The Merc Co-Op opens in downtown KCK

By Angie Baldelomar A new grocery store is part of the landscape in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. In late July, The Merc Co-Op, a local food co-op from nearby Lawrence, quietly opened at its new location at 501 Minnesota Ave. Valerie Taylor, marketing director, said the store did a “soft opening” on July 30 to […]

Man found shot and killed inside apartment in KCK

By Roberta Pardo Kansas City, Kansas, police officers are investigating a homicide that happened Sunday morning (Sept. 13), multiple media outlets are reporting. Officers responded to a shots-fired call just before 10 a.m. in the 1100 block of Central Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 41-year-old man “with one apparent gunshot […]

Blanco y Negro Gala 2020 goes virtual

By Roberta Pardo Guadalupe Centers Inc. (GCI) has announced one of its fundraising events will be online this year. The Blanco y Negro Awards Gala will go virtual for its 2020 edition. To be hosted on Oct. 30, the event will include speakers, a silent auction and entertainment. This year, it also will pay a […]

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 […]