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Missouri Legislative Bills, Bridge Woes, And Kansas City Trumpeter Hermon Mehari

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Trumpeter Hermon Mehari, who was in Paris at the time, was so affected by the Nomber 2015 terrorist attacks in that city that he wrote a song about it. The song, called 'Eleven Thirteen,' appears on his new album, 'Bleu.'

Today, we learn about two bills making their way through the Missouri General Assembly; one would place stricter rules on ride-hailing businesses like Lyft and Uber, another would create a statewide prescription drug monitoring database. Then, the Buck O'Neil Bridge is in bad shape, and city leaders are struggling over how to pay for the needed repairs. Finally, find out why Kansas City native Hermon Mehari is only now getting around to releasing a jazz album under his own name.

Hermon Mehari will take part in a benefit concert with Krystle Warren for the Jazz Legacy Project at the 1900 Building in Mission Woods, Kansas, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. For more information, visit Eventbrite.com.

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.