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Memorial Day 2017: Things to do around Kansas City this weekend

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The Memorial Day weekend is here, and there are a lot of ways for you to get out and enjoy it.

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Schlitterbahn opens 2017 season as Verruckt still stands

Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park. (KCTV5 File Photo) Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park. (KCTV5 File Photo)
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On Friday, thousands of people will return to a major metro water park. But as the park opens, the scene of a tragedy continues to tower in the skyline. Verruckt, the waterslide that took the life of a 10-year-old boy is still standing.

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Surveillance video captures smash and grab at Independence home

Brian Graham faces burglary and theft charges, while David Sherrill is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. (Submitted) Brian Graham faces burglary and theft charges, while David Sherrill is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. (Submitted)
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Thieves smashed their way inside an Independence man's home as his crystal-clear surveillance cameras rolled.  

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Second company comes forward with Kansas City airport plans

A second company has come forward with plans to build a new single terminal airport in Kansas City. (KCTV5) A second company has come forward with plans to build a new single terminal airport in Kansas City. (KCTV5)
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A second company has come forward with plans to build a new single terminal airport in Kansas City. Council members and the mayor received an email Thursday from the company AECOM.  The company sent an email to city leaders asking to meet and discuss financing options. The email says they want to join the competitive process to develop a single terminal airport at KCI. AECOM says they have an aviation portfolio that includes JFK, LAX, and Atlanta airports.  How... More>>

2 shooting victims found in vehicle near 104th, Holmes

Chopper 5 video of the crime scene. (KCTV5) Chopper 5 video of the crime scene. (KCTV5)
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Police are investigating a double-shooting at 104th Street and Holmes.  One person is fighting for their life, while the second victim suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.  This is the third double-shooting in Kansas City in the past 24 hours.  This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more. 

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Platte County prosecutors to seek death penalty in quadruple homicide

Platte County Prosecutors filed a notice of hearing on aggravating circumstances to seek the death penalty on Wednesday. (Platte County Sheriff's Office) Platte County Prosecutors filed a notice of hearing on aggravating circumstances to seek the death penalty on Wednesday. (Platte County Sheriff's Office)
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Court records say prosecutors will seek the death penalty if a northwest Missouri man is convicted of killing four members of his family.

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Shops packed as locals ready their cars for summer road trips

Another big problem is people trying to tow things with their vehicle and not realizing something is off with the hitch. (KCTV) Another big problem is people trying to tow things with their vehicle and not realizing something is off with the hitch. (KCTV)
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Summer is here and that means it’s time for road trips. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the road. 

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Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive

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President Donald Trump has faced a much cooler reception in Europe than the welcome he received in the Middle East. More>>

Shawnee police search for missing special needs man

D’Andre S. Williams, 19, was last seen at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, at a group home near 74th Terrace and Hedge Lane Terrace. (Shawnee PD) D’Andre S. Williams, 19, was last seen at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, at a group home near 74th Terrace and Hedge Lane Terrace. (Shawnee PD)
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Police in Shawnee, KS are searching for a man with special needs who disappeared from an area group home. D’Andre S. Williams, 19, was last seen at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, at a group home near 74th Terrace and Hedge Lane Terrace. 

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Man, woman charged after beating, kidnapping person at Grandview park

Zane Warner, 21, and Hana Yocom, 19, have each been charged with one count of felony kidnapping and one count of felony armed criminal action. (Jackson County Detention Center) Zane Warner, 21, and Hana Yocom, 19, have each been charged with one count of felony kidnapping and one count of felony armed criminal action. (Jackson County Detention Center)
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Authorities in Jackson County have charged a man and a woman after a person was kidnapped from a park on Wednesday.

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Toddler hit in head by brick thrown through car window

(Source: WXYZ via CNN) (Source: WXYZ via CNN)

A 2-year-old girl sustained two skull fractures after being hit in the head by a brick that someone threw through a car window.

