Today’s Hyperlocal Gathering

To clear out our files and to keep things running smoothly for Friday we want to take a quick peek at a bevy of local links that have been on our mind but might not be worthy of debate.

Still, these items merit quick consideration for locals and offer a better look at our circumstances.

Check TKC news gathering . . .

KCMO announces spring leaf and brush pickup schedule

Kansas City's Springtime curbside leaf and brush collection is starting next week. Curbside collection occurs during both spring and fall seasons, and helps keep leaves and sticks out of the City's catch basins, preventing clogged storm drains and flooding. Last year, workers collected a total of 2,750 tons of yard waste during the leaf and brush pickups.

Five questions with Lee's Summit school board candidates for the April 5 election

In the race to serve on the school board for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, eight candidates are competing for two slots, each serving a three-year term.

30 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ukrainian members seek refuge in Kansas City

A total of 30 Ukrainians have not returned home since they visited San Antonio, Texas, for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes international conference last month. The KC community has opened up their doors to embrace the 30 Ukrainians as their own, and local families have volunteered to host them.

Kansas House wants age limit for tobacco, vaping at 21

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House has passed a Republican bill that would increase the age to purchase or possess cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21. The GOP-controlled House voted 79-43 for the bill Wednesday. The legislation also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products, and would prohibit them in school buildings.

Missouri legislators see action in effort to legalize sports betting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While its ultimate fate remains unclear, the Missouri House of Representatives voted Thursday to advance a measure to legalize sports betting in the state. The Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 2502, known as the sports wagering bill , Thursday, by a 115-33 vote.

Three Light, Midland Lofts up for sales tax incentive - Kansas City Business Journal

Two Cordish Cos. multifamily projects linked via incentive terms soon could see millions of dollars in Chapter 100 bonds cleared for issuance. The Kansas City Council on Thursday is scheduled to consider up to $132 million in bonds for the Baltimore developer's Three Light luxury apartments, plus another $35.8 million in bonds for the tower's sister project, an adaptive reuse of the historic former Midland offices as The Midland Lofts.

'No Shame' works to fill need with no stigma in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nicole Springer and the organization she started, , are working with existing nonprofits to get period products to those who need them in Kansas City. They're also working to try to reduce any stigma that comes with periods or struggling to get period supplies.

Missouri health chief targets rebuilding public health sector, improving 'abysmal' metrics

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's new acting health director spoke with lawmakers for the first time since her appointment, providing new insight into her evaluation of COVID-19 and key programs and initiatives in the state. Paula Nickelson, a 22-year public servant who was appointed by Gov.

Kansas Department of Health COVID-19 testing sites in Johnson County to close next week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will close its COVID-19 testing sites next week in Johnson County. Testing will be available until 6 p.m. March 31 at the state's testing locations at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park and the Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave.

KC groups send period products to women fleeing Ukraine

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Several groups in Kansas City, Missouri, are rising to the occasion, helping women they'll never meet by sending feminine hygiene products to Poland. Giving Hope and Help , I Support the Girls , and The Strawberry Week Society have collected 11,711 pads to send to women fleeing Ukraine as Russia invades the country.

Drone company to partner with Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City

Alynix, a lenexa-based drone technology company announced Thursday it plans to host students from Operation Breakthrough's Ignition Lab at their office headquarters.The company says it will be showing teenagers career opportunities in the drone technology space on March 24, 2022.

Town Center Plaza in Leawood will include Perry's Steakhouse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new Leawood restaurant development will host Kansas' first Perry's Steakhouse location. The development will be located in the parking lot on the north side of Leawood's Town Center Plaza. The Texas-based chain said in a release that the new location would open in early 2024.

Chiefs make a slew of veteran signings official

Wednesday was quite the day in Chiefs Kingdom.While Kansas City may still be in shock, the Chiefs are already back to business. The Andy Reid squad managed to drop some minor news by bringing back 2021's back up tight end, Blake Bell.

Royals' Whit Merrifield thanks fans, trolls Brady Singer

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Baseball is back, and with a shortened Spring Training because of the lockout, there are just two weeks until MLB's Opening Day. Many baseball players have taken time to tweet fans, thanking them for their support during the long negotiation process.

Get your Zack Greinke "KC King" shirt from BreakingT!

Zack is back! The Royals welcome the return of 2009 Cy Young winner and potential future Hall of Famer. Greinke will entertain Royals fans with pinpoint control, his super slow curveball, and his stance on guacamole prices at Chipotle. You can celebrate the return of the king with this new "KC King" t-shirt from our friends at BreakingT.

Thanks for the memories, Tyreek

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs made the move that shocked all of the fanbase. Kansas City broke up the trio that brought so much success over the last four years by trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.

Kansas City's Westport Saloon closed last year. Here's who is about to move in

The owner of Westport's Cancun Fiesta Fresh is expanding with a full-service restaurant, offering a different menu less than two blocks away. Brix Latin American Cuisine plans a May opening at 4112 Pennsylvania Ave. The Westport Saloon formerly operated in the space. Brix is described as "Kansas City's newest hip and unique Latin American gastronomy experience."

Creature Feature: Squeaker and Lincoln are in it for the long haul

Squeaker is a distinguished gentleman. // Courtesy of Scott Poore and Great Plains SPCA This week's "Creature Feature" is all thanks to the help of Scott Poore of Mission Driven. Meet Squeaker, a 15-years-young orange tabby cat. He arrived at the shelter after his owner passed and is ready to settle in after being houseless for three months.

Cafe Main rebrands as Prefix Coffee on Red Bridge Rd.

Prefix. may not look like much from the outside, but on the inside, you'll find students studying and writing papers, a small family having breakfast, a meeting or two, and someone just getting a chance to decompress. It's almost like taking a sample of Red Bridge.

Colonnaded apartments a Kansas City icon

By Michael Bushnell The Collinwood Apartments, located at 2501-2519 E. Linwood Blvd., were developed and built by William H. Collins and his architect John W. McKecknie. The design was groundbreaking and actually coined a style known as the Kansas City Colonnaded Walk-up Flat.

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