Kansas City area native David Cook won American Idol. Cook spent years slugging away in the local bar scene with his band before being plucked from obscurity. He's earned his rock and roll stripes, and I think that's why I like this story. He wasn't just an overnight sensation. His combination of hard work and talent paid off.
I covered the watch party that took place near his hometown:
I did a special in-depth report for sweeps about a Missouri college student who started an African orphanage in her spare time and now works to support about 20 kids. And you thought you were busy in college.
How do you fight "the man?" Sometimes, it requires a change in the law. Some people in Missouri fighting what they call Eminent Domain "abuse" are hoping their petition to change state law makes it on the November ballot.
I live in the Midwest. It's not a surprise to folks from here that we have storms. Friday, a tornado touched down north of the river, which is close enough to me to make me nervous, but far enough away that I wasn't really impacted personally.
With a slumping economy, people are looking for ways to stretch their business' budget. And that means more people are turning to an age-old practice of bartering, but now it's been updated for the 21st Century.