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  • Children’s Mercy Hospital restricts NICU visitors as respiratory viruses spread

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Children’s Mercy Hospital makes a temporary change to its visitors’ policy. The hospital announced that it will begin restricting siblings from visiting the newborn intensive care unit. In a statement posted on Facebook, Children’s Mercy says the change is because of an unusually high number of respiratory viruses right now. The new rule takes effect Wednesday and is in place until further notice. The restriction only applies to the NICU at this time.

  • Trump expected to release new vaping rules, including increasing age from 18 to 21

    WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump says he plans to tackle the teen vaping epidemic and release new rules this week. The move comes after roughly 2,000 people have died from a rare illness with suspected links to vaping. “We’re talking about the age; we’re talking about flavors,” Trump said. He promised to ban flavored vaping products in the past. Now Trump said he also wants to increase the age to legally smoke. As the Trump administration promises to do something […]

  • Missouri’s US Senators Hawley, Blunt back plan to track police suicides nationally

    WASHINGTON — Suicide is the leading cause of death for police officers in the U.S. for the third year in a row. The Kansas City Police Department lost four officers to suicide in the past four years. Nationally, 167 officers took their lives in 2018. Now Missouri’s U.S. Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt are taking action. Hawley introduced a bill requiring the FBI to create the first national, anonymous database to track the issue. The freshman Republican said it […]

  • Push to end hazing heads to Congress with bill that would force colleges to come clean

    WASHINGTON — The issue of hazing makes its way to Capitol Hill. Now there’s a push from lawmakers to end hazing at fraternities and sororities across the country. After hearing that at least 40 students have died because of hazing in the past decade, supporters say it’s time to force colleges and universities to come clean about dangerous incidents involving student organizations. “This has gone too far,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, who introduced a bill […]

  • Preventing a midair scare: FAA considering opioid overdose reversal drug requirement on planes

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is considering requiring planes to carry drugs used to reverse opioid overdoses. The FAA has required every plane to carry some form of emergency medical kit since 1986. The kits include medications such as nitroglycerin tablets to treat chest pains, diphenhydramine injections to treat allergies and an injection used to treat low blood sugar. Flights carrying at least 30 passengers also must have an automated external defibrillator. Now some lawmakers want airlines to add […]

  • Man charged in deadly crash previously convicted 14 times for suspended license, multiple DWIs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Monday, prosecutors charged a metro man with causing a deadly crash in January. Paul Dowdell, 39, is charged with driving while intoxicated resulting in the death of another person. At the time of the crash, Dowdell was driving on a suspended license, according to court documents. He was also allegedly driving on a suspended license when police picked him up this past Saturday for running a red light. According to Dowdell’s record, he’s been convicted […]

  • Local shelter says ‘I care’ about domestic violence awareness through new campaign

    MERRIAM, Kan. — Safehome wants everyone to say “I care” about domestic violence issues. So the local domestic violence shelter is working with metro police departments and businesses on its new “iCare” campaign. You can visit a participating business and make a donation to help the shelter. In return, you’ll get a black sticker. Safehome asks that you wear the sticker or take a picture wearing it. Then upload it to social media using #icareforsafehome. “It’s not anything easy to […]

  • Proposed bill would give tax breaks to businesses selling gun locks, other safety devices

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers introduced a bill they say will help reduce homicides, school shootings and suicides across the country. It’s called the Prevent Family Fire Act. Supporters say it will offer tax credits to retailers who sell safe storage devices for guns. Other gun control bills that have been introduced by Senators are stalled. California Democrat Sen. Mike Levin wants to take a new approach. “We’ve had far too many tragedies,” Sen. Mike Levin said. “This is a bipartisan common […]

  • Potholes in Kansas City won’t all be filled before new ones form this winter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crews with Kansas City’s public works department say they likely won’t get hundreds of potholes from last winter filled before you start seeing new ones this winter. Maggie Green with Kansas City Public Works said crews have already filled nearly 100,000 potholes this year. There are another 700 potholes waiting to be repaired. “We will still be filling potholes from now into the new year, into the next season,” Green said. The snow only delayed the […]

  • Get to know new Royals new manager Mike Matheny

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Matheny will become the Kansas City Royals next manager.  The Royals introduced Matheny during a news conference at Kauffman Stadium.  If you missed it, you can replay it in the video player above. Matheny is originally from Columbus, Ohio and played baseball at the University of Michigan.  The Brewers selected him in the eighth-round in 1991. He was a catcher for 13 seasons with four different teams.  Matheny set  Major League record with 252 consecutive […]

  • Senators’ new bill would give you access to your data on social media platforms

    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators want to make it easier for you to switch your data between different social media platforms. It’s called the ACCESS Act, which stands for Addressing Community Challenges Emerging From Self-Driving Systems. The idea is to put more power in your hands and force large companies to make your data portable. Supporters say requiring large tech platforms like Facebook and Google to create the tool would increase competition. “If you’re tired of Facebook and […]

  • No tricks! There are real meanings behind some colored pumpkins on Halloween

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ghouls and goblins come alive on Halloween. You know what they want when the doorbell rings. But do you know the meaning behind the wide variety of colors when it comes to Halloween pumpkins? Blue Pumpkins Autism Speaks started the blue bucket push last year. It recommends people be aware that children carrying blue pails may have autism. The organization also asks people to remember that trick-or-treaters may look like adults, but function at a lower level. […]

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