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  • Turning Ferguson into an opportunity for learning and open discussion

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The unrest in Ferguson is forging a teaching moment. Kansas City Public Schools are using the current event to teach students about the power of expression. The district has a plan in place; to keep students and staff safe Tuesday. Part of that plan, are no TV cameras allowed inside the schools. The district wants to make sure no one is distracted. Another part is Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green making the rounds, visiting high schools like […]

  • Donated piano stolen from Keys 4/4 Kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A hand painted piano meant to be displayed during First Fridays in the Crossroads district has dissipated along with the trailer it was inside of. Local artist Allan Winkler donated the piano which was to be used by the organization called Keys for Kids after it was displayed. If you have seen it, please call Keys 4/4 Kids at (651) 698-3280. For more information, watch FOX 4’s Kerri Stowell’s report in the video player above.

  • Two veterans receive refurbished cars through insurance company’s Veterans Day program

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Across the country, more than 100 veterans and their families received a much-needed gift this Veterans Day: A refurbished car. Two of those veterans come from the Kansas City area. The car-giveaway is part of Progressive Insurance company’s annual Keys to Progress® program. The two veterans received a refurbished 2008 Kia Sorento and a 2009 Honda CRV. One of those veterans is a mother of five. “It makes big difference, you know. Like I said, you […]

  • Operation Breakthrough receives $25,000 makeover

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Operation Breakthough is the largest early-education facility in Missouri. They have been open for nearly 35 years and serve more than 400 children each year. The facility will open its doors on Tuesday and will showcase $25,000 worth of renovations. “I can’t wait to see their reaction because there’s a lot of pieces that will mean something, not necessarily to other people, but to them,” said Stephanie Stroud, interior designer. “And blowing up the kids artwork […]

  • Habitat for Humanity makes home ready for mother with special needs child

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Habitat for Humanity provided a home to a mother of a special needs child on Monday. Construction on the home started in May. Less than six months later, it’s ready for Laura Flores and her son to move into. Flores complete 350 sweat equity hours to qualify for the house. That’s 300 hours helping with the construction and another 50 hours in the classroom learning how to be a responsible homeowner. “It takes some significant dollars […]

  • World Series seats soar to $700-$800

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re hoping to watch the World Series in person, tickets are still available. Ticket brokers like Hal Wagner are buying — and selling — tickets. He says right now there are more buyers than there are sellers, which means prices are high. It also means there’s an increased chance for fraud, so if you’re shopping, make sure the tickets you buy are legit. Tickets to Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games for a reserved seat start at […]

  • Attorneys argue Mo. recognizes marriages of cousins, it should also recognize same-sex marriages

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City judge is hearing arguments in a Jackson County lawsuit challenging Missouri’s rejection of same-sex marriages that have been performed in other states. Ten same-sex couples who were married in other states are suing Kansas City and state officials, including Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster, for violating their due process and equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the couples. The plaintiffs say under a […]

  • First black KC police officer killed in line of duty in 1924 honored with bench

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Trail of Heroes is a path located just west of the Shoal Creek Patrol Division in Kansas City, Mo. A quarter mile down the path there is a bench honoring officer Barney Jasper, who was killed in the line of duty in 1924. Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte and about 20 officers attended the dedication ceremony on Wednesday. Some officers raised $500 to purchase the bench. Jasper was killed while on patrol near 5th […]

  • 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 […]