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Raytown Hy-Vee sells Powerball ticket worth $50,000

RAYTOWN, Mo. — Check those lottery tickets.

The Hy-Vee in Raytown along 350-Highway sold a ticket worth $50,000 to one lucky person.

The ticket matched four of the white balls and the Powerball. Those winning numbers were: 18-42-53-62-66 PB:25.

According to their website, the winner has 180 days to claim their prize.

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Man drowns while trying to retrieve boat in Missouri River

PERU, Mo. — A man has drowned in northwest Missouri while attempting to retrieve a boat that was adrift on the Missouri River, authorities say.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Benjamin Hirner, 30, of Mokane.

He went into the water Friday just north of where the Nishnabotna River flows into the Missouri River in Atchison County, the patrol says. A Nebraska Air National Guard helicopter flew him to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was pronounced dead.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources also assisted at the scene.

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Mizzou hiring Appalachian State’s Eli Drinkwitz, sources say

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri reached an agreement Sunday with Eliah Drinkwitz to take over the Tigers’ once-proud football program, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, making Appalachian State’s successful coach the second-youngest in a Power Five conference.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was still being drawn up and the school had not made an announcement. Drinkwitz was also being pursued by SEC rival Arkansas for its head-coaching vacancy.

Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk said he wanted to move swiftly in hiring a replacement for Barry Odom, the former player and assistant coach who went 25-25 in four seasons leading the program. Odom was fired after the Tigers finished an underwhelming 6-6, which would have been good enough for a bowl berth had the school not been slapped with a postseason ban by the NCAA following an incident involving a rogue tutor.

Drinkwitz will inherit a program that also must deal with scholarship and recruiting restrictions as part of the fallout.

When asked what he was searching for in the next coach, Sterk replied: “I think someone that brings a lot of energy and experience to the program, a leader, quality individual that has had success in leading a program or as a coordinator at a high level. Those are some of the some of the qualities.”

The 36-year-old coach is a considerable gamble for Missouri because of his scant head-coaching experience. Drinkwitz worked under Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Bryan Harsin at Arkansas State and Dave Doeren at North Carolina State, giving him plenty of experience from some of the best in the business. But his lone year in charge of a program — at any level, including high school — was this past season with the Mountaineers.

Still, the season was a spectacular success.

Appalachian State (12-1) rolled through its first seven games, beating North Carolina on the road, before stumbling against Georgia Southern. That wound up being the Mountaineers’ lone loss after they ripped off five straight wins, including one at South Carolina, and capped the run with a victory over Louisiana in the Sun Belt championship game.

It’s unclear whether Drinkwitz will coach the Mountaineers against UAB in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21. He had signed a five-year deal with Appalachian State that paid him $750,000 this past season plus considerable performance incentives. The contract states that he will owe $425,000 for each year remaining if he leaves for another job, meaning a buyout of $1.7 million will be due to Appalachian State.

Odom signed an extension through 2024 last December that increased his base salary this past season to $3.05 million.

“We’re very excited about what we’re doing at App State,” Drinkwitz said after the Sun Belt title game, “but at the same time every opportunity, you know, I owe it to the family — my family — for my family to see what’s something that we’re interested in. But I’m not in any hurry to leave. I feel strongly that we’re building something special here.”

Most of the questions Drinkwitz fielded Saturday had to do with Arkansas, and for good reason: He went to Arkansas Tech, started his coaching career at a pair of Arkansas high schools, and later coached two seasons at Arkansas State.

“I don’t have a lot of answers for you right now,” he said. “I’m trying to process winning the first conference championship of my career, processing doing something that’s never been done before, and I understand that you all got jobs to do, and it’s going to be a crazy time, but the most important thing for me is just to enjoy the moment right now, and then we’ll figure it all out.”

Earlier Sunday, the Razorbacks hired Georgia assistant Sam Pittman to be its head coach.

Drinkwitz, widely considered a creative offensive mind, should stoke some passion from a Missouri fanbase that has grown tired of mediocrity to the point that attendance started to plummet this past season. And his hiring comes after reports that Sterk was interested in a series of candidates that included Army’s Jeff Monken, Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz and Arkansas State’s Blake Andreson — all with head coaching experience but none with what could be considered a high profile.

Odom was hired four seasons ago to replace beloved coach Gary Pinkel, who had not only built Missouri into a consistent winner but helped carry that success into the SEC. He appeared to be on the right track, too, taking the Tigers to a couple of bowl games. But things began to fall apart with a season-opening loss to Wyoming, and Sterk said upon Odom’s firing that the program had lost the “momentum” that had been built with a recent stadium renovation project.

