The one with some forward progress

Jason and Nick held the show back a day this week as they awaiting a decision from the Lee's Summit R-7 Board of Education on the district's equity plan. The duo takes a look at the vote and what that means going forward.

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This is Esian Henderson

Today he celebrates his 34th birthday. He's a former professional basketball, a real estate professional and a coach, partnering with Nike for his Kansas City area youth basketball camps. This is Esian Henderson.

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Budgets and mediation

The City's budget for the next year has been approved and Jason & Nick discuss what the LS R-7's School District's new plan for mediation between the Board of Education and the Superintendent means for its equity plan.

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Monday NewsLink

The news, happenings and events from around Lee's Summit — your Monday NewsLink is here.

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Friday conversation: Ryan Waters and Aaron Simpson

Nick sits down with Lee's Summit residents and local business owners Ryan Waters (Shredd KC) and Aaron Simpson (Anytime Fitness) to talk about their personal missions to change people's lives through healthy living.

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Equity and the LSR7 Board — Where do we go from here?

Much like the topic they were discussing (or maybe you think the word should be avoiding), last week's Lee's Summit R-7 School District Board of Education meeting was at times both difficult and awkward. Let's face it, there was a lot to unpack there. Nick and Jason attempt to break it down and ponder whether some board members' opposition actually display a reason for more conversation on bias and equity.

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Friday Conversation: Community group looks to change conversation surrounding LSR7 achievement gap

Nick and Jason sit down with Corey McDonald and Ron Freeman, of the Community Solutions Focus Group. The group, believing public conversations surrounding the LS R-7 School District's equity plan have had too much emphasis on race, is looking to change the narrative. This is the first in a series of conversations with and about various community groups looking to influence district decision making.

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Our next ballot issue and more conversation on the LSR7 equity plan

Jason and Nick take a look at the City Council's decision to place a bond issue on the August ballot before taking a look at the LS R-7 School District's equity plan and the recommendation to the board on hiring an equity consultant.

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They've got talent yes they do; They've got talent how 'bout you...

The annual Got Talent competition benefitting Lee's Summit CARES is just a few weeks away. Executive Director Rachel Segobia and 2018 award winner Kennedy Newell join Nick for a Friday conversation on the popular event. Tickets are available at http://www.lstalent.com

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Friday conversation: Celebrating cancer-free and asking 'what's next?'

In a surreal moment, Nick interviews his own wife, Stephanie Parker, to talk about celebrating her 5-year cancer free anniversary and the special event she’s planned to raise awareness and increase early detection. The Live Next cancer awareness event, is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Bridge Space in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Monday NewsLink: Benefits, events and R-7 Board candidates highlight the news

Your Monday morning NewsLink: Benefit trivia nights for Pro Deo Youth Center and Lee’s Summit Historical Society are coming up; Velocity LS is talking about setting goals; McAlister’s is helping Summit Theatre Group and the R-7 Board of Education ballot is set for April 2.

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An entrepreneurial dream takes flight

We're a day late with this week's episode. But we have a good reason. We wanted to record live from a cool new development in town. Wednesday night, Jason and Nick attended the launch party for the new Bridge Space Lee's Summit. The downtown-based entrepreneurial hub and coworking space has been the dream of local business owner Ben Rao for several years. This week, the dream became reality. During the party, the duo grabbed Ben, and some of the guests (including Mayor Bill Baird), to talk about the space and what it could mean for the continued growth of the city.

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A light week

This is a light week as we head into the Labor Day weekend. But before we all take advantage of the extra day off, Jason and Nick take a look at one of the discussions from last week's City Council meeting before filling you in on some upcoming local events.

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