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I love what I do, love working at FOX 4 because I’m interested in people and their stories. I especially love stories that show the human spirit– our kindness, survival skills, determination and stubbornness– all the things that motivate us and make us unique and exceptional.

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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  • Veterans program in Johnson County

    Judge recognizes first veteran to complete new program focused on treatment, not jail

    OLATHE, Kan. —  A Johnson County judge on Wednesday recognized the first graduate of a veterans program, which seeks to help veterans facing jail time get treatment instead of being incarcerated. The Veterans Treatment Court, or VTC, identifies veterans who need treatment and supervision. The program can last up to 18 months. The program considers veterans with low-level felonies or misdemeanors, which could include drug charges, drunk driving or domestic violence. Johnson County Judge Timothy P. McCarthy said it is gratifying […]

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    ‘Unclaimed’ Vietnam veteran who died in December buried with honors in Higginsville

    HIGGINSVILLE, Mo. — A Vietnam War veteran who died in December and whose body remained unclaimed until a Missouri coroner got involved, was laid to rest with honors Wednesday afternoon in Higginsville, Mo., surrounded by some of his relatives. Pettis County Coroner Robert ‘Skip” Smith found Dennis Gray’s discharge papers at Gray’s home in Sedalia, Mo., after the veteran passed away. Initially, no one knew how to contact Gray’s family members but with the help of the coroner and other […]

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    KC police chief admits frustration & says he’ll speak out about racism and threats against him

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tuesday morning at the Board of Commissioners meeting, Police Chief Darryl Forte spoke with passion about race, about treating people fairly, about threats to his family; and promised that he’ll continue to speak out on such issues. “Racism is everywhere and as long as I’m here, I’ll continue to talk about it. There might be some repercussions. I’m prepared for that too. I’ve been black all my life so I can handle whatever comes my way,” Forte […]

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    Kansas governor confirms consideration of Johnson Co. airport to compete with KCI

    OLATHE, Kan. — Governor Sam Brownback is considering a plan to build a new airport in Johnson County, although it could be years before approval and then more years before completion. “With more than 50 percent of MCI passengers coming from Kansas, we are exploring the possibilities of this project,” Brownback said. The Kansas City Business Journal reports building an airport in Johnson County would take years and cost more than a billion dollars. Kansas City, Mo., leaders have been […]

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    Car fire causes brief concern for Northland homes when wind spreads flames

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to Kansas City, Mo. police, a car fire sparked a grass fire in the Northland late Friday afternoon. Police say a car had trouble and pulled over on the side of the 152-Highway near Platte Purchase Drive and Green Hills Road. The car then caught fire, which spread to the grass and nearby trees and brush. The concern was that the winds would take it straight to the apartment complex. It was contained before it got there. As of […]

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    4-year-old girl adorably sings ‘Overcomer’ while in hospital yet again

    A mom in California named Lindsay Chapman-Carroll posted a video on Facebook that shows her 4-year-old daughter Leah singing and dancing to “Overcomer” by Christian singer Mandisa. Leah has a rare disorder called severe congenital neutropenia. It means she has low levels of a certain type of white blood cell and frequent infections. Her mom’s Facebook post says this happy little girl has been through two bone marrow transplants…. but as you can see in the video, she is most […]

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    A Love Fund Ladies’ Night Out at Kendra Scott in Leawood

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The FOX 4 Love Fund for Children will receive 20 percent of the proceeds during a fundraiser at Town Center Crossing’s new Kendra Scott location. The ‘Kendra Gives Back’ event features a Ladies’  Night Out. Enjoy ‘sips, sweets and jewels’ from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 9. The store is at 4533 West 119th Street. ‘Like‘ their Facebook page.

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    Man whose wife died during alleged road rage attack returns to KC after burying her next to her father

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A husband has returned from Iraq after burying his wife in her home country. Shaymaa Saudi, 35, was killed Sunday, Jan. 15, when she was fleeing a driver who had tried to run over her husband. In surveillance video from a business called El Torito, Saudi’s husband, Abbas al Hahemi, can be seen out of the car, arguing with another man. The husband then said he told his wife to leave with their 5-year-old daughter because the driver […]

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    Jury sequestered in double murder trial of Lee’s Summit attorney

    LEBANON, Mo. — A suburban Kansas City attorney is going on trial for murder in the 2010 deaths of her millionaire father and his girlfriend. The Laclede County jury that will decide Susan Van Note’s guilt or innocence was chosen on Monday and is now sequestered. year-old Susan Van Note of Lee’s Summit. Van Note is accused of a late-night October 2010 attack on her father, 67-year-old William Van Note and 59-year-old Sharon Dickson at the couple’s Lake of the Ozarks house. […]

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    Some Mo. residents ask: Why is my electric bill so high? and question utility companies’ answers

    CAMERON, Mo. — When some Missouri customers opened their heating bills for this past month, many were startled at the amount they were billed. FOX 4 received several messages from residents north of the Kansas City-metro area, asking us to find out why their more recent bills were so high. One message from Cameron, Mo., said: “We are having an outrageous amount of people on Facebook complaining about utility bills in Cameron Missouri.** I myself live in a one bedroom […]

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    Dad who says his daughter was raped by teacher, sues NKC School District & administrators

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is suing the North Kansas City School District on behalf of his minor daughter, who he says was raped by a 7th grade teacher at Northgate Middle School. The girl is now 14-years old. The teacher is Samuel Waltemath, once considered the ‘fun science teacher’ by students at Northgate Middle School. In Nov. 2016, Waltemath pleaded guilty to second-degree statutory sodomy, which is a class C felony, for a case stemming from May of 2015.  He […]

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    KC student brings gun to school in backpack, says he forgot it was there after finding it on way home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 17-year-old student at Central Academy of Excellence, 3221 Indiana, was arrested Tuesday after he was found in possession of a loaded gun with five rounds and one shell casing. It was a gun ‘readily capable of lethal use,” police said. Natalie Allen, KC Public Schools spokesperson, say the student was approaching the school’s main entrance and handed his backpack to the resource officer, which is what students are supposed to do since all backpacks are […]