A few districts are purchasing solar eclipse glasses and creating curriculum based on the eclipse.
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Four developers vying for the chance to build a new terminal at KCI will present their proposals to a selection committee Monday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than a thousand students evacuated University Academy Monday after sensors detected a freon leak in their building.
Administrators at the school, located at 68th Street and Holmes Road, quickly decided to cancel classes for the day.
“We thought we were coming in here to have a normal day of school,” said Tony Kline, University Academy superintendent. “Obviously we had to make the decision to cancel school at 7:35 a.m. is pretty tough. Hard on families too, but they have been great. They have come back and have been really supportive. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, make sure you get these things right.”
Alarms sounded throughout the school at about 7:30 a.m., just as students were entering the building.
Firefighters rushed to the charter school and determined that freon was leaking from the building’s cooling system.
The gas can make you sick if you breathe too much of it, so all of the kids in this kindergarten through 12th grade school evacuated outside to the football field.
The school notified parents and buses returned to bring students home, because the repair work on the system is expected to take much of the day.
“This school is amazing with the kids,” said Shaya Duncan, as she picked up her 11-year-old son. “They take care of them. Everything, they did everything they should have. They alerted parents immediately and I got right back up here.”
Some parents may have to take time off of work to watch their children, but classes are expected to resume Tuesday.
This is a fairly new building — only 12 years old — and nothing like this has ever happened here previously.
With the solar eclipse coming next week, administrators are concerned about losing two consecutive Mondays to disruptions. But the charter school says kids returned to classes last week eager to learn.
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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — A teenage girl lost control of her car while driving in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Sunday. One of the passengers in the car, 17-year-old Malachi Roach, died from his injuries.
The driver and other passenger, a 16-year-old girl were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Police say all three were wearing their safety belts.
The crash happened at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday night at 92-Highway at Tryst Falls Park. The driver was headed eastbound on MO-92 when the right front tire went off the right side of the road and struck the driveway entrance to the park. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, which began to rotate and then traveled off the left side of the roadway.
Police say the car then struck a stone mailbox, crossed a private drive and came to rest down an embankment.
from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports http://fox4kc.com/2017/08/14/kearney-teen-killed-when-driver-loses-control-of-car-in-single-car-crash/
MORRIS, Minn. — A 94-year-old Minnesota man whose wife died after battling cancer built a swimming pool in his backyard for children in his neighborhood.
Keith Davison’s wife of 66 years died last year, KARE 11 reports.
“You just can’t imagine what it’s like,” he said. “You cry a lot. That’s just the way it is because she’s not here.”
Davison then decided to do something different to fill his time.
In the spring, the retired judge had an in-ground pool built. In July, the pool, which is 32 feet long and 9 feet deep, opened — and kids from all over the neighborhood came to swim.
“I knew they’d come,” Davison said.
Davison, who has three adult children but no grandchildren, is usually seen sitting in a chair next to the pool, watching the kids swimming, laughing and having fun.
“I’m not sitting by myself looking at the walls,” Davison said. “What else would you think of doing where you could have a whole bunch of kids over every afternoon?”
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Pres. Trump calls out violence by KKK neo-Nazis and white supremacists calling them criminals and thugs
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that “racism is evil” as he condemns the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “criminals and thugs.”
He spoke in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump has come under fire for his comments Saturday that “many sides” are to blame for the violence. In those remarks, he did not single out white supremacists or any other hate group, even as Republican lawmakers and others in his White House did condemn them by name.
“You will be held accountable. Justice will be delivered,” he said to the people who broke the law over the weekend.
“No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws,” he said. “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the KKK,Neo Nazis, white supremacists.”
Listen to his statement below:
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One person is dead after a crash at westbound U.S. 40 Highway and Cemetery Road.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The fiery crash along Interstate 435 on July 17 has claimed one life.
Willie “Darryl” Wilson, 54, passed away early Saturday, weeks after he was pulled from his SUV that was one of the five vehicles involved in the chain reaction crash. His SUV caught fire and Wilson suffered horrific burns, and has spent the past few weeks in a hospital undergoing treatment to save his life.
Witnesses at the time said it was a miracle no one was killed. On Saturday, Wilson succumbed to his injuries.
Bryson Clinkenbeard was heading home on I-435 when he witnessed the crash and heard several explosions.
“Giant fireball. I saw one of the semi trucks and a vehicle slam into the back of it,” Clinkenbeard said in the days following the crash. “Everything was just like engulfed in flames. Scared me to death.”
“And I saw that truck driver jump out right away, he just went right into action but there was no way he could go back to help anyone because that explosion was between him and any vehicles behind,” another witness said.
It happened in the construction zone along I-435 between Antioch and 69 Highway. Overland Park police said even without the construction, this is a dangerous area. I-435 and Metcalf is the number one crash site in Overland Park.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help Wilson’s family pay for his medical expenses.
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A man seriously injured in a fiery crash on Interstate 435 in Overland Park has died, nearly a month after the crash.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police were on the scene of a Burger King late Monday morning after a man was shot in the parking lot.
His injuries are ‘not critical’, police say.
The Burger King is at 16901 U.S. 24 Highway. Police say there may be a second victim related to the shooting at the 400 block of N. Kendall, about a mile away from the Burger King.
Police say they do not believe this shooting is connected to Sunday’s shooting at the nearby Hawthorne Place Apartments.
Look for updates to this developing story on FOX 4 newscasts and the fox4kc app.
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