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Carnahan Crash 20th Anniversary | Personal Finance Uncertainty

Segment 1, beginning at 4:37: 20 years ago a tragedy killed Missouri's governor, and changed Missouri politics forever.

In October 2000, a plane carrying Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son Randy and aide Chris Sifford crashed in eastern Missouri. All three died, just weeks before Election Day, but Gov. Carnahan was still elected posthumously to the U.S. Senate. His widow, Jean Carnahan, served in his place.

  • Roy Temple, former chief of staff to Gov. Mel Carnahan
  • Scott Charton, former Missouri Statehouse correspondent for the Associated Press


Segment 2, beginning at 28:43: Buckle up for election night, says one of our Smart Money Experts.

Contested elections, like the one between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000, can have unpredictable affects on personal investments. Our Smart Money Experts say that, even though there's a lot of uncertainty, there are still ways to prepare.

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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.
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.