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  • This is why the Kansas Legislature hasn’t made sexual harassment training mandatoryThis is why the Kansas Legislature hasn’t made sexual harassment training mandatory

    Kansas is among roughly one-third of all state legislatures that do not require lawmakers to receive training about what constitutes sexual harassment, data compiled by The Associated Press show. This … Click to Continue »

    KansasCity.com / 5 min. ago
  • Officials: 4 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina Officials: 4 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina

    Four South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot early Tuesday morning.

    KMBC / 11 min. ago
  • Driver dies after single-vehicle crash near Truman and Alexander in IndependenceDriver dies after single-vehicle crash near Truman and Alexander in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Independence, Mo., early Tuesday morning. It happened near Truman and Alexander roads around 1:40 a.m. Police say the driver was in a Honda and driving west when they struck the end of a bridge. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital but died from their injuries. Police say they are waiting to release the driver's identity until their family is notified. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the driver to crash into the end of the bridge.  

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  • Driver dies in crash early Tuesday in IndependenceDriver dies in crash early Tuesday in Independence

    Wreck under investigation

    KMBC / 34 min. ago
  • First Alert: High temps Tuesday climb to about 8 degreesFirst Alert: High temps Tuesday climb to about 8 degrees

    At least temperatures will be heading in the right direction on Wednesday.

    KMBC / 39 min. ago
  • Dangerous cold blasts Kansas City, cancels school for thousands of studentsDangerous cold blasts Kansas City, cancels school for thousands of students

    A bitterly cold air mass continues to build into the Kansas City metro area. The temperatures are currently below zero and wind chill temperatures are between 15 and 20 below, with the potential to fall even further.

    KCTV / 41 min. ago
  • Breastfeeding mother asked to leave Chick-fil-A for not covering upBreastfeeding mother asked to leave Chick-fil-A for not covering up

    The owner of a North Dakota Chick-fil-A is apologizing after a woman claimed she was kicked out of the restaurant when she began breastfeeding her baby.

    KMBC / 1 h. 5 min. ago
  • Collapse concern remains after fire destroys Lawrence hotelCollapse concern remains after fire destroys Lawrence hotel

    Fire crews are still battling pockets of flames and are concerned about a potential collapse at a Lawrence hotel that caught fire on Monday. Firefighters arrived shortly before noon at America's Best Value Inn near 6th Street and Iowa. 

    KCTV / 1 h. 27 min. ago
  • Germany conducts searches against 10 suspected Iranian spies - Kansas City StarGermany conducts searches against 10 suspected Iranian spies - Kansas City Star

    Germany conducts searches against 10 suspected Iranian spiesKansas City StarGerman authorities searched premises linked to 10 suspected Iranian spies following extensive investigations by the country's domestic intelligence agency, prosecutors said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Federal Prosecutors Office said the raids took ...and more »

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  • Leading Kosovo Serb politician shot and killed in Mitrovica - Kansas City StarLeading Kosovo Serb politician shot and killed in Mitrovica - Kansas City Star

    Kansas City StarLeading Kosovo Serb politician shot and killed in MitrovicaKansas City StarA leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was shot and killed Tuesday morning, raising ethnic tensions in the region and halting EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia on the day they were due to resume. Assailants opened fire on Oliver ...and more »

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  • 3-year-old girl attacked, killed by dog family owned just 5 days3-year-old girl attacked, killed by dog family owned just 5 days

    A 3-year-old girl in Oklahoma was attacked and killed by a dog her family owned for just a few days.

    KMBC / 1 h. 58 min. ago
  • Japanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alertJapanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alert

    Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

    KMBC / 2 h. 1 min. ago
  • 13 Siblings held captive in filthy California home, police say13 Siblings held captive in filthy California home, police say

    A couple was arrested after police discovered that their 13 children had been held captive in their California home in filthy conditions, some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks, officials said Monday.

    KCTV / 2 h. 50 min. ago
  • Mom convicted in daughter's drowning charged in death of second babyMom convicted in daughter's drowning charged in death of second baby

    A Michigan woman facing charges in the 2016 death of her infant daughter was convicted nearly seven years ago after another daughter died while taking a bath with her in Oklahoma.

    KMBC / 3 h. 38 min. ago
  • Animal welfare charity takes in 8 malnourished puppiesAnimal welfare charity takes in 8 malnourished puppies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The group “Chain of Hope” is nursing eight puppies that were described as “malnourished and dehydrated”. Organizers say the puppies will be available to adopt, but not for a couple of weeks.  They also say they could use newspapers to help in their care. You can find the group on Facebook here.

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  • 6-year-old boy dies of rabies after sick bat scratches him6-year-old boy dies of rabies after sick bat scratches him

    A 6-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat. 

    KCTV / 4 h. 14 min. ago
  • Bitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an option - Kansas City StarBitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an option - Kansas City Star

    Kansas City StarBitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an optionKansas City StarPrices of bitcoin and other digital currencies have skidded after South Korea's top financial policymaker said Tuesday that a crackdown on trading of crypto currencies was still possible. Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said in an interview with local ...and more »

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  • ​Parents charged after 13 kids found 'starving,' some chained inside California home ​Parents charged after 13 kids found 'starving,' some chained inside California home

    A couple was arrested after police discovered that their 13 children had been held captive in their California home in filthy conditions, some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks, officials said Monday.

    KMBC / 5 h. 28 min. ago
  • Police: Mother kills two children, jumps from interstate in murder-suicidePolice: Mother kills two children, jumps from interstate in murder-suicide

    About an hour after discovering the children, officers found their mother near a highway bridge, where she had jumped to her death.

