Seg. 1: Manifest Destiny And Modern Race Relations. Seg. 2: Turmoil In Jackson County Legislature. | KCUR

Seg. 1: Manifest Destiny And Modern Race Relations. Seg. 2: Turmoil In Jackson County Legislature.

Feb 14, 2018

Segment 1: How a redrawn border influences modern Mexican-American identity

When the U.S.-Mexico border moved at the end of the Mexican-American War, more than 100,000 Mexicans suddenly found themselves living on U.S. territory. Today, we considered how this history, more than 100 years in the making, impacts modern race relations.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:43: Power struggles among Jackson County leadership

Jackson County Executive Frank White opposes an ordinance to transfer control of the COMBAT anti-drug tax from his office to the county prosecutor's.
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While it might seem like the county government doesn't normally do a whole lot, the Jackson County Legislature has a full plate right now. As representatives grapple with how to reform the county jail, officials are squabbling over control. We asked two local journalists to explain why the legislature is so dysfunctional, and whether the infighting is wasting tax dollars.