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Authorities seek information, increase reward in 2016 murder case

Authorities are looking for those responsible for the January 2016 murder of Mark Bivins, 25, in the 10100 block of Raytown Road. (KCPD) Authorities are looking for those responsible for the January 2016 murder of Mark Bivins, 25, in the 10100 block of Raytown Road. (KCPD)
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The Greater KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline and the Kansas City Police Department are seeking the assistance of the public to identify those responsible for a 2016 homicide.

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Family escapes Waldo house fire

The family says they smelled smoke and saw the smoke coming out of air vents and light fixtures. (KCTV5) The family says they smelled smoke and saw the smoke coming out of air vents and light fixtures. (KCTV5)
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A family and their pets escaped a house fire at a Waldo home Friday morning. The fire started before 5:30 a.m. at a home in the 7900 block of Campbell Street.

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Teachers name 7th grader ‘most likely to become a terrorist’

(Source: Click2Houston via CNN) (Source: Click2Houston via CNN)
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A group of teachers are being disciplined after they thought it would be funny to name a student “most likely to become a terrorist.”

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Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

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Donald Trump's administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban. More>>

Chris Suchan has your StormTrack5 forecast

Early morning showers and thunder will quickly move into eastern parts of the area through daybreak. Temperatures will be mild and muggy for the early commute with some leftover wet streets. Temperatures will start in the lower 60s.  

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Armed man shot by Independence police officer

The department says they were called about an armed suspect in the area. (KCTV5) The department says they were called about an armed suspect in the area. (KCTV5)
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An armed man was wounded Thursday evening by an Independence police officer. 

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Student accused of hacking professor's computer to change grade from F to B

Sami Ammar, 22, is accused of hacking into a Florida university's grading system to change his failing grade. (Source:  UCF Police, WKMG via CNN) Sami Ammar, 22, is accused of hacking into a Florida university's grading system to change his failing grade. (Source: UCF Police, WKMG via CNN)
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A 22-year-old student is accused of sneaking into a building and illegally logging into a Florida university's grading system to change his failing grade to a B.

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Gunmen attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 26

In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 file photo, A Coptic Christian grieves during prayers for the departed. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File Photo) In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 file photo, A Coptic Christian grieves during prayers for the departed. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File Photo)
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Masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25, officials said.

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New Jersey police officer saves baby deer from storm drain

(Source: Woodbridge Police Department / Facebook) (Source: Woodbridge Police Department / Facebook)
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A New Jersey patrolman who proudly refers to himself as a "deer whisperer" is celebrating his latest rescue, helping a baby deer out of a storm drain. 

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FedEx driver caught on film stealing teen's $60

In the video, you can see him looking under the mat and putting something in his pocket. It was $60 left for 17-year-old Michaela by her mom. (Submitted) In the video, you can see him looking under the mat and putting something in his pocket. It was $60 left for 17-year-old Michaela by her mom. (Submitted)
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You've heard time and again about people stealing packages from a porch, but getting ripped off by the person delivering the package? That what happened to an Independence family - who caught it on camera - all the way up to confronting the driver to get it back. None of your neighbors would bat an eye when a Fed Ex driver comes to your porch to deliver a package - and the family felt like this driver used that position to steal money they left under their doormat for their dau...

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Woman stops car thief: 'I'm not dealing with this sort of crap today!'

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"If I held onto the side, I knew he could just drag me and leave," she said. But with her on the hood, she knew he couldn't ignore her.

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Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race Video included

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Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the special election.

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UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast Video included

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With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical," meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are racing to uncover the network around the suicide bomber.

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Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

(Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP, File) (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP, File)

Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

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San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

(FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP, File). FILE - This undated combination of file photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. Authorities ha... (FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP, File). FILE - This undated combination of file photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. Authorities ha...

Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.

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60 on: Memorial Day

(Source: DVID/MEREDITH) (Source: DVID/MEREDITH)

It's known as the unofficial start of summer, but did you know Memorial Day was originally titled 'Decoration Day' for more than a century? 

