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Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states. The state comprises 114 counties, and the independent city of St. Louis.

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Group celebrates 10 years of rides for seniors

This year Jewish Family Services is celebrating its tenth anniversary of operating JET Express. The coordinator says to make it another ten years, they'll need more volunteers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Ogren can no longer drive. But the retiree from south Kansas City likes to stay active by volunteering as an archivist at the National Catholic Reporter. 

For the past five years, he's hitched a ride from his home to the office through a service called JET Express.

"I can't tell you how thankful I am. It gets me out of the house. I get to meet good people," Ogren said.

Jewish Family Services coordinates the program. It pairs volunteer drivers with seniors across Kansas City who need rides. Each ride costs $5 no matter the distance. Some of the money goes back to drivers to reimburse them for mileage. 

This year JFS is celebrating its tenth anniversary of operating the program. The coordinator says to make it another ten years, they'll need more volunteers. 

Volunteers like Baruch, whose friend told him about the opportunity once he retired. 

"For me, it's nice providing a service to other people and also getting to know people from different backgrounds. I've met a lot of very interesting people," the driver said.

Coordinator Taly Friedman said those personal connections are what makes the program successful. 

"It's a great way for [seniors] to have some socialization and not just get on a bus. We know older adults need that socialization. So not only are they getting to the doctor or where ever they need to go, but they're also having a relationship and a meaningful conversation," Friedman explained. 

If you want to be a driver, or know a senior who needs a ride, click here for information. 

You don't have to be Jewish to participate, the service is available to anyone. 



PODCAST: Antoni Porowski of Netflix's Queer Eye

This time on Chew Diligence co-hosts Lindsay Shively and Jill Silva were excited to welcome Antoni Porowski into the studio.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This time on Chew Diligence co-hosts Lindsay Shively and Jill Silva were excited to welcome Antoni Porowski into the studio.

Antoni, for those who don’t know, is the food and wine expert on Netflix’s wildly popular, Emmy award-winning show “Queer Eye” (a reboot from one of the same creators of the early 2000s show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”).

The cast and crew have been in the Kansas City area for the last few months filming the third season of the show, expected to premiere some time in 2019.

Antoni said season three’s stories will “warm everybody’s heart and wet their faces with tears.” 

While he wasn’t able to tell us much more than that about the heroes the Fab Five helped just yet, Antoni did give us the dish on his experience in KC thus far.

“I just love how much I’ve been able to learn… Kansas City has this quiet type of rebellion and confidence,” Antoni said, taking a sip from of Roasterie cold brew, which he said he orders by the case.

Antoni said he had never been to the Midwest before moving here to film season three and has come to love Midwestern culture.

“I’m really grateful that we were given the opportunity to come here to the Midwest. Full disclosure I didn’t know very much about Kansas City, Missouri,” Antoni said, noting that he did know Kansas was known for breeding corgis, his favorite dog.

He said he “didn’t know a single soul” when he got here, but felt very welcomed. 

He also admired the city’s “essence.”

“You take your knowledge you have, and you really make it your own. And I think that’s sort of like the essence of what Kansas City is for me. Like, you guys stay in your lane in a good way, where it’s like ‘Oh, I’m just going to focus on being good.’ And I love that,” Antoni said.

Jill and Lindsay explored several topics with Antoni, including all things Fab Five, his favorite KC eateries, how he plans for the show, and what’s up next in his life.



Noodles & Company closes Plaza location

Noodles & Company on the Country Club Plaza is closing its doors.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Noodles & Company on the Country Club Plaza is closing its doors.

The Plaza location recently shut down. A sign on the door says "We're leaving but won't be far."

The restaurant has 10 more locations around the metro. A list of other Noodles & Company locations can be found on its website.



Commissioner asked to resign after racist remark

A Leavenworth County Commissioner is once again calling for his colleague to resign, after a county commission meeting Tuesday. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Leavenworth County Commissioner is once again calling for his colleague to resign after a county commission meeting Tuesday. 

The commissioners had been listening to a land-use study and commenting on the presentation. 

At one point during his comments, commissioner Louis Klemp addressed an African-American woman who had just presented the study. 

"I don’t want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race. You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don’t you forget that," Klemp said.  

"I was shocked. I was in disbelief," said commissioner Robert Holland. "He should resign. I don't care if he's got two days left, he should resign." 

41 Action News received an email about Klemp's comments and tried to contact the commissioner several times by phone. 

He would not speak on camera when 41 Action News knocked on his door. Instead, off-camera he implied his comment was a joke. 

This is not the first time the commissioner's remarks have sparked controversy. 

Last year, while discussing the county's holiday schedule, Klemp made controversial remarks about Robert E. Lee and George Washington. 

"Not everybody does them all because we have Robert E. Lee...Oh God Robert E. Lee...wonderful part of history," Klemp said at the time. 

"It bothers me that if we're going to have Martin Luther King Day, why don't we have a George Washington? I think George was a pretty important guy," he later added. 

Klemp was appointed as commissioner after Clyde Graeber resigned for health reasons.

Klemp's last day as commissioner is Jan. 15. 

"I'm ashamed of one of our commissioners and what he has done. We shouldn't be labeled as Leavenworth County, the racist county. That's the way I feel we are being labeled," said Holland. 



Large, small carriers diverge on new KCI plan

Despite promises from the Kansas City, Missouri, Aviation Department that an agreement was near, the major airlines still have not signed off on the financial details to build a new Kansas City International Airport.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite promises from the Kansas City, Missouri, Aviation Department that an agreement was near, the major airlines still have not signed off on the financial details to build a new Kansas City International Airport.

