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Family honors daughter by urging others to commit random acts of kindness

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – When a University of Central Missouri student died in a car crash in early March, it left her family and friends devastated. In the aftermath, Erin Hook’s family set up a Facebook page to honor her life and urge people to pay it forward by doing random acts of kindness.

Erin would have celebrated her 21st birthday Sunday. She and her sorority sister Jennifer Reeder as well a man from Clinton, Mo. named Paul Stankus were all killed after a head-on collision on March 1.

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Kansas City Moms Blog is looking for the 2014 Mom of the Year

Kansas City Moms Blog is looking for nominations for the 2014 Mom of the Year.

Do you know an excellent mother? Submit an essay about her and Kansas City Moms Blog will announce the winner on our show around Mother’s Day.

Watch the video to hear more from Jennifer Marasco about the essay contest.

Kansas City Moms Blog will honor one Kansas City Mother of the Year and two runner-ups. Readers will have the chance to vote on the winning essays, and winners will be pampered and spoiled by local Kansas City businesses.

Nominations in the form of essays (maximum 800 words) will be accepted from husbands, fathers, grandmas, grandpas, friends and kids themselves!

Nominations will be accepted online through Friday, April 25.  Blog address: www.kansascitymomsblog.com

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Help visually impaired children by joining the Sabates Eye Centers Trolley Run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Sabates Eye Centers Trolley Run has grown into the largest timed four-mile run in the nation. The run began in 1988 and Sabates Eye Centers has been the title sponsor for 13 years, raising more than $6.5 million to help The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI).

Each spring, more than 10,000 runners and walkers participate and benefit children facing visual challenges.

This year, the Sabates Eye Centers Trolley Run is Sunday, April 27, rain or shine!

The race starts at 7:45 a.m. at 75th and Wornall Roads.

Learn more and register at http://www.trolleyrun.org.

Click here for pictures from last year’s run!

Tallgrass Creek to Open New Continuing Care Neighborhood on April 3

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A Thursday, April 3, ceremony will mark Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s opening of memory care and post-acute rehabilitation units at its new continuing care neighborhood in Overland Park, KS. The continuing care neighborhood, which opened its first phase late last year with assisted living, now has a total of 104 apartments and suites and brings unprecedented holistic Person-Centered Care assessment to Kansas.

The addition of this continuing care neighborhood fulfills Tallgrass Creek’s commitment to residents and their families in providing all levels of health care at one site.  With baby boomers turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day, the new neighborhood also meets the demands of a growing senior population.

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, April 3, from 4 – 6 p.m., at Tallgrass Creek, 13800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. Tours of the new neighborhood will be held from 4 – 5: 30 p.m.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Earthquakes And Thunderstorms

I’ve reformatted the weather blog for you so that you always have at least a 36 hour forecast on the top of the blog followed by a more in-depth discussion below that so that you can have an idea about the forecast or should you want to learn more about the weather (or other things…like earthquakes below) that information is available as well.

Tonight: Increasing clouds as some moisture moves in from the south. 60% chance of some scattered storms moving through near or before daybreak Monday. Windy with south winds of 20-30 MPH and steady temperatures 50-55°

Monday: Early AM storms move away before 9AM…then becoming partly to mostly sunny. Windy again with SW to W winds of 20-30 MPH. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny. Need to watch for some redevelopment (20% chance) of storms later in the PM with the cold front. Highs 72-77°

Mo. state representative trying to redefine “marriage”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As many same-sex couples around the world say “I Do” this weekend, a Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a repeal of the state’s ban on gay marriage. The hotly debated topic of same-sex marriage remains in the headlines. Now, a new piece of legislation has people in Missouri closely watching what happens next.

In 2004, more than 70% of voters in Missouri passed an amendment to the state constitution, banning same-sex marriages in the state. The amendment reads, “that to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.’ Missouri Representative Mike Colona is trying to repeal that ban. FOX 4 spoke with people on both sides of the controversial issue.

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10-year-old helps a stranger in need with “Nella’s Play Date”

LIBERTY, Mo. –A 10-year old is helping out a family with a sick child he’s never even met. Keanon McNally collected donations at Stocksdale Park for a sick little girl named Nella Grutter on Saturday. Nella was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was just 11 months old.

Keanon’s teacher assigned his class “The power of one project.” The goal is to make a difference with simple actions. Keanon was told of Nella’s story by his mother and decided to put together “Nella’s Play Date.” Plenty of people showed up on Saturday, but it’s unknown exactly how much was raised for little Nella.

Her condition is an inherited genetic disease where all of her voluntary muscles are dying.

“She needs full-time nursing care, we have to suction her frequently, we have to feed her through her tube,” said Grutter.