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Seg. 1: Kansas Gov. Kelly | Seg. 2: Olathe Coronavirus Response | Seg. 3: Personal Finance Questions

Nomin Ujiyediin
Kansas News Service
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, shown here in January 2019, made her state the first in the country to discontinue in-person classes for the remainder of the academic year.

Segment 1: Adapting Kansas counties, businesses, schools and employees to coronavirus

Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a series of executive orders aimed at safeguarding the health of Kansans during the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked her about criticism that the measures went too far, and whether she’s considering a statewide stay-at-home order.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:15: Officials in the Johnson County, Kansas, seat are working to connect residents to available resources.

County health departments are taking the lead in Kansas' response to the coronavirus pandemic, and elected officials in Olathe are focused on being their effective supporting players. That includes getting the word out to diverse communities about the dangers posed by COVID-19, and the resources available to people taking a hit because of it.

  • Tim Danneberg, director of communications and customer services, Olathe, Kansas

Segment 3, beginning at 32:10: Pandemic gives rise to unique personal finance questions

Everybody thinks about money, but maybe not as often as we think about it during a national emergency. One issue these days is whether to keep more cash on hand. Another is whether it makes sense to take out loans to pay the mortgage or the rent — or to keep the lights on. We put those questions and more to financial specialists.

KCUR wants to hear stories of what’s helping you get through these tough times.

Have you experienced a random act of kindness? Do you have a personal ritual, book, song or movie that’s helping you through these days? Leave us a voicemail at 816-398-8207, and include your brief story, full name, and where you live‬. You can also email a brief voice memo to KCUR producer Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie@kcur.org.

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