    KMBC / 5 h. 36 min. ago
  • Jayhawks rally to beat Mountaineers 71-66 with Self in casual attire - Kansas City StarJayhawks rally to beat Mountaineers 71-66 with Self in casual attire - Kansas City Star

    Jayhawks rally to beat Mountaineers 71-66 with Self in casual attireKansas City StarA change in Kansas coach Bill Self's wardrobe coincided with his team snapping a four-game, four-year losing streak at West Virginia's WVU Coliseum on Monday night. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins presented Self with a Jayhawk pullover shirt prior to ...and more »

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  • Car goes airborne, crashes into second floor of California office buildingCar goes airborne, crashes into second floor of California office building

    Two people had to be rescued after the car they were riding in went airborne, and crashed into the second floor of an office building in Santa Ana, California.

    KMBC / 7 h. 13 min. ago
  • AP News Guide: Big decisions await Congress on immigration - Kansas City StarAP News Guide: Big decisions await Congress on immigration - Kansas City Star

    Kansas City StarAP News Guide: Big decisions await Congress on immigrationKansas City StarBefore a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday night, a host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in Congress, waiting on a deal to prevent the deportation of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and an ...and more »

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  • New conversation spurred in metro city that doesn’t observe Martin Luther King Jr. DayNew conversation spurred in metro city that doesn’t observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- While most banks, schools and government offices were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, that wasn’t the case at Harrisonville City Hall. The Missouri city about 45 minutes south of Kansas City had their regularly scheduled Board of Alderman meeting, and city offices were open for business during the federal holiday. Harrisonville revised its employee handbook sometime prior to 2009 to give employees 11 holidays. Presidents Day, Good Friday and two days each for Thanksgiving and Christmas are among them -- but Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not. “It’s City Hall. I thought for sure they’d be closed," Tammy Roth said, though she added she wasn't offended by the city policy. “I was surprised, and my son said, 'I think that’s disrespectful,' and I said, 'I do, too.' But that’s what we fight in Missouri a lot," Harrisonville resident Carolyn Flanery said. Harrisonville Mayor Brian Hasek said he always wondered about the city’s decision not to observe the holiday. “I’ve been in office since 2015 and never heard anybody say anything, and it seemed odd to me," he said. "OK, we aren’t closed on that day, so why aren’t we?" Hasek said the city was already in the process of reviewing employee policy, so he decided to bring up the city's observed holiday at Monday night's meeting after being contacted by FOX 4. "It’s something maybe we are out of date on, and I think maybe we need to update and make that a holiday that we observe," Hasek said. But some on the board said there’s still room for discussion. “I have no issue with them using the holiday for business if they feel the need," board member Jessica Levsen said. "I don’t think today should be the only day we discuss Martin Luther King and civil rights.” By some accounts, Harrisonville is only 1 percent African-American. FOX 4 couldn't track down any people of color living in Harrisonville for comment on the issue. Regardless, Hasek said he believes Martin Luther King Jr. is someone who should be honored by people of all races.

    Fox4kc.com / 8 h. 19 min. ago more
  • On MLK Day, experts say America’s civil rights movement has its foundation in the Kansas City regionOn MLK Day, experts say America’s civil rights movement has its foundation in the Kansas City region

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When you hear civil rights movement you automatically think of the South, but experts say many of the foundations of the movement began in the Kansas City region. Bob Kendrick, president of Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, delivered the keynote speech, celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday night at the Truman Memorial Building in Independence. Although ceremonies like this one honored the work King did in the South in the 1950s and 60s, Kendrick pointed out that some of the foundations of the civil rights movement can be traced to the Midwest Things like President Harry S. Truman, of Independence, desegregating the military in the late 1940s and Kansas City's role in breaking the color barrier in baseball. "Well Jackie Robinson was hand-packed from the great Kansas City Monarchs," Kendrick said. "Brown versus the Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas." At the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church in KC on Monday, leaders with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference touted the Midwest as a model for carrying out King's dream. "The gains that we have made in equal opportunity in combating racism and hate have always been done together. Always,"  Conference President Vernon Howard said. King's legacy and his dream are ultimately part of the American Dream, and Kendrick believes, then and now, our region has an often-overlooked role in the story of civil rights. "The Midwest plays a more prominent, prevalent role in the civil rights movement than people ever given a credit for," he said.

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  • Crews battle massive flames and icy conditions after Lawrence motel catches fireCrews battle massive flames and icy conditions after Lawrence motel catches fire

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A fire destroyed a Lawrence motel Monday, but fortunately no one was injured, officials say. Ice posed a threat to firefighters who battled the flames from before noon to well after sunset at America's Best Value Inn, an extended-stay hotel in Lawrence. "We’re fighting very low temps, wind chills below zero, which has been hard not only on personnel but on equipment. All of those things have come together just to make this a very difficult fire to fight," said James King, division chief for the Lawrence Douglas County Fire Department. The building is located on a hill, so water from hoses ran away from the building, creating icy driveways and access roads. But the frigid temperatures didn't lessen the heat of the fire, according to one witness. "It was like a fireball," Sam Carmen said. "You could just see the whole thing just catch. It was hot. I could feel it." The old motel was made almost completely of wood, making it burn quickly and difficult to extinguish. A large portion of the building's roof collapsed. One firefighter did fall through a couple stories of the building, but Fox 4 was told he's OK. Crews will likely be outside, continuing to fight the fire throughout Monday night.

    Fox4kc.com / 9 h. 1 min. ago more
  • Police: 13 People, including children, held captive in California homePolice: 13 People, including children, held captive in California home

    A couple was arrested after police discovered that 13 people had been held captive in their California home in filthy conditions, some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks, officials said Monday.

    KCTV / 9 h. 17 min. ago
  • Police: 27-year-old woman's body found burned near Grandview dumpsterPolice: 27-year-old woman's body found burned near Grandview dumpster

    Homicide detectives are investigating after a woman's body was set on fire near a dumpster.

