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Recent Articles
  • University of Kansas Hospital says prelim. results indicate isolated patient does not have Ebola virus

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Hospital released preliminary Ebola test results at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, indicating the man in its care does not test positive for Ebola. A sample sent to Omaha came back negative and the hospital is now awaiting results from a sample sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer of the hospital, said at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon that the hospital expects those results […]

  • Good Samaritans stumble upon two-year-old wandering alone in Independence street

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A child was found wandering alone on a street near I-70 and South Noland Rd. late Friday morning and authorities found his parents about an hour and a half later. He was reportedly in the care of a sitter and somehow got out of the residence. The little boy was spotted in the roadway on Osage Street at about 10:45 a.m. Friday. A woman FOX 4 spoke to, who saw the little boy, said he was being […]

  • Cupcakes and more come to KC Jewish Film Festival

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A baker, suffering through a recent heartbreak in Israel, writes a catchy little jingle with her friends in a song contest. But, things begin to go awry with the group of friends, who find themselves suddenly thrust into the pop business. The musical story is coming to Kansas City for the Kansas City Jewish Film Festival. Our guests Thursday morning on the FOX 4 Morning Show only add to the excitement of the film “Cupcakes” and […]

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    With Royals grand win, man keeps promise and gets girlfriend her puppy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man promised his girlfriend he’d get her a puppy if the Royals made the playoffs, and Katie Castan now has her dream dog to cuddle with as she cheers on the team. Castan held up a sign in the Wild Card game which had an arrow pointing to him and declaring his promise:  “If we win, he’s buying me a puppy.” But it wasn’t all on the Royals.  There was another part of the deal. She had […]

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    Three robbers storm into Westport pizzeria, rob at gunpoint

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are looking for a gunman and two accomplices who robbed Sarpino’s Pizzeria in Westport early Tuesday morning. About an hour after the restaurant closed, at about 3:00 a.m. while employees were closing up the store and counting daily receipts, the suspects entered through the still unlocked front door. “It’s typically protocol for us to have the front door locked at that time of night and for some reason, though, it slipped their mind,” said Andrew […]

  • KC boy recounts crash with postal truck that killed his 13-year-old best friend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends and family of a 13-year-old boy who died Saturday morning when a U.S. Post Service Mack tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was riding in held a candlelight vigil Monday night in his honor. Kenta Summers dreamed of becoming a pro-football player.  He was headed to a football game at Ruskin High School when the truck crashed into the car at about 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of 18th and Benton in Kansas City, Mo. […]

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    Viral video shows angry man confront panhandler in Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A man confronted a 78-year-old woman who he says scammed him at least three times when she was begging on the street. When the man saw the woman get into a new Fiat, he became enraged and started yelling at her for taking his money. “You asking for money in the middle of the street, and you drive a 2013 car?” the man could be heard saying. “Listen, I work hard for my money. I don’t appreciate […]

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    Man, 26, accused of drugging six-year-old Independence girl to make her calm down

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence man is charged in Jackson County with endangering the welfare of a child because prosecutors say he gave a six-year-old child a pill not prescribed to her. Brant Elliot, 26, was asked to watch the six-year-old girl while her father was at work. Elliot is the father’s brother-in-law and had been living with him. According to the probable cause statement, the victim had spent the day at her father’s house. The victim’s mother was unable […]

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    KC Jewish Film Fest brings memorable films to KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The KC Jewish Film Festival brings several films to our area that would not normally be in theaters in Kansas City. It opens Oct. 11 and runs through Oct. 19, featuring films with a Jewish twist that celebrate Jewish culture and film. For tickets to the festival, click here. Look for more on the films on The FOX 4 News Morning Show.  FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards is the festival’s director. The film list includes: Jayhawkers, […]

  • Students walk out of class to protest dismissal of their Smithville H.S. principal

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. — A group of students at Smithville High School walked out of class Thursday morning in protest over the termination of their principal, Rudy Papenfuhs. District officials took issue with a number of actions taken by Papenfuhs and his relationships with and behavior toward some students. Among the violations of district policy, district leaders accuse Papenfuhs of: Texting students between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Taking students to Chiefs games and Royals game Adding a student to his […]

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    Smithville High School principal accused of inappropriate relationships with students

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. — The principal of Smithville High School is under investigation and has been dismissed by the district after officials say he violated professional behavior, allegedly giving a student a prescription drug and having explicit, sexual conversations with students. Dr. Rudy Papenfuhs was placed on administrative leave last week. District officials said Dr. Papenfuhs is accused of texting students between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., which is a violation of board policy. He also is accused of other inappropriate […]

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    Police look for owner of ring with sentimental value lost at car show

    OTTAWA, Kan. — Police are hoping to reunite a ring with its owner because the jewelry likely has sentimental value. Someone lost a ring at an Ottawa Car Show over the weekend. The word “Dad” is inscribed on the inside of the ring. The police department says someone found the ring on Main Street during the River Run Car Show Cruise Night. Call the Ottawa Police Department if you are or know the owner of the ring. 785.229.3600