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Corruption in Jackson County

After two Jackson County officials were sentenced for wire fraud in 2018, the FBI and Justice Department said they were running an “active investigation” in at least two jurisdictions. What's happened since then? Plus: Homicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality, and experts say the problem is getting worse.

Five years ago, two of Jackson County’s top officials were sentenced to prison for misusing campaign funds. County executive Mike Sanders got more than two years of prison time. His aide, Calvin Williford, only got six months for the same crime, apparently because he was helping with a federal investigation into other Jackson County politicians.So, what ever happened to that investigation? KCUR's Carlos Moreno sat down with KCUR's Sam Zeff to learn more.

Late last month, Zaiylah Bronson was found dead in the trunk of her boyfriend’s car in Wichita. Prosecutors say he strangled her. She was 16 weeks pregnant. Bronson’s death is focusing attention on persistent domestic violence issues that experts say have worsened during the pandemic, including for pregnant women. Rose Conlon reports for the Kansas News Service.

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