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Mo. lawmakers trying to expedite Amber Alert process

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would streamline the Amber Alert process. FOX 4 spoke with Missouri House Representative Eric Burlison (R-Greene) on Wednesday. He’s the lawmaker pushing this bill, and while the law’s passage won’t bring Hailey Owens back, lawmakers say it might keep something like her tragic death from happening to another family.

“When she called, that’s when I decided to stop considering the bill, and to take action to actually file a bill,” Rep. Burlison said.

A call from Hailey’s mother is what prompted Rep. Burlison to take action.

“While it was just hours that went by, it was days in her mind,” he said.

Ten-year-old Hailey of Springfield was abducted while walking home from a friend`s house in February.

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Two KCFD fire companies face closure, causing some concern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cutbacks at the Kansas City Fire Department are set to take effect June 30. Two fire companies will be pulled out of service. One in southern Kansas City, the other services an area stretching from the Country Club Plaza to Brookside.

The city says no one will be affected because they have a plan to cover the companies that will be eliminated. Residents and some city council members don`t agree and think the city needs to find the money to keep these companies up and running.

“What we tried to do is find the least painful way to make reductions in the overall size of the fire department to meet the budget realities,” Kansas City, Mo. City Manager Troy Schulte.

The reductions come by way of wiping out two fire companies. One is Pumper 32 that serves the Plaza down the Ward Parkway corridor to Brookside.

JJ’s Restaurant announces plans to rebuild on Plaza

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than a year after an explosion and fire reduced a popular plaza restaurant to rubble, JJ’s Wednesday announced that it’s coming back. The new Plaza Vista office tower soon will be home for the new restaurant.

The Frantze brothers say it was important to them to bring their business back to life in same West Plaza neighborhood they’ve called home. And they say more than 90 percent of their former employees are going to come back when the new restaurant reopens.

The new J-J’s will be on the first floor of Plaza Vista and includes outdoor patio seating where the Frantzes and developer Van Trust Real Estate made the big announcement.
There is still design work to be done, including just how much space the new restaurant will occupy.

Spirit Airlines will taxi the tarmac at KCI soon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials with the Kansas City Aviation Department announced on Wednesday that Spirit Airlines will soon fly out of Kansas City International Airport.

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This screen grab taken from Spirit Airlines’ website on Tuesday makes it appear that the low-cost carrier will soon be coming to KCI.

After the news release was distributed on Tuesday afternoon, Spirit’s website was seen displaying flight options from KCI to five different domestic destinations: Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston Intercontinental and Las Vegas.

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Missing man’s body identified as the one found in a submerged truck

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Mo. Police identified the body found inside of a submerged truck on Monday night as that of 42-year-old Vince Reynolds on Tuesday. Reynolds had been missing since April 12 after he was last seen leaving Northland bar One Eyed Jacks.

Reynolds’ truck was found in a pond at the apartment complex he lived at in the 6000 block of Prairie View Road. Police did not provide any other details about his death on Tuesday night.

FOX 4 talked to his family this past weekend as they were still searching for him. His sister, Dawn Huff, said she knew something was wrong when Reynolds didn’t show up for his daughter’s prom pictures.

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KC NoVA calls in group of people they’re watching

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City No Violence Alliance has been fighting crime in a unique way for more than a year, and Tuesday night it continued. The alliance is offering people at risk of being criminals or victims of violent crime another chance to live a life without crime before it’s too late.

Violent crimes have forced law enforcement officers in Kansas City to take a new approach to stopping criminals that commit those violent acts.

“We’re all sick of violence. We’re all sick of it. I’m sick of it, everybody on this stage is sick of it,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Tuesday night, the Kansas City No Violence Alliance or “NoVA” called people into this church to warn them.

Ground breaks for the rise of new downtown apartment building

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City leaders moved the first shovels of dirt Tuesday to start construction on what they hope will be one hot downtown property.

The 25-story complex called “One Light” will be the first high-rise apartment building built in downtown since the mid-1970′s. It’s a project Power and Light District executives say is part of a bigger transformation that’s attracting more young professionals to the metro area and boosting the economy.

“What was once really a desolate downtown has become a vibrant, bustling downtown with an even brighter future,” said Nick Benjamin, executive director of the Power and Light District.

The $79 million apartment complex will be the first of four to soon go up in district, where the population now tops 20,000 people and where nearly $6 billion in private and public money is already invested.