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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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  • Crowdfunding effort underway to help with $1.6 million Union Station renovation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Construction fencing is set up around the main entrance to Union Station as crews progress on a $1.6 million project to renew and preserve the iconic building. “We’re tuck-pointing almost this entire 850,000-square-foot complex and taking off nearly 20 years of bio-hazards,” said George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station. It’s the first time exterior renovations of this magnitude have been done since the 1990s. Project leaders said it’s needed in part because of general […]

  • Jackson County leaders break ground on new monument to honor local civil rights activists

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new monument is coming to Kansas City’s east side to honor local civil rights activists. County leaders broke ground on the “Monument to Freedom, Justice and Courage” on Wednesday inside the Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park at 31st Street and Benton Boulevard. The monument will feature two 8-foot-tall walls full of plaques that bear the names of local civil rights champions. “It’s a monument to recognize those who have contributed to the civil rights movement […]

  • With 6 metro bank robberies so far in April, recent uptick keeps local FBI busy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There have been six bank robberies so far this month, five in the past week alone, in the metro. That has the local FBI office investigating. The slight uptick in bank robberies the metro has seen recently is definitely concerning, and it’s keeping FBI agents very busy as they try to connect the dots to see if these crimes are related. Just halfway through the month of April, an unsettling trend has emerged among some area […]

  • Local refugee advocates react to military strike against Syria

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Friday evening, President Donald Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad. In conjunction with British and French soldiers, the U.S. military carried out the strikes on three sites, a scientific research center near Damascus and two chemical weapons storage facilities near Homs. Many here in the metro area have been following this conflict in Syria closely and have strong views on weather or not these strikes will help. Ann Say is the […]

  • After tornado destroyed town last year, Smithville residents on alert for severe weather

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. – As severe weather swept across the area Friday, residents in one metro town were a bit more nervous than most — especially because one of their sirens isn’t working.  “We’re a little hyper-vigilant because of last year,” Smithville Police Chief Jason Lockridge said. “When we had to sound the sirens in March, the whole community was really paying attention and actually did take it very seriously.” Thirteen months after a devastating EF-2 tornado ripped through Smithville, destroying […]

  • Local nonprofit helping KC teens prepare to achieve their career goals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  The Olsson Associates board room was full of future designers and engineers Thursday afternoon in KC. About a half dozen students from Kansas City’s Green Works were visiting to gain a better understanding of the job and the education required to land a position in this field. “Green Works is an environmental education program, and we also do job development,” said Charlotte Cline-Smith, director for workforce development with Green Works. “We work with KCPS high school […]

  • Lee’s Summit Toys ‘R’ Us employee’s goodbye video goes viral

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Many are sad to see Toys ‘R’ Us going out of business, but a metro area employee is turning his sorrow into song. Brad Douglas is behind the joyful jingle that’s making rounds on the internet. Watch the viral video in the player above.  He’s worked at the Toys ‘R’ Us Distribution Center in Lee’s Summit for the past 15 years and said he’s been singing for his coworkers for about eight years. “About eight years […]

  • Black Health Week aims to address health disparities in KC’s African American communities

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Next week, April 9-15, is National Black Health Week, and Kansas City’s Black Health Care Coalition has a week full of events planned to connect with people of all ages in the black community and talk about health. BHCC leaders said conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure and infant mortality affect the black communities at rates much higher than other demographics. In fact, statisticians at the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department found a 13-year gap between […]

  • Tanks on the Plaza: Local man recalls the sight that has stuck with him for 50 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Each person’s experience during the riots was very different depending on age and background. FOX4’s Shayla Patrick met a man who recalled taking a stand with his fellow high school classmates. David Walen describes Kansas City in the 1960s as a place experiencing growth, change, and also turbulence. “It was a time of change during those times. It was a lot of things going on. You had great music going on. Times was changing. You had […]

  • Hundreds pack Olathe church for student-led March For Our Lives event

    OLATHE, Kan. — Hundreds of people packed a Johnson County Church for a student led town hall with a focus on gun reform. The event took place Saturday afternoon at the Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe. The event follows last months March For Our Lives and is an effort by students and groups across the country to fight for to change gun laws. Seven congressional candidates attended the town hall answering questions about gun control, and addressing a host […]

  • Police investigating after someone fires flare gun at Overland Park apartment complex

    Overland Park, Kan. — Overland Park police are investigating after someone possibly used a flare gun to shoot into several residences Thursday evening. Police were sent to an apartment complex in the 10200 block of 81st Terrance around 10 p.m. Thursday evening. They said although nobody was directly hit by the shots, some apartments sustained damage. The Overland Park Fire Department responded to extinguish a fire created by a flare in at least one of the apartment units. Leslie Ruiz […]

  • Avila University investigating after student allegedly filmed in residence hall shower

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Avila University administrators say they’re investigating an incident in the residence halls after a female student was allegedly videotaped in the shower. On Thursday afternoon, school officials released a statement saying it’s a “Title IX incident and the university is executing a defined process and protocols outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.” Many students said they were shocked to learn of this upon coming back to school after Easter break. “This incident happened over Easter break. […]