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New $4.5 million Ronald McDonald House coming to KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friday morning, Ronald McDonald Charities will break ground on a new Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, Mo.

The new house will be located near the others, at 25th and Cherry. It will be 21,000-square feet and will contain several bedrooms, living room space, private bathrooms, a kitchen and dining areas.  It is expected to house about 900 families each year.

“These are families that live outside the Kansas City area and would be sleeping in their car, would be racking up a bill at a local hotel because there’s no place for them to stay,” said Holly Buckendahl, Ronald McDonald House chief executive officer.

Ronald McDonald Charities said the new home is needed because more than 1,000 families were turned away in 2012 because the two current Ronald McDonald homes were full.

To date, $3.9 million of the total $4.5 million has been raised for the house.

‘Tis the season! Crown Center welcomes ice skaters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crown Center continued its annual tradition of opening its ice terrace by offering a ‘free skate’ for those who could get up bright and early.

FOX 4′s Rob Collins was among them and tested his skills on the ice.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, regular admission and hours begin.

Call 816-274-8411 for more information on pricing or click here for more information.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm

Friday & Saturday:   10 am – 11 pm

Sunday:  10 am – 9 pm

Missouri law aims to keep sex offenders away from children on Halloween

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It is one of the most fun nights of the year for children.  There are costumes, candy and a night roaming the streets with family and friends on Halloween. But leaders in the metro call Halloween a temptation for convicted sex offenders. Sex offenders in Missouri are not supposed to be handing out candy to little ghosts and goblins.

So in Missouri, a five-year-old law tries to take that temptation away. Offenders convicted on or after August 28th, 2008 are to not only keep the lights off after 5 p.m. and stay home on Halloween, they also aren’t allowed to hand out candy and must post signs alerting families that children shouldn’t go to those houses.

So FOX 4 checked to see if some of those offenders were complying. One a man was sitting inside his home but didn’t answer the door and the sign hanging was clear it read, ‘No candy at this home.’

37 second video reveals lies of beauty advertising

You know those magazines that catch your eye while you’re standing in line at the super market? The ones with beautiful people on the covers staring back at you with large, round eyes, pouty lips and tumbling twirls of hair?

Those magazines. With those people.

They can make you shrink back as you take note of your split ends and somewhat crooked nose. Who can standup to such god-like beauty?

Turns out, pretty much no one, as those beautiful people have been cut, stretched, shaved, highlighted and processed using a program called Photoshop.

Sebelius: ‘Hold me accountable for the debacle’

WASHINGTON D.C. — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday personally apologized for those failures of the healthcare website and told lawmakers: “Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible.”

At the start of the hearing, before the questioning began, Sebelius read a statement and apologized for the problems with the site.

“Access to HealthCare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans,” Sebelius said.

“You deserve better. I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems.”

Sebelius admitted that the testing done before the Oct. 1 launch was “clearly not” enough. “We did not adequately do end-to-end testing,” she said.

New exhibit kicks off Union Station centennial celebration

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Union Station kicks off its centennial celebration Wednesday morning with the first of several unique exhibits.

A series of black-and-white photographs detailing the construction of Union Station from 1911-1914 are on display inside the Link, a hallway connecting Union station to Crown Center.

“We have in our own archives a wonderful scrapbook made by someone who was on the construction,” said Denise Morrison, Director of Collections at Union Station.  “It is from Day One of construction until we opened, and so these photos make up quite a bit – about half of this photo essay.”

Construction on Union Station began in 1911 and when completed, it was the third largest train station in the country, a building President Woodrow Wilson called “the gateway to the West.”

Police charge man in deadly Platte County accident, suspect alcohol as factor

PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — Prosecutors have charged a man with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident near 45 Highway and I-435 in Platte County, Mo.

Catherine Nienaber, driving a 2006 Toyota Sienna, died in the three-car accident that happened just after 8 a.m. Nienaber’s seven-year-old son was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Rodney Griffin, 52, of Atchison, Kan., was driving a 2009 Chevy pickup that was also involved in the accident. Griffin suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Shaw, driving a 20131 Freightliner semi-truck, received minor injuries and was taken into custody. Police suspect alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.