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WATCH: JFK at 100, his life and legacy

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Although cut short, John F. Kennedy’s life would have an enduring impact on the nation. While his assassination ended a promising presidency, it sealed Kennedy’s entry into American culture and consciousness, particularly for the generation who recalls it.

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Sextuplets thriving after delivery at Virginia hospital

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A Virginia hospital says its staff has successfully delivered sextuplets and the three boys and three girls are thriving. VCU Medical Center in Richmond announced the births in a statement Wednesday, saying they were the first sextuplets delivered at the hospital. 

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Shooting victim suffers serious injuries on Kansas City's east side

File photo. (KCTV5) File photo. (KCTV5)
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A shooting on Kansas City's east side has left one with serious injuries.  Police say a shooting victim showed up at a local hospital around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.  Investigators determined the shooting happened at 44th and Flora Avenue.  It's the eighth shooting victim reported in Kansas City over the past 24 hours.  More>>

The Latest: Trump to hold Iowa rally next week Video included

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President Donald Trump is at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed. More>>

Animal shelter in Missouri gets rid of gas chamber

An animal shelter in central Missouri has officially ended its use of a gas chamber to euthanize animals.

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The Latest: Trump to review US sanctions on Russia

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President Donald Trump is pledging to "get to the bottom" of leaks of sensitive information. More>>

Bright future ahead for Chiefs' Tyreek Hill

Chiefs football is only about three months away, and with a new season, comes new changes.

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Patients honor doctors for saving their lives in traumatic accidents around Kansas City

When an emergency happens, people depend on first responders. Three local people got to thank the medical workers Thursday who saved their lives. And one woman's story really stood out. 

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Thought of multi-county, 6-lane highway causes disturbance for residents

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Neighbors in five counties are fired up over a six-lane highway that could go through their properties.

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  • Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:44 PM EST2015-01-30 04:44:07 GMT
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language.More >
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language. More >
  • Surveillance video captures smash and grab at Independence home

    Surveillance video captures smash and grab at Independence home

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:19 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:19:33 GMT
    Brian Graham faces burglary and theft charges, while David Sherrill is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. (Submitted)Brian Graham faces burglary and theft charges, while David Sherrill is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. (Submitted)

    Thieves smashed their way inside an Independence man's home as his crystal-clear surveillance cameras rolled.  

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    Thieves smashed their way inside an Independence man's home as his crystal-clear surveillance cameras rolled.  

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  • Teachers name 7th grader ‘most likely to become a terrorist’

    Teachers name 7th grader ‘most likely to become a terrorist’

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:18 AM EDT2017-05-26 14:18:53 GMT
    (Source: Click2Houston via CNN)(Source: Click2Houston via CNN)

    A group of teachers are being disciplined after they thought it would be funny to name a student “most likely to become a terrorist.”

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    A group of teachers are being disciplined after they thought it would be funny to name a student “most likely to become a terrorist.”

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  • Bright future ahead for Chiefs' Tyreek Hill

    Bright future ahead for Chiefs' Tyreek Hill

    Chiefs football is only about three months away, and with a new season, comes new changes.

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    Chiefs football is only about three months away, and with a new season, comes new changes.

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  • Kentucky-WVU, Texas A&M-Kansas headline Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Kentucky-WVU, Texas A&M-Kansas headline Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Kentucky will travel to West Virginia and Kansas will host Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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    Kentucky will travel to West Virginia and Kansas will host Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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  • Royals-Yankees game postponed, rescheduled for Sept. 25

    Royals-Yankees game postponed, rescheduled for Sept. 25

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-05-25 13:50:34 GMT
    the game will be made up on Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium at the start of New York's final regular-season homestand. (KCTV5)the game will be made up on Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium at the start of New York's final regular-season homestand. (KCTV5)

    The scheduled game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees has been postponed by rain.

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    The scheduled game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees has been postponed by rain.

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