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Seg. 1: Lead Exposure On The Rise In The Metro. Seg. 2: AIDS Walk Kansas City Marks 30 Years.

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Participants in 2012's AIDS Walk Kansas City walked through Theis Park, Mill Creek Park and the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum campus.

Segment 1: As rates increase among children in Kansas City, lead poisoning remains a persistent concern.

It's been decades since companies stopped adding lead to things like paint or gasoline, but the dangers posed by lead poisoning are still affecting thousands of lives throughout the metro area. We learned why it's so hard to get rid of lead contamination in old homes and businesses, and what you can do to minimize your risk.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:25: Annual benefit walk supports organizations that help Kansas Citians living with the condition.

A lot can change in 30 years, like health outcomes for patients living with HIV or AIDS, and a lot can stay the same. Take AIDS Walk Kansas City, for instance. The event has raised money since 1988 for organizations providing shelter, medical care and emergency services to more than 5,700 people in Kansas City affected by HIV or AIDS. Today, we learned about medical advances and the history and mission of the walk.

This year's AIDS Walk Kansas City begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 28, at Theis Park at Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information and to register to walk, go to AIDSWalkKansasCity.org.

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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