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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, 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.