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Seg. 1: Your Water Bill And City Pollution. Seg. 2: Ethics Of Gun Bans & SNAP Benefits Restrictions.

Claire Verbeck
KCUR 89.3
While Andy Shively says Kansas City, Missouri, residents shouldn't expect their water bills to get cheaper, the special assistant city manager hopes a renegotiated consent decree could help level off rate increases.

Segment 1: Why a consent decree between Kansas City and the EPA is impacting how much you pay for sewer services.

For close to a decade, water bills in Kansas City have been steadily rising. But what's behind the rate increase, and how is it related to pollution and the federal government? We spoke with one local administrator to clarify the city's consent decree with the EPA, and its impact on residents' water costs. We also found out what the city is doing now to limit future rate increases.

  • Andy Shively, Kansas City, Missouri, special assistant city manager

Segment 2, beginning at 24:00: The morals of gun control and restrictions on public assistance.

Is it moral that, during Vice President Mike Pence's appearance at an NRA convention this weekend, guns should be banned? Are restrictions on what SNAP recipients can buy with government money ethical, or should beneficiaries be allowed to purchase whatever they want? We asked our Ethics Professors, who were joined today by a young ethicist and local Ethics Bowl team member.

  • Wayne Vaught, UMKC College of Arts and Sciences dean and professor of philosophy, medicine, and bioethics
  • Clancy Martin, UMKC professor of philosophy
  • Isabel Gusman, Shawnee Mission South junior
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.