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Kansas City Today is a daily news podcast from KCUR Studios bringing you all things Kansas City, wrapped up in 15 minutes or less. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, it’ll be waiting in your feed every weekday. Hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin.

  • The founders of SK8 Shot Studios are taking Kansas City roller-skating rinks by storm. Their plan is to revive the once thriving scene and grow it into a global destination for Black skate culture — one class and skate party at a time.
  • Missouri is one of just four states where people aren’t allowed to get a divorce while they're pregnant. Advocates worry the law prevents people in domestic violence situations from being able to leave. State Rep. Ashley Aune, a Democrat from Kansas City, wants to change that.
  • The Royals are pushing forward with a new stadium, but labor groups are still waiting for a contract for affordable housing and livable wages. The Crossroads, where more than a dozen businesses would get demolished, wants promises of its own. If the team doesn't reach a deal soon, it may see serious opposition to a critical vote in April.
  • Green Dirt Farm is opening a new restaurant next month that will bring its sheep’s milk cheeses to the Crossroads — in a spot now under threat from the new Royals stadium. Plus: At these Kansas City-area schools, students run the restaurants while you dine.
  • Missouri GOP leaders say they aren’t worried that potential disunity during the 2024 primary races will hurt their general election chances in November. Plus: Two companies in Kansas are trying to build the state’s first underground carbon dioxide storage sites.
  • Abortion is still legal in Kansas, with restrictions — but abortion opponents want Kansas lawmakers to enact laws to support anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers and put parents on the hook for child support starting at conception. We'll break down those and other reproductive policies working their way through the legislature this session.
  • Friends, family and the larger Kansas City community are mourning the loss of Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a mother of two and DJ at radio station KKFI, who was fatally shot at the Chiefs victory parade. "It's amazing how people are coming out of the woodwork just telling us how special she was — just strangers that she touched," her brother said.
  • The shooting that followed last week's Chiefs Super Bowl victory celebration has restarted a familiar conversation about gun control, even among elected officials who fled together for safety when the gunfire broke out. Could such a high-profile tragedy foster bipartisan changes to gun laws?
  • Tragic events, like the mass shooting outside of Union Station, often leave adults at a loss for words — and can be equally tough for kids, even if they might not know how to express it. How can parents and other adults guide those conversations?
  • At least one person is dead and 22 people injured after a shooting at Union Station, marking a quick and tragic end to the Kansas City Chiefs' victory parade and rally. The shooting victim was identified as local radio DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan. Kansas City police have detained three suspects in connection with the shooting.