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Joe’s Weather Blog: KC Snow Chances

Lots of clouds out there today have cut back our warming potential…but some areas SE of the KC area are doing pretty good today ahead of colder air that is moving towards the region. We will sort of get a couple of waves of chillier weather move through the region…one coming in later this evening then a re-enforcing surge of colder air over the weekend and another shot early next week. The end result of all this will be a step down trend in the temperatures…from around 70° yesterday to 60° or so today to 45-50° tomorrow…the lower 40s on Sunday and perhaps only the 30s on Monday.

Take a look at the 2PM temperatures in the region…even with NW winds it’s not bad here..notice also for areas SE/S of the KC area…things are in the 70s. The temperatures in the following image are in RED

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91-year-old fighting for what she deems a fair sale price for home

LAWRENCE, Kan. — An elderly lady is fighting for what she says is a fair price for her family home.

“They’re taking advantage of me,” said 91-year-old Georgia Bell, who has lived in the same house in Lawrence for 70 years. She says a developer, Jim Heffernan of HERE LLC out of Chicago, called her on the phone and asked her if she wanted to sell her home.

“When he asked me how much I want for my property, I thought I was supposed to say what I think what I want for it, I don’t think he can say I don’t think it’s that much,” said Bell.

She wanted $950,000. He offered her a lot less than that.

“He offered me $300,000, oh my God that’s a long way from $950,000,” Bell replied.

She ignored that offer. The offer now stands at $600,000, but Bell says that’s not good enough either.

“I never asked for six,” she said.

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Wal-Mart will buy your used video games to resell

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wal-Mart will soon let consumers trade in their old video games for gift cards that they can then use to shop for items in its stores or on walmart.com.

The world’s largest retailer said its new video game trade-in service kicks off on March 26 and will roll out in more than 3,100 Wal-Mart discount stores nationwide.

The retailer said the service will accept unlimited number of games for popular consoles, including Sony Playstation, Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s XBOX as long as they aren’t damaged and are in their original packaging.

After they bring in the games, consumers will get an eGift card which they can use to shop for groceries at Wal-Mart, jewelry on walmart.com or even for gas at Sam’s Club locations.

Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Kansas church, in a care facility

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church that’s widely known for its anti-gay sentiments and protests at military funerals, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.

The 84-year-old Phelps is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility, according to Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain.

Members of the church, based in Topeka, frequently protest at funerals of soldiers with signs containing messages like “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “Thank God for 9/11,” claiming the deaths are God’s punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

Iowa State shoots its way to victory over Kansas in Big 12 semifinals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Georges Niang scored 25 points before leaving with a bloody gash to his forehead in the closing minutes, and No. 16 Iowa State held on to beat No. 10 Kansas 94-83 Friday night and reach its first Big 12 tournament title game since 2000.

DeAndre Kane had five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (25-8), who will play for just their second tournament title against the winner of Texas-Baylor on Saturday night.

Relying on some hot outside shooting, Iowa State took charge in the second half, and then held on as the top-seeded Jayhawks (24-9) tried to make a late run to get back into the game.

Perry Ellis led Kansas with 30 points. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22.

Mrs. Kansas wants to use platform to promote self-advocacy

TONGANOXIE, Kan. — A Tonganoxie woman is 2014’s Mrs. Kansas. She’s now using her title to promote self-advocacy and to raise awareness of a brain disorder that nearly took her life.

Underneath the crown is a scar that reminds Donna Hoegler of a year-long battle she almost lost.

“The second they told me it that I had probable MS, something inside me told me I didn’t,” Hoegler said.

The 2014 Mrs. Kansas Winner actually had Arnold-Chiari Malformation. It’s a brain disorder commonly mistaken for multiple sclerosis.

“My brain is coming down into my neck at an angle and it’s pushing my spine into my throat, and it was hanging me from inside out,” she said.