Kansas City Post-Holiday Run: Free Rides, Game Prep & Tea Time

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Busted Infrastructure Followup 

Water restored at apartment building left without service over Christmas weekend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The faucets are running again at the Mayfair Apartments on Linwood Boulevard, but residents still have questions about why it took so long to restore service. KC Water said they received a request Tuesday morning to turn the water to the building back on and did so around 12:40.

Crash Course Postscript

Trash truck overturns after lift gate hits Interstate 70 bridge over U.S. 40 Highway Tuesday evening in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, trash truck overturned Tuesday night when its lift gate struck the Interstate 70 bridge over U.S. 40 Highway in KCMO. The driver and right front passenger were taken to a hospital in stable condition, according to a KCMO Police Department news release.

Freebie Life Lesson

Lawrence transit makes all rides free in 2023 with federal funding boost

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The city of Lawrence follows Kansas City's lead an makes the city's transit system free for 2023. The program begins Jan. 2. Lawrence Transit says it's part of a pilot program and includes fixed route, T Lift, Night Line, and Sunday microtransit.

Show-Me Bio-Tech Hope

A professor in Missouri is looking to artificial intelligence for better kidney transplants

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is looking for ways artificial intelligence can improve how kidney donors are matched with recipients. Missouri S&T engineering management assistant professor Casey Canfield is leading a research effort to develop AI software that can streamline the matching process.

JoCo Head Check Hiring Spree

Johnson County Mental Health Center to add much-needed employees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A unanimous vote from the Johnson County Commission on Dec. 15 will provide money for more mental health case managers and two new case management teams. The 21 new positions will be paid for by contract revenues through Medicaid established by the prospective payment system rate negotiated between Johnson County Mental Health Center and the State of Kansas, according to a news release from Johnson County.

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Prez Biden Rerun?!?

As Biden mulls 2024 bid, Democrats advise him to delay announcement

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for their traditional weeklong beach break before a busy new year. But St. Croix doubles as the picturesque backdrop where Biden considers whether to run for reelection, even as Democrats encourage him to delay any announcement.

More MAGA Probs Exposed

Cassidy Hutchinson transcript reveals new low for Trump world

As a low-level aide to Mark Meadows, then-President Trump's chief of staff, Cassidy Hutchinson had been a witness to key events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, so it was only a matter of time until she received a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the attack.

GOP Résumé Controversy

George Santos Addresses Résumé Lies on Tucker Carlson: 'I'm Not a Fraud'

New York congressman-elect George Santos went on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday evening after admitting to having " embellished" his résumé and lying about being Jewish. In his first televised interview since denying accusations that he had lied about having Jewish heritage, Santos spoke with guest host Tulsi Gabbard.

Internets Chatter Consequence

Michigan governor kidnap plot: man sentenced to over 19 years in prison

A Delaware trucker described as a co-leader of the conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison. Barry Croft Jr was the fourth and final federal defendant to learn his fate, a day after ally Adam Fox was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Vlad Approves Freezer Space

Putin's latest ploy to ship more Russian soldiers to Ukraine is offering free sperm banks

Russian troops who have been conscripted to fight in Ukraine may soon be entitled to an unusual health benefit: free sperm banks. In September, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a "partial" mobilization of 300,000 reserve troops to join the war in Ukraine, he called up a range of male adults with military background or training.

Faith Leaders Fade

Pope Emeritus Benedict's health worsens, Vatican says

ROME and LONDON -- The health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has worsened in the last few hours, a Vatican official said on Wednesday. "The situation at the moment remains under control and is constantly followed by doctors," Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni told reporters, adding that he could "confirm that in the last few hours there has been an worsening of his condition due to advancing age."

Pandemic Policy FAILS

Zero-Covid was supposed to prove China's supremacy. How did it all go so wrong for Xi Jinping? | CNN

Editor's Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN's Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here.

Rocketman Has Plans

Kim Jong Un unveils North Korea's new military goals for 2023

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set new goals for the country's military at the Sixth Enlarged Plenary Meeting of the party's 8th Central Committee as tensions continue to escalate on the Korean Peninsula.

Backward Rules Applied

Pakistan court frees rapist after "agreement" to marry his victim

Peshawar, Pakistan - A Pakistan court freed a rapist after he married his victim in a settlement brokered by a council of elders in the northwest of the country, his lawyer said Wednesday. The decision has outraged rights activists, who say it legitimizes sexual violence against women in a country where a majority of rape goes unreported.

Outrage Before Death

Late nurse's last texts show she thought emergency crews didn't 'give a f-k' during blizzard

Heartbreaking final messages sent by the New York nurse who died while trapped inside her car during the historic upstate blizzard show her getting increasingly "livid" - and even suggesting emergency services didn't "give a f-k" about rescuing her.

Home Team Preps Playoff Run

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes prepare for a second matchup with the Denver Broncos

okay, don't, I don't have any injuries, not that we had any to start with. So, um, to report, um, I was listen after looking at the tape, I was, I was happy with what I saw defensively. I thought we, I really played well.

Home Team Off-Season Deal

Kansas City Royals sign pitcher Jordan Lyles to 2-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals announced the organization added pitching help to the rotation. The Royals signed right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a two-year deal. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lyles, 32, is a right-handed pitcher.

Independent Reading

Rachel's Reads - December 2022

The year is winding down, the weather outside is becoming chillier, and I can't wait to curl up by the fire with a great book. As in past Decembers, I am continuing the tradition started several years ago of sharing my top books of the year.

Golden Ghetto Tea Time Debuts

A new London-inspired bakery will host tea parties in Overland Park

Kate Smith Soiree, a boutique bakery specializing in macarons and custom cakes, is opening a second location in the former Clocktower Bakery at 7911 Santa Fe Drive in downtown Overland Park.

Forecast For Now

Winter warmup Wednesday


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