Kansas City Community News: Advocates, Helpers & Local History

For late night & early morning news junkies we share a peek at all things local with this community-focused collection of somewhat nicer stories along with a great deal of info from throughout the metro.

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Monopoly rolls out Kansas City edition ahead of the holidays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Do not pass go or collect $200 because it's time to roll the dice on your own version of Kansas City. Hasbro just launched it's Monopoly Kansas City edition, and the company did it in style. Mr. Monopoly arrived at Wednesday's event in a 1918 camo-colored Model T Ford to meet Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.

Hyde Park residents reminiscence on Westport Middle, High School closure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Twelve years ago, Westport High School closed. One year later, its counterpart, Westport Middle School also closed. Both were vacant for a few years, until Plexpod came to the middle school, and the announcement of new apartments in the high school.

The Parade of Hearts reignites KC's passion for philanthropy

Heart embedded at KC Opera House. Courtesy of Parade of Hearts. The Parade of Hearts Board of Directors announced that Kansas City will embrace the sculptural embodiment of diversity and solidarity that is the Parade of Hearts in 2023 and 2024.

UMKC scores $30M grant for Hospital Hill buildings + more Downtown news - Downtown Council of Kansas City

Downtown news beat: UMKC lands $30M gift for medical, dentistry buildings; Black Pantry expands nationally through online shop; Generator Studio shares 5 of its stadium projects; MoDOT crews to close lanes, ramps for bridge work; LaunchKC finalists: meet 12 tech startups vying for grant money.

'It's OK to come forward': Child abuse survivor advocates for other survivors

For survivors of child abuse, coming forward can be difficult.Survivors of abuse said this is especially true for children.KI Kim Bergman, a community ambassador for Child USA, says it was difficult to hear the news of a teacher in her kids' school district being charged for multiple sex crimes against kids."I just really feel for the victims right now.

"It has really become a crisis for us" More than 500 families waiting for childcare in Johnson County

OLATHE, Kan. - Hundreds of families in Johnson County are on standby for reliable after school care for their kids. The Johnson County Parks and Recreation District (JCPRD) operates the largest before and after school childcare program in the county. JCPRD's Out of School Time program currently serves approximately 3,000 children out of 66 different elementary schools throughout the county.

Top bridge expert talks about potential factors in Clay County bridge collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started its review into Wednesday's deadly bridge collapse east of Kearney near 148th Street and Shady Grove Road.The review will take up to six months, according to an OSHA official, as investigators conduct witness interviews along with employee and company representative interviews.Connor Ernst, 22, a construction worker from California, Missouri, died in the collapse.

KMBC 9 Investigates looks at company in charge of bridge project before collapse

KMBC 9 Investigates has looked into the company in charge of the bridge project, which was the site of Wednesday's deadly structural failure.Investigative reporter Matt Flener uncovered county documents on the company's contract.The bridge has faced a lot of scrutiny over the past few years.

Crews disinfecting Clearwater Creek Elementary in Olathe after illness forces closure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Custodial crews are doing a deep clean at Clearwater Creek Elementary, a day after officials announced the building would be closed due 25% of students and staff being out with illness . On Wednesday, Principal Nate Kremer said that more than 150 students and staff were absent.

Parents share warning as 8-month-old twins battle RSV at Children's Mercy

As cases of RSV rise across the country and here in the Kansas City metro, 8-month-old twins from Orrick, Missouri, have been in the fight of their lives at Children's Mercy Hospital. KMBC 9 spoke with their parents about the warning signs they noticed and what they want other families to know.

Kansas City mother advocates for mental health resources for pregnant women

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City area resident Megan Reed, mother to a 7-month-old, said she was reading through old journal entries she had written while postpartum. What should have been a joyous time, was anything but. "I was reading back through that last night and at the end of every journal entry, it had said, 'I am struggling,'" she said.

Haunted history: Inside the Harris-Kearney House in Westport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A popular home in Westport is popular among paranormal investigators this time of year. In the weeks before Halloween, ghost hunters book tours of the Harris-Kearney House to try and catch a glimpse of the otherworldly.

Weekend Possibilities | KC Current Championship Game, Terror in Electric Park and Halloween Happenings

What's better than Halloween weekend? All the spooks, plus KC Current treating the town to yet another championship. Go Current! 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The waters of the Ocean Exhibit at Sea Life Kansas City, 2475 Grand Blvd., have become enchanted with mermaids.

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