KC area reports record 835 new coronavirus cases

By Roberta Pardo The Kansas City area reported 835 new COVID-19 cases on Oct. 10 — its largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. More than half of this increase was reported in Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri, with a combined 584 new cases, according to The Kansas City Star. The Missouri […]

Gov. Kelly Urges Kansas Non-Filers to Claim Economic Impact Payment

IRS mails special letter to nearly 70,000 Kansans, urging them to claim Economic Impact Payment by October 15 at IRS.gov/eip.  TOPEKA – An Internal Revenue Service news release issued on September 17, 2020 announced that a special mailing has been sent to individuals who are not typically required to file a tax return and have not yet […]

KDOL offers unemployment assistance programs

By Roberta Pardo The Kansas Department of Labor wants to remind residents it is still offering unemployment assistance programs for affected workers. The first step recommended for affected workers is to file for unemployment insurance (UI) — available for up to 26 weeks. The state of Kansas temporarily extended benefits from 16 to 26 weeks […]

Gov. Kelly Announces More than 1,700 Kansas Families to Receive Support to Access Internet, Digital Education

TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday (Sept. 29) that, as part of the Technology for Families Grant Program, the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund distributed $636,066 to support connectivity for families in need representing 86 Kansas counties.    Gov. Kelly’s SPARK taskforce recommended that CARES Act funding be available to increase digital access for families, […]

Voter registration deadline approaches in Missouri and Kansas

By Angie Baldelomar Missouri and Kansas residents who are not registered to vote in the Nov. 3 general elections still have time to do so. Missouri In Missouri, residents who are eligible to vote have until Oct. 7 to register. Residents can check their status first at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/. To register online, visit https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterregistration/. Anyone voting […]

Parson and wife test positive for COVID-19

By Roberta Pardo Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office confirmed Sept. 23 that Parson and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, had tested positive earlier in the day. His wife had experienced mild symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, according to spokeswoman Kelli Jones. “At this time, […]

Violence in KC area a growing concern for CABA director

By Angie Baldelomar Edgar Galicia, a longtime Kansas City area resident and Central Avenue Better Association executive director, recently posted a video that went viral on Facebook of himself condemning yet another act of violence. “For years, we have fought against labels that accuse us of (being) criminals, illegals and such, we have fought against […]

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 […]