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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
  • Police seek tips, witnesses of Northland attempted abduction

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New video has surfaced following an attempted abduction in Kansas City’s Northland. Police say few tips have come in since a man tried to grab a teen who was jogging in the area of NE 108th Street and Eastern Avenue on Saturday morning. Police are trying to identify the two women seen walking in that area around the time of the attempted abduction occurred. They released footage of the two women that was taken on school […]

  • New solar panels bring green energy to city of Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Dozens of solar panels used to generate electricity for animals, visitors and staff were recently installed next to the Lee’s Summit Animal Shelter. City leaders say the 30 kilowatt system with 96 panels will help power the building with energy powered by the sun. “For a 15-year lease, this is about $47,000, but over that 15 years we’ll realize about $19,000 in actual savings,” Mark Dunning, Lee’s Summit Assistant City Manager said. That savings will eventually […]

  • Kansas non-profit working to reunite migrant children with parents

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Topeka-based non-profit The Villages is dedicated to helping abused and neglected youth. “The homes were built specifically for that purpose, we’re out on a beautiful nature area,” Sylvia Crawford, The Villages Executive Director said. They’ve been housing children and teens since the 1960’s. Recently, one of the organization’s newer programs for unaccompanied minors has been getting a lot of attention. “To start out with, we would receive unaccompanied minors which are children that presented themselves at the […]

  • Girl escapes attempted abduction in the Northland

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are looking for a man who tried to grab a young girl who was running near Kellybrook Elementary School in the Northland. It happened just after noon on Sunday. Kansas City Police said a 14-year-old female was out jogging when a man she had never seen before approached her and grabbed her from behind. The girl was able to fight him off and quickly run home. Her parents immediately called police. They describe the […]

  • Local group working to memorialize fallen officers with unique ‘Tribute Stone’ monuments

    NEW CENTURY, Kan. — A metro group is trying to make sure fallen officers’ names, photos, voices and sacrifices are forever remembered.  Since the beginning of 2018, at least 45 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty, with 27 of the deaths caused by gunfire, according to a recent Fox News report. The Kansas-based group, the Honor Campaign, is working to memorialize local fallen officers with unique monuments throughout the metro. The monuments are called Tribute […]

  • Demonstrators gather outside Rep. Yoder’s Overland Park office, urging him to reunite families

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Several people planned a demonstration Friday outside of Rep. Kevin Yoder’s office in Overland Park in an effort to get their voices heard by legislators. The group held signs and chanted to show displeasure with the Congressman for not doing more to help reunite children with their families after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Friday’s demonstration was organized by the group Showing Up for Racial Justice. Members of the group planned the rally on Monday […]

  • Local psychologist discusses effects of border separations on children

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, since early May more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a consequence of a new immigration strategy by the Trump Administration that was reversed on Wednesday after Trump signed a new executive order designed to help keep migrant families together. UMKC psychology professor Erin Hambrick said one of the most glaring problems with the new order is that it […]

  • Voters approve funding for $250 million KC streetcar extension along Main Street

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thanks to voters, Kansas City’s streetcar is about to be a rapidly growing transit system. “We just celebrated our second birthday, and we have over four million rides within those two years,” said Donna Mandelbaum, communications director for the KC Streetcar Authority. The streetcar authority wants to extend the current route to attract more riders. “Right now we have a downtown streetcar line that goes from River Market to Union Station. The Main Street extension would […]

  • Warren Buffet visits metro to announce new GEICO service center, 500 new jobs in Lenexa

    LENEXA, Kan. — Warren Buffett is bringing what he calls his favorite company to the metro. GEICO Insurance will open a service center in Lenexa, bringing 500 jobs. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and billionaire CEO Warren Buffett joined representatives from the city of Lenexa, Johnson County and Geico on Tuesday morning to make the announcement. Colyer said the company’s decision to expand in Lenexa brings a $10 million investment in the area. GEICO, owned by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, is renovating […]

  • KC officials searching for man caught in Snapchat video violently kicking cat at local high school

    Editor’s note: Some viewers might find the video above graphic due to violence and profanity.  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who violently kicked a cat at a KCMO high school. The abuse happened on the field at Center High School. John Baccala, a spokesperson for KCMO Animal Control, said the time stamp on the Snapchat video says May 22, and the Center High School principal alerted animal control on May […]

  • Friends describe Deputy Theresa ‘TK’ King as kind, genuine and positive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Meg Rauh says the four horses on her ranch meant a lot to her friend Theresa King. “This is Roper, that is Coke and Coke just turned 21. This is Flash and this is Piper. Piper is the youngest,” Rauh said. The four horses are the reason Rauh and King met in the first place. “She had posted on Facebook that she needed a place closer to home for her horses because she was not able […]

  • Neighbors recall terrifying standoff before KC police shoot, kill sword-wielding woman in Northland

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Grant Braaten says he was home when his normally quiet Northland neighborhood was placed on lockdown and flooded with police activity Thursday. Police said a sword-wielding woman, later identified as 28-year-old Ashley Fulkerson, refused to come out of one of Braaten’s neighbor’s homes in the area of N.E. 38th Street and N. Jackson Avenue.  “The police came to my door a little after one, and they said somebody is in my neighbor’s house. They think she has […]