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Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states. The state comprises 114 counties, and the independent city of St. Louis.

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Ivanhoe shows how Neighbhorhood Watch can work

Having a Neighborhood Watch group can reduce crime as much as 16 percent. But one Kansas City community has done that and then some.  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Having a neighborhood watch group can reduce crime as much as 16 percent.

But one Kansas City community has done that and then some.  

A little more than 6,000 people live in Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood, and residents had to battle the area’s large gang, drug and violence problem.

Kansas City Police Officer Holly Sticken first patrolled Ivanhoe more than 20 years ago.  

“After constantly arresting people for the same thing over and over and nothing happens, that drive starts going down and you start feeling defeated a little bit," Sticken said. 

Nearly 20 years later, KCPD said Ivanhoe residents have run their neighborhood watch so successfully, they re-wrote the blueprint on how to transform a community.  

Alan Young recalled his first encounters with KCPD. 

“Early on, I met the captain at East Patrol,” Young said. “I was describing different houses and what problems we were having, and he was aware of all of them.  I’d tell him this address and he’d say, ‘well those are the Crips.’ I’d tell him another and he’d say those are the Bloods.  And I’d tell him another address and he’d say that’s such and such family."

Young asked the captain why, if police knew about all the different problems, wasn’t anything improving?

“He said ‘Because we don’t know who our friends are in that neighborhood,’” Young said.

After that conversation with the police captain, Young said he decided it was time to make friends, with all the right people.  

A walk through the Ivanhoe neighborhood in 2018 shows progress.

There’s a playground, smooth sidewalks, a farmer’s market, and a thriving neighborhood community center and watch group.  

What community members are doing seems to be working. Burglaries, drug arrests, and weapons charges have all gone down. 

The progress comes to the delight of community members and people such as Sticken.  

“There are some days that I hear something good and say ‘Yes! Something has happened that’s good,’” Sticken said.

Local singer competes on The Voice on NBC

On Season 15 of The Voice you may get to see a local face. Rachel Byerley, from Johnson County, Kansas, made it through the audition process and will be heading to the blind auditions in LA.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Season 15 of The Voice you may get to see a local face. Rachel Byerley, from Johnson County, Kansas, made it through the audition process and will be heading to the blind auditions in LA.

"I'm really excited, also very nervous and anxious," she said. "I can't wait for it to happen and I"m just really glad I have this opportunity in life right now."

Byerley has auditioned before, but this is her first time making it through to the Blind Auditions where she'll sing for The Voice judges Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

"If any of them turn I'l be like, 'Thank you!', but I'm very excited for Kelly Clarkson. I like her a lot and she won last season so that's cool," Byerley said. "Adam Levine is pretty cool as well so I'd go after him, too."

Byerley found her love of music through choir class at Olathe East High School.

"I was actually an athlete my whole life and then sophomore year I had to take a music class and so I just said, 'Alright I'll take choir," she said. "My director said, 'Hey, you can sing!' I've been taking music seriously ever since then."

Byerley, now 19 years old, has the full support of her parents and three older brothers.

"I'm adopted from Russia actually," she said. "When I was 9 months old, my parents adopted me and moved me here. I lived here most of my life, moved to Iowa for two years and then moved back here because Kansas is pretty great in my opinion! I have three older brothers that look after me because I'm the only girl and I'm adopted so it's like I'm the princess of the family."

Now, she spends a lot of time writing her own music that she posts to her Sound Cloud to share with others.

"I have a voice and I want to share my voice with the World," she said. "I feel like I have a message to deliver through my music that I'm writing and I'm excited to share it."

Season 15 of The Voice premieres Monday at 7 p.m.


Air ball: KC loses bid for Women's Final Four

Kansas City lost its bid Monday to host the Women's Final Four sometime between 2021 and 2024. It was one of seven finalists the NCAA was considering to host the tournament. 


Update @ 1:25 p.m. 9/24/18:

Kansas City won't be hosting the Women's Final Four anytime soon. The NCAA announced this afternoon that San Antonio, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Cleveland will host the finals from 2021-2024.


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The Kansas City Sports Commission will find out Monday whether the NCAA will host the Final Four of its Division 1 women's basketball tournament in Kansas City in the year 2023 or 2024.

Kansas City is one of seven finalists the NCAA is considering to host the tournament. The official announcement is expected at 1 p.m. 

Representatives from the sports commission gave their final presentation to the selection committee in Tampa last week. Those same committee members also visited Kansas City as part of the process. 

Kathy Nelson, president of the KC Sports Commission, said Kansas City has great sports fans who love college basketball and women's sports. She said the city's central location makes it appealing as well. Plus by the year 2023, Kansas City should have a new airport terminal, an extended streetcar line and a new convention center hotel. 

"Someone on our staff said we would be lucky to be awarded this championship, but they'd be lucky to get Kansas City," Nelson said.  

Nelson estimated the weekend-long tournament would generate $22 million for the local economy. 

Beyond an economic impact, Nelson said the tournament normally makes a lasting impact on the community which hosts it. For example, after Kansas City hosted the women's Final Four in 1998, organizers created WIN For KC, or the Women's Intersport Network. The agency empowers girls and women through sports by hosting a women's triathlon, a camp for children and leadership initiatives. 

"When you think about on a national and international level about what we're doing in Kansas City to recognize and advocate and promote women through sports, and then now have the spotlight on us for us that year, it doesn't get much better," Nelson said. 

Kansas City hosted the NCAA women's volleyball championships in 2017 and portions of the women's basketball tournament in 2018.

1 dead in shooting on Wabash in KCMO

The man in his mid 30s was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is dead after a shooting in the 3800 block of Wabash Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

Officers were called to a residence in the area around 5:45 a.m. on reports of shots fired.

When they got there, police found a shooting victim outside the residence. 

They said he was a black man in his mid 30s. 

He was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Fans pile into stadium for home opener

Kansas City Chiefs fans were lined up waiting to enter the Arrowhead parking lot early Sunday morning for the Chiefs home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

KANSAS CITY Mo. - Chiefs fans were lined up waiting to enter the Arrowhead parking lot early Sunday morning for the Chiefs home opener against the 49ers.

The Chiefs are 2-0 after wins over the Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 49ers come in at 1-1, after beating the Lions last week.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes already has 10 touchdowns on the young season.

Fans piled into the stadium to begin tailgating at 6:00 a.m., kickoff is at noon.


Merriam girl recovering after being shot in leg

A girl was hospitalized after suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Sunday at a Merriam home in the 5200 block of Farley Court.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A girl was hospitalized after suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Sunday at a Merriam home.

Merriam police said they are investigating the shooting which happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Farley Court.

Police said a 9-year-old boy found an unattended gun, which somehow went off. The bullet struck his 10-year-old sister in the leg.

She was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Johnson County Crime Lab was called in to assist with the investigation, which is limited to the residence.

No one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting, a Merriam police spokesman said.

Merriam police also said they distribute free gun locks and encourage gun owners to properly secure their firearms with one.