Kansas City News Lights: Nicer Stories

Just a quick update for the late night as we share some of the nicer local news we've been reading . . .

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Christmas light displays around the Kansas City metro area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Looking to enjoy a Christmas light display beside your nextdoor neighbors' setup or the one across the street? Here is a list of places to check out in the Kansas City area: Missouri Country Club Plaza - The Plaza Lights returned for their 93rd year on Thanksgiving Day.

Santa visits babies in the NICU at Kansas City hospitals

In between getting ready for his big night, Santa Claus, along with Buddy the Elf, took some time away to visit babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.Santa made a special trip to area NICU units on Friday to meet some preemie babies and their families.Many of these families have

KC Educator Loves Serving Immigrant Families

On the day after Labor Day last year, Kansas City Public Schools embarked on a mission to better serve the immigrant and refugee children coming through its doors. It was then that the district opened its Global Academy, which serves elementary school-aged children.

Voting begins in Habitat for Humanity gingerbread house fundraiser

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The public can now vote for its favorite gingerbread house in a fundraiser for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity . Each vote costs $1. People can vote as often as they'd like, thus allowing the nonprofit to collect more in donations.

After 25 years away, a Kansas City painter returns home to stretch out her canvas - and her ambitions

Ky Anderson was a successful working artist in New York, with solo exhibitions of her large-scale, abstract paintings around the country. But after 25 years of painting in cramped studio spaces, she's back home in Kansas City with a bigger studio - and she's making new work.

St. John Catholic Club in KCK serves as host for Croatians cheering World Cup team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Croatian men's national soccer team may not have been able to hear the cheers from the St. John Catholic Club in Kansas City, Kansas, on Friday, but they surely felt the pride. In a FIFA 2022 World Cup quarterfinal result that shook the soccer world Friday, Croatia defeated the favored Brazilians in penalty kicks.

Deep brass tones vibrate Crown Center during Kansas City TubaChristmas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A sea of tuba players rattled the ornaments on the tree at Crown Center Square Friday afternoon, belting out Christmas tunes to standing room crowds. Now, this was no spontaneous event. It was, in fact, the annual Kansas City TubaChristmas concert, a nearly half-century tradition involving the Kansas City Symphony.

UCM alum brings graduation ceremony to St. Luke's for mother fighting brain cancer

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Not often does one attend a college graduation at a hospital, but a University of Central Missouri graduate decided to bring his ceremony to St. Luke's Friday afternoon. For 22-year-old Jack LeVota, he needed one special person in the audience.

Grieving Johnson County woman gets special Amazon delivery

OLATHE, Kan. - The holiday season isn't merry for everyone. Some people are coping with the loss of loved ones. Such is the case for one Johnson County family, whose members are thankful for the kindness of an Amazon delivery driver, who brought more than packages to their home.

Overland Park family continues daughter's mission to help, three years after her death

An Overland Park family is asking for help to continue their daughter's legacy after she died three years ago.Twenty-five-year-old Erin Langhofer was standing at a food truck in the Crossroads on a First Friday when a bullet from a nearby fight hit and killed her in 2019."The loss of her has just been profound," her mother, Marcy Langhofer, said.

Toys for Tots says it's about 20,000 toys short for this year's drive

A teenager arrested in March accused of invading strangers' privacy by illegally and secretly recording them inside women's restrooms at Blue Springs businesses was certified as an adult this week.

Rain possible Saturday morning with skies partially clearing by afternoon

Overnight lows will fall into the mid 30s. Rain showers are possible Saturday morning, mainly south of the Kansas City metro. Clouds should partially clear for the afternoon with highs in the mid and upper 40s. We'll see more sunshine on Sunday with highs in the upper 40s.

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