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    Community responds when food pantry finds itself in need of helping hand

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The tables are turning for a local charity. The Reola Grant Center is used to giving a helping hand. But Tuesday afternoon, it’s getting one instead. The Reola Grant Center has has been helping local needy families for years. Soon it will have a new shed to store food for its food pantry. Thanks to Classic Buildings, Lowe’s, and the Carpenter’s Union, the shed, materials, and labor are all donated. The center has hired a local […]

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    In less than an hour students fill more than 1,500 baggies with personal care items for hurricane victims in Haiti

    OLATHE, Kan. — A little more than a week ago Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, and many communities are struggling to rebuild homes and access food and clean water so local students are stepping up to help. More than 350 students at MidAmerica Nazarene University formed three assembly lines to put together crisis care kits Thursday. Their goal was to fill more than 1,500 baggies full of personal care items in less than an hour.  The baggies, which included things such as toothpaste, soap and […]

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    Senator Claire McCaskill joins KCATA at unveiling of breast cancer awareness bus

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority unveiled a new bus Monday that will soon be making its way around the metro. The new bus, which is pink inside and out, supports breast cancer awareness and was unveiled as part of a special ceremony at Union Station. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the bus. McCaskill was diagnosed with breast cancer last February after a routine mammogram. She underwent three weeks of treatment […]

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    Volunteers gather in Lenexa to create hygiene kits that will be taken to Haiti to help hurricane victims

    LENEXA, Kan. —  Hurricane Matthew made landfall in western Haiti Tuesday morning and caused catastrophic damage, and a local organization decided to step up to send help. Volunteers spent Tuesday morning assembling hygiene kits at Heart to Heart International in Lenexa, Kan. The kits along with a disaster response team will soon travel to Haiti. Part of the disaster response team left Tuesday. The plan is to headed to the Dominican Republic and get in a car and head to disaster areas. The […]

  • City offers $281,000 in public improvements sales tax dollars to help repair Meyer Circle Fountain.

    City designates thousands of dollars to get Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain flowing again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An iconic fountain, which has been broken for more than a year, could soon be flowing again. The Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain hasn’t worked since last summer. It needs extensive, expensive repairs with a preliminary cost of more than $500,000. The fountain’s entire pump room, electrical system and vault need to be rebuilt. Over the weekend, the city told Romanelli West Homes Association that they will fulfill at least one of two requests for the fountain’s repairs.  $281,000 in public improvements […]

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    Regency Beauty Institute suddenly closes all 79 campuses

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — The Regency Beauty Institute announced it is closing all 79 campuses on Wednesday, in a statement on its website. More than 70 students at the Independence campus just found out Wednesday night. Now they’re in a last-minute scramble to find a new place to learn their craft. Many students say they learned about the closure on social media sites such as Facebook. Others say they got a voicemail. The cosmetology school, which has operated for more than […]

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    Youthbuild KCK members spent summer creating tiny duplex to help homeless

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A summer project came to an end Tuesday for some local students. Youthbuild KCK members teamed up with Kim Wilson Housing to build tiny homes for the homeless this summer. They started construction at the end of August and now what they’ve created will  be transported to Pittsburgh, Kan. When finished, the house will feature two separate 64-square-foot homes, each with a platform bed with storage underneath. The duplex will have a refrigerator and microwave, and residents will share […]

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    Troopers say “obey the sign or pay the fine” as they crack down on speeding

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Six State Highway Patrols are cracking down on speeding this weekend and say there will be zero tolerance for anyone caught going over the legal limit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a multi-state campaign this weekend called “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” “You have a speed limit and they want to go over that no matter what it’s set at,” said Susan DeCourcy with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “People need […]

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    City leaders meet to discuss expanding QuikTrip in west Plaza area

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City leaders are meeting Tuesday to consider a proposal to expand the QuikTrip in  the west Plaza area, but some neighbors say they are doing their best to stop the planned expansion. The plan would not only expand the size of the convenient store, but it would also close off Mercer Avenue and require crews to knock down the apartment complex and duplex next door to the convenient store. Jake Johnson, who lives in one of the […]

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    10-week old puppy reported missing from Mission shelter

    MISSION, Kan. — A puppy is missing from a local animal shelter, and employees at the shelter are seeking the public’s help to find the puppy. Barrita is a Shih Tzu and Pomeranian mix is 10-weeks old and was staying at the Unleashed Pet Rescue. The puppy was supposed to go to his forever home with a new family on Sunday, but employees say the puppy was nowhere to be found Sunday morning. “He is micro chipped so we are hoping […]

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    New football team coming to KC and you have the chance to name the team

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local pro hall-of-famer and former Chiefs player wants to see the sport he loves so much played year round so he’s helping bring a new team to the metro. The area football team, which will be partly owned by Will Shields,  will be part of a midwest league that formed three years ago. “I love the sport,” Shields said. “I love the game. I love being a part of it. And also having a facility, being able […]

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    Kansas Association of School Boards issues 5 key components they want included in new finance plan

    OLATHE, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court is taking on the school budget, but first there was a plea for help on Thursday. State and local leaders want everyone to get involved in the funding debate so they hosted the Kansas Association of School Boards at the Advanced Technical Center to discuss the school budget. The state’s Supreme Court is conducting a hearing next week that will focus on whether lawmakers are spending enough money on public schools. Also, Governor Sam Brownback is asking […]