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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Update: As of Thanksgiving evening, the FBI is adding a $5,000 reward for information about where these children are.
"We would like to talk to anyone who knows anything about where they may be now," police said.
Previous coverage is below.
Kansas City police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two missing juveniles.
7-year-old Avontay Reed is described as being 100 pounds, 4 feet, 7 inches tall and was last seen wearing a black coat, gray shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
4-year-old Kelvontae Cooper is described as being 90 pounds, 4 feet, 4 inches tall and was last seen wearing a black coat, white shirt with red and black writing, blue jeans and brown shoes.
The children are in Children’s Division custody and were placed with a maternal aunt due to the mother’s mental health and drug abuse.
Their mother, Mattina Marshall, took the children from their aunt’s house on Nov. 9, 2020. The mother was located Tuesday, but the kids were not with her.
The children have been listed as missing/endangered. If located please call 911 or contact the Juvenile Section at 816-234-5150.Continue Reading
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal program that had extended unemployment benefits for an extra 13 weeks in Kansas will stop next month just as new COVID-19 restrictions could lead to more furloughs and layoffs.
The U.S. Department of Labor informed the state labor agency that the Kansas unemployment levels had fallen below the eligibility threshold for the Extended Benefits program, the Wichita Eagle <a href="https://www.kansas.com/news/state/article247379694.html" target="—blank">reported</a>.
The last payments for Kansans on the program will be the week ending Dec. 12. The Kansas Department of Labor will notify affected individuals.
Kansas previously qualified for the Extended Benefits program in June, which offered federal reimbursement to the state for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits. The program aims to assist workers who exhaust the regular unemployment benefits during periods of high unemployment.
The Kansas unemployment rate has steadily fallen each month after its high of 11.9% in April as the pandemic took hold across the state. The state's unemployment rate in October was 5.3%, down from 5.9% in September and 6.9% in August.
Since March 15, the state labor department has paid out more than 3.1 million weekly claims totaling over $2.3 billion between regular unemployment and the federal pandemic programs.Continue Reading
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(CNN) -- From <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/17/tech/zoom-time-limit-thanksgiving-trnd-wellness/index.html" target="_blank">complicated Zoom setups</a> to smaller gatherings, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/07/business/thanksgiving-turkey-grocery/index.html" target="_blank">Thanksgiving dinner</a> will look different for many families and friends this year.
The annual feast is further complicated because of the troubled economy, giving millions of Americans anxiety about their finances. It doesn't help that <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/05/business/grocery-prices-rising/index.html" target="_blank">food prices are on the rise.</a>
<a href="https://www.lendingtree.com/debt-consolidation/thanksgiving-spending-survey/" target="_blank">LendingTree found</a> that the average American will spend $475 on the feast — a 53% increase from last year. And about two in five hosts said Thanksgiving is a "financial strain."
In that spirit, major grocers and food brands are getting creative with unique deals aimed at families and first-time cooks.
The <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/05/business/aldi-walmart-low-food-prices/index.html" target="_blank">pioneering grocer</a> best known for its eye-popping prices is selling several Thanksgiving dinner staples that amount to just $30. A dozen items are in the deal, including a Butterball turkey, sweet potatoes, bagged stuffing and pumpkin pie ingredients.
"In a time when food costs are rising and the economy and markets are shifting, Aldi reaffirms its commitment to offering shoppers the lowest possible prices on groceries," the company said in a press release.
Aldi, which is rapidly expanding, has 2,000 stores across 37 states.
Campbell's notes that with some people hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, "many are nervous they may experience a mishap with their beloved traditional dishes," the company said in a statement.
Campbell's is partnering with Instacart to help if the side dish goes sideways. The <a href="https://www.campbells.com/dinner-insurance/" target="_blank">"Dinner Insurance" program</a> lets failed cooks submit a claim and, if approved, an Instacart delivery person will send over a prepared dish. Customers can choose a stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole or baked brie.
However, the pilot program is quite limited: It's available only in Manhattan on Thanksgiving from noon to 5 pm.
You can get a whole <a href="https://home.ibotta.com/thanksgiving/" target="_blank">Thanksgiving meal for free</a> with Walmart, which partnered with savings app Ibotta to let shoppers get 100% cash back on nine items that can feed up to five people.
To access the deal, shoppers have to download the Ibotta app, link their Walmart account and add items to their shopping list. Included is Walmart's line of side dishes, a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola and a Butterball turkey.
Ibotta said that it hopes this deal eliminates "some of the financial anxiety we know they're feeling more than ever this time of year."
<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/10/business/whole-foods-thanksgiving-insurance/index.html" target="_blank">Whole Foods is partnering with Progressive</a> in offering a special type of "insurance" just in case the turkey turns out terribly.