    KCTV / 9 h. 19 min. ago
  • Reward being offered after man’s 2 horses shot in the head in rural Bates CountyReward being offered after man’s 2 horses shot in the head in rural Bates County

    AMORET, Mo. – After two horses were shot in a Bates County town, the Humane Society of Missouri has opened an investigation. The animal protection organization is offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who shot horses Rusty and Brownie in the head on Christmas Eve. The horses were found dead on a property on N.W. County Road 12001, about 14 miles west of Butler, Missouri, in Bates County. Terry Wisdom owned both horses and said they were being boarded on his friend’s property because it was the only place he could keep them. “Kirby Johnson let me board them there because I was working for him,” Wisdom said. Wisdom said he raised Rusty, who was 30 years old, since he was just a colt. He said he also had Brownie, who was 9, for most of his life. “Rusty was a saddle horse,” said Wisdom. “You could bareback ride him, but Brownie, he would do everything. You could ride him bareback. You could saddle ride him. He’d pull a cart.” Wisdom said Johnson’s son broke the news to him. Rusty was shot between the eyes, and Brownie was shot from the back of the head, according to Wisdom. They were inside a fenced area. “Somebody was doing something illegal,” Wisdom said. “I think Rusty was shot from out on the road. The gate was open, and I think someone drove in here and shot my other horse and drove out.” Wisdom said veterinarians in nearby Butler recently extracted bullet fragments from the horses. “It was a hollow point. We do know that by the fragments that we got," Wisdom said. The horses are still on the property. Wisdom said they’re waiting for the ground to thaw so they can bury them. “We’ve got a guy in town that has a backhoe that’s going to dig it up, and we’re going to make a grave for them,” he said. Wisdom said he will miss spending time with his horses and taking them into town for children to ride. “Every kid in town would get a ride on them,” Wisdom said. “They could crawl underneath them, walk behind, just whatever. They were really good horses.” He said he can’t understand why someone would kill harmless animals. “These were like my kids,” said Wisdom. “I just want to know someone would do this. It’s senseless. If you have a grudge against a person, take it out on them not their animal.” In addition to the reward being offered by the Missouri Humane Society, Wisdom’s friend, Kirby Johnson, is also offering a $500 reward for information about the killings. If you know anything, call the HSMO Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1-800-383-9835.

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  • KC police searching for runaway, missing 15-year-old who may be in KCKKC police searching for runaway, missing 15-year-old who may be in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are searching for runaway 15-year-old girl who was last seen more than 10 days ago, officials say. Brajean L. Sledge was last seen Jan. 4, near the 41st and Denver area. Police now suspect she might be in Kansas City, Kansas. Police described Brajean as an approximately 5-foot-8, 140-pound black female with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information on Brajean’s location is asked to call KCPD at 816-234-5136.

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  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND – If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.” The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. According to the report, this “previously fit” man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a “forceful” sneeze. He later told doctors he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn’t notice any problems right away, but a couple of hours later he felt pain in his throat and neck. When it became swollen and his voice changed, he took himself to the hospital. “This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone’s face. That means he’s been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different,” case report author Dr. Wanding Yang said. She works in the department of ear, nose and throat at at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Initially, doctors saw swelling in his neck and when they examined the soft tissue they heard popping and crackling. Yang said that meant there were air bubbles getting into the man’s muscles and deep into his tissue. Scans confirmed the problem. The tests showed actual streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat. “Luckily, it was a very small perforation,” Yang said. “He didn’t need any operation.” When you sneeze, it’s your body’s protective reflex to get rid of an irritant that has gotten into your nose. With a sneeze, a significant amount of air pressure builds up in the lungs and forces its way through the nasal cavity to get rid of that irritant. A sneeze can propel mucous droplets at a rate of 100 miles an hour. If you hold a sneeze back, that pressurized air will need to go somewhere. In this case, it injured the tissue in the man’s throat. In past cases, doctors have also seen a stifled sneeze cause sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections and a ruptured ear drum. The patient was given antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube, which was removed after seven days. His symptoms got better while he rested and gradually he was able to eat soft food. This kind of sneezing injury is unusual, according to the report. Doctors have seen patients with similar injuries after coughing heavily or after vomiting forcefully. “It is a rare injury that we would more likely see with trauma, like if someone were to be in a car accident or was injured with a gunshot or knife, or if they swallowed something sharp,” said Dr. Adam M. Klein, who did not see the British patient and was not involved in the study. Klein is the director of the Emory Voice Center and chief of the division of laryngology in the department of otolaryngology. Klein said if you are worried about spreading germs with your sneezes, rather than hold it in, the best thing to do to avoid injury is to let it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, rather than onto your hand, is “a good practice.” The good news for this patient is that there was no permanent damage. Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes and they advise others to heed the same advice. “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver,” the report recommended. It “should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications.”

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  • Man's 2 horses shot, killed in Bates CountyMan's 2 horses shot, killed in Bates County

    A Bates County man got a gut wrenching call from a friend who made a gruesome discovery - someone had shot and killed two of his horses near Amoret. Down a county road not far from 52 Highway, Terry Wisdom boarded two of his beloved horses at his friend Kirby Johnson's property.  He says the horses were well known and liked by neighbors. "I'd ride him around town and give all the kids a ride and they just loved it," Wisdom said.  Someone ignored no trespassing ...