Now, the Tigers are led by the second-youngest Power Five coach behind only Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, and can turn their attention to rebuilding a program and fan base that has grown weary of scratching just to make bowl games.

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Perfect for the holidays: 4 healthy side dishes to try for your next party

Cascade potatoes


3 cups Frozen cubed potatoes (thawed at room temperature for 30 minutes).

1 (15 oz) Can of Low Sodium Cream of Chicken soup

1 cup Lite sour cream

1 cup Low fat cheddar cheese

1 tsp. Sea salt

1/2 Garlic powder

2 cups Corn flakes cereal (not frosted)

1/4 cup Smart Balance buttery spread (melted).



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 7X11 (or 9X9) inch baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.

In a large bowl, add the potatoes, cream of chicken, sour cream, cheddar cheese, salt and garlic powder.  Stir till well combined and evenly coated.

Pour the potatoes in the baking dish and spread out in an even layer.

Place the corn flakes in a bag and crush.

Pour the crushed corn flakes in a bowl with the melted butter. Stir to coat the flakes.

Spoon the corn flake mixture evenly over the potatoes.

Bake uncovered for 35 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Masala roasted green beans and mushrooms with pecan topping


12 oz. Long Green Beans

8 oz. Whole Mushrooms (Halved)

2 TBSP Masala seasoning

1 TBSP 90/10 blend Oil

1.2 Tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Fresh ground black pepper

2 TBSP Pecan pieces



Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place Green beans and mushrooms on a large baking sheet.

In a small bowl, mix together Masala seasoning, oil and Worcestershire sauce.

Pour over vegetables.

Sprinkle salt and pepper, toss well to coat.

Spread out the vegetables placing mushrooms cut side down.

Bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake another r10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, toast pecans over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until fragrant.

Place in a spice grinder (or crushed with a meat mallet in a Ziploc bag) and pulse until the size of breadcrumbs

Place vegetables on a platter and sprinkle with Pecans.

Sweet potato bites


4 Medium sweet potatoes

2 TBSP Melted butter

1 Tsp. Maple syrup

1 Tsp. Kosher salt

1 (10 oz.) Bag gluten and sugar free marshmallows

1/2 cup Pecan halves


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a large baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with melted butter and maple syrup and arrange in an even layer. Season with salt.

Bake until tender, flipping halfway through, about 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and switch oven to broil.

Top each sweet potato with a marshmallow and broil until puffed and golden. Immediately top each marshmallow with a pecan half and serve.

Farro Stuffing with butternut squash


4 cups Unsalted chicken stock

2 cups Uncooked farro

2 Tbsp Olive oil

2 cups Diced peeled butternut squash

1 cup Chopped red onion

1 cup Thinly sliced carrot

¾ cup Thinly sliced celery

¾ cup Almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped

¾ cup Chopped fresh-flat leaf parsley

1 Tbsp Fresh thyme leaves

1 Tbsp minced fresh sage


Bring stock and farro to a boil in a large saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until farro is al dente. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving cooking liquid.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add squash, onion, carrot and celery and saute 5 minutes. Stir in ¼ cup reserved cooking liquid. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir squash mixture into farro. Stir in almonds, parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper. Spoon into an 11×17-inch glass baking dish. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve. Stir in additional reserved cooking liquid as needed just before serving.


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4-year-old twin girls free themselves from car, climb up embankment after crash kills father


WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wa. — Two 4-year-old girls freed themselves from a vehicle after their father crashed and was killed Friday night in Washington state.

KOMO reports the vehicle crashed into a wooded area about 200 feet away from the road.

The father, Corey Simmons, 47, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and probably died on impact.

The girls freed themselves from their booster seats, crawled out of the vehicle and went up an embankment. A woman happened to see the girls along the side of the road and let them get inside her car before calling 911.

The girls were treated for minor injuries and were reunited with their family.


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Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

MONTREAL, Canada — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance.

WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) had suggested several sanctions because of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) failure to cooperate fully during probes into Russian sport.

WADA’s executive committee decided to uphold the recommendations at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday.

Russian whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was influential in initially exposing the doping cover-up, praised WADA’s decision.

“Finally, Russia’s many doping and obstruction sins will now get some of the punishment they richly deserve. For far too long, Russia has weaponized doping fraud and state-sponsored criminal activity as a tool of foreign policy,” said Rodchenkov via his lawyer Jim Walden, in a statement sent to CNN.

“Let every corrupt nation that tries to play from Russia’s illicit playbook take heed of today’s monumental decision. When doping conspiracies become a crime under the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, cheaters will be in U.S. prisons and clean athletes will be better protected.”

