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Governor Mike Parson | Governor Laura Kelly | Truman Medical Center | Kansas City Mime

Picture of Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas and Governor Mike Parson of Missouri
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas and Governor Mike Parson of Missouri

Segment 1, beginning at 2:09: Missouri governor on slowing the spread and lifting restrictions

Governor Mike Parson announced that some businesses could begin reopening on May 4th. Parson acknowledged there are still challenges ahead, including the production of materials for adequate testing throughout the state.

Segment 2, beginning at 23:51: Kansas governor on unemployment claims and coronavirus testing

Governor Laura Kelly said the state's outdated computer system has complicated processing of unemployment claims for out-of-work Kansans. Kelly said she hasn't made up her mind about extending her stay-at-home order past May 3rd, pointing out that testing must be more readily available.

Segment 3, beginning at 36:21: Medical center executive says hospitals can adapt to meet a potential surge of COVID-19 cases

It seems as though Kansas Citians have done their part to flatten the curve, as the city's hospital bed capacity has not yet been maxed out. The CEO of Truman Medical Center says if an increase, or even a second wave, of COVID-19 cases materializes, his facility is ready.

Segment 4, beginning at 51:42: Kansas City entertainer is finding new ways to delight.

The coronavirus lockdown made Beth Byrd-Lonski realize that if audiences couldn't come to her then she would have to go to them. She described her latest performance.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Melody Rowell is the lead producer for KCUR’s Central Standard. You can find her on Twitter at @MelodyRowell, or by email at melody@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.