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Up To Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and culture — topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

Coming up the week of July 15, 2019:

  • Monday: 'Dark Store Theory' Update in Johnson County, Kansas / Ethics Professors: Immigration & Climate Change
  • Tuesday: Presidential Candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg / Is KC Still Affordable for Artists?
  • Wednesday: "Go Back Where You Came From" / Kansas City Real Estate Market
  • Thursday: Affordable Housing in the Suburbs / Thomas Hart Benton Paints the Ozarks / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Segment 1: Finding affordable housing in the suburbs can be a challenge.

Gladstone, Missouri, plays host this weekend to a summit aimed at exchanging ideas and solutions to affordable housing problems in first-ring suburbs. Cities around the country are attacking the issue proactively, and some of what they've learned could help ease things in the Kansas City region. 

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

During a week when President Donald Trump continued attacks on four members of Congress after tweeting that they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," people of color in Kansas City are reacting with anger, frustration and sadness.

One emotion that's less common is surprise.

Segment 1: Kansas City area residents react to the president's Twitter attack

President Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin sparked outrage. A panel of women of color shared their thoughts on the president's remarks and the message his words send to minorities in this country. 

Segment 1: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in town for veterans project

As the second youngest mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg has made his way into the news. He discussed how he wants to approach the border crisis, Trump's racist tweets and the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City. 

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Every woman who gives birth has the possibility of developing postpartum depression. That includes nearly one in seven mothers in Missouri, which ranks 11th in the nation for those who experience the condition, according to the the United Health Foundation.

Segment 1: A "dark store theory" update

The Kansas Board of Tax Appeals handed Johnson County a defeat last month when they ruled the county has overcharged some Walmart stores millions of dollars in property taxes. The decision is based on something called the "dark store theory," and it could put homeowners on the hook for making up the county's lost revenue.

Segment 1: Educators see more vaping in schools, and researchers are beginning to understand how e-cigarettes affect lungs

Segment 1: Busing to desegregate schools: then and now

For some, busing throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s held a negative connotation. But education professor Erica Frankenberg and reporter Lynn Horsely say it ultimately benefitted students and communities, including Kansas City, Missouri.

Segment 1: Where a new mother lives often affects her ability to find treatment

Postpartum depression affects women of all demographics, but those in rural areas are particularly unable to take advantage of certain treatment options. Kansas City medical professionals reviewed some of the resources available in the region and discussed the challenges of connecting those to the mothers who most need them.

Segment 1: Kris Kobach announces his senate campaign for the 2020 election

Pat Roberts is retiring from his seat in the U.S. Senate, which leaves it open for the 2020 election. Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach just announced his candidacy which immediately received criticism from some fellow Republicans. Stephen Koranda and Bob Beatty discussed Kobach's strategy and what his chances of winning look like. 

Segment 1: Medical marijuana in Kansas, and the use of hemp in farming

In the first conversation, reporter Nomin Ujyediin broke down why she thinks the path to legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas is a rocky one. Then, reporter Brian Grimmett discussed the industrialization of hemp in Kansas.

Segment 1: American patriotism through the years

Some things never change, like the American need to blow things up on Independence Day. Not as predictable is our collective definition of patriotism. The concept has sustained the country's 243 years, but does it mean the same thing today as it did during the 1770s, 1870s or 1970s?

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One might think the end of her first legislative session as Kansas governor would give Laura Kelly some relief.

"Oh, not much," she said. "We've been extraordinarily busy."

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly

Jul 3, 2019

State's chief executive offers insights on her first session in office and her plans for moving Kansas forward

Governor Kelly explained how she is working with Republicans despite pushback from party leaders on everything from Medicaid to the budget. Kelly acknowledged that state prison conditions are a top priority and that she will entertain every alternative to avoid building a new prison "at all cost."

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Jackson County officials are searching for a way out of a lingering property reassessment fiasco, and the county's director of assessment says her office needs all the help it can get.

Segment 1: Two years after Kansas prison riots, facilities are still overcrowded and understaffed.

