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Seg. 1: Ammunition Plant Safety | Seg. 2: Kansas City Stockyards

Segment 1: Concerns linger regarding Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.

The largest manufacturing plant for smaller caliber rounds is in Independence, Missouri. It suffered an accidental explosion in 2017 causing the death of one person and injuring four more.  Chris Haxel explained what contributed to the fatal event and the operation's questionable safety record under the current contractor.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:52: Race, labor, and the Kansas City stockyards. 

The labor force behind Kansas City's meat processing industry altered labor activism in the Midwest. A diverse group of workers helped establish a foothold for blacks in labor politics and made Kansas City's first million-dollar industry possible. 

The Kansas City Public Library presents John Herron and "Making Meat: Race, Labor, and the Kansas City Stockyards" on 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Kansas City, Missouri 64105. RSVP at kclibrary.org

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.