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Andrew Jackson Statues | Women's 2020 Electoral Success | Coronavirus Hits Missouri Economy

Aviva Okeson-Haberman
KCUR 89.3
Voters will decide in November whether to remove the statues of Andrew Jackson in front of county courthouses in Kansas City, shown here, and Independence.

Jackson County legislators will let voters decide whether statues of the controversial president will remain on public property, an update on how women did in last week's Missouri and Kansas primaries, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the economy of the Show-Me State.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:57: In November, voters will decide whether to remove two Andrew Jackson statues.

County legislators have pushed an inevitably controversial decision to their constituents: the fate of two controversial statues outside county courthouses. County lawmakers also discussed the federal aid money just recently dispersed to the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:52: 2020 has been a historic election year for female candidates, especially in Kansas and Missouri.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has selected a running mate for his campaign for the White House. If he's elected, Sen. Kamala Harris would be the first African American and woman to be vice president. Female candidates in the Kansas City region are also making their mark. All five Democratic congressional nominees from Kansas are women.

Segment 3, beginning at 40:15: The COVID-19 challenges Missouri's economy now faces.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of life in Missouri, not least of which is the health and well-being of the state's economy. So how have state officials responded to the challenge, and what are they doing to prepare for what's yet to come?

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