In 2017 riots broke out in Kansas prisons highlighting the understaffed and overcrowded conditions that exist there. State lawmakers said those conditions still exist and even with the steps taken in the latest session to correct them there is still a long way to go.

Segment 1: Jackson County officials respond to skyrocketing property assessment values.

The Jackson County Legislature has asked County Executive Frank White to re-do property assessment this year because of a dramatic spike in values. The county assessor and legislative leaders discussed how to fix the problem, and why the assessments have historically been so low. 

Elle Moxley / KCUR 89.3

If Superintendent Dennis Carpenter's relationship with the Lee's Summit R-7 Board of Education is strained, he's not saying so publicly.

Segment 1: Former U.S. Congressman from Missouri feels Trump administration is 'illegitimate'

Former Republican Tom Coleman, left no doubt about his call for President Trump's impeachent and why he thinks the party should unite against the current administration. 

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Free public transportation is a bold initiative, and the head of Kansas City's regional transit agency thinks it's viable for Kansas City.

Robbie Makinen, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, has been a leading proponent of several programs aiming to improve the efficiency of bus service in the region.

But he wants improvements to go beyond the physical transportation itself.

Segment 1: Now that controversial diversity training has been approved, embattled superintendent is "just ready to move forward on behalf of young people."   

When Lee's Summit R-7 District Superintendent Dennis Carpenter proposed diversity training for the staff, he received backlash from some in the community and among employees. Carpenter spoke on what the months-long dispute could mean for the district's future and what the diversity training is about. 

Segment 1: Investors invited to consider five areas in Kansas City, Missouri, in need of development capital.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a summit to introduce potential investors to federally designated "opportunity zones" that are ready for revitalizaton.  Participants explained the plan that focuses on establishing more jobs and more locally-owned businesses in economically disadvantaged communities. 

Segment 1: An overhaul of the public transportation system needs input from residents.  

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and RideKC is undertaking a system redesign that would bring more than just new bus routes to the metro. To help meet the current needs of riders, they are surveying residents and commuters to find out what's most important to them in public transit.

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

They may have each spent only a single session in their respective statehouses, but Kansas Rep. Rui Xu and Missouri Rep. Matt Sain have already learned some important lessons about how state government works, why it sometimes doesn't, and what their responsibilities are to the people back home.

Those lessons are colored by the fact that both lawmakers are in the minority party (Sain is in the superminority), but they're still worth paying attention to. Politics is cyclical, after all, and today's legislative rules will affect the way future politicians do their jobs.

Segment 1: An inside look with the people whose job it is to get a candidate elected.

A panel of political operatives revealed the challenges of money, time and resilience in running several of the recent campaigns for Kansas City, Missouri mayor and city council.

Today the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will wrap up the first round of the World Cup tournament. The Americans have embraced their role as goliath, shellacking their first two opponents 16 goals to nil. But the score isn’t the only thing that’s woefully uneven, which, in this month’s edition of “A Fan’s Notes,” concerns commentator Victor Wishna.

OK. Today is my daughter’s birthday, and I promised her I’d say so, on the air.

Happy birthday, Vivien.

Segment 1: Newest Kansas and Missouri lawmakers express frustration with statehouse power structures.

First-term Kansas and Missouri House representatives detailed the challenges they faced as members of the minority party in their respective chambers.

Segment 1: How tariffs are affecting  business, food producers and consumers. 

In May, China issued tariffs on U.S. goods, and just about everyone in the Heartland is feeling the impact. 

Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Wyandotte Country District Attorney Mark Dupree is on the lookout for folks with criminal records. He wants to talk with them about the possibility of wiping clean that history and giving them a new chance.

Starting on Wednesday and continuing every Wednesday until August 14, his office is hosting expungement fairs at Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center as part of an effort to be what Dupree calls "smart on crime."

Segment 1: Post-election wrap-up with new Kansas City mayor.

Voters selected a new mayor for Kansas City, as well as some new council members. We spoke with mayor-elect Quinton Lucas then analyzed Tuesday's election results. 

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