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Seg. 1: 'We Need Help' | Seg. 2: Kansas Supreme Court

Segment 1: What Kansas City area organizations are doing to reduce gun violence 

In 2017, firearms killed nearly 40,000 people with 60% of those being suicides. Every year 1,500 children die from guns including those left unlocked in the home. This week in Kansas City, Missouri five persons died in a 24-hour period from gun-related incidents.  Three women deeply involved in these issues expressed frustration, desperation and determination about reducing gun violence. 

Segment 2, beginning at 22:22: Current Kansas Supreme Court vacancies mean nomination process will see its first application of transparency law.

In Kansas, supreme court justices are chosen through a merit-based system. With two seats opening up on the court, the 2016 law calling for open meetings of the nominating commission will be in effect. We examined the history and logistics of selecting candidates for the state's highest court.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.