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Back on campus, masks optional

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UMKC is one of the few public universities in Missouri without a mask mandate. But increasing COVID-19 infections have both staff and students concerned about their well-beings on campus. Plus, a Kansas City sculptor utilizes the honey locust thorn to create dazzling works of art.

Students at the University of Missouri System returned to in-person classes last week without a mask mandate, after the Board of Curators shot down proposals to require them. But as COVID-19 numbers hit record highs across the state, some students and professors are worried about how safe it is on campus. KCUR’s Jodi Fortino reports on the start of the semester at UMKC.

Sculptor Susan White creates large works of art using thousands of thorns from the honey locust tree. She finds inspiration in the beauty of nature with a sharp point, and uses it to make a statement about the "fractious nature" of American democracy. KCUR’s Julie Denesha reports.

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