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A Kansas City political group doesn't want to be the 'old boys' club

The Citizens Association political organization is almost 100 years old. At one time, its endorsement was a requirement if you wanted to be elected in Kansas City. Now, a new group of political players is trying to remake the group to be more inclusive. Plus: Cyber attacks on hospitals can put patients’ lives at risk — and leave hospitals on the hook for millions of dollars.

It used to be impossible to win an election in Kansas City without the endorsement of a powerful political group called the Citizens Association. It was basically an ‘old boys’ network’ whose influence has all but disappeared in recent years. But as KCUR’s Laura Ziegler reports, a new group of political players is trying to revive it as a relevant civic organization.

U.S. hospitals have seen a record number of cyberattacks during the pandemic, including two Missouri hospitals that were hacked in 2021. That can cost a hospital millions of dollars — and put patients’ lives at risk. Side Effects Public Media’s Farah Yousry takes us inside one Midwest hospital that’s still reeling after an attack in 2021.

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