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Reopening Johnson County | Lifting Restrictions Reactions | RVs For MDs

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Laura Ziegler
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KCUR
Business owners like Laura Leiben, of The Culinary Center in Overland Park, Kansas, are struggling with how and when to reopen. A task force in Johnson County has been assembled to provide guidance.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:25: A new task force is meeting to draw down stay-at-home rules.

Johnson County is looking to reopen after weeks under stay-at-home orders, and county leaders have assembled a committee to figure out the safest way of doing so. Members of the group described how they're approaching the decision.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:50: Are Kansas City metro residents ready for an opening up?

Political leaders are talking more frequently about the need to lift stay-at-home rules. Residents in the Kansas City area told us if they're ready for their towns to reopen, and we heard what role politics play in the debate.

Segment 3, beginning at 52:30: Lifting some of the quarantine burden from shoulders of health care providers

Meet a Kansas City medical professional who was the beneficiary of a Facebook group connecting doctors and nurses with RVs in which to quarantine so they can keep their families safe while they fight COVID-19.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.