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

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

    Kansas City declares a COVID-19 coronavirus emergency. What's next?

    Kansas City declares a COVID-19 coronavirus emergency. What's next?

    Star reporters Katie Bernard and Eric Adler have been covering the coronavirus outbreak and what it means to the Kansas City area. University classes in person are canceled; NCAA basketball will be played without spectators and Mayor Quinton Lucas has declared an unprecedented state of emergency. Will these measures stave off a disaster - or is it all overreaction?
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    • 29 min
    Joe Biden makes up lost ground. What lies ahead for Bernie Sanders?

    Joe Biden makes up lost ground. What lies ahead for Bernie Sanders?

    On today's Deep Background podcast, Colleen McCain Nelson and Melinda Henneberger join their Star Editorial Board colleagues Dave Helling and Derek Donovan to discuss the wild ride of this year's Democratic primaries. Just a few weeks ago, pundits were ready to write off Joe Biden's bid for the White House. But now that the field is down to two contenders, will Democrats rally behind the candidate they think is the best chance to unseat President Donald Trump?
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    • 31 min
    Being a Kansas City police officer is a tough job. Body cameras might just help

    Being a Kansas City police officer is a tough job. Body cameras might just help

    There's always much discussion of the Kansas City Police Department's budget. The topic of body cameras is on the agenda yet again. But several mitigating factors - especially the fact that the city doesn't have local control over the department - continue to stand in the way. Toriano Porter joins his editorial board colleagues Dave Helling and Derek Donovan to talk about these and other police-related topics on this week's Deep Background podcast.
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    • 31 min
    Quinton Lucas’ first KC budget and Cerner’s unhappy neighbors

    Quinton Lucas’ first KC budget and Cerner’s unhappy neighbors

    Did Kansas Citians get any big surprises from Quinton Lucas’ first budget as mayor? The Star’s City Hall reporter Allison Kite joins Dave Helling and Derek Donovan of the editorial board to talk about it. Also, development writer Kevin Hardy joins the podcast to talk about Cerner Corp. and its apparently stalled plans to develop retail near its huge Innovations campus along Bannister Road.
    Read the stories we discuss:
    ‘Only a beginning’: Mayor Quinton Lucas promises equity in first State of the City
    What’s next for Cerner’s Bannister development after standstill with Kansas City?
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    • 30 min
    Chiefs parade, Shawnee Mission teachers and Overland Park incentives

    Chiefs parade, Shawnee Mission teachers and Overland Park incentives

    On the Deep Background podcast, Johnson County reporter Sarah Ritter joins Dave Helling and Derek Donovan of the editorial board to talk about the Shawnee Mission School District’s recent decision to impose a three-year contract on teachers. Will Kansas’ arguments about school funding ever end? Also, they talk about the debate in Overland Park about tax incentives to promote private businesses to investment in the community. Are they the right mechanism to keep the city growing?
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    • 34 min
    Kansas Republicans head to their state convention. What's the state of their candidates?

    Kansas Republicans head to their state convention. What's the state of their candidates?

    With Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts retiring, there are three candidates with name recognition vying for his seat: U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, state Senate President Susan Wagle, and Kris Kobach, who lost the race for governor to Laura Kelly in 2018. Also, three new faces seek to unseat Sharice Davids in the 3rd District for the U.S. House. Will Kansas Republicans come together? Michael Ryan joins Dave Helling and Derek Donovan to talk about it.
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    • 35 min

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