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Anti-Trans Legislation Nationwide | Worsening Allergy Seasons

Segment 1 beginning at 1:00: 2021 is seeing a record amount of anti-transgender legislation introduced by state lawmakers across the country.

Kansas State Representative Stephanie Byers reasons that it is a confluence of factors including rallying behind partisan platforms and fear-mongering. Byers describes it as "a consistent, constant bullying attack on the LGBTQ community." Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill in Kansas which would ban transgender athletes from competing in women's sports, while in Missouri a similar bill is alive in the House of Representatives.


Segment 2, beginning at 26:39: Why each allergy season seems to be worse than the one before.

According to Dr. Marissa Love "the pollen counts have been increasing over time," making symptoms more severe for seasonal allergies sufferers. Explanations for the increase range from more rainfall and warmer growing seasons to "super-pollen" which can be more resistant to environmental factors.

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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.
Chris Young