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    8 states take part in Show Me Mass Care Exercise

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Eight states are taking part in a multi-state disaster drill Wednesday. Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas all took part in the “Show Me Mass Care Exercise” to practice how they would react during a major earthquake along the new Madrid Fault Line, which is a major source of earthquakes in the Midwest and south. The exercise simulated efforts needed to assist a mass evacuation from the St. Louis area, including an evacuee reception center, […]

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    Trial continues in murder of aspiring rapper, attorney argues client did not pull the trigger

    OLATHE, Kan. — As one of the men accused in high-profile murder trial sat in court Tuesday, his attorney argued that there is no evidence that he pulled the trigger. Dale Willis is accused of killing an aspiring rapper outside Roxy Bar in Overland Park last September, but his attorney says Willis’ brother, James, did it. Dale and James both face a first-degree murder charge in connection to the case. Prosecutors say Dale physically attacked Carter by punching him and knocking him […]

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    Trial begins for 1 of the 2 brothers accused of killing aspiring rapper

    OLATHE, Kan. — The trial for one of the two men accused of killing an aspiring rapper in local high-profile murder case began on Monday. Dale Willis is accused of killing Jurl Carter outside Roxy Bar in Overland Park last September. Willis’ brother, James Willis, was supposed to be tried at the same time, but because of legal reasons they are being tried separately. Extra law enforcement was present both inside and outside of the courthouse as the trial was […]

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    Worlds of Fun extends its season to celebrate ‘Winter Wonderland’, redesigns front entrance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An exciting announcement at Worlds of Fun. The theme park is growing! Two new rides will open in the spring, and Worlds of Fun is redesigning its front entrance, adding what will be called an ‘International Plaza.’ Worlds of Fun has more than 70 rides and slides. The new plaza will be home to two new rides.  The first is Falcon’s Flight. It will take you nearly a hundred feet above the ground — rising and […]

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    Future of Raytown water park is uncertain

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — The future of a local water park is up in the air. Super Splash USA closed for the season on Sunday, but its closure may have also been for good. The Raytown Park Board voted on Monday to close Super Splash USA for good. The board says the park is getting old and maintenance costs are rising. The pool first opened in 1963. Raytown acquired the facility in 1988 and changed the name to Super Splash. It has three pools,  including […]

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    Energy efficient light bulbs available at Harvesters to help families lower their energy bills

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KCP&L and Harvesters are partnering for the third time to distribute nearly 40,000 energy-efficient, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to low-income families served by Harvesters network of nonprofit agencies. KCP&L dropped off the bulbs to Harvesters and they will be available to families who rely on Harvesters and other nonprofit agencies for assistance as they struggle to meet their basic needs, including utilities and food. Harvesters distributed the bulbs to 40 nonprofit agencies, including the Salvation Army. […]

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    New center opens in Jackson County with hope of becoming safe space for kids in community

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County COMBAT opened a new community center on Monday with the hope of it being a place where kids can feel safe, especially after school. The community center, which is called the “Hope Hangout” is located on the grounds of Bethel Family Worship Center, 10801 Ruskin Way,. Families waited in line to check it out Monday. The Hangout will provide youth programs such as the OK Program, Boy Scouts, tutoring and mentoring. Jackson County COMBAT teamed up with police, […]

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    Former music teacher sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to inappropriately touching students

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — District Court Judge Sara Welch sentenced a former music teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually molesting some of his young students to life in prison Thursday. Sean Dow, 29, was sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 25 years. Dow entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 in Johnson County district court in May of 2016. The former Johnson County music teacher […]

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    Dozens of parents, children seen walking into Schlitterbahn as park reopens

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Schlitterbahn reopened Wednesday at noon and a steady stream of people could be seen walking into the park including dozens of parents and children. The waterpark has been closed since Sunday afternoon, after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab died while riding the Verrückt water slide. Spokesperson for Schlitterbahn water park issued the following statement Tuesday: “We will re-open tomorrow at noon and will not be providing interviews. We appreciate your sensitivity and ask for your continued respect and consideration of […]

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    KCMO public works crews conduct city-wide sweep to remove all signs illegally placed on public property

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Public works crews in Kansas City, Mo., spent Monday conducting a city-wide sweep to remove signs that are illegally placed on public property. In Kansas City, Mo., it is  illegal to hang signs on public poles or to put one in the right-of-way. The ordinance applies to any type of sign, including political, garage sale, and even help wanted. Public works crews say you’re more than welcome to place a sign on private property — as long as you […]

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    Man found shot to death in KC neighborhood, police still searching for suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a homicide Thursday night in the area of 60th and Highland. Officers were sent to the scene just before 8 p.m. One man was found dead at that location. He was identified Friday as Cary Smith, 47.  Police said on Friday that it may have started as a fight at the nearby apartment complex that spilled into the street. Officers haven’t found or arrested the suspect yet, and urge anyone with information to […]

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    Try It Before You Buy It: Battle Balloons

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s summer! That means triple-digit temperatures and water balloon fights. There’s a product that promises to fill dozens of balloons in seconds, but does it work? FOX 4’s Kerri Stowell tries Battle Balloons before you buy it.