Unemployment Surge | Video Doorbells & Crime | Coronavirus Vaccine Race
Jobless claims in Kansas and Missouri continue to soar and federal unemployment benefits are expiring, some residents of Kansas City's most dangerous neighborhoods could be eligible for a free Ring doorbell, and what we know about a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
Segment 1, beginning at 3:53: Unemployment claims in Kansas and Missouri are "off the charts," said Frank Lenk.
Unemployment in the Kansas City Metro is at 7.8%, down from 11.2% when the pandemic first started, but local unemployment offices are still stressed. In addition, unemployed Kansas Citians are hurting more now that a $600-weekly unemployment supplement from the federal government has ended.
- Abigail Devereaux, assistant professor of economics and Institute for the Study of Economic Growth research fellow at Wichita State University
- Frank Lenk, director of Mid-America Regional Council's Research Services Department
Segment 2, beginning at 27:18: Can video doorbells deter crime?
The AdHoc Group Against Crime is partnering with Ring to provide 750 video doorbells on a first-come, first-served basis to residents in the neighborhoods most impacted by crime in Kansas City. The program was kick-started by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver with the goal of deterring crime.
- Kymira Randolph, office administrator at AdHoc Group Against Crime
Segment 3, beginning at 35:10: What we know about the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
As the number of coronavirus cases rises in Kansas and Missouri, potential COVID-19 vaccines are entering clinical trials all over the country. In Kansas City, University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital are preparing to recruit volunteers for their own trial. How confident are doctors in the prototypes, and how soon would the final vaccine be available?
- Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
- Dr. Barbara Pahud, research director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital
For more information about AdHoc Group Against Crime's partnership with Ring, the Kansas City Neighborhood Safety Program, and how to get a free video doorbell, visit AdHocGroupKC.com/ring.