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Sundays at 5pmRebroadcast Mondays at 8pm Host: Susan B. Wilson Producer & Co-Host: Sylvia Maria Gross Assistant Producer: Alex Smith Contact: kccurrents@kcur.org or 816.235.6696Follow our Tweets: www.twitter.com/kccurrents For a weekly reminder of what's coming up on KC Currents, send an email to kccurrents@kcur.orgThe Latest From KC CurrentsPlanting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Fewer people are living in the countryside, and mom-and-pop markets can't compete with big chains. But as KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways to buck the trend. K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries With grocery stores in rural Kansas closing at record speed, having access to healthy food is a growing issue. Sylvia Maria Gross interviews K-State Professor David Proctor about what options are available for small town groceries.

Congressman Dennis Moore on Immigration Reform

By Sylvia Maria Gross

Kansas City, MO – The US Senate seemed close to agreement on immigration legislation this week, but on Friday, a Republican compromise fell apart and Congressmen left Washington D.C. for a two-week recess. As a member of the Senate Judiciary committee, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has played a key role in crafting the compromise bill, and getting conservative legislators on board. He told Kansas Public Radio last week that the plan will increase border security, but also provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for more than five years.

The immigration reform bill that passed in the House of Representatives is very different. It increases penalties on illegal immigrants, and those who knowingly hire or help them. Missouri Representative Ike Skelton and Dennis Moore of Kansas were two of only 36 Democrats who approved the enforcement bill in the House, which is being called the Sensenbrener bill. Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Representative Dennis Moore about it on Friday.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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