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  • Why you’ll want to double check your paycheck in FebruaryWhy you’ll want to double check your paycheck in February

    NEW YORK – You’ve probably heard by now that the new tax reform bill will hit your paycheck as soon as February. But the change may not accurately reflect your ultimate tax bill. About 90 percent of people will see more take-home pay, according to the U.S. Treasury. That may sound like great news, but here’s the problem: There’s a chance you’ll end up with too much money in your paycheck — meaning you’ll either be stuck paying it back at tax time next year or get a smaller refund. There’s also a possibility that too much will be withheld, and your paychecks will be smaller than they should be. Figuring out how much to withhold from your pay is always a bit of a guessing game. It’s an estimate based on how you filled out your Form W-4 and calculation tables created by the IRS. But in a rush to implement the new law this year, the estimate could be off more than usual. That’s because the IRS has updated the calculation tables, but not the Form W-4. “We’ve done the best we can in the short term to come up with tables that accurately reflect the tax liability of individual taxpayers. Going forward, in order to be more precise, we’re going to need a new system,” said a senior IRS official on a call with reporters last week. A new Form W-4 won’t be ready for the 2018 tax year. The new calculations were made to work with the existing form, but the form factors in some deductions and credits that no longer exist or have been changed under the new law. For most people, the amount withheld throughout the year is usually more than your actual tax bill — which means you get a refund after your file your tax return. If not enough is withheld, you end up owing money to Uncle Sam. Generally, you want to get as close as possible to breaking even. The new tables may result in under-withholding for some employees. Those who claim a large number of allowances based on their number of dependents, or on itemized deductions that no longer exist, or are limited by the new law, have the most reason to re-examine their withholding status, said Mike O’Toole, the Senior Director of Publications, Education, and Government Relations at American Payroll Association. The group’s members represent 17,000 employers. But the changes could also result in over-withholding. The good news is the withholdings are within your control. You can always update your Form W-4 to change the amount that’s withheld from your paycheck. Here’s what you can expect. When will I see a change in my paycheck? The IRS has encouraged employers to start using the new withholding tables by February 15, but it may take your employer longer to make the change. “I can’t say that this particular change is appreciably more difficult than in other years. But what will be different is the time pressure and the pressure from employees, who are going to be more sensitive to this,” said Jonathan Zimmerman, a partner at Morgan Lewis, who helps employers with benefit plans and payroll matters. Don’t expect your employer to advise you on whether you should change your allowances on the W-4, though. Employers should explain the uniqueness of the situation to workers, communicate when the new rates will be implemented, and then suggest consulting with a tax adviser, according to Mike Boro, a partner at the accounting firm PwC. How can I make sure my pay is accurate? Wait for your first paycheck that accounts for the new withholding tables before making any changes, said Barbara O’Neill, a CFP and a financial management specialist at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Then, you can estimate what you think it should be and adjust accordingly. IRS officials said the agency will be publishing a new online calculator by the end of February that can help you decide how to adjust your allowances based on information you provide regarding your income level and number of children under the age of 17. But you can also try to estimate your 2018 tax liability yourself. Then divide that amount by however many paychecks you’ll receive this year. “If the math is close, hang tight,” O’Neill said. If the math is way off, that’s when you’ll want to make a change to your Form W-4. You can make a change to the number of allowances you’ve selected, or you can simply change your allowances to zero and write in how much you want withheld exactly, O’Neill said. The changes don’t need to be made immediately. O’Neill always recommends taking a look mid-year. By then you’ll know if you are receiving a raise or if you’ll have additional income coming in during the year. What happens if my withholding is still off? If too much is withheld, you’ll simply get a bigger refund check after filing your 2018 taxes. This amounts to an “interest-free loan” to the government until then, and could tighten your cash flow, said CFP Jim Guarino. If too little is withheld, you could owe money after filing and possibly face a tax penalty if the balance is $1,000 or more, Guarino said. Generally, you can avoid paying the penalty in this case if you paid at least 90% of what you owe or at least as much as you owed during the previous tax year.

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  • Parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking TamifluParents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu

    Watch Video ALLEN, Texas – Parents of a 6-year-old in Texas say their daughter had hallucinations and tried to harm herself after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT. The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her alleged reaction to the common medication. They said she started seeing things that weren’t there, running out of school and doing at least one thing that could have resulted in serious injury. “The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom,” said her father. “She used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her.” Although rare, delusions and hallucinations are listed as side effects, and the prescribing information lists a section for neuropsychiatric events. “There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes,” the warning reads. Those symptoms largely affected children. “It can happen,” said emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty.  “Less than one percent is what’s listed in the data sheet. I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.” The girl’s parents are now speaking out to warn others and say they wish they had known. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects we went through,” said the girl’s father. He urges all parents to fully read the warning before giving their children Tamiflu. “Know that side effects are there for a reason,” he said. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted this about Tamiflu: “Children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness. These serious side effects may happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu or may happen in people when the flu is not treated. These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient. People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a healthcare provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.” CNN contributed to this report.

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  • Simone Biles says former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar abused her, tooSimone Biles says former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar abused her, too