RUSADA has 21 days to accept the decision or send the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Svetlana Zhurova, first deputy chairperson of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, suggested an appeal was very likely and that a decision would be made when RUSADA meets on December 19.

“I am 100% sure [Russia will go to court] because we must defend our athletes,” she told TASS News Agency.

Why the ban?

If upheld, WADA’s decision means Russia will be unable to compete in events such as next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo nor the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It will also be unable to host any major sporting events.

“For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie in a statement.

“The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA’s reinstatement conditions, approved by the ExCo in September 2018, demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today.”

WADA’s punishment relates to inconsistencies in data retrieved by WADA in January 2019 from the Moscow lab at the center of the 2016 McLaren report, which uncovered a widespread and sophisticated state-sponsored sports doping network.

RUSADA was initially deemed non-compliant after the publication of the McLaren report in 2016.

Commissioned by WADA, the report found the Russian state conspired with athletes and sporting officials to undertake a doping program that was unprecedented in its scale and ambition.

The findings led to sanctions, including no Russian team being present at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, with certain eligible athletes being forced to compete under a neutral flag.

Competing as neutrals

The latest ban leaves the door open for Russian athletes, who can prove they are not tainted by the scandal, to compete as neutral athletes.

For example, the Russian national team can still qualify for the World Cup finals in 2022, but if successful would have to compete as a neutral team in Qatar.

Reedie continued: “Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.”

“As a result, the WADA ExCo has responded in the strongest possible terms, while protecting the rights of Russian athletes that can prove that they were not involved and did not benefit from these fraudulent acts.”

Both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) told CNN they acknowledge and support WADA’s decision.

Broken system

However, the decision has not satisfied everybody, notably United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) CEO Travis Tygart.

“To allow Russia to escape a complete ban is yet another devastating blow to clean athletes, the integrity of sport and the rule of law. And, in turn, the reaction by all those who value sport should be nothing short of a revolt against this broken system to force reform,” he said in a statement.

“WADA promised the world back in 2018 that if Russia failed yet again to live up to its agreements, it would use the toughest sanction under the rules. Yet, here we go again; WADA says one thing and does something entirely different.”

Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticized WADA’s decision, describing it as “anti-Russian hysteria.”

“The fact that all these decisions are repeated, and often in relation to athletes who have already been punished in one way or another suggests that this is a continuation of anti-Russian hysteria, which has already become chronic,” he said, calling on Russian organizations involved to appeal.

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Joe’s Weather World: Stout front moves in today…watching Sunday and Monday (MON-12/9)

It’s Monday and the weather is changing again. After a mild, of sorts, weekend…things will be returning back to December like weather again with falling temperatures…increasing winds…and blustery conditions. This change will happen mostly precipitation free it appears and the sun will be out this afternoon at some point with clearing skies.

It’s a brief incursion of colder weather as temperatures will again mostly be near to above average heading through the rest of the week into the weekend.

There is a snow system that we’ll be tracking for next Sunday and/or Monday. Too early to get too excited, if your a snow lover, but it’s a chance right now in a pretty lengthy time that there was no chance.

  • Forecast:

Today: Our 12AM high of 49° will be the high for the day. As I type this we’re at 47° and it’s going down from here today. Blustery NW winds of 20-30 MPH will signal the arrival of the colder air with dropping temperatures and wind chills. By the end of the day with sunshine we should be closer to 25-30° with wind chills in the teens.

Tonight: Clear and cold…winds diminish…lows in the teens

Tomorrow: Not too bad…typical for December with highs back into the mid 30s

Wednesday: Seasonable with highs 40-45°…chillier north…a bit milder south.

  • Discussion:

I’ll be taking some time off later this week into the middle of next week…not going anywhere so I’ll get a few blogs together for you…especially if the snow scenario later in the weekend has potential…but after today…through Saturday…it appears as though the weather will be pretty uneventful for a few days.

Today though…eventful…thanks to a cold front coming through the region.

We have some mist out there now…as of 8AM…with some fog. Nothing too crazy. Colder air will sweep all that away over the next few hours.

You can see how temperatures are changing over the past 24 hours via this chart from Penn State. Notice the drops in the Plains and upper Midwest.

It’s a strong signal of what’s coming this way as the colder air comes into the area as the mid>late morning moves along…

The 8AM surface map shows the temperatures tanking towards the NW of the KC Metro…Falls City, NE  (SE Nebraska) is down to 27° and dropping). The next map shows the temperatures in RED.

Temperatures in NE are in the 10° range.

We’re going to be close to 25° by the end of the day, if not earlier.

