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Thunderstorms developed in the St. Joseph-Atchison KS areas around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon and became severe and they moved/developed south-southwest- then south to southeast through Metro Kansas City.
There are about a thousand people without power- mostly in a north-south swath from Leavenworth- western Wyandotte into Johnson counties- especially Shawnee- Lenexa and Olathe.
Numerous reports of wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour (mph) were reported on the Kansas side- with a few reports of hail as large as 1-3/4-inches in diameter.
Trees- tree limbs and power-line-down reports are numerous from those areas- as well as street blockages as a result of the storm damage.
Rainfalls of one to two inches were common in areas that received the core of the thunderstorm as it moved slowly into Johnson county KS around 5:30 p.m..
There have been no reports of injuries as a direct result of the storm.
Meanwhile- Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFD) units are battling a house fire that resulted after a reported lightning strike in northeastern Blue Springs MO..
The working fire was reported just after 7 p.m. in the 2500 block of Northeast Prairie Falcon Drive.
There have been no reports of injuries in the fire that has not yet been declared under control.
There are thunderstorms popping up around the Metro- mostly in northern portions.
One such storm has been on-going for a few hours now- and that storm on the Platte-Buchanan county borders has prompted a "Flash Flood Warning" for "north-central Platte and south-central Buchanan counties Missouri until 7 p.m." this Friday evening.
In addition- another flash flood warning is in effect for Doniphan county KS- west of St. Joseph.
Thus far- no showers or storms threaten the immediate Kansas City Metro- but development anywhere at any time can be expected through the next few hours.
The female mayor of Coppell Texas- a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth- killed her 19-year-old daughter then herself at their home on Tuesday night.
Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters was in the process of having her home foreclosed upon- and was being investigated by Coppell city manager to explain charges on a city-issued credit card- according to the Associated Press.
The above-average rainfall pattern that has sat over America's Central States continues- and the June results of this flooding rainfall has resulted in a disaster-area declaration for much of Nebraska.
Hermann was also "okay" with subsidizing the corporate sports teams at the Truman Sports Complex with city taxpayer money as well- so let's add another ($2-million a year) $45-50-million by 2033 for those millionaire ballplayers' playpens.
So let's figure a 2033 total anywhere from around $275-$395-million that WON'T be available for:
Hundreds of dilapidated structures throughout the city and improvements for crumbling neighborhoods-
The public transit system (light rail? ah-HaHaHaHa!)-
Repair of our antiquated sewer/stormwater system (oh- but the HUGE increase in water bills will take care of THAT)- -
Water mains (see above)-
Hiring and retention of city workers-
Parks and the zoo-
Crime-fighting (increased taxes)-
South KC-MO's eyesore of the old Bannister Mall area (make sure you vote TIF-champions Sharp/Eddy back in folks!)-
The (already subsidized) Union Station-
The (already subsidized but apparently not convention-sufficient) Downtown Marriott hotel-
A NEW downtown hotel requiring heavy taxpayer subsidies to stay open-
Additional Tax Increment Financing (TIF/corporate-welfare) projects (what got us in this shape to begin with)-
Et Cetera (you fill-in the needs here).
Deb Hermann is "okay" with all this superfluous spending that does NOT address KC-MO residents' day to day needs or the city's 'livability.'
WE are NOT "okay" with Deb Hermann continuing to give away decreasing tax revenues while on the City Clowncil- let alone being KC-MO's next mayor....
Just wondering aloud what methods corporate America uses on politicians to grant them tax relief when middle and lower-income Americans can't even get unemployment extensions- let alone ANY tax relief that's not diluted/offset by raises in other taxes and fees.
At any rate- the taxpayer welfare for Ford legislation finally has made it's way to Governor Nixon's desk to be signed.
