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Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks And Whites In Kansas City

Sam Shockley went to school with the black students who eventually desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. So he was more than familiar with the harshness of racism. When he moved to Kansas City in the 1950s, he experienced a different brand of it. “Here it was more covert,” Shockley says.

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How To Make A Civics Education Stick

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How do you teach kids to be active participants in government? Or to tell the difference between real news and fake news?

In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions. Many of those proposals are rooted in popular ideas about the best ways to teach civics, including when kids should start, what they should learn and how to apply those lessons. Here's a look at some of those concepts.

Seven-year-old Aviana Conyers bounces around the bustling back-to-school aisles of a Walmart Supercenter. She grabs her second-grade supply list from her mother, Andrea.

"Mama, do you have any pencils in your bag?" Aviana asks, eager to cross off items on her second-grade supply list.

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Nearly one-third of the nursing positions at the St. Louis County Jail are vacant, according to the county’s Department of Public Health. Nurses and public-health officials say the pay isn’t sufficient to keep people from leaving.

Nurses from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton on Monday told members of the St. Louis County Council if the county does not pay them more, it’s likely nurse turnover will remain high.

“In the past month, we’ve lost four longtime employees to [hospital group] SSM,” said corrections nurse Lisa Wellman, who has been working at the jail for seven years. "And their pay-and-benefits package far exceeds what we have.”

A former Leavenworth, Kansas police officer has been indicted in the fatal shooting of a man last year, the county prosecutor announced on Monday.

Matthew Harrington, 25, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 47-year-old Antonio Garcia, Jr.. Harrington shot Garcia last year while responding to a domestic dispute call. Harrington was fired in January for violating the police department’s use of deadly force policy. 

Mayor Sly James is ready to fight for a 3/8-cent sales tax to improve access to quality preschool in Kansas City.

“Only 35 percent of the kids in this city are engaged in quality pre-K. We have 40 percent of zip codes in deserts where there is no quality pre-K,” James said Monday on KCUR’s Up To Date.

Nearly 2,000 people signed a petition in support of the pre-K sales tax, but the Kansas City Council has to approve ballot language before it can go to voters. The Finance and Governance Committee is expected to take up the proposal Wednesday.

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Local Organization Hopes to Fuel Social, Legislative Change around Disabilities

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Molly Myers’ job Saturday morning was to greet people.

She stood by a folding table that welcomed visitors to a kickoff celebration for Missouri Disability Empowerment, a new local organization. While Myers is also membership director for the organization, she has another, more important job: She’s a mother.

Kansas City Groups Rethink Drug Recovery for Mothers

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Kansas City health and social service groups are testing a new approach for mothers undergoing drug recovery by keeping families together.

Children's Mercy Hospital neonatologist Jodi Jackson tells KCUR-FM that the birth of a child can be an opportunity for transformation, even for women who've used drugs for years. Jackson says mothers in recovery who can stay with their children are more likely to stay sober. She says it can potentially end generational cycles of substance abuse.

Missouri Battles with North Dakota, Feds Over River Project

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 Attorneys for North Dakota and the federal government are asking an appeals court to reject the state of Missouri's challenge to a massive upstream Missouri River water project.

The $244 million Northwest Area Water Supply project aims to bring river water to 82,000 people in northwestern North Dakota. Missouri worries the project will diminish the river water it needs for drinking, farming and shipping.