Kansas City Hyperlocal News Gathering

For the insomniac and early bird denizens of our discourse we share this collection of local news that's worth a look, offers a view of the world around us BUT might not be debatable.

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Kansas City Public Library kicks off revitalized art-themed summer reading program

Many of the Kansas City Public Library's summer reading activities were hosted outside in 2021 to minimize participants' exposure to COVID-19. // Courtesy of Kansas City Public Library The Kansas City Public Library is offering a variety of events this summer that go beyond its usual reading initiatives.

Emergency bridge repairs to impact downtown Kansas City this weekend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Emergency bridge repairs will impact part of the downtown loop this weekend. Crews plan to close the left lane of the northbound U.S. Highway 71 bridge over 12th Street in the southeast corner of the downtown loop. The closure is scheduled to begin Friday, June 10, at 9 p.m.

Evergy says they've made preps to battle anticipated hot summer, supply chain issues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City area's largest electricity provider says it's taken pre-emptive steps it believes will insulate customers against extreme outages amid an anticipated hot summer and supply chain concerns.

WATCH: Traffic cameras on 95th Street in Overland Park recorded as a tornado-warned storm rolled through

The National Weather Service will be conducting a damage survey along the 95th Street Corridor in Overland Park, Kansas after a tornado-warned storm passed through the area early Wednesday. The National Weather Service will be conducting a damage survey along the 95th Street Corridor in Overland Park, Kansas after a tornado-warned storm passed through the area early Wednesday.

Nobody hurt but everyone helping cleanup after severe storms in Platte City

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - Platte City residents spent their Wednesday picking and cutting up tree debris after Tuesday night's storms knocked down trees and power lines all over town. Residents say the power went out after a series of thunder and lightning with winds that toppled so many trees that the city's mayor declared a State of Emergency to help with the cleanup.

Utility crews work to restore service after tornado damage along 95th Street

Mile after mile, utility crews responded to storm damage Wednesday along 95th Street in Johnson County.Fire crews had to come to 97th Street and Overbrook Road in Leawood two separate times for the same issue."I was loading the kids up to get them to school and noticed this tree limb sparking," homeowner Michael Hollingshed said.Hollingshed said his problems began when the power came back on around 7 a.m.

COVID-related cleaning causes ground stop at Kansas City International Airport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - COVID-related cleaning at the Kansas City Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility led to a ground stop Tuesday morning at Kansas City International Airport, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. Ground stops are implemented to control air traffic volume when traffic demand "is expected to exceed the airport's acceptance rate," according to the FAA glossary.

Madeleine McDonough named as Civic Council's new board chair - Kansas City Business Journal

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City announced Wednesday that it has named a new board chair, its third woman to the seat since the organization was founded in 1964. Madeleine McDonough, chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the Civic Council.

Local business executive named interim city administrator in Leawood

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Leawood City Council named a local business executive as its interim city administrator during Monday night's city council meeting. Patrick Geschwind will take over the job after the death of longtime city administrator Scott Lambers. Lambers died May 31 at his home.

Kansas Appeals Court Judge Anthony Powell to retire

Kansas Appeals Court Judge Anthony Powell plans to retire on June 30. A court spokeswoman announced Monday that Powell intended to step down from the court, which he has served since January 2013. Before being appointed to the appeals court, Powell was a district court judge in Sedgwick County for 11 years.

Overland Park selects Lori Curtis Luther as new city manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The City of Overland Park announced its new city manager on Monday evening. Beginning in August, Lori Curtis Luther will serve as the the new city manager. Luther, who is currently serving as the city manager in Beloit, Wisconsin, served as the assistant city manager in Overland Park from 2001 to 2005.

Saint Luke's East says its NICU and Labor & Delivery teams are expecting babies

Saint Luke's Health System SOURCE: Saint Luke's Health System Saint Luke's East Hospital said Wednesday that it is seeing a baby boom with its own staff.The hospital said in a Facebook post that 14 members of its neonatal intensive care unit and its labor and delivery teams are expecting babies between May and December."We can't wait to spoil these moms and babies just like we do with every special delivery at Saint Luke's," the hospital said.

Wind energy plants in Kansas, Iowa closing, could reopen

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Siemens Gamesa plants in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Fort Madison, Iowa, will be shut down and most employees will be laid off this summer, company officials said Friday. The company, which is based in Spain, said the plants could reopen if market conditions improve, The Hutchinson News reported .

Lee's Summit couple grateful no one hurt when section of tree topples down on home

The Woodland Shores neighborhood in Lee's Summit had a lot of tree damage in Wednesday's storms. One house in particular took the brunt of it.David and Amy Drum said they were awakened by the neighborhood tornado sirens. Then they heard a crash."The crash wasn't as loud as what I would've expected it to be," David Drum said.


community day: lead to read We are partnering with Lead to Read to build a community of readers. When a child is not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Unfortunately, less than half of third graders in our area are not reading proficiently.

Vietnam-era Kansas veteran runs free resource website for service members

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - To thousands of veterans across the country, James Bower is known by a different name. "It's been kinda neat to meet people and go, oh, you're the 'Veteran Bargains' guy!" Bower said. Since 2011, Bower has run a free website - compiling hundreds of resources for veterans.

MoDOT says calls for stalled vehicles are up 55% compared to last year

There's a huge increase this year in the number of drivers running out of gas on the highway.

Kansas City-area moms raise suicide prevention awareness for students

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Two moms in Johnson County are hoping to raise awareness about suicide and mental health for students through life boxes. For BJ Thomas-Wilson and Sylvia Harrell, co-founders of , their mission is personal after both losing their teenagers to suicide. "He was outgoing, he participated in sports, basketball, track, the musical.

Hickman Mills School District seeks to raise teacher's pay with a no tax increase bond

The Hickman Mills Board of Education voted 6-0 on May 18 to put a no tax increase bond issue and an increase in its operating property tax levy to pay for raising the salaries of teachers and other district staff on the August 2 ballot.

Beefalo - producers say this cattle and bison crossbreed provides the best of both

Bison produce very lean meat, but they are wild animals that can be difficult to raise on a farm. Cattle are very docile, but their meat can be high in fat and not very healthy. That's why proponents of a crossbreed - called beefalo - say they have what should be the future of U.S.

Big Head Burger Brings Pop-Ups to KC, Announces Brick-and-Mortar Concept - In Kansas City

When Waterloo, Iowa, native David Bryant visited Kansas City in 2019 to cater a family reunion with a childhood friend it didn't take long before he wanted to bring his Iowa-based Big Head Burger to Kansas City. "Visually and culturally Kansas City is a great city-and has fantastic food too," says Bryant, who's planning to...

Tori Amos demolished at the Music Hall with plenty for the hardcore fans to adore

Tori Amos. // Photo by Desmond Murray A self-described "old road dog," Tori Amos canceled her planned tour to support her latest album, Ocean to Ocean, in the fall of 2021 due to the pandemic. Being on the road is home for her, as was evident while she beamed through a nearly two-hour set at the Kansas City Music Hall...

Fealty to Fetty forgone, Royals roll 8-4

In the midst of a lost season, Kansas City had a chance to finally do something cool today. With a loss, they could have paid tribute to Royals legend Fetty Wap by moving their record to 17-38. Unfortunately, they did not come through in an 8-4 win.

KC can sleep easy after storms bring cooler temps

Kansas City can sleep much easier tonight as a cold front pushes conditions deeper into less humid air. It will be quiet and comfortable. The low will drop down to the upper 50s. Thursday starts with sunshine and will see increasing clouds by late afternoon. The high will remain a pleasant 82.

Hopefully, we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!