Seg. 1: Douglas County Jail Expansion Put To A Vote. Seg. 2: Prohibition Years In Kansas City.
Segment 1: Douglas County voters are deciding on a contentious tax increase for jail and mental health services.
A proposed sales tax increase would fund a $44 million Douglas County Jail expansion, and give more than $16 million for a mental health facility and behavioral health services. Today, we talked about why supporters think the tax is a step forward for incarceration and mental health services in the county, and why opponents are uneasy about the two issues being tied together.
- Nancy Thellman, Douglas County Commission chair
- Rev. Joanna Harader, member of the group Justice Matters
Segment 2, beginning at 23:37: Prohibition tales of the 'Paris of the Plains.'
Not long after prohibition swept the country, a St. Louis reporter referred to Kansas City as the last "wide-open town." In the second half of our program, we learned what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to the legends surrounding our city during that time.
- John Simonson, author of "Prohibition in Kansas City, Missouri: Highballs, Spooners and Crooked Dice"
John Simonson will discuss his new book at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. For more information, visit KCLibrary.org.