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Seg. 1: Downtown Development Update | Seg. 2: Harriet Tubman's Life

Segment 1: The new structures and businesses making news in Downtown Kansas City.

Some of the more noteworthy announcements in recent downtown development projects include the United States Department of Agriculture relocation and Waddell & Reed's move from Overland Park. We learn about these and other projects, and discuss the use of property tax abatements to attract new growth.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:02: A new book about the life of Harriet Tubman explores the abolitionist's multiple triumphs.

Harriet Tubman's sacrifice and determination was not widely recognized until after her death. Erica Armstrong Dunbar's latest book celebrates the legacy of Tubman by bringing attention to her work on the Underground Railroad, her service in the Civil War, and her activism late in life.

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.