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Seg. 1: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver | Seg. 2: Legal Queries From Coronavirus | Seg. 3: Mayor Quinton Lucas

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, pictured here in 2018, said he is, for the moment, stuck in Kansas City because of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:12: Current Washington debates revolve around who should get a bailout due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Congress seems willing to shell out massive amounts of cash to make up for lost economic activity, but lawmakers can't yet agree on who should get checks and for how much. Kansas City's congressman said his proposals are aimed at the least-advantaged — those making less than $50,000 annually. He also gave updates on his own attempts to get back to Washington to vote, the availability of test kits and misinformation about the new coronavirus.

Segment 2, beginning at 16:17: Fallout from the spread of the new coronavirus is creating unprecedented legal conundrums.

Employment (and unemployment) technicalities, evictions and so many more legal processes are seemingly unclear because of the ongoing pandemic. Though they couldn't offer specific legal advice, we asked legal experts to address common concerns that have arisen from orders of county judges, stay at home ordinances and various moratoriums.

The Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom handles employment and consumer cases on the behalf of low wage workers. To contact them with a legal question, go to JobsAndFreedom.org or call 816-278-1344.

Segment 3, beginning at 53:51: Mayor Quinton Lucas says the majority of residents are responding well to official requests to stay home.

Cities and counties across the Kansas City region have issued stay at home orders that are set to take effect this week. Today, Kansas City's mayor talks about what his ordinance covers, how it will be enforced, and what the economic impacts of such a lock-down could be.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
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