Kansas City Hyperlocal: Coping With EPIC Heat, Concert Prep & Cowtown Life Cont'd

As always, for this post we focus on news that's worth a peek but might not be debatable.  Some of the stories are actually nice news about our beloved cowtown.

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Beating the heat: Kansas Citians urged to find ways to keep cool and safe

With another wave of heat arriving this week, Kansas City is reminding residents to take advantage of the cool options available to find comfort while safely taking shelter. The City's  10 community centers will serve as cooling centers during normal business hours. In addition to the community centers, most of the City's free  spraygrounds  are open and can provide relief.

Fringe Festival, Summer of Soul, Sheryl Crow headline the Downtown scene - Downtown Council of Kansas City

The Downtown KC arts and music scenes are smokin' hot this week with the Fringe Festival on seven Downtown stages; the Summer of Soul celebration at 18th & Vine; Sheryl Crow live at Grinders; Hot Country Nights cookin' at KC Live; and much more!

Family holds balloon release for 6-year-old who drowned at Oceans of Fun

A girl who drowned at Oceans of Fun would have turned 7 years old Monday. Family and friends gathered for a balloon release at a Grandview park to remember and celebrate Adeline Stewart.Her family said Addy loved having a good time and making people laugh.There was food, fun and friends, but everyone deeply misses the birthday girl.Most of the balloons had handwritten notes.

Oceans of Fun makes change following 7-year-old's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There is a new requirement in place following the death of a 7-year-old girl after she was pulled from a swimming pool at Oceans of Fun. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company owns the waterpark. It increased the height requirement for Coconut Cove going forward.

These Kansas City school buildings sat vacant for years. Now there are plans for them

Some Kansas City school buildings that closed years ago are finally getting new futures, after sitting empty, with boarded-up windows, peeling paint, and at times, attracting vandalism. Kansas City Public Schools spends nearly $1 million a year to maintain vacant schools - some of which shut down in 2010 when the district closed almost half of its buildings to address dwindling enrollment.

Powell Garden's 25th annual Festival of Butterflies lands July 21 to Aug. 7

Thousands of butterflies create a natural spectacle at the annual Festival of Butterflies. // Courtesy Powell Gardens. Powell Gardens celebrates its 25th Festival of Butterflies from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 21 to August 7. This year, the festival features over 50 species of butterflies and moths native to Madagascar as well as species native to the Midwest.

246: KCFD Chris Hernandez

On this special mid-week episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is interviewing firefighter Chris Hernandez. The Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) is now accepting applications for Firefighter/EMT, as well as civilian positions with the department. KCFD has a history full of traditions, honor and respect among fire departments nationwide.

My Wish: 12-year-old gets unique experience with Patrick Mahomes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped a 12-year-old's dream come true on ESPN's " My Wish." The series returned after a two-year hiatus and helps grant the wishes of kids with critical illnesses. Myke Eilers was born with pulmonary stenosis, the narrowing of the pulmonary valve, and underwent two open-heart surgeries.

'I just love being here,' The Golden Scoop ice cream shop employs people with developmental disabilities

Hundreds of people celebrated National Ice Cream Day at The Golden Scoop in Overland Park on Sunday. The ice cream and coffee shop is a non-profit that employs people with developmental disabilities. Amber Schreiber is one of the co-founders of The Golden Scoop.

Kauffman Stadium crews prep for Tuesday's Stadium Tour amid intense heat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Crews have been working around the clock to ensure Tuesday's Stadium Tour at Kauffman Stadium runs smoothly, as thousands of fans are expected to take on scorching hot temperatures and watch some of rock's biggest names. The concert was first announced in 2019, but COVID-19 led the concert to be delayed for the past two years.

A slight humidity dip before a boiling hot weekend

Tons of heat and humidity with poor air quality Tuesday night in Kansas City. A weak front will swing the winds to the southwest and the northwest. That will lower the humidity a little bit, and temperatures will remain in the 70s overnight and the middle 90s during the afternoon on Wednesday.We start to sizzle gradually for the rest of the workweek, and our highs approach the century mark again into the weekend.

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