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Seg. 1: Douglas County Jail Expansion Put To A Vote. Seg. 2: Prohibition Years In Kansas City.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office
A proposed reconfiguration and expansion to the Douglas County Jail, shown here in bold black, would give the county space to house 179 more inmates.

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. 

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 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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.