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Seg. 1: More Responsibility, More Money For Edgerton Mayor. Seg. 2: Changes To Missouri Expungement.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Before his salary was bumped to $90,000 annually, Edgerton, Kansas, Mayor Donald Roberts was paid $40 per city council meeting.

Segment 1: With an international shipping center up and running, the Edgerton mayor's job has gotten a lot more demanding.

Pay raises are typically measured in percentage points, but compensation for the mayor of Edgerton, Kansas, was recently increased by nearly $89,000 per year — a bump of about 8,900 percent. Today, he told us why he and the city council, which approved the pay raise unanimously, think it's warranted. We also got an idea of the massive changes the Logistics Park international freight distribution hub has brought to the community of 1,700 residents.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:58: For ex-offenders, simply doing time for the crime doesn't always lead to a clean slate.

With a new Missouri expungement law on the books and in effect as of January 1, we explored how ex-offenders are affected by "collateral consequences," those aspects of life made harder by a criminal conviction after the penalty has been paid. We asked lawyers from Kansas and Missouri to explained how expungement works in their states, who qualifies and what difference a cleaned-up record can make in a person's life.

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.