Kansas City Open: Local Drinks & Brittany Mahomes South Of Border

Lots of things to consider tonight but we're sharing news that's a bit more upbeat and political as locals seem to need a goofy, snarky & welcomed distraction from ongoing disasters here and around the world.

Accordingly . . .

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Today's Blaze

Brush fire under control after smoke impacted visibility Friday on Interstate 435 in south Kansas City

A brush fire near westbound Interstate 435 at Blue River Road in Kansas City, Missouri, is under control after smoke impacted visibility for drivers on Friday afternoon.

Golden Ghetto Gets Even More Pricey Coffee

Starbucks will open another Johnson County location in this sprawling new development

The coffee shop will be near a popular breakfast spot, a Mediterranean restaurant and new apartments.

Survivor Stories & Skillz

'I could have gone down the same road': KCFD learns new fentanyl overdose response training

This training covers not only ways to reverse an overdose in the moment, but in the days and weeks that follow.

Troops Keep Rolling

Can these Black veterans revive Kansas City's roller-skating scene? 'What they're doing is huge'

The founders of SK8 Shot Studios are taking Kansas City roller-skating rinks by storm. Their plan is to revive the once thriving scene and grow it into a global destination for Black skate culture - one class and skate party at a time.

Show-Me Support For Soldiers

Missouri House unanimously passes bill expanding suicide prevention for veterans

(The Center Square) - The Missouri House unanimously sent a bill to the Senate that would require the state's Veterans Commission to expand its suicide prevention efforts and file annual reports o...

Kansas Politico Pens Rebuke

Moran turns to old-school communication method - a letter - to denounce Biden's use of TikTok - Kansas Reflector

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, objects to President Joe Biden's reelection campaign using TikTok, which was criticized for ties to the Chinese government.

Still Waiting On Snail Mail

Raytown residents detail their concerns to KMBC 9 Investigates about their mail delivery

KMBC 9 Investigates has heard from dozens of people over the past month who say they are missing important financial and legal documents in the mail.

Another Kind Of Border Crisis

Brittany Mahomes jets to Mexico for pal's bachelorette party following Chiefs' Super Bowl victory

Brittany Mahomes traveled to Tulum, Mexico, on Thursday for her friend's bachelorette party after spending nearly the last two weeks celebrating the Chiefs' Super Bowl win.

Weed Activists Plead With White House

Marijuana advocates urge Biden to act

Click in for more news from The Hill -- The Big Story Marijuana legalization a potential campaign boost, advocates say As Biden boasts his accomplishments on the campaign trail, activists and strategists say stronger action on marijuana reform could add some extra energy to his reelection bid.

MAGA Backs Science

Trump says he "strongly" supports availability of IVF, after Alabama Supreme Court ruling

Trump said in a social media post that he backs availability of IVF and called on the Alabama Legislature to protect it.

Desperately Seeking New Deuce

Trump's potential VPs turn on the flattery

A number of potential running mates took the stage at CPAC on Friday. They sang largely familiar tunes.

GOP Budgets Time

Speaker Mike Johnson unveils plan to avert shutdown next week

WASHINGTON - Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday night unveiled his plan to avert a partial government shutdown next week, telling Republicans on a conference call that the House would vote on four separate appropriations bills and may need a stopgap funding bill to buy lawmakers more time, according to two sources.

Bursting Your Bubble

Small, nonthreatening balloon intercepted over Utah by NORAD

A small balloon spotted flying high over the mountainous Western United States has been intercepted by a fighter jet over Utah.

Eastern Europe Unfriendly Skies Explode In More Conflict

Ukraine Destroys Russian Surveillance Plane, Commander Says; Five Killed In Drone Strikes

Russia launched a new round of drone strikes on targets in Ukraine early on February 23, killing at least three people and wounding eight, the Ukrainian military and regional officials said.

Holy Land Policy Redux

Blinken reverses Trump-era policy on Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank

Blinken says the U.S. again views the settlements as "inconsistent with international law."

Making New Friends?!?

Polyamory Has Entered the Chat

Mainstream awareness of polyamorous relationships is becoming more widespread. On dating apps, making connections is about more than sex.

Baller Bucks Unpacked

What the new salary cap number means for the Chiefs

The increase in the salary cap number means good things for the possibility of retaining both Chris Jones and L'Jarius Sneed.

Spinning Midtown Office FAIL 

Why developers say folding Plexpod Westport site into Park 39 unifies $230M project

A move this week to transition management of the Plexpod Westport space to the developers behind a massive project along 39th Street will mean reuniting elements within the broader Park 39 campus, said Andrew Brain.

Postscript On 1st Responder Heroics

Afternoon blaze damages 2 homes before extinguished by KC firefighters

An afternoon housefire extended to another home before Kansas City firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

Local Hipsters Love Beverages

Drink This Now: Aaron's Craft Root Beer at Servaes Brewing Company

Aaron's Craft Soda from Servaes Brewing Company is a must-try drink for anyone who enjoys a good carbonated beverage.

Winter Departs Early?!?

Winter in the metro will be nowhere to be found this weekend!

Sunny with spring-like temperatures today through the weekend

Billy Joel - Turn the Lights Back On is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.