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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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  • Kansas City mom shocked when minivan filled with kids gets hit by bullets while driving

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City mom says the neighborhood she`s lived in for four years is getting worse, and she experienced it firsthand Thursday.  “It`s a lot of shooting always going on over there, (breaking and entering), robberies,” she said. So she made plans to take her kids and get out. But on moving day, her family became the latest victims of a neighborhood crime. “I see a whole bunch of guys in all black standing at a […]

  • You might qualify for $10,000 in home repairs through this Lee’s Summit grant program

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Lee’s Summit is offering thousands of dollars to certain residents to give their homes some curb appeal.  Kay Taylor loves every inch of her Lee’s Summit home. “I’ve been here since 1989, and I just love it here,” Taylor said. Recently, the place she’s lived for more than 30 years has gotten some much-needed upgrades. “They put in the garage doors and this was, two windows, out of 12 that they put in,” she said. She […]

  • Schools, education groups hope to have more say in KC mayor’s pre-K education plan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City mom Elizabeth Lewis has seen first-hand the benefits of early education. “I have a 5-year-old that’s been in pre-K for three years and another 3-year-old that’s starting on Monday, and I think it’s amazing. They’ve learned so much, not just socially, which I think is the most important, but just the practicality of life and meeting friends,” Lewis said. She’s excited about a recent proposal that would provide free pre-K education for all Kansas […]

  • 816 Day celebrates all things Kansas City on August 16

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — August 16 is 816 Day in the metro. It’s a day to celebrate all things Kansas City! The City Market is a Kansas City landmark, and Thursday night it’s been transformed into a Kansas City party spot. There’s a live band, food vendors, signature drinks and more to celebrate 816 Day in the metro. “Today we’re celebrating everything 816. It’s August 16, and it’s also our area code, so it’s pretty much time to celebrate everything Kansas City […]

  • Accelerated learning courses prep metro HS students for college and career success

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — More than 2,000 students returned to Blue Springs High School on Wednesday bringing an end to summer break. “I just think this year is going to be one to remember. It’s going to be really fun,” senior Sophia Marmelston said. Marmelston has already been accepted into Kansas State University and plans to study engineering. She said the opportunities she got while attending Blue Springs set her up for success in college. “Shadowing opportunities in the city, […]

  • You Matter Music Festival aims to address suicide prevention

    STILWELL, Kan. — The inaugural “You Matter Music Festival” took place at Blue Valley High School on Saturday with a focus on good music and an important message. Local student bands took to the stage on the high school football field to express themselves through song. Many of the performances share some message of acceptance, hope or some type of personal struggle. The event was organized by Sophomore Will Gurley. The 15-year-old Leawood native put this event together after seeing […]

  • Independence boy severely burned after mom says another boy lit him on fire

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Vibrant, fun loving and compassionate are words Ashley Lyons describes her 7-year-old son, but a recent attack has made her little boy nearly unrecognizable. “I had received a call when I got to court that my son was being rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital from a child drowning my son in fingernail polish remover and lit him on fire on purpose.” When she arrived, doctors told her the extent of Julien’s injuries. “The burns were so bad […]

  • Johnson County election officials shed light on what caused huge delay in results

    OLATHE, Kan. — Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but in Johnson County, election officials had a long night ahead. It would be more than 12 hours until results were released. “It was a matter of how to get results from the master USB to upload into the reporting software,” said Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County election commissioner. When it was time to count the votes Tuesday night, that issue with the system caused a major delay. “The reporting software is […]

  • Power outage forces voters across the metro to cast votes in the dark

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Longtime voter Connie Knowles experienced a first at the polls Tuesday. “It was different. We got to vote in the dark, and those that had cell phones could use their lights on their phones,” Knowles said. According to Kansas City Power & Light, at the height of the outage, at least 3,000 customers near 7 Highway and Interstate 70 were without power, which included homes, businesses and polling places. “We’ve experienced some power outages at some […]

  • Man threatening suicide, talking about mass shooting gets killed in Liberty officer-involved shooting

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Police in Liberty are investigating a shooting involving  officers on Saturday night where a man who opened fire was struck and killed. The officer-involved shooting happened at about 7 p.m. in the 1000 block of Highland Drive, just south and west of 291 and Whittier. No officers were hurt. Captain Andy Hedrick with Liberty police said the man was suicidal and had called police dispatch and made comments about a mass shooting. When officers responded, the man pointed […]

  • Metro health officials urge parents to vaccinate kids before heading back to school

    OLATHE, Kan. — The Johnson County Health Department is an important stop on many families back to school checklists. “The last couple weeks we’ve been pretty busy,” said Nancy Tausz, Head Services Division director for the Johnson County Health Department said. The department offers key health immunizations that are required for many children before they can attend classes. “Kindergarten vaccines are polio, Tdap, chickenpox, measles,” Tausz said. But young kids aren’t the only ones who need these vaccines. “We have […]

  • An inside look at Olathe-based Garmin and the products responsible for its expansion

    OLATHE, Kan. — Gone are the days when the only use for a watch is telling time. “We actually made the first smartwatch, which is kind of funny. It`s before the term smartwatch was really coined over 15 years ago,” said Susan Lyman, vice president of global consumer marketing for Garmin. Garmin has developed seven different lines of smartwatches, each with popular health and fitness features. “Not only does it have wrist-based heart rate, but it measures stress level. You […]