Family’s immigration story part of former NBA star’s roots




By Angie Baldelomar Many Kansas City area basketball fans know the name Earl Watson Jr. What they might not know is, Watson is Latino. Watson, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, is the son of Earl and Estella Watson Sr. Way before she took the name surname Watson, Estella woke up at 2 a.m. to […]

Gov. Kelly Announces Kansas to Receive $63 Million in FEMA Unemployment Funds




TOPEKA – Gov. Laura Kelly announced her administration’s grant application for FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA) received federal approval and an award of $63 million to assist Kansans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   “I appreciate the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its quick response to my administration’s application, and for […]

Six BLM murals painted around KC




Story by Roberta Pardo and photos by @jill.toyo. Kansas City, Missouri, has new art on its streets. On Sept. 5, hundreds of people spent the day painting six Black Lives Matter murals on Kansas City streets. Believed to be the largest project of its kind, KC Art on the Block spans 2,000 feet of street. […]

KC area on the verge of uncontrolled COVID-19 spread, doctors warn




By Roberta Pardo The Kansas City area could become the next major U.S. hotspot for COVID-19, risking a dangerous and previously unseen stage of the virus for the region, warned chief medical officers of some of Kansas City’s leading hospitals and civic leaders on Sept. 2. During an online event, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas […]

KCMO mayor proposes changes in law enforcement to board




By Angie Baldelomar Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas proposed several key changes to the Board of Police Commissioners during the board’s Aug. 25 meeting. “The measures I propose will help increase accountability and build community trust —which will lead to a safer city for all,” Lucas said in a press release. The measures include […]

Teachers at KC Girls Prep adapt to online teaching




By Angie Baldelomar Kansas City Girls Prep Academy (KCGPA) has started the school year as many schools in the Kansas City area have done: virtually. For Jostna Dash, sixth-grade humanities teacher, the first three weeks of school have been a “learning curve” for teachers, students and families. Now, everyone feels a little more comfortable with […]

Mattie Rhodes building affordable house in NEKC




By Angie Baldelomar The Mattie Rhodes Center, through its Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT), is building a new, affordable house — the first in at least two decades — that aims to revitalize the Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. In partnership with Kansas State University and the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association, the house will be […]

Borromeo Academy offering five full-ride scholarships




By Angie Baldelomar St. Charles Borromeo Academy is offering five full scholarships for preschool and K-8 students. The scholarships are open to all families in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and the school will accept applications throughout the year, said Jennifer Harris, director of development. “We want to make it possible for anyone who desires […]

Teen candidate withdraws from Kansas race after revenge porn accusations




By Tere Siqueira A 19-year-old Democratic nominee for the Kansas Legislature is withdrawing his candidacy. The New York Times and other media outlets reported Monday (Aug. 24) that Aaron Coleman was withdrawing as a state House candidate after admitting to having blackmailed a girl for nude photographs and bullied girls in middle school. “I just […]

Why Get Tested for COVID-19?  




In Wyandotte County, rates of COVID-19 are higher among Hispanic and Latino residents compared to many other ethnic groups. Getting tested can help stop the spread of this disease in our communities. Some other reasons to consider getting tested include: Why get tested for COVID-19? *Getting tested and taking other COVID-19 safety steps will help […]