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  • Jazz song called “Kansas City Stomp” goes into public domain this year

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A jazz standard called “Kansas City Stomp” enters the public domain this year. Jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton recorded the song in Richmond, Virginia on July 18th, 1923 along with the tunes “Wolverine Blues” and “Grandpa’s Spells.” Morton started his career in New Orleans. He was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. Kansas City Stomp wasn’t originally about the city of fountains. After playing at a saloon called the “Kansas City Bar” […]

  • Céline Dion launches gender-neutral clothing line for children

    TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Five-time Grammy winning singer Céline Dion wants children to have comfortable clothes that fit in neutral colors with simple prints. She said she aims to change the dialogue on clothes with her new collection CELINUNUNU. The fashion-line name kind of looks like a jumble of letters — the name comes from Céline + the fashion company Nununu. The new clothes feature 70 stereotype-free styles for kids aged 0 to 14. Nununu specializes in unisex designs and is based […]

  • Cancer causing chemical found at Fantastic Caverns

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A popular tourist attraction in southwestern Missouri has been found with the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE). The cancer-causing chemical leaked from a closed industrial site near the Springfield airport. Litton Systems used the chemical to remove grease from metal parts when it manufactured circuit boards in the 1960s. The chemical reached some water wells near the airport. Russ Campbell, owner of Fantastic Caverns, says he’s concerned for the future of the cave and for people living in the area. […]

  • Thanksgiving travel likely extra congested and possible bad weather

    WASHINGTON D.C. — UPDATE: Before driving out to your Thanksgiving destination, make sure to pay special attention to the weather. Even with decent weather, the sheer volume of vehicles on the road could double, triple, or quadruple travel times. The American Automobile Association is now projecting 54.3 million vehicles will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving. Snow is possible in the Northeast, leading to slick travel the days leading up to Thanksgiving. If you’re driving on the following interstates, […]

  • Wisconsin man convicted in stabbing a mother who forced her daughter to feign illnesses

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The stabbing murder of Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard shocked the nation three years ago. Friday a court found 29-year-old Nicholas Godejohn guilty of the deadly stabbing. The man from Big Bend faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in the murder. He will be sentenced in February. Prosecutors, and Godejohn’s attorneys, agreed he killed 48-year-old Blanchard at her home in Springfield, Missouri, in June 2015. The trial focused on whether Godejohn committed […]

  • World War I sparked from economic jealously, desires for power, and nationalism

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday marks 100 years since the end of World War I. There were several tectonic shifts in society that led to the war and not just a single catalyst. Those conflicts continued to heat up culminating in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand — and this led to several leaders declaring war on other countries, kingdoms, and territories. Right before the war, it was noticeable people’s ways of life had drastically changed. The Industrial Revolution brought […]

  • A non-profit aims to end the high suicide rate among veterans

    WASHINGTON D.C. — 22Kill, a non-profit suicide prevention group, aims to help US military veterans who are struggling with depression. The non-profit strives to create a community for veterans, first responders, and their families. The idea is to combat depression with various different forms of therapy and friendship building. In 2012, the Veterans’ Administration released a Suicide Data Report; it found on average 22 veterans die by suicide each day. The 22KILL initiative started in 2013 to raise awareness. It […]

  • World War I footage seen in color for the first time

    Peter Jackson is known for bringing to life the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The Academy Award winning director has spent the past four years with a crew to meticulously take WWI footage in black-and-white and to restore it to color. The documentary film created from it  is called “They Shall Not Grow Old.” In the 1930s, color film was coming into use for major motion pictures. World War I was well before the technological advance; the war was […]

  • Grocery robot workers coming to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Robots that move like a Roomba will help Schnuck Markets with pricing and inventory. The leading St. Louis grocer is expanding its partnership with a San Francisco robotics company called Simbe Robotics. The new aisle-scanning robots will roll out into four more stores in December. Schnucks began using the Tally robots earlier this year in Ballwin, Des Peres, Webster Groves, and Chesterfield. The robots will continue working at those stores. New ones will join the staff […]

  • Penguin coming to Topeka Zoo for educational experience

    TOPEKA, Kan. — A special guest from the Kansas City Zoo will head to the Topeka Zoo to help people learn about penguins. The special event has been put together in part through the Conservation Connection. Thursday at 6:30p.m. the zoo will host the rare Humboldt penguin. The event will teach guests about what is threatening the Humboldt penguin population in South America. Sean Putney, senior director of zoological operations at the Kansas City Zoo, will discuss his recent trip […]

  • Man charged with killing and wounding several people pleaded guilty

    NESHOBA COUNTY,  Miss. — A man suspected of killing and wounding people in Mississippi, New Mexico, and Kansas pleaded guilty to a murder charge in Neshoba County, Mississippi Friday. Alex Deaton is already serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in Rankin County, Mississippi. Friday Deaton entered a guilty plea for the shooting death of 69-year-old Brenda Pinter, during a crime spree in February 2017. She was cleaning up inside the Dixon Baptist Church when Deaton entered and shot […]

  • Cold case: Georgia police seek info on Missouri man’s 2003 killing

    ARCADIA, Mo. — A Georgia police department is seeking help in solving a cold case from 15 years ago. A Missouri railroad contractor was killed, and police didn’t turn up any leads back then. LaGrange Police Detective Ley Wynne said 39-year-old William Kent Adams was found dead in his car in April 2003. He was in Georgia working for a company that cleans railroad crossings and was set to leave LaGrange the following weekend. It was Easter weekend. Police found […]

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