Kansas City Lounge: Winter Chill, Brute Force, MAGA Money & More White House Doubt

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Careful Against Cold Weather Collisions

Tow companies ready to help drivers as winter weather hits Kansas City area

As snow fell around the Kansas City metro Friday, towing companies like Santa Fe Tow Service were on standby ready to help drivers in slippery conditions.

Local Gift Of Life

'I'm glad to be alive' - One man's 'why' for donating blood, volunteering with American Red Cross

January is National Blood Donor Month. It comes with an increased push for blood donors and thank you's to those who already donate.

Show-Me Imported Legal Weed

Nearly half of applicants for Missouri social-equity marijuana licenses were from out of state

Missouri's microbusiness marijuana license program is meant to boost opportunities in the industry for businesses in disadvantaged communities. Three companies - one from Michigan, one from Arizona and one from Missouri - appear connected to 43% of the applications.

Sunflower State Censorship

2 Kansas substitutes spoke out at school board meetings and got fired. Now they're suing

Vera Daniels and Celeste Hoins, substitute teachers in the Lansing school district near Kansas City, are suing the district. They say they were fired for speaking out against school district policies.

Conservatives Argue Against Alleged Social Media Crackdown

U.S. Supreme Court must now free this government's dissenters from the stocks of social media censorship and the dark return of 'seditious libel'

It was actually a crime to criticize the royal government in colonial America. Untold thousands were fined, imprisoned and shamed for the impertinence, not incidentally silencing many thousands more. ...

Meth Town Tech On The Road

New road sensors to help city of Independence through inclement weather planning

A new technology is helping the city of Independence prepare for winter weather. They installed new road sensors that monitor air and ground temperatures, precipitation levels and grip.

Company Town Power Moves

Burns & McDonnell CEO makes 3 leadership promotions during her first week - Kansas City Business Journal

Less than a week into her role as CEO of Burns & McDonnell, Leslie Duke promoted three executives to new roles within the firm.

Apps Turn Prudish

Paige Spiranac: TikTok shadow banned me over 'some little innocent cleavage'

Weeks after LSU gymnastics star Olivia Dunne alleged she was being shadow banned by the social media platform, golf influencer Paige Spiranac made the same claim Thursday.

White House Doubted

Analysis: Biden's plea to save democracy faces harsh democratic reality | CNN Politics

President Joe Biden commemorated January 6 as a day of American infamy, marking the third anniversary of the 2021 insurrection with a call for Americans to join him in defending US democracy from former President Donald Trump, who by comparison has promised to pardon the insurrectionists.

MAGA Money Story Made Up?!?

Left-Wing Attempt To Tie Trump To Foreign Influence Money Doesn't Add Up, Records Show

House Democrats' attempt to tie former President Donald Trump to foreign influence money doesn't add up, according to their own report released Thursday.

Second Place Probs

Haley hits hurdles in challenge to Trump

Nikki Haley is hitting hurdles as she seeks to take on former President Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire. The former U.N. ambassador scrambled this week to clarify comments she made on the campaign trail about the cause of the Civil War and faced backlash after she told New Hampshire voters they would correct the...

Show-Me Backstory

He Took the Iconic Photo of Josh Hawley on Jan. 6. Here's How It Happened.

A Q&A with POLITICO photographer Francis Chung on capturing a historic moment.

Wartime Moment Of Doubt

From Gaza to Ukraine, brute force threatens to triumph in 2024

Assassinations, atrocities and invasions, along with uncertain US leadership, presage a year of rising violence

Holy Land Fighting Cont'd

Heavy fire from Lebanon targets northern Israel amid concern over Gaza spillover

Heavy fire from Lebanon targeted northern Israel on Saturday, the Israeli military said, adding it had responded by striking a "terrorist cell" that took part in the attack, as top U.S. and European diplomats sought to stop spillover from the Gaza war.

Medical Deets Mostly Secret

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hospitalized amid Middle East missions

Amid tensions in the Middle East, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized and has not been able to perform his duties since New Year's Day, a senior defense official said Friday.

Open Air Scare

Alaska Airlines plane lands in Portland after losing window

An investigation is under way into what caused the incident on the plane carrying 177 people in Oregon.

Cowtown Alt. Sport Insight

320: The Status of Disc Golf in Kansas City with Jack Lowe

Join Michael Bushnell and US Disc Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Lowe in a conversation about the happenings of [...]

Programming DEI?!?

2024 Startups to Watch: Storytailor hits global impact with AI-powered storytelling that uses 'diversity by default'

Storytailor is a diversity-first, "Imagination as a Service" (IaaS) platform that uses AI to transform young readers aged 3 to 8 into the heroes of their own tales. Our platform and tool gives life to diverse stories in communities that traditional publishing have long neglected.

Value Of Survival

'No words could cure the hurt': Man hopes to turn tragedy into hope with Independence thrift store

In an effort to turn personal tragedy into a beacon of hope for others, a KC-area resident has opened a thrift store with a mission to raise funds for a drug rehab center.

Baller Brings Along Buddies

Travis Kelce's childhood friend is now his personal chef.

Travis Kelce recruited childhood friend Kumar Ferguson to be his personal chef. Ferguson talks food and his perfect day in KC.

Katie's Saturday Forecast

Saturday starts with fog and flurries

Saturday will have high temperatures around 37 degrees; enjoy the weekend because more snow is possible Monday and Tuesday.

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