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Seg. 1: Lynching Memorial In Kansas City. Seg. 2: City Leaders Seek Ways To Fight Climate Change.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Roeland Park, Kansas, Mayor Mike Kelly is one of the organizers of a climate change workshop he hopes will foster collaborative efforts among cities and counties in Missouri and Kansas to battle global warming.

Segment 1: The installation of a new historical marker is the first public acknowledgement in Missouri of victims of lynching.

In April of 1882 Levi Harrington, a black man, was hung from a beam on the Bluff Street Bridge in Kansas City's West Bottoms by an angry white mob for a crime he did not commit. Today we heard the story behind Harrington's lynching, just one of the more than 4,400 documented to have occurred between 1877 and 1950 in this country. A historical marker memorializing Levi Harrington was recently dedicated in Kansas City, the first in Missouri and only the 12th in the country.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:05: Climate change workshop offers measures cities and counties can take now to combat the global threat.

Scientists with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a report warning the world has little more than a decade to get global warming under control, or face dire consequences if it doesn't. A pair of elected officials in Johnson County, Kansas, aren't waiting for state or federal government to lead the way. They've organized a workshop for other officials and leaders to learn what cities and counties can do now, both collaboratively and singly, in the battle against climate change.

The "Advancing Climate Solutions through Local, State, and Regional Partnerships" workshop takes place Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m.-noon at Village Presbyterian Church, 6441 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kansas 66208. The event is not open to the public. Elected officials wishing to attend should contact Lindsey Constance at Lindsey4Shawnee@gmail.com.

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