Airline representatives were scheduled to attend a meeting of the KCMO City Council's Airport Committee on Thursday, but Southwest Airlines Spokesman Dan Landson confirmed in a statement to 41 Action News on Wednesday afternoon that they wouldn't attend the meeting:

“Southwest Airlines remains actively involved in conversations to continue moving forward with plans to build a new terminal at the Kansas City International Airport. While we will not be present at Thursday’s city council meeting, we are continually meeting with airport and community stakeholders to ensure Kansas City residents have a world-class airport they can be proud to call their own. We are aware of the project's price points which are being discussed but we are not in a place to comment about it publicly."

Despite not attending the meeting, Southwest and several other airlines - Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines - submitted a packet to the Airport Committee Thursday saying they are "supportive of the program scope as currently proposed by the Kansas City Aviation Department, Edgemoor Infrastructure..."

Also on Thursday, Allegiant Airlines and Spirit Airlines - two low-cost carriers offering service out of Kansas City - sent letters to the aviation department expressing concern about the increased cost of the terminal.

41 Action News had asked Southwest specifically about the annual $125 million debt service payment on the new terminal, which adds up to $3.75 billion over 30 years or $4.38 billion over 35 years. 

The news that the major airline still hasn't signed a use and lease term sheet was a red flag to some council members. 

"If Southwest isn't happy, no one's happy," said Councilwoman Teresa Loar.

Two weeks ago, the aviation department told council members the airlines were on board with the new agreement. 

"The airlines continue to be supportive and they will provide a statement tomorrow,"  KCI spokesman Joe McBride wrote to 41 Action News on Wednesday. 

The price tag for a new airport, a single-terminal structure to replace the current three-terminal structure that was built in 1972, has nearly doubled since Edgemoor won a contentious bid for the project. 

The memorandum of understanding Edgemoor signed with the city included an exclusivity clause, which expired in September of this year. That means the city is now allowed to engage with other firms on the new terminal.

When reached on Wednesday for comment, a Burns & McDonnell spokeswoman said the company could deliver the terminal at $2.7 billion over 30 years. 

Edgemoor had not returned multiple calls and messages by the time of publication. 

The airlines aren't the only ones who haven't signed off on the project. A source in City Hall confirmed more than 20 minority firms met with the Human Relations Department on Friday with concerns. 



NCMEC: 'Rosalynn is one of our heroes'

At age 12 authorities say Rosalynn McGinnis’ non-custodial stepfather, Henri Piette, removed her from an Oklahoma middle school without permission. She would not see her mother or siblings until nineteen years later.    

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At age 12 authorities say Rosalynn McGinnis’ non-custodial stepfather, Henri Piette, removed her from an Oklahoma middle school without permission. She would not see her mother or siblings until nineteen years later.    

41 Action News spoke exclusively with McGinnis, who said Piette would move the two of them constantly – mostly throughout Mexico. She said he would beat and rape her daily.

McGinnis had nine children with her captor beginning at age 15 prior to his arrest.

In early 2016, McGinnis and her children met a married couple while in Oaxaca, Mexico. That couple played a key role in encouraging McGinnis to escape her current situation and return to the U.S.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also helped McGinnis get away and assisted with arranging the family’s travel from Mexico to Kansas City, Missouri.

“Rosalynn is one of our heroes,” NCMEC’s Robert Lowery said. “When she escaped captivity in Mexico she wasn't only concerned for herself but concerned for her children.”

Lower is the Vice President of NCMEC’s Missing Children Division. He talked with 41 Action News from Washington, D.C. about McGinnis’ case, which he remembers well.

“I think we all know a 12-year-old doesn't disappear from her house on her own. The fact is that she was abducted and at 12 she can't consent to that,” Lowery said. “We are very proud to have been part of helping her get back to safety.”

Lowery said most children reported to NCMEC are recovered safely after a brief period of time.

“The numbers of long-term missing children are not nearly as many as we've experienced in the past,” Lowery said. “We've gotten much better at finding children and getting them returned.”

NCMEC provides parents important information about abduction, common tricks, and empowering messaging to share with their kids, including tricks individuals may use to abduct children.

COMMON TRICKS:

THE OFFER TRICK: A child is offered something desirable — like candy, money, toys, or a ride.

THE ANIMAL TRICK: A cute or interesting animal is used to get the child to follow or enter a vehicle or home.

THE EMERGENCY TRICK: Someone fakes an emergency and offers to take the child to another location.

THE HELP TRICK: The child is asked to help with something such as directions, looking for a lost pet, or carrying something.

THE FRIEND TRICK: A person tells the child he or she has been sent by the child’s parent. Sometimes the person actually does know the parent.

THE ‘BAD’ CHILD TRICK: Someone accuses the child of doing something wrong and says the child must go with him or her.

THE FLATTERY/MODEL TRICK: Someone compliments the child and asks to take his or her picture. The person may promise the child fame or fortune.

THE OPEN-THE-DOOR TRICK: Someone tries to get the child to answer the door when the parents aren’t home.

NCMEC recommends parents review these tricks with their children and practice a response.

If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

You can also use the CyberTipline to report child sexual exploitation. Reports may be made 24-hours a day, 7 days a week online at www.cybertipline.org.

If you or someone else are in immediate danger, please call 911 or your local police.

While McGinnis’ case is unique, Lowery said, “What we’ve found after what happened with Rosalynn is to never give up hope on these children and continue to look for them.”



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