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A sign of change for Kansas City, Kansas?

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For the first time, African American leaders will fill several key positions in Wyandotte County’s Unified Government. Can they turn around a long history of coverup and corruption? Plus, Kansas officials are close to a deal for a $4 billion manufacturing plant, but need lawmakers to approve huge tax breaks for a mystery company.

In the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, African Americans now hold five key positions simultaneously: mayor, police chief, district attorney, county administrator and general manager of the Board of Public Utilities.

KCUR’s Luke Martin reports on how the new leadership takes up the daunting task of creating a better government for Kansas' most diverse county.

Kansas lawmakers will vote this week on a proposal to dramatically increase the tax breaks and other subsidies used to recruit big companies. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly says Kansas needs the beefed-up incentives to stay in the running for a $4 billion manufacturing plant. Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service reports some lawmakers are skeptical about changing the rules for a company that remains a mystery.

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