Kansas City Snap: Party Time, Menthol, Missiles, MAGA & Messing With Texas

This morning hottie Kara and her Winter styling inspire our peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

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Local Good Deeds Cont'd 

Volunteers with Free Hot Soup feed, gift unhoused population in KCMO during holidays

Nearly 1800 people experience homelessness in Kansas City, Missouri, on any given night, according to the Greater KC Coalition to End Homelessness.

Artsy Turnabout

After bringing 'inclusion and innovation' to a Kansas City museum, Erin Dziedzic is leaving

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's lead curator guided groundbreaking exhibitions for 10 years, and championed the work of underrepresented and up-and-coming artists.

Bi-State Laws Take Hold

MO wages increasing, KS grocery taxes dropping: These new laws take effect on Jan. 1

The new year will bring changes to state taxes, wages and laws in Missouri and Kansas. Here's an overview of how they could effect you.

Puppers On Parade

Overland Park, Kansas company to be featured in Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day

Five shelter dogs will also be a part of the float, serving as ambassadors for the cause of pet adoption.

Good Times Arrive?!?!

Weekend Possibilities | New Year's Eve, KC Wheel and the Rodeo

Looking for last-minute New Year's Eve plans? Options range from pancakes and beer, to an avant-garde, modern disco in the Crossroads.

Insta Diva Risks Malfunction For High Fashion

Kara Del Toro put on racy display in VERY revealing see-through dress

Kara Del Toro put on a racy display in VERY revealing see-through dress for Revolve Social Club opening in West Hollywood on Thursday.

White House Smoke Out

Biden's menthol ban pits civil rights groups against each other

Opposition from prominent Black and civil rights groups is threatening to permanently derail Biden administration efforts to ban menthol cigarettes. The ban has also pitted organizations that are often allies, like the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN), against each other. The tobacco industry has long been accused of targeting the...

MAGA Plan ALMOST Exposed

Inflation, immigration and revenge: What Trump will campaign on in 2024

Former President Trump is not yet the Republican nominee for president in 2024, but he has in many respects already turned his attention to next year's general election and a rematch with President Biden. Trump is a dominant front-runner in GOP primary polls at the national and state level, and many of his rally speeches...

Feds Mess With Texas

DOJ threatens to sue Texas over anti-illegal immigration law; Abbott prepared for Supreme Court fight

The Justice Department on Thursday said it will sue Texas if it enforces a new anti-illegal immigration law which the Biden administration believes is unconstitutional.

Vlad Strikes Again

Russia unleashes one of the year's biggest aerial barrages against Ukrainian targets

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia launched about 110 missiles overnight as well as drones against Ukrainian targets in one of the biggest barrages of the year.

Holy Land Admits Mistake

Israel's military says it used the wrong bombs in strike on a Gaza refugee center that killed at least 86 people

Thursday's statements appear to be the IDF's first admission that it used excessive force in its war in Gaza.

Far East Correction Rejected

China fires back at U.S. sanctions

Beijing's latest round of restrictions targets U.S.-based firms that gather open source data about business links to Xinjiang.

Support For Troops

Combating fight or flight: KC nonprofit deploys horses for veterans struggling to get back in the civilian saddle

Horses taught Patrick Benson to feel again after serving in the military, he shared. Now he extends that experience to his fellow combat veterans through a nonprofit based on a rural Johnson County farm.

Katie's Forecast For Now

Blustery Friday with sun in the afternoon

Decreasing clouds this afternoon makes way for sunshine. It will be a blustery and cool day with a high of 41.

Alan Walker, Dash Berlin & Vikkstar - Better Off is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.