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Seg. 1: Abortion Rights In Kansas And Missouri. Seg. 2: 'Neighborhood-First' Planning In Kansas City

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The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States has some concerned that states may renew their attacks on women's access to abortion.

Segment 1: Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as newest U.S. Supreme Court justice could launch fresh challenges to women's reproductive rights on the state-level. 

For years, Kansas and Missouri legislatures have been chipping away at a person's ability to terminate a pregnancy. Today, KCUR reporters from both sides of the state line reviewed previous attempts by lawmakers to reduce abortion access and postulated on what a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court might mean for this issue going forward.

Segment 2, beginning at 20:09: "It's one thing to grow and to build a city. It's another thing to sustain it over time."

After decades of building, Kansas City has miles of sidewalks and pipes and any number of tall buildings, but today, prominent urban thinker Chuck Marohn said, "That tax base that was produced from all this public investment just isn't up to the task, financially, of maintainin all that stuff." We learned why he thinks the city needs to stop building the big stuff and look to a neighborhoods-first approach when it comes to development.

Charles Marohn on "Making a City Great,"  5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. The event is free, but space is limited. Register to reserve your spot.

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.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.