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Initiative To Curb Violence | Iowa Derecho Devastation | Missouri Special Session Continues

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Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard
Members of the Iowa Air National Guard cleared damage left behind in Cedar Rapids.

Kansas City faith leaders are developing police division-specific strategies to deter violent crime, a powerful windstorm disrupts communities, crops and livelihoods in Iowa, and a special session in the Missouri General Assembly drags on nearly a month after being called to order.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:37: Faith leaders throughout Kansas City are working with police to address crime during a violent year.

"Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is a new initiative seeking to do just that for violent crime in Kansas City — address its root causes. Churches and faith leaders are working to assess crime in each police division, and tailor solutions to mobilize the community, open dialogue and find solutions.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:08: A derecho storm that ripped through Iowa had sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour.

In the wake of the natural disaster, hundreds of thousands of Iowans are still without power. "The disaster is still happening," columnist Lyz Lenz said. While aid arrives in the storm-torn state, people affected by the disaster are living in the wake of its destruction.

Segment 3, beginning at 42:12: The special legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly continues at the height of the pandemic.

A special legislative session convened by Gov. Mike Parson on June 27 was meant to focus on six violent crime prevention provisions. Some of them have been met with opposition, including one which would eliminate the requirement that St. Louis police officers live in that city.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
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