Kansas City News Workout: Local Jobs, Sesame Street Sued Energy Deal & Prisoner Trade

Inspired by the mainstream pr0n game, right now we take a peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines for our late night denizens.

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Doggystyle Job Opportunities

Mars Petcare to expand Kansas City facility, add 95 jobs

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Through investing $82 million into its Kansas City, Missouri, facility, Mars Petcare announced it will add 95 more jobs at the plant. The expansion will increase the facility's production to meet rising demand for dog and cat treats, according to a press release from Mars Petcare.

EPIC Church Chat Tonight

Kansas church holds forum on abortion in the lead up to a major vote on the issue

There's been a massive surge of voter registrations in Kansas. This likely has something to do with an amendment set to challenge access to abortion in the state. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, held a "conversation on faith and abortion" Wednesday night, just days before Amendment Two is set to be voted on.

Vision Zero Indeed

Additional protected bike lanes to be added in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo - As part of the city's mission to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, Kansas City, Missouri, will be building additional protected bike lanes near Hickman Mills Drive between Paseo and 85th on Wednesday morning.

Local Political Future Considered

Generation least likely to vote wants yours: How Gen Z candidates are jumping on MO ballots to energize interest - Startland News

Editor's note: This story is part of a series on the 2022 election produced by the KC Media Collective, an initiative designed to support and enhance local journalism. Members of the KC Media Collective include Startland News, Missouri Business Alert, Kansas City PBS/Flatland, KCUR, The Kansas City Beacon and American Public Square.

Already Planning The Weekend

Hot Dog Festival + Fringe Festival set the pace for this weekend - Downtown Council of Kansas City

Fringe Festival reaches a crescendo; Average White Band tops Heart of America Hot Dog Festival; Big Time Rush to take T-Mobile Center by storm; plus highlights of the Downtown arts & entertainment scene this weekend.

Smutty Layoffs Persist

Is Ethical Porn in Pornhub's Future?

For the past few years, Pornhub, the world's former go-to NSFW platform, has been under fire for unethical practices. Recently, the platform's parent company MindGeek underwent in-house changes that have left the industry questioning what's next. In 2020, Pornhub banned uploads from unverified accounts in an attempt to correct its unethical practice.

First Son Connection Exposed

Hunter Biden's biz partner called Joe Biden 'the Big Guy' in panicked message after Post's laptop story

One of Hunter Biden's former business partners referred to Joe Biden as "the Big Guy" in a panicked message the same day The Post broke news of the infamous laptop from hell left behind by the president's son, The Post has learned.

GOP Threatens MAGA

RNC warning to Trump: If you run for president, we stop paying your legal bills, says official

Republican leaders who worry that Donald Trump could hurt their midterm chances by announcing a presidential run too soon are hoping he'll be dissuaded from doing so by the prospect of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal payments, according to an RNC official.

Dems Appease Spoiler

Manchin and Schumer announce deal for energy and health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday announced a deal on an energy and health care bill, representing a breakthrough after more than a year of negotiations that have collapsed time and again.

Global Trade Day

CNN Exclusive: Biden administration offers convicted Russian arms dealer in exchange for Griner, Whelan

After months of internal debate, the Biden administration has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence, as part of a potential deal to secure the release of two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, according to people briefed on the matter.

Far East Conversation Cont'd

Biden's call with Xi Jinping will focus on areas of U.S.-China cooperation, not just tension

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's upcoming call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping will focus on areas of potential cooperation between the U.S. and China, the White House said Wednesday, even as diplomatic relations between the two nations are fraught with tension over Russia, intellectual property disputes and, even, espionage.

Post-COVID Bubble Bursting

The stock market is practically begging for a recession

Wall Street has a serious case of recession dread.

Borrowers Beware . . . 

Fed unleashes another big rate hike in bid to curb inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate by a hefty three-quarters of a point for a second straight time in its most aggressive drive in three decades to tame high inflation.

Serious Play Time Consequences

Black family sues Sesame Place for $25M, alleging racial discrimination | CBC News

A Baltimore family is suing a Sesame Street-themed amusement park for $25 million U.S. over claims of racial discrimination, alleging multiple costumed characters ignored a 5-year-old Black girl during a meet-and-greet event last month.


Mysterious Monkey Mayhem: Macaques Are Suddenly Terrorizing People in Southwestern Japan

In just the past few weeks, wild monkeys have attacked at least 58 people in and around the city of Yamaguchi in southwestern Japan, and no one seems to know exactly why, according to from the Associated Press. "I have never seen anything like this my entire life," city official Masato Saito told the AP on Wednesday.

Pr0n Game Harder Than It Looks And Sometimes Not . . .

Footballer turned porn star 'shrivelled up' on first shoot due to bald cameraman

A former footballer who became a porn star has revealed how he "shrivelled up" on his first shoot because of the "big bald" cameraman. Damian Oliver was a prospect in Crystal Palace's academy, but he went down a different path after a stint in prison.

For Your Amusement . . . 

What's going on at Kansas City's Worlds of Fun? Park posts cryptic message promising new adventures in August

Something's going on at Worlds of Fun - or at least that's what a photo posted to the amusement park's social media account wants you to believe.The Kansas City, Missouri amusement park posted a photo with a cryptic message to its social media accounts Tuesday.The message reads, "After almost 50 years, we're getting ready for exciting new adventures...8/11," and features the train emoji.

New Chapter For Book Biz

Co-owner of Bliss Books & Wine spills on the challenges and joys of launching a family business

Sisters La'Nesha Frazier and La'Nae Robinson went from swapping bedtime stories to shopping for a brick-and-mortar location for their bookstore, Bliss Books & Wine. // Courtesy La'Nae Robinson Sisters La'Nae Robinson and La'Nesha Frazier co-own Bliss Books & Wine, which has been keeping anything but a merlot profile.

Wesport Welcome Back

Special business promotion in Westport held for the first time since deadly shooting

Westport businesses held a special promotion for the first time since a fatal shooting earlier this month.Westport Wednesday is held on the last Wednesday of the month.This month, 26 businesses are participating with promotions ranging from new ice cream on the menu to mescal tastings and even a jujitsu demonstration.This

South Side Tribute Announced

South Kansas City Alliance honors these local residents who have made a difference in the community

The South Kansas City Alliance is resuming its annual community awards program with a breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Avila University Whitfield Center, 11901 Wornall Rd., after a multiyear pause during the height of the pandemic. Persons may purchase tickets for the event which includes a full breakfast buffet for $10 on the SKCA website southkcalliance.org.

Summer Interlude Cont'd

Another round of rain before a mostly dry weekend

The morning's heavy rain has drenched the Kansas City area with up to another two inches of precipitation. Most of it landed south or near the I-70 corridor. The next round of rain will set up once again overnight into the Thursday morning commute, slowing things down.

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