Kansas City Lights: Holiday Prep, Drone Wars & Actors Strike Winning

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Kegger On The Move

Jason Kelce not-so-subtly hints brother Travis is traveling to Argentina for Taylor Swift concert

On the "New Heights" podcast Wednesday, Jason Kelce, 36, hinted that brother Travis Kelce will be going to Argentina to watch Taylor Swift's Eras Tour.

Repeating History

New exhibit added to National World War I Museum and Memorial's main gallery

This is the first phase of substantial changes to the main gallery

Highway Of Death Tragedy

71 Highway crash kills 1 after car hits tree

One person died Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on southbound 71 Highway.

Suburban Gift Of Life

Community Blood Center unveils state-of-the-art facility in Lee's Summit amid blood shortage

In the midst of a nationwide blood shortage, Community Blood Center is opening its eighth location in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Nacho Average Boozing

In Your Cocktail: Taco Naco - IN Kansas City Magazine

The 100-watt smile on the chef Fernanda Reyes's face can be seen from across the room as she delivers her signature street tacos and trays of crispy tortilla chips and fresh guacamole to tables filled with guests at her new Westport cantina she co-owns with husband, Brian Goldman Ruiz.

Angel Bounces Back

Devon Windsor reveals her slender figure in a strappy black bikini

The 29-year-old star - who will turn 30 in March 2024 - was in a swimsuit she designed herself for her self-named brand that has been a blockbuster since it debuted four years ago.

Drama Concluded For Now

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Agreement With Studios, Ending Actors Strike

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with studios, a move that could herald the end of the 2023 actors strike.

World At War Tonight

U.S. bombs Iranian sites in Syria after drone shot down over Red Sea

The violence comes amid a U.S. military buildup in the region to protect American bases as tensions are fueled by the Israel-Hamas war.

First Lady Fired Up 

Former Jill Biden spox explodes at Biden's team amid crumbling poll numbers: 'This is inexcusable'

A former spokesperson for First Lady Jill Biden ripped into President Biden's team after a poll showed voters viewed him more unfavorable than former President Trump.

MAGA Wins Again Tonight

Trump campaign declares debate victory, calls GOP foes 'cheap knockoffs'

The Trump campaign on Wednesday declared former President Trump the winner of the third GOP primary debate, which he did not attend, dismissing his rivals who were on stage as "cheap knockoffs." "Unless you're a fan of cheap knockoffs or out-of-tune tribute bands, tonight's GOP debate was a complete waste of time and money," Chris...

World According To 2nd Place

GOP presidential candidates compete to be seen as closest to Israel in debate

All the candidates on stage at the third GOP debate urged Israel to "wipe Hamas off the map" while some threatened to deport foreign students over antisemitic views.

Vlad Will Be Mad

Ukraine hails 'historic step' as EU takes Kyiv closer to membership

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised as a "historic step" a recommendation by the European Union executive on Wednesday to invite Kyiv to begin membership talks as soon as it meets final conditions, even as it fights to repel Russia's war.

Far East Shifts Alliances

China has a history of being pro-Palestinian, but now faces diplomatic conundrum

Rivalry with US and current of antisemitism are running up against Beijing's increasing closeness to Israel

South Of Border Imagination

'Extraterrestrials' return to Mexico's congress as journalist presses case for 'non-human beings'

The lower chamber of Mexico's congress has once again turned to spectacle, giving hours of its time to a controversial character pressing the case for "non-human beings" he said were found in Peru

End Game Prediction

Hillary Clinton tells 'The View' Donald Trump winning in 2024 would end the country

Hillary Clinton stopped by 'The View' to tell the cohosts that Donald Trump winning in 2024 would be the 'end of our country as we know it.'

EPIC Good Times Alleged

3 are charged with running sex ring that catered to politicians, military and others

DOJ says possibly hundreds of clients include government contractors with security clearances, doctors, lawyers, elected officials, military officers, professors and executives at tech companies.

Cowtown Christmas Boozing Begins

Holiday pop-up bars popping up across Kansas City area: 2023 list

Holiday pop-up bars are popping up all across the Kansas City metro. With Christmas just around the corner, here are over a dozen to check out.

Not That Kind Of Golden Ghetto Weed . . . 

Overland Park approves new weed ordinance

The Overland Park City Council met Monday night to approve an update to the city's Weed and Vegetation Enforcement Act.

Suburban Repurposing 

Luxury travel center taking over former Kmart site in Independence

A former Kmart site in Independence is being transformed into Wally's, a luxury travel center that embraces the nostalgia of family road trips.

Designing Success . . . 

Racquel Rodriguez fuses her contrasting identities and talents into unique hand-beaded jewelry, hats, purses and other accessories.

Racquel Rodriguez fuses her contrasting identities and talents into unique hand-beaded jewelry, hats, purses and other accessories.

Forecast For Now  . . . 

Cooler air is moving in for Thursday

Wednesday closes out with decreasing cloud coverage and cooler lows near 40 heading into Thursday morning.

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