Top Of The Morning News: May 20, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Utility crews worked through the night and into the morning to restore electricity to some 77,000 customers in the Kansas City area.  Most Missourians with Hepatitis C don’t know they have the disease, but health officials and groups are working to change that.  After cantaloupe were determined to be responsible for a listeria outbreak, melon growers are making changes to prevent future outbreaks.

Utility Crews Work To Restore Power

Kansas City Power & Light employees worked through the night and early morning hours to restore power to the 77,000 customers who were without power after severe storms and high wind hit the Kansas City area Sunday.  Find out more about the outages here.

Most Missourians With Hepatitis C Unaware

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it.  Find out more about the disease and screenings here.

Cantaloupe Growers Come Cleaner

Two years ago, a cantaloupe farm in Holly, Colorado was responsible for the worst foodborne illness outbreak in decades. The farm’s packing facility sent cantaloupe infected with listeria, a pathogen known for its high mortality rate, across the country. All told after the 2011 outbreak, 33 people died and nearly 150 people were sickened.  Since that time, melon growers in the region have been trying to repair their image and keep an outbreak from happening again.  Find out how here.