To be eligible, customers must purchase a Whole Foods-branded turkey from the store from now through November 22. If the final product winds up overcooked, undercooked, burnt or dry, failed chefs can submit a claim with a receipt, brief explanation and picture to <a href="https://turkeyprotectionplan.com/" target="_blank">a special website</a>. A total of 1,000 people will receive a $35 Whole Foods gift card to offset some of the cost of their ruined birds.
For those more confident in their cooking abilities, the Amazon-owned grocer is once again offering deals on uncooked turkeys. Prices start at $2.49 per pound for non-organic birds, with Amazon Prime members getting an additional 50 cents off per pound. Organic turkeys are slightly more expensive.Continue Reading
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened on Friday morning.
According to police, the shooting happened in the 5700 block of Indiana Ave. just after 11 a.m.
Few details are available, but police said they received a 911 call and that they found a man dead inside a house when they arrived at the scene.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the KCPD's Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. There is up to a $25,000 reward for information leading up to an arrest.
UPDATE: Later on Friday, the victim in this homicide was identified by the KCPD as 43-year-old Heath Morgan.Continue Reading
(CNN) -- When it comes to updating passwords, we are creatures of habit -- and change is hard.
But it's 2020 and it may be time to beef up your security game because, according to new research, people are still using easy-to-hack passwords like "123456789," the word "password," and "iloveyou."
Of the 200 worst passwords, "123456" is the <a href="https://nordpass.com/most-common-passwords-list/" target="_blank">most commonly used</a> of 2020, with 2,543,285 people choosing it. It takes less than a second to crack, research from NordPass, a password management company shows.
Despite several reminders from cybersecurity experts, NordPass says that after comparing the list of the most common passwords of 2020 to that of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/22/uk/most-common-passwords-scli-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">2019</a>, there is little to no difference -- aka we haven't learned much.
The list of passwords was created by a third-party company specializing in data breach research, NordPass said. In total, they looked at a database with 275,699,516 passwords.
New to the top 10 this year is "picture1" and "senha" which means "password" in Portuguese.
The top 10 most common passwords were:
If your password is on the list, it's probably time to make a change.
Try to avoid using dictionary words, predictable number combinations, or strings of adjacent keyboard combinations, NordPass said. And this should go without saying -- but under no circumstances should you use a password based on any personal details like your phone number, birth date, or name.
NordPass suggests changing your passwords every 90 days with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, and creating a different password for each of your accounts.Continue Reading
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV)—A man who authorities say pretended to be a doctor and botched numerous autopsies is now facing federal fraud charges.
Shawn Parcells is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud.
Parcells has been the subject of numerous KCTV5 investigations over the past two years. He’s not a doctor, but has been paid to do hundreds of autopsies. Families from across the nation claim Parcells, under different names, took their money but never completed the autopsies.
In addition to criminal penalties, the indictment seeks to recover more than $1 million in fees paid to Parcells by the families.
We first learned about Parcells from Lacey Lanford. Upon hearing the news of the charges, she wrote to us:
I set out in pursuit of someone who could help me find the answers as to why my mom died so suddenly. Never could I have imagined such an evil monster would answer the phone that day. I was certainly not his first he took advantage of during the deepest sorrow and grief of my life, but I made a promise to be at least one of his last. This is one less evil plaguing our nation.
In addition to the federal charges filed today, Parcells faces charges criminal charges of theft and desecration of bodies in Waunbunsee County, Kansas, and numerous charges at the state level for consumer fraud. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has filed a civil case against him accusing him of pretending to be a doctor.
Parcells faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and a fine up to $250,000 on each count if convicted.Continue Reading
(Meredith) -- Thanksgiving and Black Friday are right around the corner, but which stores will be open and which ones won't be? We have a full list right here, courtesy of <a href="https://blackfriday.com/news/stores-closed-thanksgiving" target="_blank">BlackFriday.com.</a>
Closed on Thanksgiving
Academy Sports + OutdoorsBath & Body WorksBed Bath & BeyondBelkBest BuyBJ's Wholesale ClubBoscov'sCostcoDick's Sporting GoodsFoot LockerGameStopHome DepotJ.C. PenneyKohl'sLamps PlusMacy'sMichaelsOffice DepotOffice MaxOld NavyREISam's ClubSimon Property GroupTargetUltaUnder ArmorWalmartWilliams Sonoma
This list will be updated as more companies announce their holiday closings.Continue Reading
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas’ Chief of Staff said the city has, “now reached uncontrolled community spread of COVID-19 in the KC Metro. [ICU] Bed Capacity is nearly gone.”