    Watch Video NEW YORK — On the eve of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing for sexually abusing girls in his care, American gymnast Simone Biles has come forward to say, “Me, too.” “I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she said Monday afternoon in a Twitter post with the hashtag #MeToo. “There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now that it is not my fault.” Larry Nassar Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics through four Olympic Games, treating young hopefuls and gold medal winners. The basic facts of his case illustrate the drive of the #MeToo movement to call out serial predatory behavior and the forces that enable it. Scores of female athletes said they were abused by the once-respected doctor, then pressured into silence by powerful institutions, including USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body in the United States. More than 140 women and girls have accused Nassar of sexual misconduct, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, members of the “Fierce Five” US Olympic gymnastics team that won the gold in 2012. Biles, now 20, joined the US Olympic gymnastics team in 2016, winning the individual all-around. Though her statement did not include specific allegations against Nassar, she described experiencing abuse under the guise of “special treatment,” a recurring claim from Nassar’s victims. “This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone I was TOLD to trust,” she said Monday. “For far too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others. “After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me.” Nassar faces sentencing on Tuesday in Michigan state court after pleading guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. He worked at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 as an associate professor, and he served as the gymnastics and women’s crew team physician. In his plea, Nassar admitted to sexually abusing patients under the guise of providing medically necessary treatment in instances as far back as 1998, some of which involved girls under 13. Several days have been set aside in Nassar’s sentencing for victim impact statements. At least 88 people are expected to speak, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. At his plea hearing, Nassar apologized and compared his crimes to “a match that turned into a forest fire.” Biles’ teammates and others have repeatedly accused USA Gymnastics of complicity in Nassar’s abuse. In 2017, the organization said it would implement 70 policy change recommendations from an independent investigator. In a lawsuit, Maroney said USA Gymnastics paid her to be quiet about the abuse, which she said began when she was 13. University of Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols said she and a coach reported abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015, a few years after Nassar began treating Nichols for a back injury. USA Gymnastics said it hired an independent investigator to look into her allegations. Raisman said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15. She called for a thorough investigation of a system that she said enabled a “monster” to thrive for decades by silencing victims. On Monday, Raisman praised Biles for coming forward and vowed to stand with her. “I know we will all get through this together,” Raisman said on Twitter. In her statement Monday, Biles said she hoped for the kind of reckoning that would prevent serial predators from striking again. “We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us. We need to make sure something like this never happens again.”

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  • KC food, grocery and medication delivery options when it’s too cold to go outsideKC food, grocery and medication delivery options when it’s too cold to go outside

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  • Northeast Newscast Episode 39 – Americorps VISTA Ana Ramirez discusses serving Northeast KCNortheast Newscast Episode 39 – Americorps VISTA Ana Ramirez discusses serving Northeast KC

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  • KCMO Mayor, Chief of Police stand together against violent crimeKCMO Mayor, Chief of Police stand together against violent crime

    KCPD Chief of Police Rick Smith (left) and KCMO Mayor Sly James discuss violent crime at a joint press conference on Thursday, January 11. By Paul Thompson Northeast News On Wednesday, January 10, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and KCPD Chief of Police Rick Smith co-penned a lengthy blog post detailing their joint efforts to combat the rising tide of violent crime in Kansas City. The pair began the blog post by calling for the community at large to keep prioritizing crime reduction in their neighborhoods. “The men and women of law enforcement rely on tips and information from members of our community to help solve crimes,” the post read. “If you see something, hear something or know something, do something. Both of us are powerless to help make our neighborhoods safer without your help. To that end, KCPD recently increased the TIPS hotline reward to $5,000.” The City and the police department aren’t just looking externally for solutions to violent crime trends, though. The blog post addresses the police department’s utilization of crime information under Chief Smith, and how data is guiding enforcement efforts in Kansas City. “A sergeant skilled at data and intelligence analysis provides both the patrol divisions and Chief Smith with detailed weekly crime data and maps, pointing out patterns, recent parolees and concerning issues that need follow-up,” wrote Smith and James. “Every week, officers and commanders assigned to each of the city’s six patrol divisions meet to discuss crime issues and neighborhood concerns in their area. Then every Wednesday, the commanders report how they’re working within their divisions to address those issues.” In a follow-up conversation, Smith elaborated on the department’s emphasis on urgency under his direction. Since December 1, 2017, Smith said that the department has arrested approximately 20 homicide suspects as a result of the better flow of intelligence. He added that the department is also responding more swiftly to that intelligence information. “When there is a violent crime, there is a sense of urgency to get some resolution,” Smith said. “We are doing a much better job with our intelligence, and getting people apprehended after incidences of violent crime.” The post also discussed the efforts that Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA) has undertaken to combat violent crime, pointing out that group violence has actually decreased since it was formed in 2013. That said, the post acknowledges that homicides have increased over the same period. To turn the tide, the post continued, NoVA partners are meeting daily to pore over crime statistics and discuss new intelligence. Client advocates are working with more than 100 people hoping to leave a life of crime, honing conflict resolution skills, providing substance abuse treatment and offering job training. Personal visits are being made to those incarcerated as a result of NoVA enforcement efforts, in an attempt to reduce recidivism rates. According to the joint post, the Teens in Transition program brings at-risk teens together over the summer to “learn conflict resolution skills, undergo job training and art therapy.” What’s more, Gina English, a former NoVA social worker, has been embedded at Central Patrol Division to help dissuade Kansas Citians from turning to a life of crime. In her first year as Central Patrol’s Social Services Coordinator, English – whose position was created by Smith – helped address the issue of unsupervised teens congregating at the Country Club Plaza. English connected them with social services and led responsible citizenship classes for teens and parents who had been cited for curfew violations. Within the blog post, Smith and James announced that the police department has secured the funding necessary to embed a social worker at each KCPD patrol division, thus fulfilling one of the big ideas proposed by Smith when he interviewed for the Chief of Police job last summer. In South Kansas City’s Ruskin neighborhoods (Ruskin Heights and Ruskin Hills), NoVA partners knocked on hundreds of doors in 2017. The goal was to inform families there would be an increased police presence in their neighborhood, that violent crime in the area was a top priority, and that resources were available to help individuals avoid a criminal lifestyle. After seeing violent crime in categories like aggravated assault, domestic violence, and armed robbery increase between between 2014 and 2016, the early returns have been positive. “Crime rose 56 percent between 2014 and 2015 and another 11 percent between 2015 and 2016,” James and Smith wrote. “However, data show a 10 percent decrease for the same date range in 2017 when compared to 2016.” The police department is also going to great lengths to increase the diversity of the force. Those efforts include a partnership with Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) to provide law enforcement programming and a summer youth police academy for teenagers with an interest in the department. The pair of Kansas City leaders followed up the blog post with a joint a press conference at KCPD headquarters on Thursday, January 11. During that press conference, Smith acknowledged the ongoing responsibility of all police officers to earn the trust of the community. “Everyone who wears this uniform is an ambassador for this department and this city, and everyone in this job knows that,” Smith said. For his part, James noted that the topic of violent crime is a constant item of discussion for Kansas City’s leaders, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. “There’s not a day that goes by where this isn’t a major issue, a major topic of conversation, both here at KCPD headquarters and in my office and the City Manager’s office across the street.” The post KCMO Mayor, Chief of Police stand together against violent crime appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • Historic Elmwood Cemetery seeking funds for vital repairsHistoric Elmwood Cemetery seeking funds for vital repairs