But for as quickly as the cold air moves into the region…it starts to move out…tonight.

Our surface winds will relax this evening then turn towards the SW overnight into tomorrow AM. We should still drop into the teens though…but might hold sort of steady before daybreak.

Farther north…pretty darn cold in the eastern Dakotas. Some -10 to -20° readings at 8AM up there in ND.

We did enjoy some milder weather over the weekend…around 51° both Saturday and Sunday…and today will go down with a high of 49°…so aside from the 1st day and the 2nd day of the month…I think every other day has featured highs above average…tomorrow won’t get there though…but then we should be good to go for the rest of the week into Saturday at least.

As far as the potential snow later this weekend.

We’ll see but the model data has been showing this for the last few runs…the EURO and the GFS both have something cooking…the Canadian isn’t as aggressive but has something on Sunday near and south of KC.

It will depend on a couple of things…oozing cold air draining to the south and how far south it gets…and the ability of some sort of wave to come out from the Rockies and help get lift going into the Plains creating snow or a rain to snow scenario.

The EURO model has classic snowstorm of sorts locally…the GFS is trying too but has a somewhat different and not as intense wave coming through the Plains. It’s really not worth getting more involved in that at this point but for fun I’ve sort of identified the wave’s location this morning using reverse tracking…seeing where the model has it next Monday and going back from there.

It appears as if it’s some sort of combination of disturbances…one from out towards Russia and the other piece up towards the north of Alaska. By Thursday they will dance around together southwest of the Aleutian Islands and then sort of combine/merge across the northern Pacific Ocean and come ashore into the western US on Saturday.

Again that’s a lot of work and combining and dancing that needs to happen. I can’t really even trace how the GFS is trying to accomplish this system right now.

To be fair the EURO ensembles, while having something isn’t nearly as bullish with totals as the operational model.

More on that as the week moves along.

Our feature photo comes from Nick Arnold in the Smithville area…




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Live: Judiciary hearing sets stage for President Trump impeachment charges

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WASHINGTON — Pushing ahead with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee convenes Monday to formally receive the investigative findings against President Donald Trump as the White House and its allies launch an aggressive attack on Democrats and the proceedings.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler expects the committee to vote soon, possibly this week, on at least two or more charges against the Republican president. Democrats say Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while at the same time withholding U.S. military aid ran counter to U.S. policy and benefited Russia. It could result in impeachment charges of abuse of power, bribery and obstruction.

“The central allegation is that the president put himself above his country several times, that he sought foreign interference in our elections several times, both for 2016 and 2020, that he sought to cover it up,” Nadler said.

“All this presents a pattern that poses a real and present danger to the integrity of the next election, which is one reason why we can’t just wait for the next election to settle matters,” he said.

In advance of the hearing, Nadler sent a letter to the White House late Sunday officially forwarding the House Intelligence committee’s report, along with additional evidence supporting impeachment. It also invites White House officials to review sensitive materials in a classified setting.

The hearing sets off a pivotal week as Democrats march toward a full House vote expected by Christmas. In drafting the articles of impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the constitution’s bar of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Trump and his allies acknowledge he likely will be impeached in the Democratic-controlled House, but they also expect acquittal next year in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority. President Trump’s team is turning attention elsewhere, including Monday’s release of a long-awaited Justice Department report into the 2016 Russia investigation.

“Impeachment Hearing Hoax,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

The White House is refusing to participate in the process it calls a sham and the top Republican on the panel, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia asked to postpone the hearing, criticizing Democrats for moving too swiftly. One legal scholar testified last week it would be the quickest impeachment in modern history.

“This is just how desperately they are — desperately focused on impeaching this president,” said Collins who said against Democrats unleashed thousands of pages of documents his side has no time to review before the session. ”This is a show. This is a farce. This is whatever you want to call it. The American people are having their tax dollars wasted on this impeachment of this president.”

President Trump is heading out for campaign rallies shifting attention away from the House. Over the weekend, Trump was focused on a related matter, the Justice Department Inspector General’s findings into the FBI’s decisions to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. The president has long called special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe a “witch hunt,” but the Inspector General’s report is expected to reject the president’s claim that it was illegitimate, according to people familiar with its findings.

Trump tweeted Sunday, “I.G. report out tomorrow. That will be the big story!”

Democrats say Trump abused his power in the July 25 phone call when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor in investigating Democrats and engaged in bribery by withholding nearly $400 million in military aide that Ukraine depends on to counter Russian aggression.

Presidnet Trump and his aides have made clear that they now see his impeachment in the House as inevitable and have shifted their focus. A vote to convict requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate, where Republicans hold 53 of 100 seats. It is unlikely that any Republican senators would cross party lines and vote to remove Trump from office.

