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Shayla comes to Kansas City from KY-3 in Springfield, Mo. She’s from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Missouri State University.

“My career in journalism has taken me to many interesting places. From reporting on the deadly 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri to covering the Kansas City Royals World Series games in California – I can truly say I’ve met some amazing friends and I’ve enjoyed sharing their unique stories,” Shayla said.
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Recent Articles
  • Families hold vigil for victims of historic flood almost 20 years later

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Families who lost loved ones during historic flooding in 1998 held a vigil today to remember those who died. Orlando Hudson was among eleven people who died during devastating floods that occurred in Kansas City on October 4, 1998. Eight of the people who died, were on or near the prospect road bridge. On Sunday Hudson’s family members held signs in his memory near the corner of 47th & Prospect. His sister Sharon says it’s something […]

  • Man surrenders to police after barricading himself inside room at Motel 6

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man surrendered peacefully after a standoff that lasted for hours on Sunday evening. Police were called to the Motel 6 on NW Prarie View Road to check on a man who was believed to be armed and suicidal inside one of the rooms. Negotiators spent hours attempting to contact the man so they could convince him to surrender. During those negotiations several rooms had to be evacuated as a precaution, and all exterior lights on […]

  • Crowds gather outside Shrine Circus performance in Independence to protest animal living conditions

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Ararat Shrine Circus is designed to be entertaining for both kids and adults. “This is a 200-year tradition, and it’s fun, and there’s laughter,” said Randy Berry, Ararat Shrine Circus ringmaster. “There’s just nothing better than the energy of the circus.” The traveling circus is performing in the Kansas City metro this weekend. The three day event features acrobats, clowns and plenty of shows with animals. “We’ve got our pony rides, we’ll have our big jumbo elephants, […]

  • Lenexa city leaders looking for public input on Quivira Road improvements

    LENEXA, Kan. — Improvements are in the works for a stretch of Quivira Road between 79th and 99th streets in Lenexa. City leaders want to improve the area to keep up with population growth in the city and county, and they’re counting on input from the public throughout the process. “At tonight’s public meeting we are looking for input from residents and people that use the corridor,” said Magi Tilton, planning and development services manager for Lenexa. “We have some […]

  • Chiefs alumni helping folks in hurricane-ravaged Texas get a good night’s sleep

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Former Chiefs players are raising money to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Wednesday night, metro area non-profit Beds for Texans held a fundraising event at Rock & Brews in Overland Park. The organization was founded by Whitney Hicks, wife of former Chiefs Defensive End Eric Hicks. Although the couple currently resides in Kansas City, Whitney is from Sour Lake, Texas and wanted to give back to her community. Wednesday’s event offered guests a chance […]

  • Woman carjacked at Truman Medical Center by couple she tried to help

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Good Samaritan was robbed of her car and phone outside of Truman Medical Center after giving a couple a ride there. Joni Bontrager says she had just finished driving for Uber around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning and decided to get something to eat before headed home. “I went down to Texas Toms to get some drive through. Well after I got my food, I see a couple standing right there by the street and […]

  • New documentary shines light on community activist who turned tragedy into action

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The mother of a Kansas City homicide victim is using her pain to make a difference in the community. Hundreds gathered on Saturday evening to watch the premier of Uncommon Allies, a documentary by filmmaker Jon Brick. The film shares the story of Rosilyn Temple of Mothers in Charge. She started the local chapter of the group after her son Antonio Thompson was killed in 2011. His murder remains unsolved and Temple, along with other victims […]

  • Some happy, some frustrated as horse-drawn carriage rides return to Country Club Plaza for holiday season

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Horse-drawn carriage rides are back this season at the Country Club Plaza. “Families from all over come in to the Country Club Plaza to take a carriage ride,” said Bobby McGee, spokesperson for Kansas City Carriages. “It’s a family tradition as we like to call it.” From November to mid-January, Kansas City Carriages offers horse-drawn carriage rides to the public. “My wife always wanted to do this,” Ryan Scott said Friday. “I should have done it […]

  • With deer on the move in November, here’s how to stay safe on the road

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Be on the lookout for deer this morning during your drive into work. November is a peak time for deer vs. car accidents. Conservationists say you’re likely to see more deer moving around and on the roads because it’s mating season and deer are a lot more active. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol data, there were more than 4,600 deer vs. car collisions reported in the state of Missouri last year — six of them […]

  • KC police still searching for man they say stabbed woman to death, seriously injured man at West Bottoms gas station

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are still searching for the man they say stabbed a woman to death and injured a man Wednesday in the West Bottoms. According to police, the stabbing occurred at a gas station near 12th and Wyoming Street around 5:50 p.m. The stabbing stemmed from an argument between two people. “A witness stated that she observed the male victim and also the male suspect get into an argument and that’s when the male suspect […]

  • KCPD seeks public’s help in finding driver involved in hit-and-run near Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo – Kansas City police are looking for the driver of a white Jeep that they say hit a woman on the Plaza. The driver of the vehicle left before police arrived. The crash happened on October 30 at approximately 5:21 p.m. near Ward Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. On Sunday, police released surveillance photos of the vehicle involved in the incident in hopes of getting new leads on the drives whereabouts. Many who frequent the Plaza say these […]

  • Single mom starts grassroots effort to help Kansas Citians in need

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – An online community known as the Kansas City Heroes is working to make a difference in real-life. Jennifer McCartney is a single mom who created the Facebook group ‘Kansas City Heroes’ in 2015 to be a resource for people needing help. In just two years the group has grown from about 100 participants to nearly 2,000 people. More impressive than the numbers, are the stories from people who otherwise would have nowhere else to turn. “In […]