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  • ATF agents escort families back to damaged homes to see if anything can be salvaged

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — As the smoke clears, the families affected by the devastating fire in Overland Park are picking up the pieces. They’re touring the aftermath for the first time, and talking to investigators about what’s next. At Christ Lutheran Church, ATF agents are meeting with 17 families whose homes were either destroyed or damaged by the fire. The investigation is expected to take a while. The agents are treating each house as its own investigation. They’re talking to […]

  • Man whose home was destroyed in fiery crash returns home to see if he can salvage anything

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A man whose home was damaged late Sunday night when a suspect crashed a stolen vehicle into his house and caused both to go up in flames is out of the hospital. Dale Wesner and his nieces and nephews returned to his home at 23rd and Haden Monday afternoon to see if there was anything they could salvage, but they had no luck. Dale has lived in the home for the past six years. The crash happened […]

  • More than 400 people from 71 different countries sworn in as new U.S. citizens in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Wednesday was a life-changing day for hundreds of people in the metro. At Johnson County Community College in Overland Park more than 400 from 71 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens. This is the fifth year the college hosted the naturalization ceremony. The process normally happens inside a federal courthouse, but sometimes the ceremony is allowed to go on the road. To receive U.S. citizenship a petitioner must be 18 years old, live in the U.S. for at […]

  • Oak Grove Sonic hosting tornado relief fundraiser

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A fast food restaurant in Oak Grove is hosting a tornado relief fundraiser Tuesday to prove that although their town is small, it is strong. The Sonic Drive in on South Broadway plans to donate 50-percent of its sales to the Community Service League. Sonic is also matching the first $2,500 in tips and donations from customers. “It’s a pretty easy decision to make,” general manager Abby Kulik said. The Community Service League’s goal is to provide immediate relief […]

  • Kansas City Museum given $1-million gift to continue renovations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Museum received more than $1-million for renovations Monday, but city leaders say it’s going to cost more than $15-million to get all the work done, which is why they’ve launched a new campaign. City officials, the board of directors of the museum foundation and museum staff announced the launch of “Making a Museum KC” during a news conference Monday. The goal is to raise $2-million to help with stage one of the museum’s multi-year restoration and […]

  • More than 50 volunteers help family of late Navy veteran move forward after tornado

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — An Oak Grove woman and her sons who have been working to repair their home since Monday night, when a tornado ripped their roof off, got some extra help cleaning up Friday. More than 50 volunteers showed up Friday morning with two trucks full of supplies. Together they gathered personal belongings inside the home and removed downed trees around the property. Westy Gilbert is a widow and has two young boys. Her husband died in 2012 after serving […]

  • Adam Purinton’s attorney granted 60 days to further review the case

    OLATHE, Kan. — A local man accused of killing a man and hurting two others at an Olathe bar and grill at the end of February appeared in court on Thursday. Adam Purinton sat in front of a judge wearing an orange jumpsuit as his attorney asked the judge for more time to further review the case. The judge decided to give him 60 days. The 51-year-old is charged with one count of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder […]

  • Ramp from SB I-49 to 140th Street in Grandview closed due to power lines on roadway

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — From Oak Grove to Lee’s Summit to Grandview Monday night’s storm wreaked havoc on the roadways. As of Tuesday afternoon the ramp from southbound I-49 to 140th street was still closed. The storm knocked over several utility poles along the outer road near 140th Street. Because power lines were left across the roadway, crews had to close the ramp. They’ve been working for hours to get them restored, and they’re making progress, but it is not safe […]

  • H.S. students voice concerns and ideas they believe can help improve their neighborhoods to Mayor Sly James

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Mayor Sly James usually visits schools to read to kids, but on Monday he instead listened in an effort to improve education. The town hall meeting with Mayor James wrapped up just before noon  at Central Academy of Excellence. About 100 high school students took part in the question and answer session. They learned more about the mayor’s childhood — what it was like to grow up on the east side of the city in the […]

  • Lee’s Summit church hosting boutique to provide everything a girl could need for prom for free

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Prom dresses can be really pricey, so a local church is helping teens who can’t afford one get one for free. At Woods Chapel Methodist Church volunteers spent Friday morning sorting and tagging the last of the prom dresses. The annual prom boutique opens next Wednesday through Saturday, March 11. There are thousands of prom dresses to choose from, shoes and accessories. Everything is donated and everything is free including alterations. “It just makes your heart jump,” Christy […]

  • City council plan would bring new grocery store to area in need

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One Kansas City food desert could soon be a thing of the past. On the east side of the city near Linwood and Prospect, grocery stores are scarce, leaving many neighbors to turn to fast food. The city’s finance committee approved a lease agreement with Lipari Brothers Wednesday morning. That means the Linwood shopping center is one step closer to getting a grocery store. City leaders are hoping to convert the building into a new grocery store. […]

  • Man who tried to stop gunman at Olathe bar and grill: “Stop the fighting, love one another”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With tears in his eyes, the man who ran toward the bullets at an Olathe sports bar while others ran away relayed a sincere thank you to the men and women who helped save his life the night he and two other men were shot. Ian Grillot and Justin Green, the surgeon who cared for Ian when he arrived at the hospital, spoke with media Tuesday at The University of Kansas Hospital. They were joined by Lee Norman,the Chief […]