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Service touches hearts, proclaims strength in remembering Reat, William and Terri

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Interfaith Service of Faith and Healing held Thursday morning at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park was a moving service that helped the community and nation honor the three people killed Sunday, April 13; three people who were ‘lovers of life.’

“We need to love life, love faith, love people. For that is, I’ve read and heard, who Reat and Terri and William were. All lovers of life,” said Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff.

“This is not who we are”: Faith leaders continue healing process after tragedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Life will never be normal for many affected by what authorities are calling “hate crimes” from last Sunday that left three people dead. But many are moving forward with a renewed sense of unity after the shooting deaths at Jewish community centers in Overland Park.

Wednesday was the first time the congregation of St. Andrews Episcopal Church gathered after Sunday’s tragedy. They held a prayer service for community healing on Wednesday night. The service happened on the same day the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City re-opened. The head of the JCC spoke out about what has happened in the last three days since the shootings on his campus.

“The last few days have been challenging, but also inspiring,” said Jacob Schreiber, President and CEO of the JCC. “What we have seen is not only an outpouring of support, but of Kansas City actually standing up and saying this is not who we are.”

Dwayne Bowe pleads to lesser charges in marijuana case

RIVERSIDE, Mo. — Prosecutors and attorneys have reached a plea deal in the speeding and drug charges against a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver. Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty to lesser charges of ‘defective equipment’ and ‘littering.’ He paid fees and fines totaling $610 as part of the plea deal.

A Riverside city prosecutor and a defense attorney spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon regarding the case for 29-year-old Bowe. FOX 4 tried to ask questions to learn more about those ‘defective equipment’ and ‘littering charges,’ but beyond the quick three-minute statement, neither party would take questions.

The prosecutor said Bowe provided valid insurance and a valid ID to the court in addition to the $610 payment.

Neighbor hailed a hero after rescuing toddlers from burning apartment

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Neighbors at one Independence apartment complex are calling 50-year-old Michael Thomas a “hero.” FOX 4′s Robert Townsend talked to Thomas about how he rescued two toddlers just in the nick of time!

Goodwill helping young disabled people find jobs in the metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A disability doesn’t have to mean inability. People in the metro with disabilities are getting their chance to hold a normal job, thanks to a project sponsored by Goodwill.

Every person is a potential hire.

That’s the mission of Project SEARCH, an extension of Goodwill which helps young people with disabilities find new leases on life.

Take for example 19-year-old Cliff Rush, who’s been working at Children’s Mercy Hospital for the past six weeks as a groundskeeper, after Project SEARCH helped him find a job.

“I think about how it’s going to look when i get done,” Rush said, while weeding a bed of kale plants.

What looks like a chore to some people is a moment of pride for Rush. He has lived with neurofibromatosis all his life. That’s a genetic condition that affects his brain and speech patterns.

Ventura collects first MLB win, helps Royals snap losing streak

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals.

Ventura (1-0), an elite prospect with a 100 mph fastball, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings — both career highs — in his fifth major league start.

Infante had a solo shot in the first inning off Lucas Harrell (0-3) and added an RBI in the third inning as the Royals found some offense after managing just five runs combined as they were swept in a weekend series at Minnesota.

Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler had an RBI each for Kansas City and Lorenzo Cain had a pair of hits for his fourth multi-hit game this season.

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence gains members after Sunday’s shootings outside Jewish centers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A local group of grandmothers are now more concerned about gun safety after Sunday’s shootings at two Jewish facilities.

They formed “Grandmothers Against Gun Violence” in September.

Click here for a link to their group.

‘GAG’ has worked to change gun laws on both sides of the state line.
Fox 4′s Kathy Quinn talked to one of the founding members of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Judy Sherry.

Sherry is a grandmother who wants to keep guns out of the hands of people like Frazier Cross, the suspect in Sunday’s shootings.

She started Grandmothers Against Gun Violence after she heard about a similar group that started after the Sandy Hook school shootings.

Little did she know there would be a shooting here in the metro just months later targeting people of her own faith.