Kansas City News Chill: Winter Advisory, COVID Politics & Legendary Lost Love

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Voter Guide To Boring Friends & Family

How to be a tax incentives watchdog

A guide to civic engagement at three Kansas City organizations that handle economic development, including tax incentive tools.

Rock Chalk Chicken Talk

Resolution condemning lesser prairie chicken protection clears Kansas House - Kansas Reflector

During a Wednesday House session, lawmakers passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1602 , formally disapproving the federal government's listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species in Kansas and announcing support for efforts to remove the designation. Rep. Ken Rahjes, a Republican from Agra, spoke in support of the resolution, saying the federal government was overstepping its authority.

Show-Me Game Day Cash

Missouri Legislature considering legalizing sports betting

MISSOURI (KMOV) - Fifty million people are expected to bet on the upcoming Super Bowl, but despite the demand, none of those people will be making those legal bets in Missouri. If a St. Louis resident wants to legally bet now, they'd have to drive to Illinois and bet on their phone or at a casino.

That Parking Hot Mess We Talked About Yesterday

Planners reject 300-apartment River Market tower over parking concerns - Kansas City Business Journal

A split planning decision for a 13-story River Market apartment tower may further contribute to its hold on the figurative tarmac, as city officials hash out what constitutes an acceptable amount of parking. The City Plan Commission voted 4-3 on Tuesday against urban redevelopment rezoning for City Harvest, a 300-apartment community planned by Flaherty & Collins Properties northwest of Fifth and Main streets.

EXCELLENT Old School Idea

Community accepting Valentine's Day cards for seniors

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (KCTV) - It might get lost in the shuffle with the hype of the Super Bowl in just a few days but, in less than a week, people across the country will celebrate Valentine's Day. Now, for a second consecutive year, a community in Blue Springs is asking for a little extra love.

Hollywood Icons Give Into Nostalgia

Pamela Anderson Texting Tommy Lee, Tells Him He's Her 'One True Love'

Pamela Anderson reached out to Tommy Lee to make things right, and to let him know how she really feels before her Netflix doc aired ... and told her ex-husband he's still her "one true love." In the text messages, to which Tommy hasn't responded, we're told ...

White House Doubts Vlad

Biden says Putin 'already lost Ukraine'

President Biden on Wednesday said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already lost Ukraine, adding that aid to Ukraine during the Russian invasion is open-ended. "There's no way that Putin is going to be able to-he's already lost Ukraine," he said. "He thought that if he invaded Ukraine, first of all, he'd get a welcome...

GOP Outclasses MAGA

DeSantis responds to Trump's latest attack: 'Don't spend my time trying to smear other Republicans'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday responded to former President Donald Trump's latest insult after Trump reshared a social media post insinuating that DeSantis behaved inappropriately around students when he worked as a private school teacher. The post includes a photo taken from a story reported in 2021 by Hill Reporter, a blog run by a Democratic super PAC.

Political Fight For Life

Trump judge's ruling could ban abortion pill across the US

A Texas judge could upend what remains of abortion access across the USas soon as this week if he agrees to a request by far-right groups to reverse federal approval of a key drug used in medication abortion, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations nationwide.

Global Humanitarian Effort After Historic Disaster

Deaths in Turkey, Syria earthquake surpass 16,000; weather now a threat to homeless: Live updates

The search for survivors grew more desperate, the homeless problem more acute and the death toll rose sharply Wednesday as rescuers labored to find signs of life amid the rubble of Monday's earthquakes and aftershocks that laid waste to a wide swath of Turkey and Syria.

Far East Flexes Health Advice

World should 'calm down' about China COVID variants - Chinese scientist

HONG KONG, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The world should "calm down" about the possibility of new COVID-19 variants circulating in China, leading Chinese scientist George Gao said. A paper by Gao and colleagues published in the Lancet medical journal on Wednesday showed that no new variants had emerged in the initial weeks of China's recent outbreak, after the end of its zero-COVID policy saw a huge wave of cases.

Science Confirms Herd Immunity

No new variants emerged from China's Covid outbreak, study finds

HONG KONG - Analysis of Covid-19 cases in Beijing suggests that no new variants emerged from China's recent outbreak, according to a study published Wednesday. Facing rare mass unrest after nearly three years of strict "zero-Covid" policies, the Chinese government dropped most restrictions on Dec. 7.

World Domination Starts With Hot Air

China wants to dominate the 'near space' battlefield. Balloons are a key asset | CNN

In China's eyes, the newest superpower battlefield sits between 12 and 60 miles above the Earth's surface in a thin-aired layer of the atmosphere it calls "near space." Lying above most commercial and military jets and below satellites, near space is an in-between area for spaceflight to pass through - but it is also a domain where hypersonic weapons transit and ballistic missiles cross.

