Kansas City Community News: Autumn Chill & Local Life Lessons

For insomniacs and early birds we share yet another news link collection focusing on all things related to the municipal discourse.

Look closely and there might even be a few nicer news links thrown into the pile for a bit of inspiration.

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Pre-sale tickets available for Disney on Ice in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The T-Mobile Center is gearing up to host "Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate" and tickets go on sale soon. The fan-favorite show will bring 14 Disney classics and moderns stories to the ice in Kansas City from Feb. 23-26, with morning, afternoon and evening shows on Feb.

Bills Mafia donates to Kansas City hospital following win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There is one bright spot in Sunday's Chiefs loss to the Buffalo Bills. The loss is helping Kansas City kids. Children's Mercy Hospital said it received thousands of dollars in donations after Sunday's game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The donations are in response to something Chiefs Kingdom started last season.

Vintage Market Days is this weekend in North Kansas City for your holiday shopping list

Vintage Market Days is headed back to Kansas City this weekend with loads of antiques, gifts and more for the holidays, which are fast approaching. Open from Friday through Sunday at 7100 NW. Prairie View Road in Kansas City, check out what's available.

Future Kansas City-area educators share passion to pursue teaching despite pay disparities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Teacher Retention and Recruitment Blue Ribbon Commission released its final report to legislators Tuesday in Jefferson City. Commissioners presented their 22-page report , making a total of nine recommendations and further dividing them into immediate, short-term and long-term priorities.

KCK workers save woman who had medical emergency while driving

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas City woman is grateful for two men she says saved her from a dangerous situation. She had a medical emergency behind the wheel, and strangers came to her rescue. Those good Samaritans are with Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools.

Hairstylists across Kansas City area saving lives with domestic violence training

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Safehome, a women's shelter in Johnson County, is actively training hairstylists throughout the Kansas City area on how to look for signs of domestic violence. This effort to highlight and end domestic violence comes during Domestic Violence Awareness month this October.

Kansas City residents seek answers from neighborhood board

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's controversy in the Ivanhoe neighborhood after residents said they want answers from its neighborhood association board of directors. Neighbors said the board is making some decisions without their feedback among other things. "That to me is disheartened when I see a young man, I didn't know his circumstances, but he needed help," Resident Felicia Lockett said.

City relocates residents of apartment building over collapse concerns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The residents of four apartment buildings in south Kansas City were relocated from their homes Tuesday after officials became concerned over the building's structural integrity. A spokesperson with the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department said officials are assisting the residents of the Coach House Apartments at 11213 McGee Street with temporary housing.

MoDOT asks for $50M to upgrade rail crossings after deadly Amtrak crash

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking for millions of dollars to upgrade rail crossings across the state. The department made the request when it filed its 2024 budget request, according to a spokesperson from MoDOT. The funding request comes nearly four months after after a deadly Amtrak crash near Mendon, Missouri.

Johnson County Community College plans $5M expansion for CDL training site

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - As the demand to hire truck drivers continues to increase, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is looking to expand its commercial drivers license (CDL) training program. Elisa Waldman, vice president of workforce development and continuing education, said right now there are about 60 people on a waiting list to participate in the program.

'The Learning Club' internship invests in local talent to grow future KCKPS teachers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas City, Kansas, nonprofit is investing in growing its own public school teachers. The Learning Club hires high school interns from KCKPS for an after-school tutoring program and equips them to pursue a degree in education. The hope is, they will come back to their school districts and and teach in the schools.

MoDOT warning of 'critical' staffing shortages ahead of what the Farmer's Almanac projects will be a rough winter

The Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing an early warning: Officials say they need more help, or our commutes this winter could be on a literal slippery slope. MoDOT says while it's too early to know exactly what winter will bring, the Farmer's Almanac is predicting trouble.

Kansas ranks among the worst in the country on both mental illness and its treatment

WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas performs worse on key measures of mental health than anywhere else in the U.S. A by Mental Health America tracking mental illness and the ease of accessing care found high rates of addiction among young people and mental illness and suicidal thoughts among adults put Kansas in last place.

Mid x Midwest aims to connect 50 VCs with 50 startups; why this new meetup is coming to KC

Traveling throughout the U.S. for business, Dan Kerr regularly comes across investors who have heard rumblings about the burgeoning Kansas City tech startup ecosystem, he said. But one problem persists: most of these potential funders have never stepped foot in Kansas City.

State approves tax credits for urban farms

Legislation to encourage investments to establish or improve urban farms including community gardens was approved by the Missouri General Assembly on October 4 during the last day of a special legislative session called by Governor Mike Parson to consider providing tax incentives to benefit Missouri agriculture and enacting a major state income tax reduction.

Kansas and Missouri Girl Scouts are preparing to be leaders in the 21st century workforce

Developing "courage, confidence and character so they can change the world," is how CEO Joy Wheeler describes the work of the Girls Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. She says the single-gender space that Girl Scouts provides is "absolutely critical" to fostering those characteristics. Psychologist Andrea bastiani Archibald agrees.

Overland Park woman shares her story of being a breast cancer survivor

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KCTV) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a local woman is sharing her battle with the hopes of helping others. Shalena Prude was diagnosed with stage 2A metaplastic triple-negative breast cancer almost 10 years ago at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

New renewable pet tag simplifies licensing process in Overland Park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pet owners in Overland Park will have a simpler process for renewing their pet licenses starting in 2023, according to a news release. Due to a change in the city's pet licensing program, residents will receive a permanent, renewable pet tag instead of getting a new tag yearly.

Five Kansas City metro animal shelters team up for a 'MEGA' adoption event

Five Kansas City metro animal shelters are working together to help pets find their perfect match.Tuesday, the local shelters announced that they would be teaming up for their ninth annual KC Mega Match Adoption Event.The effort aims to find homes for 500 pets in a single weekend.The event is presented by Petco Love with BOBS from Skechers and will be held Oct.

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