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  • Shock and excitement as Blue Valley Academy surprised with new music therapy room

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Band of Angels surprised students at Blue Valley Academy Friday with a new music room and instruments. It was a dream come true for these local musicians. FOX 4’s John Holt, Band of Angels, Meyer Music and Blue Valley Educational Foundation surprised the teachers and music students. After seeing the new music room the students were told to go outside where a van full of new instruments was waiting. They helped unload the van and brought the […]

  • Working fast, volunteers construct playground to surprise 8-year-old battling cancer after school

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — The countdown is on as more than 20 volunteers build a custom playhouse for a boy battling a brain tumor. Volunteers say their goal is to finish the 180-square-foot playground before the 8-year-old gets home from school around 3 p.m. Thursday. Blake Danforth was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was two. After aggressive treatments for several years Blake has muscle weakness and paralysis on his right side. Home Depot and Hope-Builders Home Repair heard Blake’s story, […]

  • Leawood man who survived heart attack meets medical team who saved his life

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It’s an emotional afternoon for a Leawood man. He’s meeting, for the first time, the people who saved his life. FOX 4’s Kerri Stowell was at Menorah Medical Center with his story. Patrick Cocherl Jr. is happy and most importantly, healthy. It was a different story a short two months ago when he realized he was having a heart attack. Today Patrick met the team that saved his life, from paramedics to doctors. The hospital hosted the “Great […]

  • Sea of red at American Heart Association Go Red for Women annual luncheon

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —  The Overland Park Convention Center went red for women Friday at the annual luncheon to raise awareness about heart disease. More than 1,100 women attended the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon. The event was filled with heart-health education and a “pursonality” auction. This event has been going strong  since 2004, and since then more than 275 women’s lives have been saved each day. According to the American Heart Association, one in three women will die […]

  • KC’s citizens task force ready to get started making changes in community to reduce violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  During the month of April, Kansas City is stepping up its awareness of child abuse as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, as well as other violence in the metro. Mayor Sly James hosted a news conference Thursday afternoon at the St. Mark Child and Family Development Center, 12th and Garfield, a facility that has been directly affected by violence. The citizen’s task force on violence gave the mayor an in-depth review of issues in the Kansas City […]

  • Community invited to drop off unwanted drugs and pickup free gun locks during city cleanup event

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and combat unit hope to reduce crime in one Kansas City neighborhood by cleaning it up. From noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday the prosecutor’s office, the combat unit and KCPD’s Bomb and Arson unit will all be at the Freedom Temple Ministries parking lot at 23rd and Denver to hand out free gun locks, answer questions and provide a dumpster for residents to drop off bulk items. The combat unit will also have the […]

  • SevenDays kicks off week of spreading kindness, interfaith understanding with blood drive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  This week marks three years since three people were killed outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park. Now, the families of Doctor William Corporon, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno continue a movement to spread kindness and interfaith understanding. It’s called SevenDays, and it just kicked off across Kansas City with a blood drive at 40th and Main. “We were thrilled to be part of such an important event such as SevenDays,” said David […]

  • Instead of gifts, local birthday girl asks her friends to serve community

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Forget the birthday cake, balloons and presents. One local girl is partying with a purpose, and she brought her friends with her. Emma Campbell, who is about to turn 11, and six friends spent Friday serving lunch to people at City Union Mission Family Center. She asked her finds to help her give back instead of a big birthday party. “I just thought that I could do this instead of having some big party,” Emma said. “That […]

  • Safety board releases findings on cause of chemical cloud over Atchison, Kan.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Unanswered questions are no longer lingering in the air in northwest Kansas. Investigators say they know what caused a chemical cloud to hover over Atchison last October. At the Hilton President, the US Chemical Safety Board held a news conference Wednesday with their findings, although the investigation is still ongoing. Residents remember when a chemical cloud formed over Atchison last October, sending more than a hundred people to hospitals. The US Chemical Safety Board confirmed two chemicals […]

  • Raymore woman meets medical staff that saved her life during cardiac arrest

    BELTON, Mo. — It’s an emotional afternoon for a Raymore woman. She’s meeting for the first time the people who saved her life. FOX 4’s Kerri Stowell went to Belton Regional Medical Center to learn more. Kayli Welvaert is happy, and most importantly, healthy. It was a different story a short four months ago when the 29-year-old suffered cardiac arrest. Today, Kayli met the team that saved her life, from 911 dispatchers to paramedics to doctors. The hospital hosted the “Great […]

  • Teams in Cass County work meticulously on hands & knees to find evidence to put killer behind bars

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — Investigators think Friday will be their last day collecting evidence in a wooded area near E. 233rd Street and State Route Y, south of Belton, where the remains of two people were located early this week. One set of remains has been positively identified as Jessica Runions, 21, missing since September 2016. Her car was found burned near Bannister and Blue River Road shortly after her mom reported her missing. A man named Kylr Yust, 28, has been […]

  • Caution as investigators navigate difficult terrain in search for clues in Cass County

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — Investigators are still searching for clues Thursday in the area where two sets of human remains were found. A mushroom hunter found the bones on Monday just south of Belton near East 233rd and Y-Highway. More than 100 investigators from the Belton Police, Kansas City Police, Raymore Police Department, FBI, Jackson County Medical Examiner Office, Academy recruits from MCC Blue River, Wyandotte County, and Kansas City Police Academy were there to help. Western Cass County Fire […]