European Contradictions Amid Book Burning Debate

Sweden issues rare ban over Quran burning rally - DW - 02/08/2023

An anti-NATO rally in Stockholm that would have included the burning of a Quran has not been allowed to go ahead. It comes after a similar incident sparked threats from NATO member Turkey.

Pink Floyd Makes Stink Amid Foray Into Foreign Policy

Wish You Were (not) Here: Pink Floyd's Waters slammed for UN speech on Ukraine

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters was denounced by Ukraine Wednesday after he told the United Nations Security Council that Russia's invasion of its neighbor was "not unprovoked." The 79-year-old, who has sparked controversy before this with his stance on the war, was invited by Moscow to address the 15-member Council.

Skyfall Starts Rising Tide

About 15 Million People At Risk From Glacial Lake Outbursts, Floods: Study | Weather.com

As rising temperatures shrink glaciers, meltwater can collect to form lakes nearby, which could put about 15 million people in high mountains at risk of glacial lake outburst floods, according to a study on Wednesday.

Newsflash: Senator With Health Problems Suffers More Health Problems

US senator John Fetterman hospitalised after feeling 'lightheaded'

US senator John Fetterman, who suffered a stroke during his election campaign last year, was hospitalised after feeling lightheaded while attending a Senate Democratic event, his office said. Fetterman's communications director, Joe Calvello, said in a statement issued on Wednesday night: "Towards the end of the Senate Democratic retreat today, Senator John Fetterman began feeling lightheaded.

Open Border Spikes Tragic Flesh Trade

California cities rattled by prostitution, human trafficking in broad daylight as cops pin blame on new law

Women wearing thongs in broad daylight on street corners, pimps following mothers taking their kids to school, and prostitutes twerking at traffic have become common scenes in California. Local leaders claim human trafficking and prostitution are rampant in the Golden State after a new criminal justice reform that its author said aims to protect transgender women from being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.

Plague Precautions Put Down

U.S. House Votes to Kill COVID Vax Requirement for Foreign Air Travelers

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to end a federal policy requiring foreign travelers arriving at U.S. airports to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The bill, introduced by the vaccine-skeptical Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), was passed 227 to 201, with seven Democrats crossing party lines to join the GOP in supporting it.

Fmr. Prez Donny Vs. Senator Ronny

Trump escalates his attacks on Ron DeSantis as a 2024 clash brews

Former President Donald Trump is approaching Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with a newly urgent hostility, rushing to turn the Republican base against his most formidable potential rival in 2024. Out is " Ron DeSanctimonious," Trump's clunky attempt at a nickname.


AOC says GOP reviving 'legacy of slavery' by ending non-citizen voting rights in DC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez implied Wednesday that racism lies behind this week's push by Republicans to end voting rights for non-citizens in the capital of Washington, D.C. House lawmakers debated a resolution that would disapprove of a D.C. Council law allowing non-citizens and illegal immigrants to vote in the city.

Scribe Pins Blame On U.S.

Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh claims US Navy behind Nord Stream 2 pipeline explosion

WASHINGTON - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has alleged US Navy divers laid bombs that destroyed the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea last September, drawing a denial from the Pentagon Wednesday.

Vlad Takes Losses

Russia has lost at least 1,500 tanks since the start of the Ukraine war, more than half of its invasion force: report

More than 1,500 Russian tanks have been lost since it invaded Ukraine, a monitoring group found. That's over half of the operational tanks Russia likely started its invasion with, the group said. Western allies are now sending Ukraine modern, advanced tanks, creating a new challenge for Russia.

EPIC Image Earns High Praise

'Ghost of the mountains': Snow leopard wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award

A snow leopard at sunset, posed against the mountains of Ladakh in northern India, has been voted as the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award. Snapped by Sascha Fonseca, the image was selected from a shortlist of 25 images chosen by the Natural History Museum from nearly 39,000 photographs submitted for the fifty-eighth competition.


Plumber with 10-inch penis opens 'world's first porn star university'

A man who transitioned from a plumber to sex star has opened up the 'world's first porn star university'. Andy Lee - who is known for having a 10.5 inch penis - is on a mission to help more people get into the adult film industry.

Your Mom, Wife And/Or Sister Want To See This Movie. Here's Why: 

Steven Soderbergh Can't Quit Magic Mike

This article was featured in One Great Story, New York's reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. Steven Soderbergh's filmography is packed with stories of disaffected professionals who announce that they're permanently out of whatever job they used to do yet reenter their fields instantly when offered a challenge too enticing to pass up.

South Side Community Reporting

Winners of the South KC Community Impact Awards announced

The South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 2023 Community Impact Awards that will be presented at the Chamber's annual dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at the Armacost Car Museum at 4200 E. 135 th St. in Grandview.

Even More Weather News This Morning . . . 

Winter Weather Advisory expanded as snow falls in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Weather Service has expanded the Winter Weather Advisory to include the Kansas City metro. According to the NWS, the wet snow is making roadways very slick this morning. The advisory runs through noon today.

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