The 20-7 roll call by which the Missouri Senate voted Wednesday to pass legislation authorizing tax incentives for automobile manufacturers. Voting “yes” were 12 Republicans and 8 Democrats. Voting “no” were 6 Republicans and 1 Democrat. Not voting were 5 Republicans and 2 Democrats. REPUBLICANS VOTING YES Dan Clemens, Marshfield. Tom Dempsey, St. Charles. Kevin Engler, Farmington. John Griesheimer, Washington. Robert Mayer, Dexter. David Pearce, Warrensburg. Luann Ridgeway, Smithville. Scott Rupp, Wentzville. Kurt Schaefer, Columbia. Eric Schmitt, Glendale. Charlie Shields, St. Joseph. Carl Vogel, Jefferson City. DEMOCRATS VOTING YES Victor Callahan, Independence. Tim Green, St. Louis. Jolie Justus, Kansas City. Joe Keaveny, St. Louis. Ryan McKenna, Crystal City. Wes Shoemyer, Clarence. Yvonne Wilson, Kansas City. Robin Wright-Jones, St. Louis. REPUBLICANS VOTING NO Norma Champion, Springfield. Jason Crowell, Cape Girardeau. Jack Goodman, Mount Vernon. Brad Lager, Savannah. Chuck Purgason, Caulfield. Bill Stouffer, Napton. DEMOCRATS VOTING NO Frank Barnitz, Lake Spring. REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING Matt Bartle, Lee’s Summit. Jane Cunningham, Chesterfield. Jim Lembke, St. Louis. Gary Nodler, Joplin. Delbert Scott, Lowry City. DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING Joan Bray, St. Louis. Rita Days, St. Louis.
Yet another story about area politicians giving tax breaks to wealthy real estate developers while at the same time decrying budget shortfalls- cutting services yet raising people's taxes.
This particular folly is in Edwardsville- where "not one spade of dirt" has been turned on an apartment building project that town's pollys approved corporate welfare ("tax abatements") for since at least 2008- according to the BONNER SPRINGS (KS) CHIEFTAIN.
On top of all that- Edwardsville spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars on improvements to public infrastructure for the planned apartment complex.
If the so-called "Tea Party" really wants to make a hit with American citizens- propose and implement a STOP to ANY and ALL forms of corporate welfare in these UCSA (United Corporate States of America)!
Take a drive from Lawrence to Baldwin City (BC) in Douglas county (DGCO) KS..
On a clear- dry day- that drive will take AT LEAST 20-30 minutes- multiply that drive-time accordingly for inclement weather.
(Photo courtesy of the BALDWIN CITY (KS) SIGNAL)
That's about how long it will take for a Lawrence-based ambulance to reach a victim in BC if Douglas county commisioners get their way and take BC's ambulance out of service- according to the story in the BALDWIN CITY (KS) SIGNAL.
Let me wrap my brain around this latest MetroRegion political folly- the DGCO pollys want to increase the county property tax by more than 16%- yet those same pollys want to CUT NECESSARY- LIFE-SAVING services?
And- if the City Clowncil gets it's way- KC-MO taxpayers will be dumping millions more on that 1000-room convention hotel that will be useless once American corporations figure out that video tele-conferencing is WAY cheaper than conventions.
Is this acceptable to Kansas City MO residents?
If the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the NAACP really cares about it's brethren- why isn't Rev. Jackson and the NAACP descending on Kansas City's black community to TRY and find a way to stop the black genocide going on there?
Even my first black teacher Mrs. Sims in 7th grade at Southeast Junior high taught us that "actions speak louder than words."
To sit around in your air-conditioned convention halls/hotel rooms engaging in small-talk and NOT vocally and visibly address Kansas City's black murder rate is a total and absolute sham- kind of like our City Council.
People holding grudges apparently were out setting fires early Sunday morning.
The first fire was in Harrisionville just after 12:45 a.m. when firefighters were called out to a "fully-engulfed" structure fire in the 300 block of West Wall Street.
During the firefight in which no one was injured at the lived-in but unoccupied structure- a fire commander said the fire was "likely a result of a domestic dispute."
