Kansas City Community News Collection: Survivor Stories

For late night denizens we share these community focused news links that don't really fit anywhere else on the blog . . . Still, the local reporting offers a more realistic view of Kansas City and it's people at the neighborhood level.

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Balloon release held to honor mother of 3 killed in Klymax Lounge shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dozens of community and family members gathered for a balloon release honoring 24-year-old Antoinette Brenson, a mother of three killed in a shooting at Klymax Lounge last weekend. Through the mourning, there was also anger, especially from Brenson's sister, who at the balloon release called on people to come forward with information that can lead to the arrest of the shooter.

World Cup is coming to KC (and so are the asks): How leaders must boost the region before 2026

"We all need to put our shoulder [to the wheel for] our region's best shot at having our World Cup transform and enhance who we are to the rest of the world," said Cliff Illig. "We will be reaching out to every one of you and asking for your help."

Recovery continues 3 years on for Kansas City police officer shot in the head while on duty

Former Kansas City police officer Tyler Moss had just a one percent chance of surviving after being shot in the head in the line of duty. But he did just that. Moss continues to amaze everyone with his grit and determination three years after tragedy struck.

Resource List: Affordable housing for Kansas Citians with disabilities

About 18 million people with disabilities across the U.S. qualify for housing assistance and do not receive any. This lack of accessible options is prevalent in Kansas City. The Beacon has put together a list of local organizations that offer housing assistance to residents with disabilities.

Pandemic school hit these Kansas City, Kansas, students hard. This graduation day, they're thriving.

For the seniors putting on their caps and gowns in the next few weeks, every year of high school was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their freshman year started normally enough, but by March, they were coping with the transition to learning virtually and navigating an entirely different world.

KC family struggling to pay for 7-year-old son's funeral after several health issues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A big smile is one of the few ways 7-year-old Damario Smith could communicate. "He had the biggest smile ever," said his mother, Irene Roades, who dedicated her life to taking care of him.

Liberty North High School rallying around track coach diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer

Liberty North High School's Track Team has been wearing special t-shirts as they compete in the postseason.The shirts read: GRIP IT & RIP ITIt's a phrase often used by track coach Ken Peek.Less than two weeks ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

'The Little Mermaid' acts as rare reflection for young, Black girls in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mermaid dolls, check. Matching shirts, check. On Friday, four Kansas City girls - Aminah and Syiah Muhammad, and Parker and Sidney Strother - had it all and were ready to see the newest movie making waves - the live-action Little Mermaid. There isn't much else that can leave them speechless.

Family of former Kansas Jayhawks basketball star Christian Braun now rooting for him in the NBA Finals

One year ago, Denver Nuggets forward Christian Braun was preparing to be selected in the upcoming NBA Draft just weeks after winning a national title. Flash forward one year later, Braun will be playing for an NBA title. The Nuggets punched their ticket to the 2023 NBA Finals this week, completing a sweep against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Survivor surprises hairstylists who helped him after he suffered a stroke

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KCTV) - Gary Keller believes two hairstylists likely saved his life when they recognized something just wasn't right during his haircut on May 18 in Overland Park. Keller said he walked in for a haircut when he suddenly felt a chest pain unlike any pain he had ever felt before.

New study delves into 'crisis' within Kansas City's early-childhood education system

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new study of early-childhood education affordability and availability in a five-county region around Kansas City found a "system in crisis" that serves roughly half of the area's need for preschool child-care services.

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