Kansas City Independence Day Community News Blast

More than anything, today's American festivites should be a reminder that we have a lot to celebrate with our neighbors.

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With a focus on nicer local reports, check TKC news gathering . . .

Share your FOURTH OF JULY celebration photos!

Share your photos and videos with us of Fourth of July fireworks, celebrations and parades.

Alphapointe's blind/sighted team get ready for 340-mile kayak race

From Lake Jacomo, a practice paddle on the water before the big MR340 race the on Missouri River. "I feel like we're back on the river," said 19-year-old Isaac McBurney.

'From the first bell to the last bell': Parents at Shawnee Mission Schools push for phone-free school days

Students spend the majority of their time during the school year in classrooms. To counter the distraction of phones, a phone-free school movement is growing in the Shawnee Mission School District.

'Iconic but overlooked.' Could KC's Paseo Stairs, a favorite of runners, be improved?

For decades, the Paseo Stairs have been a local destination for walkers and runners. Here's how one Kansas Citian's love-hate relationship with the steps has led to an effort to improve them.

Kansas Citians remain dedicated to service in sweltering heat

Multiple organizations throughout the Kansas City metro remained committed to helping the community Monday despite the heat.

KCK dance group puts Latin flair on Fourth of July

A local dance group hopes to shine a light on the diversity in America this Independence Day.

'We're right next door': Overland Park mother returns home after giving birth, losing limbs to illness

Brie Morgan Bauer's story reached around the world. The Overland Park mother gave birth at 27 weeks in February, was diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome and lost her arms and legs to the illness.

Lee's Summit resident spends Fourth of July cleaning up from days of rain

Homeowners across Lee's Summit are racing to dry up their homes and yards before more storms roll through.

Jackson County Family Court hosted reunification day for families after successful treatments

The Jackson County Family Court hosted a Family Unity Day on Thursday. Its purpose was to celebrate the reunification of parents and children who have been separated by the state for protection.

Wayside Waifs uses animals to teach Kansas City kids about stopping violence

Violence is nothing new to Kansas City youth. The No More Bullying! program at Wayside Waifs, a no-kill shelter, wants to stop the cycle using education and prevention.

Parents, district officials react to KCKPS regaining accreditation

As the new school year approaches, KSHB 41 checked in with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the community about the district's new accreditation status

LOOK: A very good video of Patrick Mahomes talking about how he runs out the tunnel

We prefer how you do it QB1 @PatrickMahomes pic.twitter.com/Nf5hdBuuq5- Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) June 30, 2024 Seems like it works.

Anonymous donor steps in to buy headstone for fallen Missouri K-9 officer

Frustrations grow following the death of a Savannah Police Department K-9 officer last month after he was left in a hot car overnight.

Video: Kansas City, Missouri fireworks display at the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The event featured food trucks, family-friendly activities, and concluded with a 20-minute fireworks show.

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