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Why have Kansas City's pools closed already?

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Despite an alarmingly hot summer, all public pools in Kansas City, Missouri, have closed early because of funding and staffing issues. Plus, how western Kansas' prehistoric ocean could help scientists understand the future of life in a changing climate.

Four pools in Kansas City, Missouri, have closed early for the summer, despite record-setting heat and the possibility of higher temperatures as August closes out. KCUR's Nomin Ujiyediin and Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga sat down to talk about why this is happening and what's left for those who want to beat the heat.

80 million years ago, western Kansas was home to an expansive, prehistoric ocean likened to "hell's aquarium." Once filled with exotic life, the remnants of this ancient body of water now bring in scientists from around the world for research. David Condos of the Kansas News Service reports how these fossilized creatures could help inform our current understanding of climate change.

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Kansas City Today is hosted today 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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