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    Joe’s Forecast: Iffy Saturday

    Our Saturday won’t be the greatest as there will be a threat of occasional showers and thunderstorms today although the higher chances will be during the morning hours. There should still be some scattered activity around in the afternoon. Temperatures for most should be in the 50s in N MO and 60s elsewhere. after today the forecast looks great into next week.                       Click here for more FOX 4 maps […]

  • Ned Yost, on his team looking out for each other: “A very tight group”

    CHICAGO — Ned Yost spoke to reporters before the second game of the series against the White Sox at Cellular Field Friday night. “We haven’t started any of this stuff. We haven’t, with the exception of what happened in Annaheim, and nothing resulted of it, you know?  Ventura was staring at Trout and there was no punches thrown, nobody was hit, nobody was slid hard into. Nobody was drilled intentionally. We haven’t started any of this, but the thing about it […]

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    Video: Overland Park man says he witnessed neighbor abusing puppy, hitting it repeatedly with belt

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A man claims a video he took on his cell phone shows his neighbor abusing a puppy; and now police in Overland Park are investigating the case of possible animal cruelty. The neighbor, Fadi Elbatrouni says he used his cell phone to record the alleged abuse of Rasha, a shepherd-mix. He says he looked out his window and saw his 18-year-old neighbor, Juantez Howard, abusing the puppy. “The first time I looked out the window and I saw him basically holding […]

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    Olathe 4th-grader writes letter to K-State Coach Bill Snyder, gets wonderful reply

    OLATHE, Kan. — A fourth-grader at Briarwood Elementary will likely remember a class assignment for a very long time because of the willing and kind participation of Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder. Claire Gottschalk’s teacher assigned Claire’s class a poetry project, instructing them to ask people in their lives to share their favorite poem and explain why it is meaningful to them. Claire went further, writing a letter to Bill Snyder and asking him if he could tell her about his favorite […]

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    Hot Pursuit movie-photo contest: Show us your favorite road trip

    Go to the Facebook page (FOX 4’s or FOX 4 movie critic Shawn Edwards’ ) and share your best road trip photo for a chance to win 2-FREE tickets to see Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vegara in HOT PURSUIT plus dinner and drinks on us at Blanc Burger in Westport on May 5th. Winners will be chosen on May 1st.

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    Prosecutor: KC man used Facebook to stalk, threaten girl; now going to prison

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for trying to coerce a 16-year old girl to have sex with him by threatening to post nude pictures of her online.  Denis Aguilar, 23, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to sexual trafficking of a child and received the sentence  in Platte County Circuit Court. “This predator didn’t stalk playgrounds, he stalked Facebook. This case is a sad reminder that the Internet can be every […]

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    Surgeons discover embryonic twin inside woman’s brain

    LOS ANGELES — A woman from Indiana is making light of the strange thing doctors discovered in her brain. According to NBC Los Angeles, the woman went to L.A. to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. However, when doctors went in to extract it they discovered it wasn’t a tumor, but her embryonic twin. The twin is called a ‘teratoma’ and doctors found hair, bone and teeth had formed. The operation was a complicated one because the embryonic twin was […]

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    Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie complains about KC Royals fans and team’s ‘troubles’

    When the Kansas City Royals play the Oakland A’s in June, you can bet Kansas City fans will remember Brett Lawrie’s recent statement to MLB.com about the way he perceived Kansas City fans behaved in the dramatic and controversial series in April at Kauffman Stadium. In the first game of the series on Friday, April 17, Lawrie’s “hard slide” into second base injured Alcides Escobar. Escobar sustained a mild sprain and contusion to his left knee. On Saturday,  in the second game, Yordano […]


    Herrera suspended 5 games, Ventura fined for pitches during Oakland A’s series

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, the MLB says Kansas City Royals pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura have received discipline for their roles in on-field incidents during the Club’s weekend series against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Herrera received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Brett Lawrie of the A’s in the top of the eighth inning of the Sunday, April 19th game, with […]

  • Group wants school’s beautiful blond brick to go back to the KC Northeast community

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A wrecking ball will soon smash into a Kansas City, Mo., elementary school that has been closed for several years. Two months ago the Kansas City Public School Board voted five-to-four to demolish the old Thacher Elementary School, 5008 Independence Avenue. On Monday representatives from Gator Industrial, the contractor set to tear down the century-old school, surveyed the site in preparation of their upcoming demolition project. They were met by about 30 concerned citizens and school board members. “We’re […]

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    Vote: Elementary school teacher from Cameron, Mo. finalist for Top Teacher

    CAMERON, Mo. — Donn Harrison of Parkview Elem. in Cameron, Mo., is one of the semifinalists in the sixth annual “Top Teacher Week” on LIVE with Kelly and Michael, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Micahel Strahan, which airs on FOX 4 weekdays at 10 a.m. From May 4-8, “LIVE” will honor teachers who go above and beyond for their schools, communities and students. From the pool of applicants submitted by April 15, four finalists will be chosen to travel to […]

  • Police and ATF seek men who stole guns from Olathe gun store

    OLATHE, Kan. — Olathe Police are looking for two men who broke into a gun store and stole firearms. On Monday, April 6, at about 3 a.m., police responded to a business alarm at OMB Guns and found the business front door had been shattered and firearms were missing. When they looked at the surveillance video, two males dressed in dark clothing were seen breaking the glass and going into the store. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives (ATF) […]