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Seg. 1: Kansas City Activist Takes Wage Fight To Congress. Seg. 2: How To Reduce Heart Attack Risk.

Cody Newill
KCUR 89.3
Members of Stand Up KC demonstrated for an increase in the minimum wage of Kansas City, Missouri.

Segment 1: Local leader of Fight for $15 told his personal story at a U.S. House hearing to support an increase of the federal minimum wage. 

It's been a decade since Congress authorized a federal minimum wage increase. Currently, two bills passing through the U.S. House of Representatives look to nationally hike the least amount paid to workers to fifteen dollars by 2024. We talked about the possible positive and negative effects of higher wages and what the opportunity to speak directly to federal lawmakers meant for one Kansas City advocate. 

Segment 2, beginning at 25:39: February marks National Heart Month when Americans are encouraged to join the battle against heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and the progress in lowering the number of heart-related deaths in this country has been slow. We learned some of the causes preventing good heart health and six lifestyle changes women and men can take to help reduce the risk of a cardiac event.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.