Kansas City News Light: NFL Draft Deets, Trans Rules & Picasso

Under the glow of a full moon, we share just a few more items from pop culture, community news and top headlines.

Baller Agenda Revealed

League announces details for Day 1 of the NFL Draft in Kansas City

In a Thursday press release, the NFL announced the Day 1 entertainment and festivities for the NFL Draft. which will begin Thursday, April 21 at Kansas City's Union Station. Draft prospects will walk the "NFL Draft Red Carpet"presented by TCL, which will take place on the Memorial Courtyard at the National World War I Museum and Memorial overlooking Union Station.

Kansas City Stars Shine . . . 

Eric Stonestreet, Heidi Gardner will feature prominently in 2023 NFL Draft coverage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The NFL announced more festivities for the first day of the 2023 NFL Draft, which will take place April 27-29 at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Comedians and Big Slick co-hosts Eric Stonestreet and Heidi Gardner, a pair of beloved Kansas City icons, will be featured prominently on the opening night of draft coverage and throughout the weekend.

JoCo Legend Departs

Carl Wilkes, the first Black mayor in Johnson County, dies at 80

Carl Wilkes, the first Black mayor of a Johnson County city, has died. According to his obituary, he died Thursday, March 28, at the age of 80. Wilkes served two terms as the mayor of Merriam, from 2001 to 2009. Born on May 18, 1942 in Haskell, Okla., Wilkes moved to Olathe and then to Merriam, according to his obituary.

High Flying Hype Celebrated

NOW BOARDING: Following year one of KCI's new single terminal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City International Airport opened in its early location in the early 1970s. Decades later, after years of public debate on the project, the city debuted its new single terminal at the airport on February 28, 2023.

Nobody Helped Ace

Zack Greinke may be the least run-supported pitcher in history

Zack Greinke looks like he is pitching his way into Cooperstown, and even at age 39 he is showing is still a more-than-capable pitcher. Last night he was magnificent, tossing six innings and allowing just one run on seven hits and one walk. The Royals lost 3-0. For Zack, this is pretty commonplace.

Here's How JLo Endures

Jennifer Lopez, 53, poses topless in her undies

Jennifer Lopez shared a new image on her JLo Beauty Instagram page on Thursday. The 53-year-old performer had on nothing except a pair of white undies as she lay tummy down with her highlighted hair falling down her bare back.

White House Offers Trans Policy

Biden proposes rule for transgender student athletes that allows for some restrictions, opposes categorical bans | CNN Politics

The Biden administration is proposing a new federal rule that outlines policies that "categorically" ban transgender students from sports teams consistentwith their gender, according to a public notice from the US Department of Education, but would allow schools to "adopt policies that limit transgender students' participation."

New Team MAGA?!?

Is Tiffany Trump taking Ivanka's place as Donald's 'First Daughter'?

Move over Prince Harry. There's a new "spare" taking the spotlight. Donald Trump's right-hand daughter Ivanka Trump was conspicuously absent from his post-indictment prime time speech at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday. But we're told insiders also noted that Trump's other daughter, Tiffany, was front and center for the occasion.

Adult Actress Opinion

'The king has been dethroned': Stormy Daniels speaks on Trump indictment

In her first major interview since Donald Trump's indictment, Stormy Daniels has said that while she wants the former president to be "held accountable" she doesn't believe he should go to prison. "I don't think that his crimes against me are worthy of incarceration.

White House Blame Game Cont'd

Biden administration defends Afghanistan withdrawal report

Pushed on whether any officials involved with the withdrawal would be removed from their posts as a result of the report, Mr Kirby said its purpose "is not accountability"."After-action reviews are a very common practice. They are not investigations. They are not criminal proceedings," Mr Kirby said.

Artsy Retrospective

Celebrating Picasso

Fifty years after his death, Picasso's work has lost none of its punch

Beer Backfire

Bud Light Partnership With Trans Star Dylan Mulvaney Prompts Backlash From Conservative Artists

Beer conglomerate Anheuser-Busch has found itself at the center of a controversial debate surrounding its partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who was recently recruited to promote the brand's March Madness contest. The conversation escalated into a highly publicized online protest when Kid Rock posted a video of himself shooting three cases of Bud Light with an assault rifle - all while sporting a MAGA hat.

Xtina Tells All

Christina Aguilera Leaves Nothing To The Imagination In Extremely Candid Conversation About Sex Life

Christina Aguilera explicitly described her sex life in Wednesday's raw and real "Call Her Daddy" interview with Alex Cooper. This was Aguilera's first-ever guest spot on a podcast but she seemed comfortable enough to give raunchy descriptions about her personal sexual experiences. When asked about her best bedroom skill, Aguilera teased fans with a graphic response.

Hip-Hop Autopsy Revealed

Fentanyl caused 'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper Coolio suffered an accidental death from the effects of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine last year, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported Thursday. The county agency also cited cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood to the body, as a "significant...

Cowtown Crowded House Celebrated

Hotels in Kansas City expect to be busy during NFL Draft Week

Local hotels are preparing for a flood of visitors for the NFL Draft. The Loews hotel in downtown Kansas City expects a sellout for draft week, which is just three weeks away. Brian Johnson, the managing director for the Loews Hotel, says draft week is more than just about that week.

Tribute To Local Fave

Royals announce retirement ceremony date for former outfielder Lorenzo Cain

Former Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who announced his retirement from baseball earlier this year, will return to Kauffman Stadium for one last celebration. The Royals announced Thursday that Cain's retirement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 6.

Home Team Stays Losing

Royals offense too little too late in 6-3 loss to Blue Jays

Through six games, the Royals had been shut out three times. And after being down 6-0 through six innings, it looked like the struggling offense was on its way to another blanking, down. The offense, however, rallied late and even brought the tying run to the plate in the 8th, but ultimately came up short in a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Old School Song Seen & Heard

Photos: John Mellencamp at the Midland

John Mellencamp. // photo by Chris Ortiz John Mellencamp The Midland Monday, April 3 On Monday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 4, the Midland Theater hosted John Mellencamp and his "Live and In Person" tour. This two-night event was filled with the music legend's hits and... something else.

Faith Life From Dead-Tree

Easter shows us a path back to the Garden, to a better way of being human | Opinion

This is Holy Week on the Christian calendar, culminatingon Sunday with Easter, which is Christendom's most important day. Christmas gets better PR, but Easter is way more important. I didn't plan it this way, because I rarely plan anything this neatly, but it happens that this Easter my congregation's Wednesday night Bible study group is well into the Gospel of John.

Artsy Party Invite

KCAI Artpop: Muse - In Kansas City

ArtPop is an interactive, progressive campus party that brings you into the studios-including our newest buildings-to see student work and meet faculty. Engage all your senses with live entertainment, festive food and artisanal cocktails on our iconic KCAI campus. Find your Muse at the party of the year.

Easter Warmup Expected

Clear and warm conditions will last through the weekend


Hopefully, we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!