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Josh Merchant

Josh Merchant

Josh Merchant is a Fall 2021 intern at The Kansas City Beacon.

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Nearly half of abortions in Kansas are for Missourians. A vote next year could change that

By: - November 22, 2021

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon. Patients who arrive at an abortion clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, have often traveled long distances. Many began their journeys in Missouri, sometimes driving hours to their appointment. “We’ve heard these stories from Missourians and other people in our region for years,” said Emily Wales, […]

For many Kansas City refugees, job options depend on spotty public transportation

By: - October 19, 2021

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon. As a young man in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Solomon Kasongo attended university and had plans to launch a meaningful career, possibly in business. War disrupted those hopes. Kasongo fled his home country and spent more than a decade in a refugee camp in […]