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Around 12:34 am Saturday morning Kansas City time- a massive 8.8 quake struck off the west coast of South America- offshore from Maule- Chile- according to the USGS. This quake is around 800 times stronger than the quake that struck Haiti last month.
While reading about Kansas pollys wanting to drug-test welfare recipients in The LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD- I chuckle (not smiling) on those very legislators' reluctance to take drug tests themselves. A perfect example of 'don't do as (we) do- do as (we) say.' Many Americans are drug-tested for the most menial jobs- so why shouldn't the people that MAKE laws be subject to the same scrutiny? Your comments on this are most welcome....
At 10:24 am- the KCI airport fire station requested outside KC-MO structural fire companies for "an Alert-2" response for an aircraft in-flight that is reporting "smoke in the cockpit" of a jetliner containing "146" passengers and crew on-board.
Communications between ground controllers and the plane in trouble at 10:29 am report "the smoke has stopped" in that aircraft's cockpit.
At 10:32 am- airport fire crews report the plane has "landed safely."
There's no report of what airline it is or of any injuries.
With tens of millions of taxpayer dollars already flying out the window to subsidize non-essential projects like the Power & Light and Jazz Districts and a several billion-dollar sewer reconstruction bill and other immediate ESSENTIAL city needs looming - CAN THIS CITY AFFORD FURTHER NON-ESSENTIAL FLUFF PROJECTS ?
City councilman Ed Ford- among other clueless city officials- STILL seem to think so....
In this story from yesterday's EAGLE which I could not post due to on-going TIME-WARNER service issues- some "experts claim gasoline could reach the $3 mark soon. One guy predicts as high as "$3.40" per gallon.
Just what our recession (depression)-battered populace needs....
At 8:41 am Tuesday morning- Raytown police- fire & EMS were called to the 7200 block of Ash on a reported shooting with the victim lying in the driveway of a house in that block.
Police arrived a few minutes later and report a female victim without a pulse. At 8:47 am- police have reported that victim dead-on arrival (DOA). Reports are that a possible suspect went back inside the house- police report seeing a "small child" outside initially. That child- reportedly "a 2-year-old male-" was reportedly "wandering outside" near the dead woman- but had gone back inside the house by the time police arrived. The child was removed from that house by RPD at 8:54 am and police report that child had "sisters" who had boarded a school bus just prior to the shooting. RPD are standing by outside that house and have determined that a "black male" suspect ran "north" from the shooting scene. RPD closed off Ash and surrounding streets- but did not locate the suspect. A command post was set up in the parking lot of a nearby church.
Police report that about 1:30 am Monday morning- a man broke into a home in the 300 block of East 69th Terrace and sexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman in her bedroom.
The rapist left about an hour and a half later- police said. The KC-MO Police have not released any other details about the attack pending a complete investigation- saying only that the suspect "could be" the man sought in rapes that occurred earlier this year and in late 2009.
At 1:47 pm Monday afternoon- KC-MO emergency services ran a reported shooting at the KCATA bus station at 39th Street and Troost in Midtown. Police arrived- confirming a victim- who apparently died of their injuries on the scene as MAST-EMS did not transport them to a hospital. There is no suspect information yet available. UPDATE- 2:37 CST- KC-MO Police have confirmed that this was indeed the latest homicide..
According to the NWS 30-day weather outlook taking us to Spring 2010- the Central States will see generally above-average precipitation over about the southwest half of the Central States- with below-average temperatures forecast over about the southern 2/3 of the Central States.
Just before 4 pm- six companies of the Kansas City Kansas Fire department responded on a "general alarm" for an apartment building on fire in the 600 block of South 72nd Street. Upon arrival- "heavy smoke" was showing to firefighters and the fire was reported to be in a 2nd-floor apartment of the 3-story building. All the occupants escaped without injury- and fire crews had the fire "out" at 4:23 pm.. The Red Cross was ordered for displaced residents and there have been no injuries reported as of this post. An investigation as to the fire's cause is underway and yet no damage figure available.
The ice has accumulated to about 1/4-inch here at CSW and we have the pictures to prove it.
Driving conditions have deteorated in just the past hour as snow began falling- and temperatures are slowly beginning to fall across Metro Kansas City. I'm concerned about ice accumulations on trees and power lines that will bear the added weight of snowfall and winds that should increase later this evening and overnight. Take precautions if walking or driving under ice-laden trees- and park your ride away from them to avoid damage.
About a month ago- the Odessa MO mayor told an Oak Grove publication that something big was coming to Odessa in western Lafayette county MO..
Well- according to the Warrensburg (MO) DAILY STAR-JOURNAL- that "something big" was the "Manna Company" is preparing to build some facilities in Odessa and the Provo- UT-based company "plans to hire people to work in manufacturing, research and development, and child care" for the 3-phases of construction that reportedly will begin soon at the site on West Old Highway 40 and Reich Road.
The first phase is reported to involve the hiring of "2500" people with the remainder hired as the other 2 phases of the project are completed.
The scene of several multi-vehicle crashes just a week ago- today's icy and snowy conditions are making the Turnpike a skating rink again.
Within the past 15 minutes- wrecks have been reported on both east and westbound I-70/Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth county KS..
These crashes have NOT involved many vehicles yet- according to scanner reports- nor are injuries reported to be critical- although one crash at "Mile 214" on the Turnpike has reportedly resulted in "2 head injuries."
Temperatures remain at or just below freezing Metro-wide- and I don't expect any improvement- in fact- temperatures will begin to slowly fall when the storm center to our south moves east and turns our winds around to the north and northwest.
Weather radar continues to show the heavier precipitation moving OUT of Metro Kansas City- as shown by the NWS-Pleasant Hill radar image.
It's been said- the Demoblicans can't stay out of your pocket and Republicrats can't stay out of our bedrooms .
Missouri Senator Rob Mayer of Dexter is sponsoring this bill- apparently in an attempt to control women's bodies/rights.
Mayer's (no relation to John I hope) bill "would require that women be given information on emotional and physical risks of abortion and on fetal pain at least 24 hours before the procedure. They would also have to be given the choice of seeing an ultrasound and hearing the fetal heartbeat-" according to the story in The JEFFERSON CITY (MO) NEWS-TRIBUNE.
PLEASE- vote for 3rd party/independent candidates next election- throw both parties of bums OUT!
Temperatures range from 30 degrees at the K.C.I. through New Century airports to at or barely above the 32-degree mark inside Metro Kansas City at this hour. Roadways throughout the region range from wet- to icy patches- as shown by these Web camera images from Emporia- Lawrence and on the K.C. Scout traffic system (right-click on the image and click Properties for location and time of photo taken). Weather radars indicate at least a brief break in the precip approaching the Metro from the southwest- as shown on the radar image here. Oh- Johnson county Kansas and Jackson county Missouri are now under a NWS 'Winter Storm Warning.' Big surprise there- be safe people!