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  • Children’s Mercy patients spend day building with LEGOLAND crew

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –A steady stream of patients of all ages made their way to the first floor of Children’s Mercy Thursday afternoon for a surprise visitor. The LEGOLAND  crew, including master builder Jeremiah Boehr  and the LEGOLAND mascot were waiting to surprise them. As a part of LEGOLAND building day, children got to work with the LEGOLAND crew and build their best creation. Noah Nims said he was thrilled that LEGOLAND visited the hospital. The 15-year-old has been in and out of the hospital […]

  • BB King fan

    Local B.B. King fan shares memory of the time King signed his guitar

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you were lucky enough to meet B.B. King you’ll never forget it.   Fans say his personality was bigger than life, and he had a way of making you feel as though you were the only two people in the room. But, King had diabetes and often did not feel well enough to have company after shows. Local attorney Kevin Regan said he met King twice, both times were on King’s tour bus. Regan said he will never […]

  • KCPD recognizes fallen officers in memorial service

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police department recognized fallen officers at a memorial service Thursday morning. The ceremony recognized 119 officers who were killed on the job over the past 135 years. The service was held at the police headquarters near 11th and Locust. Police Chief Darryl Forte said the 1920’s was the deadliest decade for the department. Three or more officers were killed on the job each year. Police have since been equipped with bullet proof vests and […]

  • Students at Morse Elementary School spend day bagging food to be donated to children in need

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A local school is stepping up  to help feed thousands of children. Morse Elementary School in Overland Park is taking part in a community service project  through “Kids Against Hunger.” Students of all ages spent the entire day Wednesday filling more than 27,000 bags full of food for children in need. Once complete, the bags will be sent to harvesters and the Salvation Army, and then distributed to local food pantries on both sides of the state line. […]

  • Grain Valley High School marching band to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Members of the Grain Valley High School marching band are headed to New York City to perform in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A special guest who introduced himself as an “expert” on marching bands made the big announcement to students Tuesday morning. “For the first time, Grain Valley will represent the state of Missouri  in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” he said. The parade staff worked secretly with the school to surprise the band. Grain Valley is one […]

  • New holding facility at Jackson County Detention Center expected to help speed up court process

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  An old storage room inside the Jackson County Detention Center was recently renovated into a hold facility. The new holding facility is located on the ground floor of the building at 13th and Cherry. It will hold up to 100 detainees. The facility will also offer better services for inmates such as 24-hour medical treatment on site. The availability of video arraignments will also help speed up the court process. The renovation cost nearly $819, 000. “These detainees will […]

  • Veteran surprises child

    KCMO mom returns from Kuwait early to surprise daughter at school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A second grader in the Park Hill School District got a big surprise Wednesday morning. Morgan Heitman was sitting at her desk at Chinn Elementary School and talking with a school worker when her mother, Second lieutenant Fawn Heitman, walked up behind her. When Morgan turned around she realized that her mother was standing behind her. Morgan immediately  threw her arms around her mother’s neck and gave her a big squeeze. With tears in her eyes and a huge smile on […]

  • same-sex marriage

    Local pastors weigh in on the issue of same-sex marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators on both sides of the gay marriage debate are gathered in front of the Supreme Court, where justices are hearing arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land Tuesday. Some are waving gay rights banners. Others are carrying signs proclaiming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. One sign read, “Homo sex is a sin.” The cases before the court today come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. […]

  • craig hill

    Former Leawood police officer named recipient of Crystal Kipper and Ali Kemp Memorial Award

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every year during National Crime Victims’ week a local person is honored for their work protecting children. This year Craig Hill was the recipient of the award. Hill worked for the Leawood Police Department for 33 years. Then about five years ago, Hill moved to the National Center for Missing and exploited Children. The U.S. Attorney’s Office presented Hill with his award, which was named in the memory of two young women who were victims of horrible crimes. […]

  • Volunteers from Cerner help others by washing wheelchairs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Volunteers from Cerner helped wash wheelchairs Wednesday afternoon as part of “Wheelchair Wash Day.” The wash was held at the Rehabilitation Institute and happens twice a year.  The wash was offered to everyone, not just patients at the institute. Volunteers cleaned chairs with various sized brushes including toothbrushes, and helped with “14-point inspections.” More than 30 appointments were scheduled throughout the day. “When you think about it, these are wheelchairs that people are in all day long, […]

  • Boy paralyzed after shooting gets big surprise

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of a boy who was shot and paralyzed almost a year ago received a big surprise Friday. The family of Ka’Vyea Tyson was given a new van to help make life a little easier for them. “I would have to literally  to pick him up, place him in his chair, take him to the car, pick him back up and try to maneuver him in the back of a car,” grandfather Forest Tyson said. 11-year-old […]

  • Mayor highlights homeless prevention program

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Sly James announced Thursday that Kansas City neighborhoods have teamed up with Wells Fargo to support revitalization. Mayor James made the announcement at the Liberty Memorial where the city and Wells Fargo’s neighborhood-lift program presented a $500-thousand grant to eight nonprofit organizations. Mayor James said the city and Wells Fargo want to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in the area, espcially homelessness among veterans. The organizations will share the money, according to the […]