Being the weekend- there were no "officials" to comment on the fire or the domestic dispute angle.
Afew hours later- Kansas City KS firefighters responded to a reported firebombing at a residence in the northeast part of their city.
That fire alarm came in just after 3 a.m. to a residence in the 1900 block of North 6th Street- where a woman called 9-1-1 "screaming that someone threw a fireball" through a window into the occupied house.
Everybody got out of that structure uninjured- and fire crews reported the fire was "small" and put out within minutes of firefighters' arrival.
With some local rainfall amounts of nearly 3.3 inches on Sunday- some areas are approaching the 20-inch mark rainfall total since June 1st.
The first image shows area rainfall totals to this morning for the month of July so far- and there are a number of locations from Johnson county (JoCo) KS into midtown and south KC-MO with more than 5-inch totals up to this morning.
The next image shows some area rainfall accumulations since June 1st to this morning- and one gauge- "Mission Road at Indian Creek" in Leawood KS- shows 19.02 inches of rain has fallen in that period.
There is a chance of more showers and thunderstorms later today- tonight- into early Tuesday morning before there's a brief break until late Wednesday and early Thursday when more rain is forecasted.
A complaint about a naked mannequin in a downtown Beatrice storefront window has resulted in a possible lawsuit against the Beatrice police department.
The BEATRICE (NE) DAILY SUN online says last week police in that southeastern Nebraska town received a complaint about the nude mannequin in the window of Hannah’s Treasures- and police then attempted to get in contact with business owner Kevin Kramer to cover the mannequin up.
(Photo courtesy of The BEATRICE (NE) DAILY SUN)
The story says that police were unable to reach Kramer- so officers took it upon themselves to cover up the store's window so Beatrice residents shocked by nude plastic models of not-so-anatomically-correct humans wouldn't be offended.
However- when Kevin Kramer caught wind of his windows being covered up by police- Kramer contacted a lawyer and threatened Beatrice police with legal action.
The police WERE going to charge Kramer with "disorderly conduct-" but dropped those charges against Kramer when they found out Kramer's possible legal actions against them.
Kramer was in the process of moving his business to Lincoln- so we'll watch to see how this tempest in a storefront window works out and let you know....
At 1:57 p.m. Sunday afternoon- a shooting was reported at the boathouse by the marina at Wyandotte County Lake near 91st Street and Leavenworth Road.
KC-KS Fire-EMS was transporting the "28-year-old" victim emergency to a nearby medical trauma center with "an accidental discharge of a pistol" that sent a bullet into the man's "scrotum and right thigh."
He was in serious to critical condition.
There were no details on whether the victim is a peace officer or otherwise authorized to carry a firearm in a public park.
One storm intensified in the southern Metro around 10 a.m.- dropping dime to nickle-sized hail and producing winds gusts as high as 70-80 m.p.h. in southeastern KC-MO..
Power is out in the area generally along and south of 99th Street- east of U.S. 71- along and west of James A. Reed all the way south into northern Grandview- affecting thousands.
Tree damage is severe generally along either side of Blue Ridge Boulevard generally south of 103rd Street.
This series of storm damage photos were taken in just that general area- and large limbs and even whole trees damages at least 15 homes over a 10-block area of Ruskin Heights.
Structural damage was noted on at least 4 homes- all with large tree limbs or entire trees fallen on them.
A white house on 107th Street just east of Blue Ridge shown here (click on image's properties for locations in file name) had the back corner wall of a house and one room destroyed when an entire tree fell southward into it and missing the blue house to the west.
Many residential power lines have been downed in people's backyards or the lines pulled away from the house- sparking fires.
At least 2 homes in the Ruskin area have caught fire in that way- but the fires were fairly minor and no one was reported injured in them.
I haven't heard of any storm injuries either.
A Tornado Watch is now in effect for Johnson county Kansas and those counties southward- as well as Cass and Johnson counties and southward in Missouri to the Fort Scott-Nevada area.