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Seg. 1: Arguments In Favor Of Tax Increment Financing. Seg. 2: Joint Replacement, Explained.

A prosthetic hip made from titanium alloy.
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Prosthetics like this one can offer relief to patients with damaged or worn-out hip joints.

Segment 1: How tax increment financing helps blighted neighborhoods.

Last week, we heard arguments opposed to tax increment financing, a tax abatement measure used to incentivize urban developement. Today, we learned about the benefits of TIF districts, and why supporters say they're a crucial tool to revitalizing our neighborhoods.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:46: The ins and outs of artificial joint implants.

Everyone suffers from joint pain every now and again, but how do you know when it's time for a new hip or knee? We asked two medical experts from the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute to explain the most common procedures, the recovery process and how life can change after a joint replacement.

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.