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Seg. 1: Kansas City Mayoral Candidate Jolie Justus. Seg. 2: For Women In Sports, Going Pro Is Tough.

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Kansas City, Missouri, Councilwoman Jolie Justus, of the 4th District, is one of the candidates running to become the city's next mayor.

Seg. 1: The councilwoman is a front runner in the Kansas City mayoral race, in spite of having withdrawn and renentered the race.

With the experience and reputation she brings from her time as a state senator, Jolie Justus believes she has the skills that are "incredibly neccessary to keep our city moving forward." Today, Justus told us why finding common ground is crucial to crafting solutions on several issues Kansas City now faces. "We need a mayor, who can be a collaborator, who can get things done and work with people," she said.

Seg. 2, beginning at 23:21: Despite steps in the right direction, women in sports still face hurdles when turning an amateur passion into a profession.

Kansas City this weekend will host the nation's largest luncheon celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day. To mark the occassion, we spoke with two people who are helping elevate female athletes locally and nationally. We explored just how far women have come in sports — not just as competitors, but as coaches, officials and owners. We also discussed how many firsts are still left to achieve.

The WIN for KC Women's Sports Awards Celebration with special guest Simone Biles takes place at noon on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. For ticketing and sponsorship availabilities, contact Jessica Blubaugh at jblubaugh@sportkc.org or visit SportKC.org.

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.