Father and girlfriend charged in 3-year-old’s death




By Roberta Pardo A woman and the father of a 3-year-old girl, whom the police found dead after a more than nine-hour search July 10, have been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child endangerment and criminal desecration. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Howard Jansen III, the girl’s father, reported his daughter, Olivia Ann […]

No performances at Kauffman Center until January 2021




By Angie Baldelomar The Kansas City Ballet, along with the Kauffman Center, the Kansas City Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, announced Tuesday (July 7) there would be no performances until at least January 2021 on the stages of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. In March, when the coronavirus pandemic led […]

WyCo appoints new health director




By Angie Baldelomar The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, Public Health Department (UGPHD) has a new director. Juliann Van Liew has assumed her new role as director after working for two years managing the Planning and Operation Division. Assuming leadership of a health department under normal circumstances is challenging, but this challenge increases […]

Governor Laura Kelly Announces the Phase-In of Drive Tests




TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly directed the Kansas Department of Revenue to begin phasing in the availability of drive tests. To start administering these tests, steps had to be taken to ensure the health and well-being of all who interact with the Kansas Department of Revenue offices. “A significant part of getting Kansans back to […]

Kansas, Missouri adjust election protocols because of pandemic




By Roberta Pardo The Johnson County (Kansas) Election Office is encouraging residents to vote by mail for the August primaries and the November general elections. For the first time, the county has sent out mail-in ballot applications to all registered votes. “We’re operating in a big world of unknown in (our) elections this year because of […]

KC area municipalities make face masks in public mandatory




Story by Angie Baldelomar / Photo cortesy of Will Cioci In response to a new surge of coronavirus cases, municipalities across the Kansas City area have slowly added a new mandate: the use of face masks by everyone. On June 27, Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced that a new citywide mandate requiring residents […]

Garcia resigns as KDOL secretary




By Angie Baldelomar Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Secretary Delia Garcia has resigned from her position after weeks of struggles processing unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday (June 22) that she had accepted Garcia’s resignation, multiple media outlets reported. “As governor, I’m responsible for KDOL’s handling of unemployment claims,” Kelly […]

Longtime Hispanic DJ La Jarocha dies of coronavirus




By Angie Baldelomar Esther Solis, known as “La Jarocha,” died June 19 after a few weeks of battling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Born in Tres Valles, Veracruz, Mexico, Solis was a Spanish radio DJ personality in the Kansas City area for more than 20 years. She worked for the radio station La Super X for […]

COVID-19 Numbers Trending Up in Wyandotte County




Officials with the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) announced that, as of Monday, COVID-19 numbers are trending up in Wyandotte County. Dr. Allen Greiner, Chief Medical Officer with the UGPHD, explained what this means for reopening. “People are eager to get back to a sense of normalcy and they are starting to relax on […]

Kansas public schools plan to reopen in August




By Roberta Pardo The Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) plans to reopen Kansas public schools in August, multiple media outlets reported. According to the board, this means measures must be put in place to keep both students and staff healthy. “We’re going to give guidance to the schools,” Ann E. Mah, KSBE member, told […]