a one-of-one art capsule featuring 10 stunning photos.


Republicans urge Biden to take cognitive test, say his 'mental decline' has 'become more apparent'

FIRST ON FOX: Nearly 40 Republican lawmakers are calling on President Biden , 79, to take a cognitive test, following the example set by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. The Republican push for Biden to undergo cognitive testing comes as recent polls have shown Americans are unsure of the president's mental fitness for office.

MAGA Shreds Questions

Analysis: Document shredding, Trump style

Questions remain about whether Donald Trump will face any consequences for his mishandling of documents during and after his time as President -- or, more importantly, for his effort to overturn the 2020 election he lost.

Vlad Triumph Inevitable?!?

Ex-White House staffer says Biden has done 'too little, too late' to deter Russian invasion

The former U.S. Army officer who oversaw Ukraine policy in the Trump White House criticized the Biden administration for doing "too little, too late" to deter a Russian invasion of that country and predicted it will be "catastrophic" for the United States and its European allies. Retired U.S. Army Lt.

Republicans Divided

Mitch McConnell calls Jan. 6 a 'violent insurrection,' hits Republicans for censure of Cheney, Kinzinger

WASHINGTON - Spotlighting a widening breach among Republicans, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell criticized the Republican National Committee on Tuesday for censuring Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, and for suggesting that the Jan. 6 insurrection was "legitimate political discourse."

Protest Blocks Border

Key U.S.-Canada border crossing blocked by truckers as Covid protest spreads

The busiest border crossing between Canada and the United States was still partially blocked Wednesday as a major protest against Covid-19 rules spread beyond Ottawa, the Canadian capital, where it has caused havoc for nearly two weeks. Dubbed the "Freedom Convoy," the demonstration has brought chaos to Ottawa since late last month.

One & Done No More?!?

Johnson & Johnson halts production of single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, report says

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has halted production of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, according to a New York Times report. The pharmaceutical company last year quietly shut down production at a plant in Leiden, Netherlands, which was the only facility where usable doses of the vaccine were manufactured, catching some of its customers off guard, including developing nations that prefer the single-dose J&J drug over two-dose alternatives, the report states.

Right-Wing Contender Plays Party Pooper

DeSantis slams Big Tech and media for 'whitewashing' the 'genocide Olympics,' says Biden is weak on China

EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., dove into numerous foreign policy matters involving the U.S., from heightening tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which has the Florida National Guard caught in the middle, to Big Tech and the Biden administration's handling of China and the controversial Beijing Olympics.

Hip-Hop Copes With Divorce

Kanye West Wants A "Public Apology" From Kim Kardashian For Excluding Him From Chicago's Birthday Days After She Said He's Trying To "Control And Manipulate" Their Family

Kanye quickly deleted two Instagram posts - one of which tagging all of the Kardashian-Jenners - requesting that Kim and the entire family "take accountability" and stop trying "to bully" him. But although Kanye - who's otherwise known as Ye - quickly deleted all of his posts blasting Kim, the rapper has since gone on to request a "public apology" from her regarding an argument they had last month.

Pr0n Star Suffers The Bad Kind Of Push Back

'I wear hijab in adult movies like Mia Khalifa - Taliban send me death threats'

A woman known as 'Afghanistan's only porn star' says she wears a hijab during adult movies like Mia Khalifa did in the past - despite receiving death threats. Yasmeena Ali has been a porn star since 2016 after fleeing an arranged marriage.

Baller Blog Questions Fans

The results of the Royals Review fan survey

Last week I asked for the voice of the fans with the Royals Review fan survey, asking questions on the state of the team, to downtown baseball, to the state of baseball in general. We had 726 responses to our fan survey, and we appreciate you all taking the time to give us your opinion.

New Shooz For Fanbois

Atlanta-based sneaker artist designs Kansas City Chiefs themed kicks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alexander Johnson, the owner of Xander Customz, is surprised by how his journey as a custom sneaker artist kicked off. It started as an experiment, using actual spray paint on a pair of sneakers. "And I put it on Facebook, playing around and it just went completely viral," Johnson said.

Local Medical Triumph

KC-area kidney donor to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to promote organ donation

It is a challenging climb a Kansas City area organ donor said she is willing to make to help get the word out about the importance of organ donation.There are about 7,000 kidney transplants every year from living donors and more than 100,000 people are still waiting on a kidney transplant list.

Hipsters Serve Ironically

Dish & Drink KC: Mother Clucker on the move, vegan fare from Spicy Moon Foods, and a sitcom pop-up

The Assistant to the Regional Pop-Up Bar in North KC is fully decked out in details from the hit series. Drinking: Dunder Mifflin style Scranton, PA, is closer than you think-and it's slinging some wonderfully weird cocktails. Vignettes Bar, a rotating pop-up concept in North Kansas City, is bringing The Office to life with its "Assistant to The Regional Manager"...

Forecast For Today . . . 

Windy and Warm Wednesday

A mix of sun and clouds and unseasonably warm. Windy. W/NW wind 15 mph gusting to 30 mph. High 57. Scattered clouds with some sunshine Thursday. High 51. Mostly cloudy and mild Friday. Windy. NW wind 15 mph gusting to 30 mph. Much colder Saturday with a low of 16 and a high of 30.

Bleachers - How Dare You Want More is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.