Kansas City Community Highlights: River Market Blackout & Nicer News Links

Tonight we noticed the lights off in the River Market yet again . . . It seems that the streetcar and the grid aren't as reliable as we've been led to believe . . .

 Meanwhile, here's a few more items that might not be debatable but still deserve a look for denizens of the local discourse . . .

Google Fiber's impact on Kansas City 10 years later

KC Digital Drive was founded in 2012 by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, to address the digital equity issues revealed when Google Fiber launched in Kansas City and to mitigate the gaps in adapting to emerging technologies in the bi-state region.

Area high school soccer teams to honor classmate killed by fentanyl

SHAWNEE, Kan. (KCTV) - Two high school soccer teams will take the pitch Tuesday night while raising awareness of a deadly issue on the rise in the Kansas City area. Fentanyl took the life of one of their classmates, Cooper Davis, last August.

Biden approves Missouri's $35.7 million electric vehicle plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Biden-Harris Administration has given Missouri approval to receive $35.7 million to add more electric vehicle charging ports along highways in the state. The funding is part of Missouri's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, which the administration approved Tuesday, under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) plan.

Kansas has begun distributing $51 million in bonuses to Medicaid providers - Newstalk KZRG

TOPEKA - Governor Laura Kelly today announced that her administration has begun the process of distributing $51 million in bonuses for direct care workers at Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) providers. Governor Kelly announced the bonus payments early this year.

Hundreds of children receive free dental care at event at Arrowhead Stadium

An event at Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday connected kids who don't have access to regular dental care with dentists."Missouri is facing a dental drought," said UMKC dental student Alexandria Thomas.For Thomas, a chance to provide free dental care to kids who may not have access to it was something she couldn't pass up."It's really important that we come out here and volunteer as dentist and student doctors," Thomas said.She was one of 200 dental care volunteers showing up at Arrowhead as part of the Chiefs and the TeamSmile Program."Oral health is linked to diabetes.

Good Grief Gathering in Lee's Summit helps families who've lost children

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Nonprofit My Angel Lives works to help families all over the Kansas City metro. Sunday, Sept. 25, the group held a "good grief gathering." From afar, it looked like a party at Lowenstein Park in Lee's Summit. "Photography, balloons, food, fantastic face painters, bounce house, playground, we have some goats," said AshleyMarie Marie.

Unfortunate eighth inning dooms Royals in 4-3 extra innings loss to Tigers

In the Battle for the American League Central, the Tigers won (lost?) and the Royals lost (won?) in the first game of three that will help to decide who wins (loses?) the ignominious title of being the worst team in the worst division in baseball. The Tigers pulled out (pushed in?)

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