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News The eternal home of some of Kansas City’s most famous residents has a 14-foot-tall problem. At the 145-year-old Elmwood Cemetery – where ornate gravestones and historic mausoleum’s bear ubiquitous Kansas City names like Armour, Bloch, Loose, Hardesty, Askew, Gregory, Helzberg, and Meyer – a 14-foot concrete wall spanning an 180-foot stretch of the western property line at the 43-acre cemetery is in danger of collapse. “It’s over a century old,” said John Weilert of the Elmwood Cemetery Society Board of Trustees. “The trees growing on the other side have pushed the wall to the point where we consider it to be a dangerous situation.” The western wall of Elmwood Cemetery. There is a plan in place to save the wall, but as with all historic preservation efforts, there’s a significant cost associated with it. Instead of tearing it down, Weilert and the rest of the board hope that they can raise roughly $100,000 to buttress the wall from inside the cemetery. The collapse zone is currently closed off with orange fencing, but the risk is perceptible to the human eye; it leans precariously inwards, hovering ominously over some of the cemetery’s century-old gravestones. “They’re all gravestones of young children who died in the 1920s,” Weilert said. “If the wall collapses, it would jeopardize those monuments.” The non-profit organization is currently working to create a fundraising program targeted specifically for the repair of the western wall. While the cemetery has received some personal donations from individuals with strong relationships to Elmwood, much more is needed to finance the repairs. Weilert is hoping that renewed interest in the historical value of the cemetery can help the board identify donations to buttress the concrete wall. With that in mind, the volunteer-led 501(c)(13) realized that it needed to increase its digital presence in order to reach a broader audience. Enter Sarah Foltz, an employee at the World War I Museum and a member of The Modernists, a group of local history buffs billed on its official Twitter profile as “Young Friends of @TheWWIMuseum and #KansasCity’s finest (boozy) history club.” The connection between The Modernists and Elmwood Cemetery stems from a private tour that the group took in November of 2017. During the Elmwood visit, The Modernists took notice of the unstable western wall of the cemetery. “They came out and had a private tour, and they were very enthusiastic about it,” said Weilert, who noted that Elmwood is well-suited for tours because of the high-profile Kansas Citians buried there. “In particular, they’re interested in the approach we want to take for the wall.” Foltz in particular took an interest, going as far as to join board meetings and volunteering to help the Board of Trustees join social media platforms and revamp its website. In a conversation with the Northeast News, she explained her interest in the cemetery. “It’s amazing; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cemetery with that huge range of headstones,” Foltz said. “It’s this huge part of Kansas City history that I don’t think anybody knows about.” Seeing the sagging western wall – and the children’s gravestones that could be endangered by a collapse – had a profound affect on Foltz. “You’re looking at something that really is irreplaceable,” she said. In addition to the web site and social media work, Foltz said that she plans to do some strategic planning for the cemetery. That work could include re-tooling some of the events that Elmwood Cemetery has hosted in the past. The first step, Weilert and Foltz say, will be to update the web site so that it can handle a targeted capital campaign and appeal a younger audience. From there, they hope to begin soliciting donations for the cemetery in the near future. “The advantage we have is that a lot of Kansas City’s oldest families are buried there,” said Weilert. At least for Foltz, touring Elmwood Cemetery provided a special feeling. She hopes that by working with Weilert and the Board, she can preserve that special something for others, as well. “Even though it’s in the middle of the city, it just feels so peaceful,” Foltz said. “It almost feels that you’re infringing on people, but not in a bad way.” To learn more about Elmwood Cemetery, visit http://elmwoodcem-kc.org/. The post Historic Elmwood Cemetery seeking funds for vital repairs appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • Avenue Angels help apprehend man wanted on a federal warrantAvenue Angels help apprehend man wanted on a federal warrant

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News A man with $32,000 in active warrants – including a federal warrant for attempted murder – was apprehended by Independence Avenue Community Improvement District (CID) security officers on Sunday, December 31 after refusing to leave a Walgreen’s on Independence Avenue. CID security officers Daniel Vasquez and Isiah Foster were initially called to the business at about 1 p.m., after a complaint that an individual wouldn’t leave the store. Once there, the officers were informed that the individual had also attempted to tamper with a staff computer. At first, Vasquez and Foster simply attempted to keep the man calm and get him out of the store without further incident. “What we try to do, is we try to get them on their way as much as possible; we try to talk them out of an arrest as much as possible,” Vasquez said. “That frees us up, and it frees up the Kansas City police department.” On this occasion, though, the individual stalled long enough for the security officers to run a background check. That check revealed a serious criminal history, including the charge for attempted murder, which Vasquez said comprised of an attack with a dangerous chemical compound. “This individual actually came back with felony warrants. In that instance, we actually have to get police involved. It’s part of protocol,” Vasquez said. “He came back armed and dangerous. We were luckily able to detain him without any altercation; that was just part of us using our verbal judo.” The individual had also previously been placed on the CID’s trespass list for causing issues at other establishments along Independence Avenue. “1701 Independence Avenue, at 7-11, and the other one was KFC,” said Foster of the previous complaints. The detainment was sensitive, due to the severity of the individual’s warrants. Vasquez asked him to place his hand behinds his back and stay calm while the security officers explained everything. Once they got him in handcuffs and moved to a separate area from customers, they broke the news about the seriousness of the situation. “We found some warrants. The calmer you stay, the better this can go,” Vasquez remembers telling the man. “He luckily complied with everything we asked him to do.” “As we were sitting there waiting, we were basically just keeping him calm, and keeping ourselves calm,” Foster added about the moment the officers came across the man’s vast criminal history. “The situation was a little heated. It’s kind of hard, because you’re looking at them. We just took a deep breath, basically kept our composure, listened to what’s going on, and tried to figure out how we were going to set everything up afterwards.” Thankfully, the individual remained calm until the police department arrived to transport him to the Jackson County detention center. As a result of their ability to calmly detain the individual, both Vasquez and Foster received a special commendation from their employer, Titan Security. “It’s such a great honor; it’s something that I can put in my resume. I wasn’t expecting it; I’m just out here doing my job sas well as I can,” Vasquez said. “Actually the way I’m trying to go is, I’m trying to join the police department, hopefully here in the metro area. I’m just trying to work hard and keep doing what we’re supposed to be doing out here.” The post Avenue Angels help apprehend man wanted on a federal warrant appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • Northeast Newscast Episode 38 – turning the microphone on host Paul ThompsonNortheast Newscast Episode 38 – turning the microphone on host Paul Thompson

