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Seg.1: Missouri Health Care And Education Updates. Seg 2: Veterans Find Solace In Written Word.

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Luke X. Martin
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Charlie Shields says Kansas City Public Schools may be fully accredited as early as spring 2019.

Segment 1: The former Missouri senator balances heavy workloads as CEO of Truman Medical Center and president of the state Board of Education.

These days, Charlie Shields' primary focus is making sure his hospital keeps up with the major changes in Missouri health care. Pair that with his work on the state Board of Education, and you've got one busy Charlie Shields. Today, one of Kansas City's most influential multi-taskers discusses his bullish outlook on the future accreditation of Kansas City Public Schools, the ways violence in the city affects health care workers and how Republicans pulled off a takeover in Jefferson City. 

Segment 2, beginning at 26:56: Local writer's workshop helped veterans learn to express military experiences in the written word.

Veterans are exposed to all sorts of traumas that are difficult to recover from without help. Some may talk with close friends, support groups, or therapist, others use meditation or exercise to cope. Today, we heard from veterans who use poetry and prose as a remedy for dealing with their military combat stress..

Enjoy an evening of prose and poetry read by Kansas City-area military veterans and family members at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. For more information, visit or

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.