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Kansas City Homicides | COVID-19 & Summer Travel | Demand For Delivery

An RV camper sits parked on the dirt shoulder of a paved road.
Matthew LeJune
Vacations in recreation vehicles are on the rise as people look for alternatives to flying during the coronavirus pandemic.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:37: More community involvement is needed to slow the recording-breaking pace of homicides, says Jackson County's top prosecutor.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker looked at past success in reducing gun violence in Kansas City, Missouri, and why genuine community collaboration is vital to reducing the homicide rate.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:58: Despite the pandemic, many summer vacationers are ready to stray farther from home.

RV travel has spiked during the pandemic, but it's not as easy as it might seem. With the pandemic in mind, we heard smart tips for close-to-home getaways.

Segment 3, beginning at 46:26: Delivery services see an increase in demand

Some businesses adapted better than others for a pandemic-induced surge in delivery service, but will the added demand remain post-coronavirus?

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
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
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
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 or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.