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Seg. 1: Winter Update With Kansas City Manager. Seg. 2: Reporter's Bias Claim Ends In Mixed Verdict.

Luke X. Martin
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Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte understands drivers frustrations with potholes, but says the weather has not been conducive to "pothole management."

Segment 1: We hear from the man responsible for getting stuff done in Kansas City.

From the future of a downtown ballpark to "pothole management" to streetcar expansion, we talked with the city manager about several big issues on the minds of Kansas Citians. Schulte also addressed caller questions, and says of rising water costs in Kansas City, "we're hopeful we can get a new environmental agreement done for the next 17 years of the plan, and the days of double-digit rate increases are over."

Segment 2, beginning at 31:46: After discrimination suit, former KSHB reporter feels "vindicated."

Lisa Benson worked for 41 Action News for 14 years before filing a lawsuit against them alleging she was assigned stories and denied professional advancement based on her race, and then fired because she sued over it. Benson, who is African American, told Steve Kraske, "it was very difficult going through the reality of working there and looking for opportunities that just simply were not available to me." Today, we learned about her mixed verdict.

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.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.