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Seg. 1: Arguments Against Tax Increment Financing. Seg. 2: Meet The Volunteers At A Suicide Hotline.

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Development in Kansas City's Power and Light district is credited in part to tax increment financing.

Segment 1: What is tax increment financing, and what are its drawbacks?

Tax increment financing districts, known as TIFs, have been a significant tool in Kansas City's development. But could they hurt communities as much as they helps them? In this first of a two-part series on the effects of TIFs, we took a look at opposition to the measures.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:07: Crisis hotline workers share their reasons for volunteering.

Suicide rates in Kansas have been on the rise for over a decade, and one group is hoping to change that. Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence offers free crisis support to residents across the state. They also answer calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Today, we sat down with two volunteers to hear about their experiences working the hotline.

  • Nathan Fredrickson
  • Jared Auten

For more information about Headquarters Counseling Center, visit their website. To reach their local suicide prevention hotline, call 785-841-2345. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255.

As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.