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Health Of Kansas And Missouri Highways, And A Look At KC Police Chief Candidate Finalists

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
From left to right, Richard Carlson, secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna face common challenges, such as securing funding for highway and bridge maintenance.

It's not easy to navigate the Kansas City area without a car, which makes the health of our highways very important. Today, the chiefs of the Missouri and Kansas departments of Transportation discuss future of I-70 and other roads on both sides of the state line. Then, the search for the next chief of police in Kansas City, Missouri, is down to two candidates. With this pivotal decision looming, we ask: What are residents looking for in their next top cop?

The Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Police Commissioners will hold a public forum with chief of police candidates Keith Humphrey and Rick Smith on the Community Room of Police Headquarters at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Questions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 27. Visit KCMO.gov for more information.

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.