    Northeast News managing editor Paul Thompson. By Paul Thompson Northeast News For this week’s episode of Kansas City’s Northeast Newscast, Northeast News publisher Michael Bushnell turns the microphone on managing editor Paul Thompson to find out more about his experiences recording the first 37 episodes of the podcast. The pair discuss specific episodes and interviews, touch on the process behind the podcast, and look to the future to see where the Northeast Newscast can go from here. Feel free to listen to the full episode below, or subscribe to Kansas City’s Northeast Newscast on iTunes to have new episodes downloaded directly to your device of choice. Thanks for listening. The post Northeast Newscast Episode 38 – turning the microphone on host Paul Thompson appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • UPDATED: Northeast Teen Charged in Independence Center murderUPDATED: Northeast Teen Charged in Independence Center murder

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News A second defendant has been charged with Second Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the January 2nd Independence Center murder of Matthew Haylock. Court documents reveal that 17-year-old Luis Ramirez, who resided in the 3200 block of Anderson Avenue in the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood, conspired with 17-year-old co-defendant Tyler Gates of Independence to rob and murder the victim. A Probable Cause statement released last week by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office stated that police originally responded to Independence Center just after 8:30 p.m. on January 2 in response to a shooting. At that time, Matthew Haylock was found in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, where he was pronounced deceased by the medical response team. The resulting investigation led authorities to Ramirez, who ultimately relayed his account of the evening, beginning at roughly 7 p.m. when Ramirez and Gates picked up the victim in a white 2003 Chevy Cavalier. According to Ramirez, Haylock brought a Glock 9 mm along for the trip to Independence Center to purchase tennis shoes. While the car was stopped at the intersection of M-291 Highway and E. 39th Street South, Ramirez told authorities that Gates asked Haylock if he could hold the Glock 9mm. Haylock complied, and the trio proceeded to Independence Center. Ramirez later told authorities that he and Gates had conspired to rob Haylock of the Glock 9mm about three days prior to the shooting. But on January 2, Ramirez said, he got cold feet and informed Gates that he no longer wanted to participate in the robbery. Ramirez told authorities that he immediately exited the vehicle upon arriving at Independence Center, though Gates and Haylock remained inside. The Probable Cause statement indicates that Gates went on to fire the weapon at Haylock as he sat in the rear passenger seat of the Chevy Cavalier. After the shooting, Ramirez said that he ran to the side window and witnessed Haylock slumped over in the seat. According to Ramirez, Gates then asked for his help in the disposal of the body. Ramirez refused, indicating he was going to call 911. Indeed, a signed Consent to Search Cellular Phone form later determined that Ramirez made an outgoing 911 call at 8:31 on January 2. From there, Gates retained the weapon and left Independence Center. The defendant’s car was found a short time later along with the alleged murder weapon. A follow-up interview with Gates’ mother revealed that she had been in contact with a frantic Gates immediately after the incident. Gates insisted that he needed a ride home, and pinged an address to her phone. She picked him up just before 9 p.m., and at that point, Gates confided that he’d been involved in an altercation. Initially, Gates claimed that an unknown figure had jumped into the vehicle and started a physical confrontation. “I shot him, Mom,” Gates allegedly told his mother. During her interview with police, Gates’ mother called her son to convince him to turn himself in. In response to the plea, Gates asked who had come to her home to bring her in for questioning. When Gates learned that a SWAT team had come to her house, his thoughts turned to Ramirez. “Then that means Luis snitched then I’m going to kill him too,” Gates said before hanging up the phone. Gates was charged on January 3, and Ramirez was subsequently charged on January 5. Prosecutors are seeking a $250,000 cash bond for Ramirez. The post UPDATED: Northeast Teen Charged in Independence Center murder appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • New KCPD Media Unit Captain began career in Historic NortheastNew KCPD Media Unit Captain began career in Historic Northeast

