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Joe’s Weather Blog: Much Needed Rain

So far the forecast has worked out pretty well with the rain moving into the area early this morning. Rainfall amounts will end up in the 1/4-3/4″ range (some will do better than that!)…and it hasn’t been too heavy…just a quality soaking type rainfall. Overall good news for many…except for the morning commuters.

Forecast:

Rest of today: Rain will wind down and shift off towards the east of the region. The rain will become more intermittent but the chances will continue through the middle afternoon before drying out after 4PM or so. PM highs may struggle in the 50s to around 60°

This evening: Clearing and cool with temperatures dropping into the mid 40s.

Friday: Near perfect weather with highs near 80° with a SW wind of 10-20 MPH.

Saturday: Morning storm chances (40%) then windy and warmer in the afternoon with highs 75-80°.

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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.

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.

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Rescue Four Kittens

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Rescue Four Kittens

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2014) -- A litter of four kittens -- two males and two females -- has been rescued by residents and staff at Talllgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park. The kittens are said by a local veterinarian to be four weeks old. They are now being cared for as they seek their forever homes.

The kitten rescue has been a  labor of love:

A resident, pediatrician Dr. Don Blim, noticed the kittens yesterday and promptly notified security officer David Gregory, who then notified the Front Desk, which notified Sales Director Deborah Messmer, a lifelong animal lover who happened to be Manager on Duty for the day.

Residents and staff surrounded the kittens -- "oohing and aahing" over them in lobby.

Construction of New 87-Apartment Home Building Underway at Tallgrass Creek

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2014) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community today announced the addition of Meadowlark Terrace, its new residence building now under construction with 87 apartment homes in 10 new floor plans that vary in size and style from luxury two-bedrooms to more modest one-bedrooms. Seventy-five percent of the new apartment homes are already reserved. Information can be obtained by calling 913-897-2700 or 1-800-893-3118.  

Tallgrass Creek considered feedback about the individual apartment homes when designing Meadowlark Terrace, which will officially open late 2014.  Lantz-Boggio is the architect.

Grandview neighborhood buzzes with police activity as suspected highway shooter arrested

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police have arrested a suspect and are investigating 20-plus shootings as part of the extensive highway shootings investigation. Police say they have positively linked 12 of the shootings, most in the Three Trails Crossing area, formerly known as the Grandview Triangle, which is not far from where police say the suspect lived.

FOX 4’s Eric Burke was in the neighborhood as the suspect was apprehended and witnessed neighbors surprised to see numerous police vehicles.

While they were initially surprised, they were later relieved at the police presence that overtook the neighborhood. Most of the crowd that gathered came from a neighboring apartment complex who saw a couple of police cars drive by that later turned into what seemed like a never-ending line of law enforcement vehicles.

Police credit tips, collaborative investigating as keys to arresting shooting suspect

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police vans and cars descended on a Grandview neighborhood for the take down of the highway shootings suspect Thursday afternoon. The scene in the neighborhood remained very active as day turned into night. FOX 4 News crews arrived at police headquarters as Kansas City, Mo., police took the suspect out of the police van and into the building for processing. Police have not yet named the man as he has not yet been charged; those charges are expected to be filed Friday morning.

Since the beginning of the investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been helping police and were on scene Thursday when the suspect was taken into custody.