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Operation LeGend Update | Olathe Teacher Tracks Pandemic | High School Sports Proceed

Segment 1, beginning at 4:10: Operation LeGend has made 355 total arrests with 33 connected to homicide cases and 122 firearms confiscated since July.

A recent editorial from The Kansas City Star raised concerns about the efficacy of Operation LeGend. Tim Garrison, the United States attorney who is helping oversee the task force, disputes claims that Operation LeGend's success has been overstated. The Kansas City Police Department has been publishing violent crimes statistics since the operation started noted Garrison adding, "That transparency should give the public confidence that what we're reporting is true."

Segment 2, beginning at 22:33: One motivated educator accurately tracked COVID-19 outbreaks in schools around the nation.

Alisha Morris was shocked to learn that no one was tracking COVID-19 cases in schools around the country. So she went about finding reported cases and the database Morris created now became the basis for a new COVID-19 tracker now maintained by the National Education Association where submissions can continue to be made anonymously.

Segment 3, beginning at 36:54: Twenty-seven high schools in Missouri have approved fall sports.

Even with an ongoing pandemic, the Kansas City Greater Suburban Conference voted unanimously to go ahead with fall sports and activities for its member schools. While measures are being implemented to keep the students safe, Dr. Allan Markley acknowledges there is risk involved with the decision.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Chris Young