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Where COVID lives on

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Missouri scientists say that even though fewer people are getting tested for COVID, wastewater shows increasing evidence of new variants. Plus, Kansas City Manager Brian Platt talks about gun violence and how to stop events like the recent mass shooting in Westport.

Fewer people are getting tested for the coronavirus, but state health officials are still finding the virus in Missouri sewers. Scientist say wastewater shows the increasing presence of different variants, some of which may escape vaccines or natural immunity. St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Fentem reports that the statewide project is one of the most accurate ways to measure the coronavirus threat.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Kansas City Police continues to investigate a mass shooting that occurred in Westport late Sunday, which resulted in one death and five injuries. City Manager Brian Platt of Kansas City joins Steve Kraske on Up To Date to talk about the shooting and what can be done to curb gun violence in the city.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love, Trevor Grandin, and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byronlove@kcur.org.
Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.