    KCPD Cpt. Lionel Colon By Paul Thompson Northeast News When Captain Lionel Colón begins his new job in KCPD’s Media Unit on January 14, he’ll bring 20 years of experience on the force with him. That experience includes a connection with the Historic Northeast; Colón was a young cop when he worked at the Northeast CAN (Community Action Network) Center on Independence Avenue. “Initially I was a field officer in the East Patrol Division, when it was at 27th and Van Brunt,” Colón said. “From there I joined the Community Action Network, and I was assigned to the Northeast portion of East Patrol Division.” The veteran officer maintains fond memories from his tenure in the Northeast. He described it as an exciting time for him as he learned the ropes from an experienced partner. “It’s a unique area. A lot of community members are really involved with improving the area,” Colón remembers. “It had a certain element of illegal activity as well, so it was a great place for me to actually get my feet wet and really learn to develop my skills as a younger officer. I was partnered with a tenured officer, so he kept me in line and I kind of kept him young. It was a good time.” Colón said that lessons he learned in the Historic Northeast have stuck with him throughout his career. “I learned to control my tongue, because that’s usually where most conflicts arise; with a miscommunication between what I’m trying to communicate and what people are hearing,” he said. “So, learning to filter certain things a certain way so that the message is clear.” Colón said that he still occasionally brings his family down to the Avenue to shop or grab a bite to eat. “Sometimes I take my wife and the kids down there on a Sunday afternoon or something like that to grab something to eat,” Colón said. “There’s some things down there you can get there, and nowhere else in the city.” Since his time at Northeast CAN, Colón went to Internal Affairs as a detective, then Assault Squad as a detective. When Colón got promoted to Sergeant, he went back to East Zone to work the evening shift. He later spent four years in the Special Victim’s Unit, and then another four years working Sex Crimes. After being promoted to Captain, Colón went through the mentoring program, spent time at South Patrol Division, and then returned for stints at the Special Victim’s Unit and Internal Affairs. When asked what compelled him to take the job in the Media Unit, Colón displayed a sense of humor about the move. “What compelled me?” Colón asked with a smile. “A telephone call from the Chief saying, ‘Congratulations, on January 14 you’re being transferred.” “I’m really looking forward to it,” Colón added. “It’s an area that I’m not really that experienced in. I’ve done some amount of public speaking – especially in Special Victim’s Unit; conferences, public engagement – but this is a different element.” KCPD Chief of Police Rick Smith discussed the shake-up on Friday, January 5. The move, he said, is beneficial on multiple fronts. One bonus is that it allows current Media Unit Captain Stacey Graves to gain valuable experience in her new position, serving as a watch commander at Central Patrol Division. “She’s done a phenomenal job, and it’s time for her to get some field assignments as she progresses through her career,” Smith said. Smith is also excited about the skills that Colón can bring to the Media Unit once he arrives on January 14. “Lionel Colón’s a great replacement,” Smith said. “He has a great reputation on this job, and he has a positive attitude. That’s the kind of message I want to send to the community.”   The post New KCPD Media Unit Captain began career in Historic Northeast appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • City Hall re-opens following water line breakCity Hall re-opens following water line break

      City Hall shut down for a day and a half this week when a water line burst in the building’s basement. Photo by Paul Thompson By Paul Thompson Northeast News Employees returned to City Hall on the afternoon of Thursday, January 4, less than 48 hours after a broken water line saturated electrical equipment and caused flooding in the building’s lower lobby. The two-inch main fire suppression line broke between the main lobby and lower level of City Hall at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, causing significant flooding and putting electrical equipment at risk. Because the equipment needed to be temporarily shut down and dried out as a result of the water leak, power and fire suppression were affected. As a result, City Hall remained closed all day Wednesday and throughout the morning on Thursday. In the meantime, City staffers continued their work from alternate work sites throughout the city. The City Planning department, for instance, moved its operation to the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department at 24th and Troost. “Every department has a continuity of operations plan,” said Rod Richardson of the Communications Department on Wednesday, Jan. 3. “The electricians are still at work, and they’re not finished.” By the morning of Jan. 4, members of the media were allowed into the basement of City Hall to view the damage. The building re-opened for regular business at noon. “I appreciate the good work by our General Services Department staff to handle the repairs and cleanup so that this old building could get back up and running,” City Manager Troy Schulte said in a Jan. 4 statement. “And I thank all our employees who quickly implemented the continuity of operations plans, set up shop in alternate locations and kept services available for residents.” According to KCMO Building Manager Steve Karvelas, security personnel on site were the first to notice water leaking out of a basement electrical room on Tuesday evening. From there, Karvelas and other pertinent staff members were called down to City Hall to address the issue. “That’s when we noticed the water coming from the switchgear room,” Karvelas said. “The flow was coming from under the door; it looked like a little river. A two-inch line puts out a lot of water.” Work crews continued were still on site at City Hall on the morning of Thursday, January 4. At that point, Karvelas determined that the water was coming from a burst sprinkler line. Workers stopped the water, and then Kansas City Power & Light employees arrived to look at the electrical issues. Eventually, roughly a dozen people – mostly firefighters, according to Karvelas – worked to squeegee water out of the basement and into the parking garage. The decision to close City Hall on Jan. 3 was made by Schulte after receiving a report compiled by Karvelas. “The biggest issue was getting that transformer dried out so we could check it, re-energize it, and see where we stood with that main switchgear,” Karvelas said. “That electrical component was probably the biggest issue.” As of Thursday morning, the City did not have a final price tag on the repairs related to the burst pipe, though Karvelas suggested that the incident caused “minimal damage,” relatively speaking. KCMO Communications Director Chris Hernandez further indicated that most of the workers brought in to assess the damage or assist in the clean-up were already under contract with the City. “We have existing contracts for the vendors and the clean-up crews and the people who work here,” Hernandez said. “There will be some costs, but it’s not going to be huge.” Ultimately, Karvelas said that he was satisfied with how the City handled the emergency situation. “It was great; we all worked together as a team,” Karvelas said. “Everyone chimed in, everything was coordinated, and everything kept moving.” Here’s a look at the electrical room most affected by the burst water line on the evening of Tuesday, January 2. The post City Hall re-opens following water line break appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • KCMO Parks and Rec seeking feedback on Northeast parkKCMO Parks and Rec seeking feedback on Northeast park

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