Kansas City News Look Night: Lisa Marie Dead, Activism & Campaign 2024

Right now we pay tribute to the legacy of rock 'n roll along with a peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

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Local Voters Against Tech Rent

Kansas City, Missouri, voters to decide fate of short-term rental taxes to April ballot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Short-term rentals in Kansas City, Missouri, could soon be taxed like hotels and motels. The KCMO City Council voted Thursday to add two ordinances to the April 4 ballot, hoping to expand ordinances to include short-term rentals.

Apartment Advocacy Cont'd

Kansas City legal group, tenants demand improvements at Stonegate Meadows

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After months of concerns about property conditions, tenants at Stonegate Meadows Apartments have teamed up with a legal group to demand immediate action from property owners and management. The Heartland Center for Jobs & Freedom is a nonprofit law office that enforces tenants' and workers' rights.

Show-Me Higher Salary

Gov. Parson recommends wage increase for state Missouri employees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is recommending an 8.7% cost of living adjustment for all state employees. Parson also suggested a $2 per hour shift differential for Missouri employees working overnight shifts at high-need communal care facilities. The General Assembly must approve Parson's salary increase recommendation before it can be implemented.

Kansas City Increased

Here are 6 ways Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wants to spend a $2 billion budget surplus

TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is urging lawmakers to spend more on special education in public schools and expand Medicaid as lawmakers prepare to use a $2 billion state surplus. It came Thursday as Budget Director Adam Proffitt pitched Kelly's spending plan to the Republicans that lead the Legislature's budget committees.

Cowtown Working It Off

Here's what 2022 job gains for KC and other metros looked like - Kansas City Business Journal

Metropolitan areas in the South and Midwest U.S., including Kansas City, were among the big winners for job growth last year, while the West Coast fell behind. That's the takeaway from a new analysis of payroll data from San Francisco-based tech firm Gusto Inc., which found that the country's biggest metro areas averaged job gains of about 12% in 2022 compared to 2021.

End Of An American Era . . . 

Lisa Marie Presley, Daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, Dead at 54: 'The Most Strong and Loving Woman'

Lisa Marie Presley, singer-songwriter and daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has died. She was 54. "It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE Thursday evening.

Prez Suffers More Setbacks

Biden is in a hole of his own making

Biden faces weeks, if not months, of legal probing, speculation and bad headlines over his handling of the material. Not to mention the very strong likelihood of additional House GOP probes into the matter.

GOP MAGA Hate Strategy Persists

Paul Ryan: Trump is a 'proven loser'

Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that former President Trump is a "proven loser" after a string of Republican election losses in recent years. "He's fading fast," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper Thursday. "He is a proven loser. He cost us the House in '18, he cost us the White House in '20,...

American Hatred Rising

Survey finds 'classical fascist' antisemitic views widespread in U.S.

At points in the past half-century, many U.S. antisemitism experts thought this country could be aging out of it, that hostility and prejudice against Jews were fading in part because younger Americans held more accepting views than did older ones.

From Russia With No Love

Mercenary chief rises with push in eastern Ukraine - and clashes with Russia's military leaders

KYIV, Ukraine - The head of a Russian mercenary group is emerging from the shadows to challenge Moscow's ruling establishment, using battlefield success in Ukraine to burnish his credentials as a new face of the war.

Truth Is Out There . . . 

New UFO report says number of incidents reported is increasing

The U.S. intelligence community said Thursday that the number of UFO reports is increasing, "enabling a greater awareness of the airspace and increased opportunity to resolve" what is actually being reported.

22-Year-Old Wields EPIC Influence

I have 32Es - people tell me my tops are 'too booby' but I can't help it

IF you're above a certain cup size, every top you wear can appear to be too revealing. TikTok user Taylor, who wears a size 32E bra, shared her response to people criticizing her preferred fashion. Taylor, who goes by @hayselnutss on TikTok, reenacted an exchange she has on a regular basis.

Cash For Kansas Castle

Historic Sauer Castle in Kansas City, Kansas, set to be part of tax sale

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Fines continue to mount up against a historic Wyandotte County landmark. Sauer Castle is schedule to be part of a tax sale meant to pay the owner's unpaid taxes - unless he arranges another method to avoid losing it. Carl Lopp, who owns Sauer Castle, has done so in the past.

Another Winter Warmup Awaits

FORECAST: Warmer conditions return over the weekend

After a brief wintry mix Thursday morning, clouds will linger for the rest of the night. We should see clouds clear overnight into early Friday, but temperatures should only fall into the lower to middle 20s by daybreak. By the afternoon, look for plenty of sunshine and highs in the middle 30s.

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