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Seg. 1: Fund Aims To Restore Blighted Homes In Kansas City. Seg. 2: A Spotlight On Mark Edelman.

A one story house with a boarded up window on the left, the window on the right blocked on the interior with boxes and junk, and debris on the roof.
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The Kansas City Social Investment Pool looks to help contractors willing to rehabilitate abandoned houses with financing.

Segment 1: Legal organization teams with community development financial institution to transform abandoned residences into affordable housing.

Kansas City, Missouri, residents have long complained about derelict houses especially in the urban core.  Today, we learned about a new plan underway that has Legal Aid of Western Missouri teaming up with AltCap to form the Kansas City Social Investment Pool. This funding will enable contractors to obtain short-term financing at reasonable interest rates and allow builders to rehabilitate deserted structures into homes for low-income residents.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:57: President of Theater League Kansas City retires after 40 years.

In 1976, a vision of bringing Broadway-level theater productions to communities around the country became reality. The man behind it all, Mark Edelman, retired in May. Today, he regaled Steve Kraske with his memories of the top performers and productions he brought from The Great White Way to the Heartland. 

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.