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Cowtown Air Out

JetBlue says it will stop flying from Kansas City International Airport. Here's why

The airline's departure comes after its planned merger with Spirit Airlines was rejected by a federal judge in January.

Parent Toyland Purgatory

Mattel Adventure Park coming to Bonner Springs in 2026

Kansas City will soon be able to start the day with, "Good morning, Barbie," with Mattel Adventure Park set to open in Bonner Springs in 2026.

Barrio Build Up

Guadalupe Centers Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing Initiative | Northeast News

EllieAna HaleCommunity Engagement Intern & Reporter Guadalupe Centers Inc.(GCI) recently broke ground on a new affordable housing initiative, named "Guadalupe Apartments," situated at 1616 Hardesty Ave, on the southeast corner...

Cowtown Creative

Urban Hero: Spotlight on Rebecca Koop, arts champion - Downtown Council of Kansas City

Since 2005, the Downtown Council has recognized more than 100 small businesses and individuals as Urban Heroes. Each is passionate about making the urban community a more vibrant place to [...]

Golden Ghetto Research

New Johnson County library branch opens in Merriam

The Johnson County Library is opening up a branch in Merriam, which replaces the old Antioch Branch.

Diva Debates Plastic

Megan Fox FINALLY sets record straight on all her plastic surgery work

For years, the Transformers star, 37, has baffled fans with her everchanging appearance but has kept quiet amid the constant speculation.

Prez Road Rules

Biden announces new tailpipe emission rule that could reshape vehicle sector

Rule will have cumulatively slashed more than 7bn tons of carbon dioxide emissions by time it is fully implemented in 2055

MAGA Shares Word

Trump has message for Pence, other Republicans who refuse to endorse him

Former President Trump had some choice words for his former running mate and vice president, Mike Pence, who still has yet to endorse Trump in the 2024 general election.

Eco-Showdown Today

Ocasio Cortez demands GOP unveil specific crimes in Biden impeachment inquiry

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) pressured the GOP to name the crime they are accusing President Biden with as they proceed with their impeachment inquiry. Ocasio Cortez noted the recent arrest of a former FBI informant for lying to the agency, fabricating the claim that Biden accepted a bribe while vice president to take actions...

Tragic Abuse Alleged

2 more deputies from Mississippi "Goon Squad" to be sentenced in federal court for racially motivated torture of two Black men

Daniel Opdyke and Christian Dedmon are expected to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Tom Lee for their role in torturing two Black men.

White House Consequences 

Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro will serve his sentence at a prison an inmate called 'paradise'

Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro reported for prison at a minimum-security federal satellite camp in Miami. Here's what he can expect from his stay.

Drone Wars Worsen

Ukraine says it could make 2m drones a year with financial help from west

Digital minister says country could double production but does not have money to contract for manufacturers' full capability

Holy Land Has Another Enemy

Houthi cruise missile hits Israel in ominous first

The Israel Defense Forces said a "suspicious aerial target" struck an open area near Eilat.

Fear Of Far East

China, Not Russia, Still Tops List of Threats to US

Top Pentagon official says Beijing and its growing military 'present the most comprehensive, serious challenge to our national security,' according to prepared testimony obtained by VOA.

Emerald Isle Honcho Opts Out

Leo Varadkar: Irish Prime Minister unexpectedly quits

Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday he would step down as Ireland's prime minister in a surprise move, saying the country's coalition government would stand a better chance of reelection under another leader.

Protection For Poly???

If polyamory is on the rise, there may be good economic reasons. But economist says arrangements are 'tricky'

Social attitudes toward dating may be a factor driving interest in polyamory, but economic forces could also be playing a role, says Mindy Marks, associate professor of economics at Northeastern University.

Amazon Cash Back Charity

Kansas City nonprofits receive millions from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Kansas City nonprofits KC Healthy Kids and Amethyst Place announced they were both awarded gift from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott.

New Gig For Keggers

Travis Kelce on Hollywood Brown, KC's Recent Re-Signings

On this week's New Heights podcast, Travis Kelce tips his cap to new teammate Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and assesses the KC Chiefs' free agency moves thus far.

JoCo Designs On Future

Mission envisions new and improved Rock Creek Trail

The city of Mission is hearing options for improvements to Rock Creek Trail, the subject of a grant-funded study the city earned in 2022.

Fancy Boozing Debut

Boulevard announces limited-release honey wine made with locally grown ingredients

A new season is upon us, and with it, a new release from Kansas City's own Boulevard Brewing Co.

Forecast For Now

Bring back the jacket and hoodie today

Rain chances increase towards the weekend

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