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Kansas City Mayor Responds To Federal COVID-19 Relief Fund Delay And Surging Violence

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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, shown here in March, says his city urgently needs money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. He's asking for 44.5% of the money distributed to Jackson County by the federal government — more than $54.5 million of $122.7 million total.

Jackson County and Kansas City still haven't agreed how to distribute and spend the county's federal coronavirus funds. Meanwhile, violent crime is surging. The city's mayor explained his approach to each pressing problem.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
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