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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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    Exclusive report: Family of murdered mother and son urged woman to stay hidden from suspect

    CLINTON, Mo. — The daughter and sister of the two people found murdered early Thursday morning in Clinton, Mo., spoke exclusively to FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien about what happened to her mother and her brother, and about the man they suspect killed them in Clinton, Mo., Thursday. “I had my opinion of that guy from the very beginning that he was capable of this,” said Robert Pottorff, about the James Horn, the man police believe killed Sandra Sutton, 46, and Zachary […]

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    Year-long job training program prepared graduates with special needs for careers

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Six students with special needs have earned their diploma, graduating from a special year-long job training program at Truman Medical Center Lakewood. FOX 4 photojournalist Jon Haiduk takes us inside the unique and challenging program and shows us the skills and self confidence they gained from it.

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    Watch Live: Update on Clinton double murders, manhunt for suspect in Sedalia

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON MOBILE DEVICES. (Please click the play button to view.) CLINTON, Mo. — A 46-year-old woman who escaped from captivity in Sedalia, where she said a man she had dated was holding her in a wooden box, was murdered overnight in Clinton, Mo., along with her 17-year-old son. Police were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of East Franklin Street Thursday  just after 4:20 a.m. when relatives with whom they were living came home from […]

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    Atlanta woman says her car was given to someone else after checking it in to Isle of Capri Casino valet

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 29-year-old woman from Atlanta, in Kansas City for her grandmother’s funeral on Sunday, had her car stolen after she dropped it off with the valet at Isle of Capri Casino, she says. “It’s completely unbelievable,” said Ta’Quela Blaylock.  “I was highly upset.” During her trip to Kansas City for the funeral, Blaylock says she got together with her cousin and her aunt. They went to Isle of Capri Casino, where they played slots for about […]

  • Police: Man who failed to register as sex offender in Clay County tries to get into Northland school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Aaron S. Finney, 34, appeared in Clay County Court Wednesday afternoon, charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Authorities were alerted to Finney on Monday, when Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a call to Northgate Middle School about a suspicious party. They couldn’t find anyone at the school when they got there, but soon made contact with Finney, who they say admitted being at the school because he thought he had seen his dead […]

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    Store clerk records funny video for her sister with commentary of ‘That one time I was robbed at gunpoint’

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Utah smoke shop employee who said she was robbed by two suspects  didn’t mean for anyone to see a video she made for her sister, but her sister, like thousands of other people, apparently thought it was amusing and posted it for others to enjoy on YouTube.. In the video, the clerk, who didn’t want to be identified, gives a sarcastic play-by-play of the robbery, which was caught on surveillance video. The woman says she tried […]

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    Government: Four cancer charities used money on lavish lifestyles instead of helping patients

    WASHINGTON D.C. — For five years, several members of a family collected donations in the name of cancer research and charity programs, but used the money instead for a lavish lifestyle, the Federal Trade Commission says. The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint about the alleged fraud on behalf of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, saying that almost nothing was spent to help actual cancer patients. “In some instances instead of providing cancer patients with much needed support, […]

  • On her birthday, KCK woman who hit 4 teens with her car apologizes and says police turned an accident into a crime

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The woman accused of hitting four teenagers in her car, killing one, on January 30, blamed police on Tuesday for turning an accident into something criminal. At her news conference Tuesday morning,  Tamika Pledger said today was her birthday. “Today is my birthday,” she said. “I never meant to hurt anyone.” She tearfully said that the whole accident has turned into a “monster.” “It was an accident. I am very, very sorry,” she said through tears. Pledger […]

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    It’s the year of cicadas that can ‘drown out a chainsaw’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A batch, or brood of cicadas, that have spent 17 years underground will make themselves heard in the northwest part of the state this month. Another group will surface in southeast Missouri after a 13 year subterranean existence. There are periodical cicadas and there are annual cicadas. Periodical cicadas, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, emerge every 13 or 17 years, depending on the brood. These periodical cicadas are the ones Missouri will see in 2015. Periodical cicadas […]

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    Man who escaped from KCK police last week turns himself in

    WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Mo. — Kansas City, Kan., Police confirmed that the man who escaped from their custody on Tuesday, May 12, turned himself into his probation officer on Monday morning in Kansas City, Mo. District Attorney Jerome Gorman said last week in a news release that Ted W. Taylor, 29,  was assisting the Kansas City, Kan. Police Dept., when he escaped. He was in the custody of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office for felony possession of a firearm when he was checked […]

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    Watch parties at Sporting Park for Women’s World Cup

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — There will be 52 games played in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and if you’re surrounded by other soccer fans, the matches are sure to be more fun. The first three games are set for the U.S. Women’s team:  June 8, June 12, and June 16. You can watch all three of these games, free of charge, at Sporting Park’s Boulevard Members Club.  The watch parties are open to fans of all ages, with no […]

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    Two young men pull gun on woman, point at her face to take her car in South KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 22-year-old woman knows she could have lost her life over the weekend when two men threatened her with a gun and stole her car from the View High Lake Apartment Complex in South Kansas City. The woman, Leah Shaw, says she always parks her car in the same general location in the parking lot near 97th Terrace and Willow, where she lives. She arrived home after work and parked her car and was heading toward […]