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Seg. 1: Campaign Ad Fact-Checking Tips For Voters. Seg. 2: Kansas City Hiring And Firing News.

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Burns & McDonnell is beginning work on a $42 million expansion of its Kansas City headquarters, and is hiring an additional 1,200 employees this year.

Segment 1: How to analyze political ads.

As midterm election campaigns start to hit their stride, voters in Kansas and Missouri are sure to be inundated with any number of political advertisements. As a public service (and at the request of a listener named Mary Anne) we spoke with trusted, professional fact-checkers about what to keep an eye out for when attempting to separate the fact from conjecture.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:26: Updates on the Kansas City area's economy and biggest employers.

Maybe you’ve noticed: In recent weeks and months, there have been all manner of massive layoffs and hirings when it comes to some of the biggest employers in the Kansas City metro. The layoff side of the ledger has included Sprint and DST Systems. On the upside, Burns & McDonnell is hiring like crazy. But how’s this all balancing out, and what does it mean for the future of the Kansas City area? We asked corporate and economic watchers from Kansas and Missouri.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.