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Woman’s words of inspiration: ‘I want to live’

OSKALOOSA, Kan. — Anyone who meets Tammy Van Dyne can see she’s fighting for her life. She’s motivating herself and inspiring other while battling a dangerous weight gain.

She took a big step forward Wednesday evening during her first Weight Watcher’s meeting.

A health scare gave her the biggest motivation.

In March, Tammy was admitted to the hospital with a medical issue. She was facing surgery, which is something she feared would end tragically.

“I had surgery 8 years ago, and my heart stopped because of the anesthesia. So I know surgery is not an option. Very high risk,” she said.

Turns out Tammy didn’t need the surgery after all.

However, the ordeal was enough of a scare to make her to take action.

“From that day, I have not stopped. I walk 3 miles a week. I decided to do a 5k,” Tammy said.

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Issue-oriented young achievers make debate history

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City region has a rich history of outstanding high school debate. And Wednesday evening the stars of the Kansas City Urban Debate League got awards for their terrific work this school year. Two of the students getting awards Wednesday are writing an exciting new chapter in that rich history. That’s why we are saluting them as this week’s Fox 4 Young Achievers.

They both started it in middle school, but for different reasons. Corey Fisher needed some extra credit to prop up his grades so he could stay in sports. For Jared Freemon, it was peer pressure — the good kind. All of his friends were doing it. And it didn’t take very long for debate to become their passion.

“I’ve always been very competitive,” says Corey. “I hate losing. I love proving myself and proving that I’m right. So debate just kind of became the perfect form for me to do that.”

Police believe triple Ottawa murderer also killed baby Lana

UPDATE 11:00 a.m. Thursday: In a news conference, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said with information they have received, they presume little Lana Bailey is dead. At the time of the news conference police had not yet recovered the body, but were searching for her. Police said they arrested Kyle Flack, 27, in connection with the triple homicide in Franklin County. See details on those developments here.

OTTAWA, Kan. — It all began at a farm down Georgia Road outside Ottawa, Kan. Three bodies discovered on a property earlier in the week — and Wednesday authorities confirmed one family’s worst fears: one of the bodies was 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey.

Royals drop 3rd straight with 5-3 loss to O’s

BALTIMORE — Things fell apart in the fifth inning for the Kansas City Royals, and the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

The Royals (17-13, 7-8 away) have now lost three straight. It’s their longest losing streak of the season thus far, and the first time they’ve lost a series since April 13th.

It was a tight contest early, as Alex Gordon crushed his fifth home run of the year to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth. J.J. Hardy gave the Orioles (21-13, 9-5 home) a 2-0 lead with a two-run HR in the second.

It was later in the fifth that the wheels fell off, as Nate McLouth scored on a throwing error by George Kattaras to make it 4-1. Manny Machado advanced to third on Alcides Escobar’s throwing error, before scoring on a wild pitch by Luis Mendoza.

‘Missouri miracle’ Shawn Hornbeck: ‘You can’t give up hope’

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Shawn Hornbeck from Richwoods, Mo., knows better than most what exactly the women in Cleveland endured.

Shawn was kidnapped and abused. He was missing for more than four years before he was reunited with his family.

“My emotions and the thoughts that I had was obviously joy. It’s showing that there is still miracle and hope out there and people just don’t need to give up because there’s always hope. You can’t go through life without it,” explained the 21-year-old Hornbeck as he reacted to the rescue of the three women in Cleveland.

The women were found after spending nearly a decade in captivity.

Disabled protesters swarm capital over KanCare

TOPEKA, Kan. — The state capital in Topeka was a sea of red t-shirts Wednesday with the phrase “Not Worth the Gamble” printed on every shirt.

More than a thousand disabled Kansans and their families staged a protest on the capital steps. Advocates say the state’s new long-term care plan for intellectually and developmentally disabled residents will jeopardize their well-being. Under the plan, called KanCare, three private insurance companies will dictate long-term coverage for the developmentally disabled beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

“We’re afraid that our son Neil’s services will be cut,” said Pat Carney of Wichita.

Carney and his wife Aldona have an 18-year old son with severe autism. The state of Kansas provides him with a live-in helper but his parents fear under KanCare that could be in jeopardy.

Police still seek answers in weekend fatal bus fall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three days later and police still seek answers in a weekend party bus accident.

A 26-year-old woman died after falling out of the bus along I-35. On Wednesday, friends and family are gathering to raise support for her loved ones.

Jamie Frecks left behind a fiancee and six-week-old baby girl. People are gathering at Kansas City’s Loose Park to collect donations for her family and provide support for one another during a trying time.

Trooper Howard Dickinson from the Kansas Highway Patrol said he wants to be thorough with this investigation.

“We spend a lot of time crossing our ‘Ts’ and dotting our ‘I’s’. We want to make sure we have all the information we can before we move on,” Dickinson said. “Fatalities are pretty big investigations no matter. Whether it’s a single car, or anything that happens.”