Kansas City News Downpour: Holiday Season Money & Disappointment

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Thinking On Law Of The Land

Kansas City LGBTQ advocates reflect on Respect for Marriage Act, wish it went further

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - To understand the significance of the Respect for Marriage Act, you have to go back a few years. "Before 2015," said Lance Pierce, a queer advocate in Kansas City. "It was really just limiting the capacity of the way queer people dream about their lives.

Show-Me Middle-East Money

Could Missouri be the place for Saudi Arabia's next big investment?

Missouri as of late has been looking overseas for new opportunities, both diplomatically and economically. And even though the U.S. has a very long and complex history with the various countries and cultures that reside in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, Missouri is looking to broaden its horizon in this frontier.

EPIC Mess Remains In Kansas

250 workers deployed to the Keystone pipeline spill in Kansas, but the cleanup's end isn't in sight

The largest inland oil spill in nearly a decade has prompted the owner of the Keystone pipeline to build an earthen dam three miles downstream from the release in an attempt to limit the contamination in north-central Kansas.

Heartland Hard Times Ahead

Tough winter ahead for Missouri farmers and ranchers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - "It's going to be a tough winter for a lot of us." That was from Missouri Governor Mike Parson as he addressed farmers and ranchers at the recent Annual Missouri Farm Bureau Meeting.

Courthouse Cash Exposed

50 highest-paid county employees in Jackson County, Missouri - Kansas City Business Journal

Jackson County is the metro's largest county by population, but it is far from the biggest employer among the eight counties covered by the Kansas City Business Journal's research. As of January, Jackson County had about 1,010 full-time-equivalent employees, making it just the 29th-biggest public-sector employer in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City Fam Asks For TIPS

Relatives of man killed in KCMO on Saturday ask for tips to help solve case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Family members want justice after someone shot and killed a man outside of his home around 4 a.m. on Saturday near 107th and Newton. Relatives say Tyler Wallace was kind, hardworking and a peacemaker for their family. "He was just standing on his porch after work," his mother Diana Wallace said.

First Responders Need Help

Kansas City Fire Department continues recruitment efforts amid staffing shortages

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In November, KSHB 41 News took a look at low staffing and recruitment numbers within the Kansas City Fire Department, and how it's working to get more people on the job. Almost a month later, the departments said it's still working to recruit within its 90 day rolling recruiting strategy.

Hottie Shares Head Check

Emily Ratajkowski says she has been in therapy for 'quite a long time'

Emily Ratajkowski has been in therapy for 'quite a long time'. The model, 31, also revealed on her High Low podcast that counselling had helped her beat a 'fear of abandonment.' 'I've been in therapy for quite a long time,' before adding about being tested for an 'anxious preoccupied' attachment style when she began sessions: 'It means you really don't want to be alone.

Fox News Spins Holiday Attack

Biden directed offstage by child after Toys for Tots remarks

President Joe Biden was led off a stage by a young girl after he delivered a speech Monday at a Toys for Tots event with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in Arlington, Virginia. "Which way do we go?" Biden asked a young girl as she took his hand and walked him in the right direction.


Non-binary Biden nuclear official Sam Brinton fired after multiple luggage theft charges: reports

The Department of Energy has fired a top nuclear waste official who happens to be non-binary and has been accused in a string of luggage thefts, according to reports. "Sam Brinton is no longer a DOE employee. By law, the Department of Energy cannot comment further on personnel matters," a spokesperson for the DOE told the Daily Beast on Monday.

Prez Trump Showdown Again

A moment of truth is fast approaching for both Trump and the DOJ | CNN Politics

Donald Trump is heading for a period of maximum legal and political risk over his role in the US Capitol insurrection and hoarding of classified documents that will collide with his efforts to electrify a low wattage 2024 White House bid.

Ultra MAGA Wins Recount

Lauren Boebert, Far-Right Firebrand, Wins Re-election After Recount

After a recount in a remarkably close race, Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, known for heckling President Biden during his State of the Union speech, arming herself on Capitol Hill and ignoring Covid mask rules, won her bid for a second term. Colorado's secretary of state, Jena Griswold, announced the results on Monday.

Nobody Likes Billionaires

Musk Declares 'I'm Rich, Bitch!' After Thousands Boo Him At Dave Chappelle Show

Twitter owner Elon Musk discovered Sunday that mass firings, enabling online hate and threatening Dr. Anthony Fauci can get you booed by the thousands. The tech billionaire got showered with jeers when comedian Dave Chappelle introduced him onstage during his routine at Chase Center in San Francisco.

