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  • North Carolina group travels to KC to escape hurricane, compete in World Series of Barbecue

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Teams from across the country are competing in the American Royal World Series of Barbecue this weekend, and several teams from the Carolinas left just before the storm hit to be here. Mutley Crew Barbecue is a five-year-old barbecue team based out of Apex, North Carolina. Pitmaster Sharon Turner said she loves coming to the American Royal because of the good competition and good people. This year, the American Royal happens to be at the same time […]

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    Operation BBQ Relief splitting efforts between American Royal & hurricane relief

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The American Royal barbecue competition is getting ready to kick off in KCK this weekend. Operation BBQ Relief hopes the event can help raise money to provide some comfort food to people who are affected by Hurricane Florence and other disasters. On Thursday, the group set up shop at the Kansas City-based event with large smokers that are designed to feed the masses. “ You can get about 70 butts in this one,” Will Cleaver, Co-Founder […]

  • Metro mom remains in critical care after horrific crash on 152 Highway

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro mom is fighting for her life after first-responders pulled her from the mangled mess of her car Friday. Friends and family describe 34-year old Megan McKeehan as fun, friendly and family oriented. “She’s a beautiful, smart, devoted mom,” Megan’s mom Amy Gates said. On Friday, when she didn’t show up to a family gathering, her mom became worried. “I knew something was wrong that night because I was expecting her that night, and she […]

  • Both sides of state line brace for rainy weekend, potential flash flooding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Emergency Operations Center is ground zero for disaster management during severe weather events. “For weather events like we’re expecting tomorrow and this weekend, we activate,” KCMO Emergency Planner Christopher Carroll said. Firefighters, dispatchers, electric company crews and more meet at a designated command post and work from there for hours on end to keep the city and its residents safe. “The purpose of bringing all of those key individuals here is so that we […]

  • Federal grant helps local programs expand youth drug addiction prevention

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The opioid crisis is a public health emergency, and there are local organizations working to combat it.  “In the U.S. this last year in 2017 there were approximately 72,000 overdose deaths in our country and that includes people that have died from drug overdoses right here in our state,” UMKC Senior Program Coordinator Dr. Debbie Richardson said. Richardson works to fight this epidemic through the UMKC Targeted Response Technical Assistance Program. “Our collaborative effort addresses these […]

  • Oaklawn Christian School removes sign, website, but school’s status still unknown

    SHAWNEE, Kan. – More activity could be seen on the grounds of Oaklawn Christian School on Tuesday. The schools main entrance was blocked off by a large white van sitting the end of the school`s driveway. FOX4 News crews saw some activity at the school on Tuesday, but still no word on if or when school will resume since it’s founder has been charged with serious sex crimes. Last week the Johnson County district attorney charged founder 48-year-old Dennis Creason […]

  • Smithville Lake still a popular option for Labor Day weekend, despite low lake levels

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Labor Day Weekend is a busy time at area lakes. But this season’s drought could affect your weekend plans. Despite the recent showers and storms lake levels are still below normal at Smithville Lake. The lake, which is normally about 864.2-feet above sea level, has been low this year, at times between two and six-feet below the normal level. While the recent rain has helped some, lake operations managers say it would take a lot more to […]

  • Wyandotte County DA shares details on newly established Conviction Integrity Unit

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An estimated 2-million Americans are serving time behind bars, and the nonprofit The Innocence Project estimates between 2 and 5 percent are there for crimes they didn’t commit. On Friday Wyandotte County leaders detailed a new effort to focus on this problem. “The Conviction Integrity Unit is a unit that will be established here in Wyandotte County,” Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said. The CIU will focus entirely on reviewing cases of people who believe […]

  • Westport’s enhanced security, including metal detector screenings, begins this weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you plan to visit Westport this weekend, enhanced security begins this weekend. Enhanced security will only take place on Friday and Saturday nights in the entertainment district and only between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pedestrians will have to enter through metal detectors at one of four checkpoints — at Westport and Mill, at Westport and Broadway, at Pennsylvania and Archibald or at Pennsylvania and the entrance to the nearby parking garage. Westport […]

  • Liquor delivery straight to your door gets the green light in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A unanimous vote from Kansas City council members means liquor delivery services will soon be more convenient. “I think it’s a good thing. The fact of the matter is delivery was already allowed, but people had to come into the store and pay for it first, and then you could deliver it to their homes or businesses. All this ordinance does is allow us to deliver using a phone app,” said Mike Doohan, owner of Mike’s […]

  • Liberty loves its downtown square, but there’s much more to this Northland city

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Any longtime resident of Liberty can tell you this city has it all. “I say a lot of times, if you can’t find it in Liberty, you probably didn’t need it anyway,” Mayor Lyndell Brenton said. Brenton has lived in Liberty his whole life. He now spends most days at city hall, near the downtown square. “It’s the heart of our city. When we have celebrations, when we have events, it’s in the downtown area,” Brenton said. […]

  • Local experts react to FDA investigation into e-cigarette marketing practices

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — E-Cigarette giant Juul dominates the e-cigarette market and is now among several companies being investigated by the US Food And Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA says in addition to investigating marketing strategies and impact of several types of e-cigarettes among youth, it is also preparing to launch a campaign to discourage teens from vaping. “The FDA should definitely investigate because more teenagers are using it, but then I feel like they should also investigate other electronic […]

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