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Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Saturday, November 17, 2007


*** Douglas County-KS EMS is reporting a "54-year-old male" suffered "2nd-degree burns on his hands" during a house fire in Lawrence early Saturday morning.

That man and at least 2 other persons were taken to the Lawrence hospital after that 2:47am fire in the single-story home in the 2600 block of Pickwick Place.

No one was seriously hurt and the cause of the fire was under investigation..


***Police reported 4 were injured- 1 seriously- after a 2-car wreck on Chipman Road and Independence Avenue around 1:30am.

The seriously-injured patient was "a 22-year-old female- in a car that was broadsided by another vehicle going about 35-40 m.p.h.." Most of the other patients were also in their 20's- including the driver of the vehicle that struck the 2nd one.

Charges were pending.


... Central Jackson County Fire Protection District firefighters from 3 stations rolled out on a reported residence fire in the 1500 block of Northwest Wildwood Drive at 6:20am Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the fire that reportedly was in the residence's garage and under control within 20 minutes after the alarm sounded.


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Mostly clear skies cand light to calm winds was the overnight weather in the Kansas City MetroRegion. Temperatures ranged from the middle-20's in calm valley locations to the upper-30's in urbanized spots.

A slow warming trend today and Sunday should provide for a pleasant pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Kansas City's Breaking News Leader - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.

Friday, November 16, 2007

KSHB NBC41 News Coverage To Expand By 7 Hours Weekly

KSHB will expand their news programming by 7 hours a week beginning January 15- 2008.

According to the KSHB news release- a 5-days a week midday hour of news and information will show from 11am to noon.

An hourlong morning weekend newscast will show from 8 to 9am Saturdays and Sundays.

The AM Live local show will be discontinued.

My role in the new weekend morning newscasts are as yet unclear. It's great being in the communications biz....

Then There's The Story Of The Missouri Teenager Who Killed Herself...

after a fabricated Internet relationship was terminated.

The Associated Press reports the story of how 13-year-old Megan Meier from a small town in the St. Louis area fell in love with "Josh- a cute teenage boy" who contacted her on MySpace.

"Josh"- a fictional character cruelly created by a former friend of Megan's and other neighborhood angels- over time then terminated their growing relationship.

Megan- already diagnosed with depression and ADD- terminated herself.

Megan's family is screaming for justice.

Present Weather Models Seem To Ease Thanksgiving Weather Worries

Present medium-range weather models have now eased worries of a significant Thanksgiving Eve storm in the Central States. Models have also sped up a less-intense storms' movement- thru the MetroRegion mostly next Tuesday.

While I'm not yet convinced- this is the current model 180-degree since yesterday- great news for those travelling if it pans out to be correct.

Correct should be warmer temperatures forecast through at least Monday and a cold Thanksgiving.

I'll update any future model 180 for ya....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Winter-Type Storm Indicated Around Thanksgiving

Some of my operational weather models continue to show a winter storm developing in the Central States by mid next week.

Precipitation may begin as early as Tuesday in the warm sector of this storm- and that will include the Kansas City MetroRegion.

Next Wednesday- the storm that continues to deepen over Missouri or a nearby Mid- Mississippi Valley location- will swing cold air around the storm's backside along with precipitation- which will include the MetroRegion.

New model runs continue to re-enforce this winter storm scenario. Travel by Thanksgiving morning throughout the Kansas City MetroRegion could become quite hazardous.

In addition- those of you flying- particularly into or through Chicago's O'Hare- could experience flight delays or cancellations Wednesday. Advice here is to begin ground or air travel Monday or Tuesday.

The storm should exit the Central States to the northeast by Friday- and the weekend after Thanksgiving looks okay weather-wise at this time.

In summary- the present long-range forecasts are for a winter storm in the Kansas City MetroRegion next Wednesday- and another possible the week after Thanksgiving as well.

I'll update here throughout the next several days on this developing weather situation.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Sunday, November 11, 2007


*** A car being chased on westbound I-70 just before 1am crashed into the rear of another car in KC-KS- then the 3 occupants of the suspect car ran- two reportedly jumping from the span over the Kansas River.

One of the jumpers was found dead underneath the viaduct by KC-MO police at 1:09am.. As police searched for the other 2 suspects (one reportedly runs down the Fairfax Trafficway off-ramp near where the wreck occurred)- paramedics from KC-KS FD prepared the 2 patients in the rear-ended vehicle for hospital transport.

Those 2 patients- a 48-year-old male driver and his 59-year-old female passenger were taken to two different trauma centers in good condition.

KC-KS FD launched 2 boats into the Kansas River- then pulled them out at around 2:30am- indicating a possible 2nd jumper's body had been located but no confirmation from the KCK PD public information officer.
It was not heard why the KC-MO police were chasing the suspects.


*** Police got the call of a shooting on eastbound I-435 just east of Holmes at 2:17am Sunday morning. They arrive to find at least 3 young males shot- one of them in very critical condition.

The victims were in possibly 2 vehicles- and were shot at by "unknown suspects in a small silver car" that was last seen eastbound on I-435 from the scene.



... Firefighters from Garden City and at least 2 other fire departments are just finishing up on a fire in a modular home in the 300 block of Willow Lane in this far southeastern Cass County community.

No one was found inside the burning house- the alarm coming in at 5:40am and the fire reported under control 29 minutes later at 6:09am.

The cause is under investigation and no injuries have been reported.


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Skies clouded up overnight across the Kansas City MetroRegion- keeping temperatures at or up to 5 degrees above average high temperatures: from the mid 50's to lower 60's..

A warm and windy day in store today as a frontal system approaches the area on Monday. A slight chance of rain with that frontal passage- with a better chance of showers & some thunderstorms possible later Monday.
No really cold air is in sight for at least the next 5 days- with another front and possible storm system in the MetroRegion by next weekend.

Kansas City's Breaking News Leader - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.