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A news podcast by the Kansas City Star's political and news reporters, including in-depth commentary and analysis. It's a deeper look at news and issues in Kansas and Missouri.


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Recent Episodes

Fallout after U.S. attorney scandal in Kansas. And stem cell industry sells unproven treatments
Barry Grissom faces questions about his tenure as Kansas’ top federal law enforcement official after a federal judge held his former office in contempt. Reporter Steve Vockrodt is here to talk about how the scandal is clouding the Democrat’s Senate campaign. And reporter Andy Marso is here to discuss his reporting surrounding stem cell clinics charging thousands of dollars to treat everything from arthritis to Parkinson’s disease. There’s no scientific proof the treatments work. Dave Helling and Leah Becerra co-host. For further reading: ‘Head in the sand’: Grissom faces fallout from scandal on his watch as U.S. attorney - Peddling unproven treatments, stem cell industry ‘fleeces,’ sometimes harms patients -
Is the economic border war between Kansas and Missouri really over?
Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on Tuesday celebrated an end to the longstanding economic border war and pledged to usher in a new era of cooperation between the two states. Reporter Kevin Hardy joins hosts Dave Helling and Leah Becerra to talk about what this truce means for Kansas, Missouri and the Kansas City area. For further reading: ‘Sometimes common sense does prevail.’ Missouri, Kansas celebrate end of border war - Port KC plans to ‘get in line’ with Kansas-Missouri border war ceasefire - Kansas City companies rush to cash in before border war tax breaks disappear - Fewer than half of USDA workers will follow agency to Kansas City -
How does Kansas City put a stop to gun violence and shootings?
After a week of violence in Kansas City that left six dead, residents and city leaders are discussing ideas to curb gun violence. Reporters Kaitlyn Schwers and Luke Nozicka covered a recent high-profile shooting at Crossroads' First Fridays and here to talk about what the mayor and other city leaders may do to confront the issue. Leah Becerra and Dave Helling co-host. For further reading: Woman shot and killed at First Fridays identified as daughter of Leawood pastor - ‘Stop hiding’: KC mother begs witnesses for help finding her son’s killer - ‘We live it’: In Kansas City, local leaders suggest answers to gun violence problem - List of Kansas City area homicides in 2019 - 185746
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Feb 26th, 2016
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Aug 14th, 2019
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