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Local Love For Cutest Endangered Captives

How to bolster Kansas City Zoo's support for zoos in war-torn Ukraine

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Zoo will make a donation to the Ukraine Zoos Emergency Fund to support zoos in the war-torn country. "Like many, the staff of the Kansas City Zoo have seen and heard heartbreaking stories of the challenges faced by the people of Ukraine," KC Zoo Communications Manager Ellie McMullen said Wednesday in an email to KSHB 41.

The Dotte Deals With Disease

Wyandotte County warns of active tuberculosis cases

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Unified Government Public Health Department said there are a handful of active Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the county. The health department said that while there are fewer than 10 patients with the disease, some of the strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics that are normally used to treat the illness.

Swedish Meatball Payback

Merriam IKEA will pay you to return old furniture to store

If you're tired of looking at old furniture that you bought last year from IKEA, the retailer has announced that it will now pay customers to bring back old furniture. The IKEA buyback and resell option has now been made available for 37 of its U.S.

JoCo Fears Democracy?!?

Johnson County warns about voter registration survey

JOHNSON COUNTY, KAN. - Johnson County election officials are cautioning residents about giving out their personal voting information. The Johnson County Election Office has been notified that people are going door-to-door throughout the county requesting information on voter registration. The Johnson County Election Office is not involved in the voter registration survey and cannot confirm the legitimacy of the effort.

Locals Save The Plaza?!?

Locally owned home furnishings, clothing, jewelry shop coming to Kansas City's Plaza

Locally owned KC Style Haus plans a June opening on the Country Club Plaza. Deserae Minor is taking the former RE: emporium space at 4704 Wyandotte St., once part of the Plaza Theater. KC Style Haus will have merchandise from local vendors including handcrafted and hand-painted furniture, home decor, apparel, jewelry, specialty food items, designer pet accessories, locally themed T-shirts and more.

Hot Mom Has No Shame

I'm a hot mom who loves my kids and plastic surgery - but women are jealous

She's one hot mama and she's bringing the heat to her haters. Self-described "sexy mom" Jen Ferguson is slamming "jealous" critics who claim she's a bad parent simply because of her good looks and skimpy clothing.

Prez Biden Passes Gas Relief

Biden administration to release 1M barrels of oil daily from US reserves

The Biden administration will release 1 million barrels of oil each day for the next six months from U.S. reserves amid high gasoline prices. The plan announced Thursday is an effort to relieve some inflation associated with rising gasoline prices and combat other supply shortages that partly stem from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

What To Make Of MAGA Record

The mystery gap in Trump phone logs has many possible explanations

In the seven hours during which White House records show no phone calls to or from then-President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, among the calls that are conspicuously absent is one Trump made to then-Vice President Mike Pence that morning from the Oval Office.

Slap Dispute Persists

NYC Mayor Eric Adams DEFENDS Will Smith slapping Chris Rock

Mayor Eric Adams called Smith 'an amazing actor, humanitarian' and 'a real leader' He doesn't condone violence, he said, but Adams compared his reaction to a Saturday Night Live skit spoofing the mayor to Rock's joke.

New Rules For La Migra?!?

Critics decry double standard on migrants amid Ukraine crisis

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown the extent the U.S. can marshal its immigration resources to be a safe haven for those in need - when it wants to. In the month since the Russian invasion began, the U.S. has offered Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ukrainians, allowing those already here to remain without...

#MeToo Consequences In Court

Writer named in controversial 'media men' list wins round in court

One man among the more than 70 named in the list before it was taken offline, New Orleans-based writer Stephen Elliott, sued for defamation over text in the spreadsheet that accused him of rape, sexual harassment and "coercion," according to court records. His suit called the allegations "false" and "unsubstantiated."

Scary Activist Discovery Reported

Five Fetuses Were Found In The Home Of An Anti-Abortion Activist, DC Police Said

Public records show Handy has been arrested on multiple occasions on suspicion of various charges, including disorderly conduct. According to the federal indictment, Handy and eight others plotted to get inside a DC clinic that provides abortions on Oct. 22, 2020, aiming to keep patients from being treated inside.

Plagued By Doubt Again

As Shanghai expands COVID lockdown, life on hold in city of 26 million

China's commercial hub of Shanghai ground to halt on Friday after the government locked down most of the city's 26 million residents to stop the spread of COVID-19, even as official numbers put local cases falling for the second day in a row.

Old School Nuke Disaster Redux

Russians fled Chernobyl with radiation sickness, says Ukraine as IAEA investigates

The UN atomic watchdog is investigating Ukrainian claims that Russian soldiers occupying Chernobyl nuclear power station left after receiving high doses of radiation. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it could not confirm the claims by Ukrainian state power company Energoatom and was seeking an independent assessment.

Across The Universe

Hubble: 'Single star' detected at record-breaking distance

They've nicknamed it "Earendel" and it's the most distant, single star yet imaged by a telescope. The light from this object has taken 12.9 billion years to reach us. It's at the sort of distance that telescopes normally would only be able to resolve galaxies containing millions of stars.


Zack Greinke named Royals Opening Day starter

Royals manager Mike Matheny named Zack Greinke his starter for the season opener on April 7 at home against Cleveland. It will be the sixth Opening Day start for Greinke, but just his second in a Royals uniform, the last one coming in 2010.

Hipster Spice Of Life Persists

Brookside store with more than 500 products relocating to Kansas City's Crossroads

After nearly seven years in Brookside, Savory Spice Sho p is relocating to the Crossroads. The Denver-based chain sells high-quality, fresh-ground spices, handcrafted seasonings, and soup and dip mixes. It took part of the former James Hallmark Shop space at 6245 Brookside Blvd. for an August 2015 opening.

Rock Chalk History Relived

Lone surviving architect of KU's Allen Field House discusses the iconic building's legacy

As the Kansas Jayhawks prepare for the NCAA Tournament Final Four, Allen Field House sits quietly and waits for another season. KU has been playing their homes games there since 1955.It's a sacred destination for many KU basketball fans, but one in particular.At 95 years old, Warren Corman still gets a special feeling every time he enters Allen field house.

There's Always A Plan To Party

6 Things To Do This Weekend In KC: March 31-April 3, 2022

Check out these things to do this weekend in Kansas City, March 31-April 3, 2022.

Kansas City Remains Moist

National report shows Kansas City is drought free

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the Kansas City region is drought free thanks to the precipitation throughout the month of March. The region saw 5.14 inches of rain and 4.3 inches of snow in March, which took the entire area out of the abnormally dry, moderate drought and severe drought categories.

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