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Seg. 1: First Friday Shooting | Seg. 2: Architecture For The Blind

Segment 1: Weekend shootings in Kansas City spark concern about public events

This weekend saw multiple fatal shootings in Kansas City, one of them occurred shortly after First Friday in the Crossroads, where thousands of people had congregated. The incident has community members and leaders reconsidering Kansas City's violent crime problem, and how to rein it in. 

Segment 2, beginning at 31:00: Blind architect finds the right tools to continue his work without sight

Chris Downey was a husband, father and architect when he lost his sight after brain surgery to remove a tumor. He doesn't think of his impairment as an obstacle, though. We find out how he still works as an architect, advocates for the visually impaired and plays baseball with his son.

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.