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

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Danie Alexander
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KCUR
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."

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.
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.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.
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.
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