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  • IKEA officially opens in Merriam

    MERRIAM, Kan. — The wait is finally over. IKEA Merriam is officially open for business. Ten thousand shoppers were expected to show up throughout the day, and since the grand opening was on a Wednesday, some even skipped work to attend. As the eager crowd inched closer to the sliding doors, the excitement can be heard from inside IKEA. It’s a taste of what’s to come. For Haleigh Sternickle, this is the ‘can’t miss’ event of the year. She even […]

  • Community leaders gather in opposition to Senate Bill 656

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Having grew up in the Kansas City urban core, Mayor Sly James and Police Chief Darryl Forte said they want more families to raise their kids in the area. But to do that they know they must curb gun violence. On Tuesday the mayor and police chief joined other local leaders to talk about Senate Bill 656, which would allow school districts to designate teachers to carry guns while school is in session. It would also […]

  • Kansas City attempts to stop chronic absenteeism in area schools

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a message for kids and adults alike: stay in class. Kansas City is trying to stop chronic absenteeism. A child spends the first few years of school learning to read, so they can later read to learn. The initiative focuses on 10 different elementary schools in the district, and the children in those schools who are at risk of becoming chronically absent. On Monday at the downtown library, in the children’s section, Mayor Sly James […]

  • Kansas City streetcar construction disrupts downtown traffic

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The new Kansas City streetcar project is slowing traffic in the River Market area. The construction zone on Delaware Street spans a few blocks from the Delaware Bridge north. Crews say they’ll be working on this stretch of road through Spring 2015. In addition to laying streetcar tracks, crews are making updates to the infrastructure as they go — from removing trees that are planted too close to the road to installing new sewer pipes.  The […]

  • Crews begin demolition of Rios de Agua Viva Church

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crews started demolition the Rios de Agua Viva church on Thursday after it collapsed earlier in August with more than 60 people inside. City and structural engineers tried to salvage the three-story brick building located near Independence Ave. and Benton Blvd., but said it couldn’t be saved. Part of the building, which housed the church, collapsed due to extensive water damage. More than 60 people were inside taking part in vacation Bible school. Staff members and […]

  • MoDOT cautions drivers to beware of “pavement blow-ups”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cold weather can be damaging to Missouri roadways, but so can the extreme heat. When temperatures reach between 90 and 100 degrees, roadways can crack and crumble.  It happens when moisture seeps into the pavement — and the pavement expands.  Missouri Department of Transportation engineers call it a “pavement blow-up,” and they can happen any time. Crews work to fix them as soon as they’re reported. “We have minor blow ups, which are kind of just […]

  • Thieves strike cemetery, take off with $100,000 worth of bronze

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Thieves stole about 170 bronze vases at a cemetery in Raytown, Mo. Raytown police said the thefts took place at the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery located in the 7600 block of Blue Ridge Blvd. Someone took the bronze vases that people use to put flowers in at grave sites. The groundskeeper said on Saturday, Aug. 9 about 100 vases went missing. He later found 30 of them in a pile on the property. The following weekend thieves […]

  • University’s tech management program gets brand new car donated by GM

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — General Motors is making a donation to a local university; a new car. G.M. is giving the University of Central Missouri the car for its automotive training program. There were three new cars parked on the curb, and now there are two. A professor from UCM took a tour of the Kansas City Fairfax Plant Wednesday morning and then took the white Chevy Malibu that was parked there back to Warrensburg with him. FOX 4 was […]

  • ADHD camp for kids hold graduation for kids

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — A summer treatment program for children with ADHD graduated about 40 students Friday. The two-month program, hosted by Children’s Mercy Hospital, is meant to improve behavior and meet children’s emotional and learning needs. Dr. Carla Allan started the program three years ago. As a psychologist, she saw a need for the program in the community. Enrollment has doubled each year. One family has been a part of the program from the beginning. They describe it as […]

  • “Dare Me For Charity” thrill seekers, including Kerri Stowell, take four-story jump to raise money

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The “Dare Me For Charity” event is traveling across the country to 32 different cities setting up in parking lots just like they did in Kansas City on Thursday. Small groups of people went up on a lift as high as four stories, and jumped down to an air bag for charity. The charity of choice in Kansas City was Healing House. The jumpers wore orange to show support for the house and its mission. Right now […]

  • Man gunned down in Gladstone dies at hospital

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man in Gladstone. Police said they responded to the 6900 block of N. Bales around 9:45 p.m. Monday after receiving a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located the victim in the back seat of a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to North Kansas City Hospital where he later died. His name has not yet been released. Back at the scene, two black males […]

  • Brownback spends time with kids, urges them to learn to read well

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City on Friday and got a firsthand look at the KidzLit program in action. The Kansas Reading Roadmap and KidzLit is described as a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting third grade reading. It includes interventions for kids needing assistance with reading skills. The KidzLit program is part of that and helps children relate to and understand their world through children’s literature. “Critical that […]