We have now reached uncontrolled community spread of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> in the KC metro. Bed capacity is nearly gone. <a href="https://t.co/syFa8SvQ3K">pic.twitter.com/syFa8SvQ3K</a>— John Stamm (@johnstamm) <a href="https://twitter.com/johnstamm/status/1326315433864146944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 11, 2020</a>
The Mid-America Regional Council is reporting COVID-19 data from the KC Metro which includes the counties of Platte, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami, Clay, Jackson, Cass and Ray.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases has more than doubled in just a few weeks.
On Tuesday night, it's nearing 900. That's by far the highest it's been since the pandemic started.
For a data breakdown in each county, head to the <a href="https://marc2.org/covidhub/" target="_blank">Mid-America Regional Council website</a>.Continue Reading
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U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But in places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support.
An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority — 93% of those counties — went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas.
Most were rural counties in Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin — the kinds of areas that often have lower rates of adherence to social distancing, mask-wearing and other public health measures, and have been a focal point for much of the latest surge in cases.
Taking note of the contrast, state health officials are pausing for a moment of introspection. Even as they worry about rising numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, they hope to reframe their messages and aim for a reset on public sentiment now that the election is over.
“Public health officials need to step back, listen to and understand the people who aren’t taking the same stance” on mask-wearing and other control measures, said Dr. Marcus Plescia of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
“I think there’s the potential for things to get less charged and divisive," he said, adding that there’s a chance a retooled public health message might unify Americans around lowering case counts so hospitals won’t get swamped during the winter months.
The electoral divide comes amid an explosion in cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. and globally.
The U.S. broke another record in the 7-day rolling average for daily new cases, hitting nearly 90,000. The tally for new cases Thursday was on track for another day above 100,000, with massive numbers reported all around the country, including a combined nearly 25,000 in Texas, Illinois and Florida. Iowa and Indiana each reported more than 4,000 cases as well.
The AP’s analysis was limited to counties in which at least 95% of precincts had reported results, and grouped counties into six categories based on the rates of COVID-19 cases they’d experienced per 100,000 residents.
Polling, too, shows voters who split on Republican Trump vs. Democrat Joe Biden differed on whether the pandemic is under control.
Thirty-six percent of Trump voters described the pandemic as completely or mostly under control, and another 47% said it was somewhat under control, according to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 110,000 voters conducted for the AP by NORC at the University of Chicago. Meanwhile, 82% of Biden voters said the pandemic is not at all under control.
The pandemic was considered at least somewhat under control by slim majorities of voters in many red states, including Alabama (60%), Missouri (54%), Mississippi (58%), Kentucky (55%), Texas (55%), Tennessee (56%) and South Carolina (56%).
In Wisconsin, where the virus surged just before the election, 57% said the pandemic was not under control. In Washington state, where the virus is more in control now compared to earlier in the year, 55% said the same. Voters in New York and New Hampshire, where the virus is more controlled now after early surges, were roughly divided in their assessments, similar to voters nationwide.
Trump voters interviewed by AP reporters said they value individual freedom and believed the president was doing as well as anyone could in response to the coronavirus.
Michaela Lane, a 25-year-old Republican, dropped her ballot off last week at a polling site at an outdoor mall in Phoenix. She cast her vote for Trump.
“I feel like the most important issue facing the country as a whole is liberty at large,” Lane said. “Infringing on people’s freedom, government overrule, government overreach, chaos in a lot of issues currently going on and just giving people back their rights.”
About half of Trump voters called the economy and jobs the top issue facing the nation, roughly twice the percentage who named the pandemic, according to VoteCast. By contrast, a majority of Biden voters — about 6 in 10 — said the pandemic was the most important issue.
In Madison, Wisconsin, Eric Engstrom, a 31-year-old investment analyst and his wife, Gwen, voted absentee by mail in early October.
Trump’s failure to control the pandemic sealed his vote for Biden, Engstrom said, calling the coronavirus the most immediate threat the nation faces. He and his wife are expecting their first child, a girl, in January and fear “the potential of one of us or both of us being sick when the baby is born,” he said.
Engstrom called Trump's response to the virus abysmal. “If there was any chance that I was going to vote for Trump, it was eliminated because of the pandemic,” he said.
The political temperature has added to the stress of public health officials, Plescia said. “Our biggest concern is how long can they sustain this pace?” he said.
Since the start of the pandemic, 74 state and local public health officials in 31 states have resigned, retired or been fired, according to an ongoing analysis by AP and Kaiser Health News.
As the election mood dissipates, rising hospitalizations amid colder weather create “a really pivotal moment" in the pandemic, said Sema Sgaier, executive director of the Surgo Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that worked with Harvard University-affiliated Ariadne Labs to develop a tool for estimating vaccine needs in states.