Crypto King Busted In Paradise

Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried arrested in The Bahamas: official

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Bahamas police have arrested former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, the country's attorney general said in a statement on Monday, adding that The Bahamas has received formal notification from the United States of criminal charges against him. Reporting by Jasper Ward in Washington and Brian Ellsworth in Miami Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Mean Tweet Hellscape Ahead???

Musk's Twitter Dissolves Trust and Safety Council, The People Tasked to Make It Safer

Twitter abruptly disbanded its Trust and Safety Council on Monday night, the Associated Press reported. The council, which was comprised of about 100 independent civil rights leaders and advocates from around the world, helped to improve safety on the social platform.

Report: Rally Against Vlad

Ukrainian Troops May Be Massing For Their Fourth Counteroffensive. Russian Artillery Is Already Trying To Stop Them.

Russian and Ukrainian forces recently swapped artillery around Hulyaipole and Polohy in southern Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Oblast, 65 miles northeast of Russian-occupied Melitopol. Artillery-on-artillery "counterbattery" battles aren't uncommon as Russia's wider war on Ukraine grinds into its 10th month. What's special about the Dec. 9 artillery duel is what reportedly instigated it.

Pandemic Pokes Persist

Covid-19 vaccines have saved more than 3 million lives in US, study says, but the fight isn't over | CNN

The Covid-19 vaccines have kept more than 18.5 million people in the US out of the hospital and saved more than 3.2 million lives, a new study says -- and that estimate is most likely a conservative one, the researchers say.

New Friends Coming Soon

Largest migrant caravan in HISTORY crosses the Rio Grande into El Paso

A group of 1,000 migrants crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas on Sunday night It is possibly the largest single caravan so far to cross into the U.S.

A.I. More Than Handful

Why Do All My AI Avatars Have Huge Boobs?

Picture your perfect self. Does she have flawless skin, big boobs, a symmetrical face, big boobs, immaculately styled hair, and, did I mention, big boobs? No? Well, many of the female avatars created by Lensa AI, the recently popular photo-generating app, seem to have one - er, two - thing in common.

Paddy Paid $96 Per Minute

How much does Patrick Mahomes make per game in 2022?

The Kansas City Chiefs are leading the AFC West in 2022 mainly due to Patrick Mahomes, who is enjoying a fantastic season. In the last five years of his NFL career, Mahomes has twice guided the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs had trouble establishing a reputation as league leaders in the early 2000s.

Local Dedication Described

KCK Sports, Education Nonprofit Embodies Passion of its Co-Founder

Adrion Roberson has stopped coaching youth football after more than three decades. But even after leaving the sidelines, he remains driven to transform the lives of his players and their parents. He is doing that through KC United! Youth Sports & Education Initiative (KCU), a nonprofit he co-founded 13 years ago in Kansas City, Kansas, with his wife, Vicky.

Cowtown Celeb Earns Creamy Hipster High Praise

Mise en Place: Willie Justus of No Coast Creamery gives the scoop on passion and anti-capitalism

Willie Justus of No Coast Creamery. // Courtesy No Coast Creamery Ice cream aficionados know that while summer cones drip, winter scoops stay frosty for each lick. Local shop lines can stretch for blocks during the warmer months. Maybe it's time to consider a new season for your frozen treat fix.

Tribute Cont'd After Tragedy

Friends express 'disbelief' with passing of KC-native soccer journalist Grant Wahl, remember his passion for the writing

Long before Grant Wahl gained prominence as a soccer journalist, he was a student at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas.Wahl collapsed and died Friday while covering the World Cup in Qatar.The 1992 Shawnee Mission East yearbook includes Wahl's senior photo, a picture with other advanced Spanish students, and him taking part in a cross-country meet.Wahl also worked on the yearbook staff.Donna Skates was the yearbook advisor for 20 years and is currently retired."He was the best sportswriter I ever had.

Soggy Forcast Amid Winter Switch

FOX4 Forecast: Rain moves in overnight

Rain will increase in coverage and intensity early tomorrow morning and w wet commute is likely to start the day. By the end of the day though the sun may shine and combined with wind and temperatures in the upper 50s...we'll take it.

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