Kansas City Early Evening News Look: More GOP Speak FAIL & Vlad's Peace Pause

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Nice Kind Of Rhino Arrives

Kansas City Zoo announces birth of critically endangered eastern black rhinoceros calf

Oh baby, The Kansas City Zoo is celebrating a new arrival.Officials say an eastern black rhinoceros calf was born at the zoo in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve. The calf and its mother, 15-year-old Zuri, are doing well. In a news release, officials said the eastern black rhinoceros is critically endangered.

JoCo Old School End Game 

Ed Eilert, a long-time leader in Johnson County, retires

OLATHE, Kan. - Long-time leader Ed Eilert ended his 44-year career in public service Thursday by chairing a final Johnson County Commission meeting. A reception is planned Friday to honor Eilert. It will be held at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage C enter, a landmark Eilert strongly supported.

Season Of House Fires Starts

Cause of 2 overnight fires in Kansas City, Missouri, under investigation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department was called to two separate house fires overnight. The first started around 12:45 a.m. Thursday near E. 28th Street and Van Brunt. No one was inside the home at the time, and the fire was extinguished quickly, according to the fire chief.

Today's Tech Conference

LaunchKC eyes startups building 'a more prosperous and equitable future'; Social Venture Studio opens apps

A program created in late 2021 to help boost promising social ventures as they create sustainable business models to tackle social, racial, or environmental issues is returning this spring for its second cohort. LaunchKC's Social Venture Studio is now accepting applications for its program, which aims to drive social impact and return on investment via socially-minded entrepreneurs selected for its four-month curriculum.

Another Way Out Of This Town

Frontier Airlines begins nonstop service from Kansas City to Phoenix

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Frontier Airlines now offers a nonstop flight from Kansas City International Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The airline announced the planned service expansion in August. "We're proud to continue our commitment to adding new service from Kansas City," Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial for Frontier Airlines, said in a statement.

Hard Times Hit Airline Industry

KCI beverage/food operator HMSHost will lay off 170 employees - Kansas City Business Journal

HMSHost is laying off 170 employees at Kansas City International Airport. The food and beverage operator's contract with KCI (Code: MCI) ends in February, and its last day of operations will be Feb. 27, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice filed on Dec. 30.


Johnson County resident claims $92 million Powerball jackpot

TOPEKA ( KSNT) - After more than a month of waiting, a winning Powerball jackpot prize has been claimed by a local Kansas resident. The Kansas Lottery said that a person living in Johnson County claimed the ticket anonymously. The winner waited 47 days to claim the prize money after the $92.9 million jackpot was hit on Saturday, Nov 19.

Calling It Quits In Kansas

Derek Schmidt reflects on his 12 years as Kansas attorney general in farewell letter - Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt lists suing the national government, fighting vaccine mandates and advocating against illegal immigration as notable accomplishments in the position he held for more than a decade.

Show-Me Higher Salary

Minimum wage just increased in Missouri and 22 other states. How do the pay raises compare?

Workers earning minimum wage in 23 states and the District of Columbia got a raise over the New Year's holiday, according to the Economic Policy Institute. As Nebraska Public Media reports, voters decided in November to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, in increments of $1.50 per year.

Spill Keeps Polluting Kansas

Crews divert Kansas creek in the race to clean Keystone pipeline spill and prevent further pollution

Canadian company TC Energy will temporarily divert a north-central Kansas stream to isolate a four-mile stretch fouled by its busted Keystone oil pipeline. Last month's spill primarily polluted that stretch of Mill Creek, though benzene and other chemicals turned up farther downstream in levels that could ultimately harm wildlife - but that remain too low to pose concerns for public drinking water.

Kick-Off Prep . . . 

Chiefs' Harrison Butker returns to practice, questionable to play vs. Raiders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs hope to have their kicker for the team's regular-season finale. Kicker Harrison Butker was back at practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with back spasms. But Butker is still listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Las Vegas Raiders.

Good Life In JoCo Endures . . . 

Overland Park Convention Center named best small convention center in North America

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -The Overland Park Convention Center has been named the 2023 Best Small Convention Center in North America by Exhibitor Magazine. The selection process is based on surveys of past clients and event managers. Those surveys focus on five primary criteria including: facility and functionality; location and accommodations; service and execution; expansions and upgrades and awards and industry participation.

New School Lingerie Hotties Are Kinda Meh . . . Return Of Angels???

What to Watch: Victoria's Secret's Continued Transformation

Victoria's Secret's makeover continues. Most recently, the lingerie and beauty retailer added size-inclusive lingerie start-up Adore Me to the portfolio. That was after scooping up a minority stake in Los Angeles-based swimwear brand Frankies Bikinis earlier last year.


House Speaker election coverage: McCarthy discusses concessions but no deal struck overnight

The House is headed into its third day without a Speaker but Republicans say negotiations progressed overnight. Despite the progress, however, there remains no deal between Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and his GOP detractors and some of his opponents are signaling they are dug in. Negotiations are ongoing and the House is set to reconvene...

Prez Biden Feigns Border Fight

Biden announces new plan for border security and immigration. How will it work in practice?

The Biden administration unveiled its new plan to manage border security and immigration. CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez explains the key points and how it might work in practice.

Amazon Unloads Workers

Wall Street Journal: Amazon will lay off thousands more than it expected | CNN Business

Amazon will lay off 17, 000 employees according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources. That's almost twice the number it had previously expected to lay off. Although Amazon has not confirmed the number it expects to let go, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in November job cuts at the e-commerce giant had begun and would continue into early 2023.

Vlad Takes Faith Time Out

Putin calls for Ukraine cease-fire to mark Russian Orthodox Christmas

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed his military to observe a cease-fire in Ukraine for 36 hours and called on Kyiv to do the same, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a move that coincides with Russian Orthodox Christmas. Ukraine indicated earlier it wouldn't support such a move, and has long viewed suggestions of a truce as favoring Moscow.

No Makeup Game

AP sources: NFL will not resume Bills-Bengals game

The NFL will not resume the Bills-Bengals game that was suspended Monday night after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Royal Recalls Old School Initiation

Prince Harry details losing his virginity to 'older woman' in 'quick ride'

No details have been spared. In his explosive new memoir "Spare," Prince Harry detailed losing his virginity in a "quick" romp with an "older woman." "Inglorious episode," the Duke of Sussex writes in the book, which hits shelves in the US on Jan. 10.

Always Time For Tacos . . . 

Foodie Find: Mission Taco, Thou Mayest Collab Benefits Giving Grove - In Kansas City

If you're hoping to expand your palate in 2023, you might want to put Mission Taco Joint on your list of restaurants to visit in January. Throughout the month, diners at Mission Taco can order the Buen Dia Taco, which is made in partnership with Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters.

Newflash: It's Cold In January

Blustery and chilly in the metro Thursday


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