As Democrats draft the articles, Pelosi’s challenge will be to go broad enough to appease her liberal flank, which prefers a more robust accounting of Trump’s actions reaching back to Mueller’s findings, while keeping the charges more tailored to Ukraine as centrist lawmakers prefer. Democratic leaders will meet later Monday evening.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said Democrats should approach the question of what to include in the articles the way a prosecutor bringing forward “‘the strongest and most overwhelming evidence and not try to charge everything, even though you could charge other things.”

Schiff said, “I think we should focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country. And the president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election, threatens our national security.”

Monday’s hearing is to receive the Intelligence panel’s report on the inquiry, with lawyers from both parties testifying in what is expected to be a day long session that will lay the groundwork for the impeachment charges.

Nadler, in two television interviews, declined to say ultimately how many articles of impeachment Democrats will present but said they will involve “certainly abuse of power” and likely “obstruction of Congress.” He said final decisions will come after Monday’s hearing following discussions with House leadership and the Democratic caucus.

Nadler pointed to a “pattern” of conduct by Trump in seeking foreign interference in elections but would not commit to including the evidence of obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as part of the articles of impeachment.

In his report, Mueller said he could not determine that Trump’s campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election. But Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump of obstructing justice in the probe and left it for Congress to determine.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Democrats for their timeline, which he said was unfairly aimed at preventing the nation’s voters from making their own choices in the 2020 election.

“If they do not impeach him, they cannot beat him at the polls,” McCarthy, R-Calif.

Trump said over the weekend that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information gathered from Giuliani’s investigations and a recent trip to Ukraine to the U.S. attorney general and to Congress. But a House GOP ally called Giuliani’s trip “weird,” coming as House investigators review allegations that Giuliani improperly worked on behalf of Trump to pressure Ukraine to pursue investigations into Biden and Biden’s son, as well as a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

“It is weird that he’s over there,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., describing it as “odd having him over there at this time.”

Nadler spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” McCarthy was on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gaetz spoke on ABC’s “This Week,” and Schiff appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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Miss South Africa crowned 2019 Miss Universe; Host Steve Harvey involved in another flub

ATLANTA — Miss South Africa rules all.


Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,” she said in her last response. “I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”


The two runners-up for the crown were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico.

“If you do not use your beauty for your life’s mission, it’s just an empty ornament,” Sofía Aragón, representing Mexico, said earlier in the competition.

Madison Anderson represented Puerto Rico.

“Being on the Miss Universe stage is not just a dream” Anderson said. “I believe that I found my mission. It’s a representation of dedication, resilience and perseverance. I do believe my mission is to show the world that magic happens when we refuse to give up because the universe always listens to a stubborn heart.”

And if you’re wondering, yes, there was another mix-up and Steve Harvey was involved in it. But it was nothing like the 2015 disaster when he called out the wrong winner.

Harvey hosted the pageant for the fifth time sporting a bedazzled green and gold suit jacket.

He was commenting on a costume from earlier in week and said Miss Philippines won the National Costume Contest. But the woman standing next to him said she was Miss Malaysia.

“Y’all got to quit doing this to me,” he said.


The massive competition was hosted at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

It has already made history with Miss Myanmar, Swe Zin Htet, who says she’s the first openly gay contestant.

Last year’s winner, Catriona Gray from the Philippines spoke during Sunday’s pageant, saying the past year has been “unforgettable, life-changing and purposeful.”

“We’re getting this amazing platform to voice the things we’re passionate about, the things we care about,” she said in a video. “I always had a voice, but Miss Universe allowed me to amplify it.”

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KCPD officer on leave after shooting at intruder while off duty in his own home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials placed a Kansas City, Missouri police officer on leave Monday morning as they investigate a shooting near Bales and St. John Avenue.

KCPD Sgt. Jake Becchina said in a news release that around 2:30 a.m. the officer, who was off duty, used his radio to ask for help at his home.

“He told officers he had fired shots at an intruder,” Becchina added.

The off-duty officer told responding officers that he was home alone and walked down the stairs at his home when he heard the sounds of an intruder and found a strange man inside, the news release said.

“Fearing for his safety, he fired multiple shots at the intruder,” Becchina said in the release. “He (the intruder) then ran from the scene.”

Police said they are still looking for the intruder. They are not sure whether any of the shots injured the intruder.

Becchina said it is not clear at this time whether the intruder was armed.

The officer involved has 20 years of experience on the police force.

Police said placing the officer on leave is standard after a shooting.


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