“We really need to get our act together. When I say ‘we’ I mean collectively,” Sgaier said. Finding common ground may become easier if one of more of the vaccine candidates proves safe and effective and gains government approval, she said.
“The vaccine provides the reset button,” Sgaier said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci may be another unifying force. According to VoteCast, 73% of voters nationwide approve of the way Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been handling the pandemic.
Even among Trump voters, 53% approve of Fauci's performance. About 9 in 10 Biden voters approve.
Johnson reported from Washington state. Deshpande reported from Chicago and Fingerhut reported from Washington, D.C. AP reporters Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin, and Terry Tang in Phoenix contributed.Continue Reading
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- A man was shot and killed overnight just off of Leavenworth Road.
Police responded about 12:30 a.m. to North 84th Terrace, just north of Leavenworth Road, in response to a disturbance.
Responding officers found a man in his 20s who had been shot and killed at a home there, according to the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.
The suspect was on-scene when officers arrived and was arrested, police said.
Detectives continue to investigate the situation as they try to determine what led up to the shooting.
UPDATE: On Friday, the victim in this shooting was identified as 28-year-old Clevon D. Carter-Grayson from KCK.Continue Reading
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Republican Rep. Roger Marshall won an open Senate seat in Kansas on Tuesday in a tougher-than-expected race that saw his Democratic opponent raise far more campaign cash than he did.
Marshall, who has represented western and central Kansas in Congress for two terms, prevailed over Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier.
Marshall entered the fall campaign with the GOP's traditional advantages in a state that tends to vote for conservatives. But Bollier excited fellow Democrats because her campaign was able to raise more than $25 million and set a Kansas record that Marshall couldn't match.
Republicans haven't lost a Senate race in Kansas since 1932. Marshall will replace retiring four-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee and didn't seek reelection.
The race for Roberts' seat was the most expensive in Kansas history. Spending on advertising by outside groups topped $41 million, with three-quarters of it coming from the Senate Leadership Fund aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP groups to boost Marshall's campaign. It also was the Democrats' best shot to pick up a Kansas Senate seat since 1974, when then-Republican Sen. Bob Dole narrowly won reelection in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal that forced President Richard Nixon to resign.
Like other Democratic Senate candidates around the country, Bollier received millions of dollars in campaign contributions from outside of her home state as the party sought to overturn the GOP's 53-47 Senate majority.
Bollier, a Kansas City-area state senator, was a lifelong moderate Republican who switched parties at the end of 2018, partly over her dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump and the Kansas GOP's strong opposition to LGBTQ rights. She pitched herself as an independent and common-sense centrist.
Marshall and his allies portrayed Bollier as too liberal and even too radical for Kansas, attacking her over her strong support for abortion rights and for gun control measures. They circulated video from an October event near Kansas City in which Bollier praised an Australian gun control law passed in response to a 1996 mass shooting that forced the owners of 700,000 firearms to sell them to the government.
The race also featured two physicians who have taken different approaches to the coronavirus pandemic. Bollier, a retired anesthesiologist, began her campaign by avoiding public events and later insisted on masks and social distancing.
Marshall, an obstetrician before he entered Congress in 2017, said he tried to have outdoor events, but he sometimes was indoors with people who didn't wear masks or maintain social distance and he refused to endorse mask mandates. He also said at one point that he was taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as an anti-coronavirus measure, even though experts say it isn't effective against the disease.Continue Reading
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Parson has won another four years in office, turning back a challenge from Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday.
Parson's win is at least partially a referendum on his hands-off approach to the coronavirus, which has been surging in Missouri for months. Missourians also supported the re-election bid of Republican President Donald Trump, who like Parson has opposed things such as mask mandates.
It was the first run for governor for both candidates. Parson, a former sheriff who was elected lieutenant governor in 2016, moved into the top job two years ago after former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in the face of possible impeachment amid multiple scandals.
Galloway's pitch to voters is that Parson mangled his handling of the pandemic and that she would do better, including by requiring people to wear face masks. Parson, who has resisted imposing virus restrictions and instead left it to individuals to act responsibly to prevent the spread of the disease, has insisted that the state is managing the virus well and is campaigning on his record and support of law enforcement.
Meanwhile, political experts believe the 2nd Congressional District race between four-term Republican Rep. Ann Wagner and Democratic state Auditor Jill Schupp is a toss-up. The St. Louis-area district is among many suburban districts around the country that Democrats have targeted to flip.
Voters on Tuesday also will consider two ballot proposals, several other statewide and congressional races, and dozens of legislative contests.Continue Reading