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Seg. 1: Rep. Cleaver | Seg. 2: COVID-19 & Missouri Prisons | Seg. 3: Social Relationships Suffer

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Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe said her system has experienced only one inmate death due to COVID-19. It's the only known case among the department's incarcerated population.

Segment 1: With Sanders out of the race, the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination is all but secured.

Loyalty, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said, is very important and it goes a long way in explaining why Missouri's 5th District congressman was an early endorser of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid. Now that Biden's main challenger has dropped out, does he have a chance of winning majorities in Missouri?

Segment 2, beginning at 15:45: How Missouri is caring for its incarcerated population during pandemic

Missouri's Department of Corrections lost its first inmate to COVID-19 this week. Officials said the deceased is the only known case in the prison system, but many adjustments are being made to ensure state facilities aren't a source of community spread of the novel coronavirus.

Segment 3, beginning at 25:55: Loneliness, social interaction and staying in place

Hiding from the novel coronavirus has forced massive change on our ability to interact with others on a daily basis, but it could be an opportunity to learn new methods of communication. We explored the value of replacing face-to-face interactions with digital ones and the dangers inherent in doing so.

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

Whether it’s a random act of kindness or a personal ritual, let us know. Leave a voicemail at 816-398-8207 ‬with your brief story, name, and where you live. You can also email a voice memo to KCUR producer Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie@kcur.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.