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The Kansas Citians left scarred, but alive, by gun violence

Kansas City is on track to break its homicide record this year, and a rise in gun violence has caused another disturbing trend: Hundreds of people every year are shot and survive. They're often left with severe physical and mental injuries. Plus: Kansas City and other places in the Midwest are slow to embrace composting.

Homicides could set a record again this year, as nonfatal shootings are down from last year — likely because of deadlier guns on Kansas City's streets. But many people who are hit by gunfire survive, only to struggle with physical and mental issues. These kinds of shootings have been increasing, too, leaving more families to pick up the pieces. KCUR’s Peggy Lowe reports.

Community composting operations are popping up in cities across the country, hoping to keep food waste out of landfills and return nutrients to the soil. But not all cities are welcoming them, especially when neighbors complain about bad smells and pests. Harvest Public Media’s Eva Tesfaye reports on how cities in the Midwest are handling these new operations.

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