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I have two adult daughters. They keep me young and make me old at the same time. It’s also interesting– and sometimes frustrating– to see life through their eyes (and their Gen-Y/Millennial perspectives!)

Much has changed since I took my first television journalism job many years ago. But it’s still about you– the reader, the viewer– and telling stories that matter and supplying you with an assortment of news that you need to hear, that you’ll find interesting or compelling.

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    From jail to court and back again: Two men being held on $1 million bond accused of raping deputy

    OLATHE, Kan. — Two men accused of kidnapping and raping a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy were removed from their jail cells to briefly return to a Johnson County courtroom Thursday morning. William Luth, 24,  and Brady Newman-Caddell, 21, are behind bars, each on a $1 million bond. Police and prosecutors believe the attack of the deputy was not their only sexual assault and are investigating them for other crimes. Police say the men abducted the female deputy late Friday night, Oct. […]

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    Smithville woman charged with 1989 murder of 18-year-old woman

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Wyandotte County prosecutor on Thursday charged Carolyn Heckert, 48, of Smithville, Mo., with a murder committed almost 27 years ago. The arrest on Wednesday and first degree murder charge on Thursday are in connection with the murder of Sarah DeLeon, who was 18 when she was killed on December 29, 1989. Police say DeLeon suffered a head wound and was stabbed multiple times before someone dumped her body by railroad tracks near I-435 and Wolcott Drive. […]

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    Man charged with bizarre choking of baby girl in Overland Park Walmart

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oleh Zhownirovych, 54, was charged Thursday with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery after a mom says he choked her baby Wednesday morning in the checkout line of an Overland Park Walmart. Zhownirovych bail was set at $100,000 and he’s scheduled to be in Johnson County court Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Overland Park police say Zhownirovych, originally from New Jersey, walked up to Quisha Hill and her four-month old baby girl at about 7:20 a.m., while they were […]

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    Driver of truck crashes into SUV, runs through muddy field fleeing police, then changes his mind

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A witness say a driver wrecked his truck into at least one innocent driver as the suspect sped away from police through the intersection of 87th Street and Blue Ridge Blvd late Thursday morning. The witness could see the wreck from a nearby business and says the truck blew through the intersection, wrecked into a pole and a silver SUV. The driver then hopped out of his vehicle, running through a muddy field. Then, the witness said, it appeared the […]

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    Belton police investigating possible road rage murder of 37-year-old father, husband

    BELTON, Mo. — Belton police are looking for a man in a small red vehicle following a deadly shooting Tuesday evening that police think may have happened as a result of road rage. Police say the shooting happened in the northwest portion of Belton in the area of Prospect Avenue and 150 Highway at about 5:40 p.m. and involved people in two vehicles.  Benjamin Friend, 37, was shot and taken to a hospital but didn’t survive. A friend says he was driving home […]

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    Early Christmas shoppers love the special gifts they find at Holiday Mart 2016 at Bartle Hall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 29th Annual Holiday Mart is at Bartle Hall the weekend of October 20-23. Holiday Mart is the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s largest fundraiser, with more than 200 specialty retailers. The proceeds from Holiday Mart support community projects sponsored by the Junior League. Since it began in 1988, Holiday Mart has helped to raise nearly $10 million for Kansas City community projects and the Junior League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of […]

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    Officer’s gun discharges during traffic stop at Shawnee convenience store

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Police say an officer’s gun went off during a scuffle at a convenience store at 75th and Switzer early Thursday morning. Police say it began with a traffic stop. A Shawnee police officer was running a records check on a license plate, which revealed the driver of either a Camaro or a Firebird had a warrant. The Shawnee police officer contacted a Lenexa police officer who was at the Quiktrip to help. The driver got out of […]

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    Witness: 3-year-old cries ‘Mama, Mama, Mama’ as he watches mom die in suspected Independence road rage

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors charged Christopher Taylor, 39, with the murder of Whitney Gray, 22 a mother of two, killed Sunday night in Independence in front of her two sons. On Sunday night, Gray and her two sons, Bentley, 6-months-old, and Junior, 3, were in their minivan near Winner Road and Sterling Avenue. According to court documents, another passenger inside Gray’s minivan threw a drink at Taylor’s car. Police believe Taylor then opened fire on the minivan, striking Whitney Gray. “The oldest […]

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    Three third-party candidates

    Many historians and political experts argue that the Founding Fathers would be sickened by the 2016 Presidential election and the two-party political system. “The Founding Fathers were vehemently against a national party (faction) system, especially a two-party model. The first three presidents – George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson- delivered strong cautionary worlds against the threat of political parties….,” writes 2016.presidential-candidates.org in an article about the history of third-party candidates. An ABC News/Washington Post poll from June 26 showed evidence that […]

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    Football player stands alone on sideline during National Anthem while team remains in locker room

    DECATUR, Ill. — On Saturday, the Millikin University football team stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem, reportedly to make a statement as San Francisco 49’ers’ Colin Kaepernick did to bring attention to the violence against African Americans. The football team stayed back, except for one young man named Connor Brewer.  Pictures of him on social media show the college football player standing alone. Three weeks ago, several Millikin football players took a knee during the national anthem. Many in the community […]

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    Kansas City pumpkin carvers get creative, elaborate with their decorations and themes

    You clearly have some great competition! Kansas City has some impressive, creative pumpkin carvers and decorators! If you haven’t already, enter the FOX 4 Great Pumpkin contest for your chance to win two tickets to Worlds Of Fun Halloween Haunts! Enter here!