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Seg. 1: KCK Mayor David Alvey | Seg. 2: Planned Parenthood In Missouri

Segment 1: The Unified Government's chief executive discusses violent crime, economic development and local elections.

A deadly bar shooting on Central Avenue has added urgency to the push to curb violent crime in Kansas City, Kansas, which Mayor David Alvey reported is approximately 50 officers below the ideal number for the Police Department. The CEO-mayor described how the city and county are approaching that, municipal indentification cards and other civic issues.

Segment 2, beginning 30:40: The fate of Missouri's last legal abortion provider is in the balance.

Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi is expected to decide early next year whether the Show-Me State's last remaining abortion provider can continue to operate. This, after state health officials decided against renewing the clinic's license. We hear the latest on the case.

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.