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Termination Of Parental Rights In Missouri | Best Outdoor Dining

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: When it comes to whether the Missouri Department of Social Services will terminate parental rights, there are things that seem to work systematically against you — being a person of color, being an immigrant or being poor.

In the case of Samantha Mungai, the issues of racial justice, immigration law, economic inequity and an overburdened child welfare system combined to create what turned out to be insurmountable obstacles for the single mother.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:34: If you've been cooped up with your own cooking for too long, outdoor dining at a restaurant sounds great. When it comes to where to go, the Food Critics have a slew of patio suggestions.

This weekend is shaping up to be perfect for al fresco dining or just sitting out and enjoying a drink. From enchiladas at Teocali to cocktails at Va Bene you can skip the food prep, put on something besides sweats and enjoy what area eateries have to offer with pandemic precautions in place.

The Centers for Disease Control offers guidelines and best practices if you're considering visiting a bar or restaurant.

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Brian Ellison is substitute host of Central Standard and Up To Date and has served in a variety of roles at KCUR since 2008. He has been acting producer and associate producer of Up To Date and was acting producer of The Walt Bodine Show. A member of the Religion Newswriters Association, he also contributes occasionally to KCUR news coverage. Even before joining the KCUR staff, he was a producer and frequent guest on Up To Date's "Religion Roundtable," as well as a committed listener and volunteer.
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.