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  • Missouri auditor weighs in on Clay County’s alleged misuse of taxpayers’ money

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. – A county in conflict: That`s how one elected official describes Clay County. This Northland county is facing growing public outrage after slashed budgets, salary increases for elected officials and possible misuse of taxpayer money. Stop wasteful spending. It`s a message, a mantra, that Clay County citizens have made their battle cry. They’re frustrated by what they see as a misuse of taxpayer money, overspending, lack of internal controls and budget cuts to much-needed county departments. “I […]

  • Facing unexplainable symptoms, metro women argue silicone breast implants made them sick

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As an active  runner, career woman and mother of three, April Zimmerman she decided to reward herself with what she dubbed a “mommy makeover” in 2012. “I was really proud of myself for getting in the best shape of my life,” the Lee’s Summit mom said. So she had silicone breast implants. In Overland Park, Valerie Lenie did the same thing, utilizing a new implant called a Mentor Memory Gel, the same brand implanted by Zimmerman’s surgeon. […]

  • Massive rhino horn trafficking operation leads investigators to small MO town where they say 2 men illegally made nearly $1 million

    MACON, Mo. — More than 7,000 rhinos have been killed by poachers in just the last two years, left bloodied and dying if not already dead. Only about 30,000 white rhinos are left in the wild. Critically endangered black rhinos have a population just over 5,000, and there`s only one male northern white rhino on the planet. “If the numbers stay at the rate they are now, we are walking into a chance of them going completely extinct as a species,” […]

  • Let’s talk: KC teens affected by suicide have honest conversation about fears and needs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Teen and young adult suicides are an alarming fact of life. In just the first month of 2018, two students at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School took their own lives. Another student at Lee’s Summit West did as well. It’s alarming because the trend is a frightening one: In Missouri last year, health departments logged at least 17 suicides in the 19 and under age category in Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties. That total balloons to […]

  • FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a lifetime of torture and abuse, seven-year-old Adrian Jones died in a shower stall where he was held prisoner, beaten and starved. His body was then fed to the family’s pigs. His parents, Michael and Heather Jones, pleaded guilty to murder, but they may not be the only ones responsible for the tragedy of Adrian Jones. “Every year of his life he had events. Every year of his life DCF failed him,” said Dianne Keech, […]

  • Fox 4 goes face-to-face with counterfeit cosmetics to confront ugly problem putting your skin at risk

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The multi-billion dollar beauty industry battles a growing and ugly problem which puts your skin at risk. International counterfeiting rings are flooding the United States with potentially dangerous cosmetics. As the popularity of upscale companies such as Estee Lauder, Ben Nye and L’Oreal continue to rise, so does the likelihood they will be counterfeited. Experts say not only do you not know what is in the counterfeit products, but they could contain high levels of bacteria, […]

  • Missouri senior citizens fall through cracks in reporting law

    SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Maribeth Russell is angry. She and her family trusted a Mid-Missouri nursing home to take care of her 93-year-old relative. “Loved her family, she was just a jewel,” she remembers. But when she and her husband got the call that Martha (not her real name) was on her way to a hospital back in 2010, that secure world was shattered. She was described as “disoriented” and in “obvious pain’ with “significant bruising on her arms,” according […]

  • Father Farnan’s Crusade: ‘I’ve buried too many’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Catholic priest for 30 years, Father Don Farnan has seen enough. The pastor at the Northland’s St. Charles believes suicides involving teens and young people are epidemic. He doesn’t cite statistics, but they bear him out. Records indicate Johnson County has seen 11 suicides through the end of June involving kids up to age 25. The suburban Kansas county had 19 all of last year in that same age range. Jackson County on the Missouri […]

  • FOX 4 investigation finds not all pharmacies created equal, savings can be closer than you think

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Millions of Americans know the reality: prescription drug prices are so high that many people find themselves making tough choices. A FOX 4 investigation uncovered that not all pharmacies are created equal. The truth is that you don’t have to go far to get a significantly better deal. In fact, in a small geographic window FOX 4 uncovered vastly different prices. “I hate to say this, but on average, I eat once a day. Sometimes I […]

  • Nearly 30 years after his disappearance, Randy Leach’s family still seeking answers and closure

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — At the rural Leavenworth County home of Alberta and Harold Leach, memories of their only son linger. There’s the sign on the side of the garage that includes Randy Leach’s name. There’s his old bedroom, now an office, with his track medals and some old toys still displayed. “He had race cars on the wall,” his mom Alberta sighed. “I changed all of that, but that didn’t help.” Their only son has been missing, now presumed […]

  • FOX 4 Investigates: Who’s securing Walmart’s low prices?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police across the metro area know it is their duty to answer calls for help, no matter where they originate. In the metro, one mega retailer logs significantly more calls to police than any other. FOX 4 contacted eight police departments in the metro to find out how often they answer calls to Walmart. In total, officers respond to nearly 5,000 calls to Walmarts across the metro. FOX 4’s findings made at least one police chief […]

  • Missouri state senator files bill to block social security numbers to guard against identity theft

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Independence Democrat Paul LeVota saw our Fox 4 News investigation in May on Missouri death certificates posted on-line, he had a thought. “We shouldn’t be helping the criminals come up with the social security numbers,” he said. LeVota was referring to the Missouri Secretary of State’s practice of posting death certificates 50 years and older, with social security numbers fully readable. “That is the key for identity theft right there,” LeVota notes. “Take that social […]