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Wyandotte County Elections | Hickman Mills Superintendent | Collaborative Pandemic Album

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Courtesy of the Hickman Mills School District
Prior to becoming superintendent in Hickman Mills on July 1, Yaw Obeng spent five years in the same position at Burlington Public Schools in Vermont. He also oversaw the construction of new schools in a district in his native Canada.

Kristiane Bryant is challenging the incumbent district attorney for Wyandotte County in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary election, hurdles await the new superintendent of Hickman Mills schools, and 25 artists collaborate on a new album to support Kansas City tenants in need.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:28: The assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County, Missouri, is challenging Wyandotte County, Kansas, District Attorney Mark Dupree.

Citing problems with unequal sentencing, Kristiane Bryant aims to unseat the Wyandotte County district attorney. She said his lack of experience, an increase in plea deals, and a decrease in prosecutions of violent crime were reasons a change is needed.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:51: Hickman Mills welcomes a new superintendent in a time of uncertainty.

Balancing the needs of the south Kansas City community and the safety of students is no easy task, especially while budgets are shrinking and enrollment numbers are dropping. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Missouri, and schools are tasked with preparing to open in just five weeks.

Segment 3, beginning at 43:35: A new album from Kansas City artists showcases a variety of sounds.

Nineteen songs created during quarantine, and compiled on a new album, "Kansas City Syzygy," provide a snapshot of the social and cultural anxieties of 2020. Proceeds from the album's sales will be donated to KC Tenants, an organization which advocates for affordable housing in Kansas City.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.