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Seg. 1: Clay County Controversy | Seg. 2: Holiday Jazz Music

Segment 1: Reporters unravel the dysfunction that plagues government in one Missouri county.

Clay County, Missouri, residents want answers as to how their commissioners are making decisions. The county is currently embroiled in legal wrangling with the state auditor and the county sheriff, and citizens are complaining their voices are not being heard. Journalists covering the situation say they've "never seen a series of actions quite like this."

  • Aviva Okeson-Haberman, Missouri politics reporter for KCUR 89.3
  • Matt Flener, anchor and investigative reporter for KMBC 9 News

Segment 2, beginning at 24:59: Little-known holiday songs to the tune of jazz.

Some genres of music don't necessarily blend well with Christmas, but writer Marc Myers says jazz lends itself well to holiday tunes. He shared holiday songs a bit off the beaten track that have been given a jazz interpretation.

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.