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Missouri Summer Tourism | Independent Senior Living | High School Yearbooks | Strong And United

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Danie Alexander
Table Rock Lake has become a favorite spot for campers, pleasure boaters, and anglers from all over Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:16 Missouri's vacation destinations prepare for Memorial Day weekend.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Branson, Missouri, is ready for visitors. While many businesses like theaters and restaurants will be open, guests should be prepared to meet social distancing guidelines.

Segment 2, beginning at 23:20: Independent living apartments take precautions to keep senior residents safe.

Bishop Spencer Place, an independent living community for older adults, has taken a proactive approach to limit the risk of a coronavirus outbreak there. The apartment homes have restricted visitors, removed dining tables and limited group activities.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:27: High school students produce yearbooks remotely, and show the impact of the coronavirus.

This year's high school yearbooks won't have the same spring content as years passed, but they will be filled with memories of how the coronavirus disrupted 2020.

Segment 4, beginning at 50:55: A virtual commencement speech

With graduation ceremonies across the metro cancelled, we're bringing you speeches from valedictorians in the Kansas City region. When optimism is hard to come by, Carina Martinez reminds graduating seniors at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, "we have sparked change in our school that will last a lifetime."

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz