Kansas City Layout: Local Literacy, New House Rules, Three Amigos & Golden Globes

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Fundamental Cowtown Problem

Lead to Read summit addresses literacy crisis in Kansas City

Lead to Read brought together community members for a sold-out luncheon and panel addressing the literacy crisis and pandemic learning loss among elementary school students in Kansas City on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Lead to Read is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy among first, second, and third-grade students at Kansas City Public Schools and Charter schools.

Free Money Life Lesson Redux

Kansas City-area student loan borrowers onboard with income based repayment proposal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A safety net plan for student loan borrowers could help them from falling into massive debt. The plan was announced by the US Department of Education on Tuesday. It calls for lower monthly payments that would be capped at 5% of a borrowers salary.

Political Flex Over Living Space

Cleaver calls for action from Kansas City apartments on 'unsafe living conditions'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II is calling for action from a Kansas City apartment complex where residents have been complaining of poor living conditions for months. FOX4 first reported about Stonegate Meadows Apartments in April when a fire left 15 people hospitalized.

GOP Boss Over Transit

Rep. Sam Graves to lead House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri will serve as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with Republicans back in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Graves - who represents Missouri's 6th District, including parts of the Kansas City area and most of northern Missouri - was first elected to Congress in 2000 and has won reelection 11 times.

Get Sober 2023

Need a break from booze? Check out Kansas City's Dry Vibes Weekend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Whether you're participating in Dry January or just curious about the sober bar scene, Kansas City's Dry Vibes Weekend is offering up the chance to explore a zero-proof lifestyle. The three day event sponsored by Gem Bar and SipSteady is putting the spotlight on mindful drinking trends with a series of events throughout the city taking place Jan.

Hottie Starts New Year Correctly

Hockey Goalie Mikayla Demaiter Drops Jaws In Her Little Green Bikini

Hockey goalie Mikayla Demaiter is heating things up even as the weather is getting colder! On Thursday afternoon, the 22-year-old former athlete took to Instagram to share some sunny shots of her posing in a green bikini! Take a look!

80s Movie References Forever

White House announces new agreements ahead of 'Three Amigos' Summit

MEXICO CITY -- The White House announced new agreements between the United States, Mexico and Canada on Tuesday, just hours before the countries' leaders -- the so-called "Three Amigos" -- meet for trilateral talks in Mexico City.

Competition Favors MAGA

DeSantis Is Polling Well Against Trump - As Long As No One Else Runs

I'm not happy about it, and you're not happy about it, but it's time to talk about polls of the 2024 Republican presidential primary. We're still ( probably) more than a year away from the Iowa caucuses, yet pollsters have already asked about the Republican primary at least 96 times since the 2022 midterm elections.

Dox Shock Prez?!?

Biden 'surprised' at document discovery, says he doesn't know what was in them

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he was "surprised" at the discovery of classified documents in a private space at a Biden-related think tank and that he did not know what was in them.

GOP Majority Rules People's House

Democrats decry new House rules as a 'ransom note to America' | First Thing

Good morning. The Republican-led US House of Representatives yesterday adopted a package of internal rules that give rightwing hardliners more leverage over the chamber's newly elected Republican speaker, Kevin McCarthy. Lawmakers voted 220-213 for the legislation, with only one Republican voting against.

Out With The Old . . . 

Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Ilhan Omar To Officially Be Kicked Off Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committees

Politics Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy confirmed Monday night that Democratic California Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell will be removed from the House Intelligence Committee and the House will vote on the removal of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Survey Considers Woke/Broke Strategy

A Huge Majority Of Democrats Want Companies To Take Stands On Social Issues. The Rest Of The Country Does Not.

Americans who identify themselves as Democrats are far more likely than the rest of the population to support companies that take stands on social and political issues. Some 75% of Democrats believe that businesses should generally "take a public stance on current events," according to a poll from Gallup, even as only 40% of independents and 18% of Republicans say the same.

Death From Above

Satellite images capture crowding at China's crematoriums and funeral homes as Covid surge continues | CNN

Satellite images taken over a number of Chinese cities have captured crowding at crematoriums and funeral homes, as the country continues its battle with an unprecedented wave of Covid-19 infections following its dismantling of severe pandemic restrictions.

Royal Braggadocio Disavowed

Prince Harry denies he 'boasted' about killing 25 Taliban fighters

Harry, 38, is set to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight, having pre-taped his interview in New York City on Monday evening A teaser clip released by the CBS show saw him railing against people who he says have put a 'dangerous spin' on excerpts from his

Tonight's Glam Show Exposed

Golden Globes 2023: The red carpet in pictures

Hollywood stars wore a variety of eye-catching outfits to the ceremony in Los Angeles

Ukraine Speaks With Stars

Volodymyr Zelenskyy tells Golden Globes attendees Ukraine will win its war with Russia | CNN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared in a video message during the Golden Globes telecast to thank his allies in the "free world." Sean Penn introduced the Ukrainian comedian-turned-politician with nods to ongoing protests in Iran, during which several citizens have been executed, and the women's rights movement in Afghanistan.

Joking The Status Quo

Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael: 'I'm here because I'm black'

Jerrod Carmichael revealed the reason he believes he was chosen to host the 2023 Golden Globes. The 35-year-old funnyman opened the NBC broadcast Tuesday by casually taking a seat on the stage to "catch the room up" on the award show's controversy.

Inflation Is Eggsactly The Prob

Egg prices have more than tripled in some states over the last year. Here's why.

MoneyWatch The rising cost of eggs in the U.S. is denting household budgets. Americans in recent years have increased the number of eggs they consume while reducing their intake of beef and venison, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tale Of Two . . . 

I wanted perkier boobs - until my implant burst through my chest

Add this one to the annals of cosmetic surgery nightmares come true. A 48-year-old London woman was in for a scare when her breast implant nearly fell from her chest following a standard corrective procedure, Kennedy News and Media has reported.

Chiefs Already Scouting

The Chiefs' 2023 opponents look like they will be pretty average

Now that the NFL's 2022 season has ended, we now know which teams the Kansas City Chiefs will play in 2023. The league has also announced which of the matchups will be at home and on the road. Sometime in May, we'll learn exactly when all these games will be played.

South Side Stays Losing Supplies

Sun Fresh grocery store in south Kansas City closing soon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A locally owned south Kansas City grocery store is closing its doors. A representative for the Sun Fresh Market at Red Bridge and Holmes roads confirmed the store will close at the end of the month. "It's really a shame for the neighborhood we really count on it for the neighborhood," John Bishop said.

Doggie Good Deeds Reported

Wayside Waifs says the last two rescues from an Iowa puppy mill have been adopted

Two dogs are being adopted from Wayside Waifs.They were rescued from a puppy mill more than a year ago.Huskies Fiona and Rex are about to say goodbye to Wayside Waifs after 435 days in the shelter.

Baller Flights Explained

How to get to Kansas City by plane for all 32 NFL teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the close of the 2022 NFL regular season, a host of fan bases have switched their attention from on-the-field to off-the-field. The Chicago Bears are set to be the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft , which will be held at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

Less Winter Appreciated

Mild January conditions continue


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