Dan Verbeck

Reporter

Dan has covered Kansas City area news since 1974. He began a career in journalism more than 40 years ago in Chicago’s suburbs. The switch from newspaper to radio came during two years in the U. S. Army, and by 1968 he was firmly convinced that radio was his medium. He has covered breaking news, blizzards, tornadoes & floods. The Federal District Court was his daily beat for years. He was one of the few radio reporters able to continue broadcasting during Hurricane Katrina and it’s immediate aftermath. He concedes KCUR is one of his passions. Dan has been honored by the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association, The Associated Press and United Press International. He is inducted into the hall of fame of the Kansas City Media Professionals. When not covering news, Dan is partial to reading American history and tinkering with an old tractor. His wife Sylvia is his best critic. They have two daughters and a son.

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KCUR News
9:05 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Asian Massage Parlor Scheme Revealed

Kansas City, MO – Western Union wire services carried more than a third of a million dollars between metro Kansas City and China in 2005 and 2006.

They were common transactions from an uncommon source. The proceeds came from massage parlors. Within the last week, the entire operation has been laid-bare and settled in court. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has a deeper look at the story.

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KCUR News
9:06 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Kansas Offers $230 Million In Incentives For Soccer And Office Park

Kansas City, MO – A new Wizards soccer stadium and Cerner Corporation office park is closer to becoming reality with an offer from the Kansas Commerce Secretary. It adds up to nearly $230 million in incentives.

Five weeks ago the Unified Government of Wyandotte County asked for $155 million in help from the STAR Bond program. The offer yesterday is ten million dollars short of that but includes $85 million in cash incentives and state tax credits.

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KCUR News
7:08 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Prostitution Ring Leader Sentenced

Kansas City, MO – A woman avoids what could have been a forty year prison term for her guilty plea to operating a lucrative massage parlor prostitution ring in Johnson County Kansas. The sentencing judge disagreed with the prosecution's characterization of the crime.

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KCUR News
9:26 am
Wed October 14, 2009

More Sentences To Come In Johnson County Prostitution Ring

Kansas city, MO – A Kansas City Federal District Court judge is scheduled to sentence a woman who is described in court records as chief operator of a sizeable prostitution ring, using dozens of women recruited from China.

Investigators say women forced to work in the Olathe and Overland Park massage parlors were under constant surveillance video cams.

They performed from 9 in the morning to 11 at night seven days a week. Many had their identities stolen to prevent their escape. 46 year old Ling Xu will be sentenced Wednesay.

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KCUR News
4:51 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Two Sentenced In Asia-Connected Slave Labor Ring

Kansas City, Mo. – Two Chinese citizens have each been sentenced to five years in U.S. prison for their role in a large prostitution operation in Johnson County Kansas.

According to court documents, dozens of women were recruited from China to work under what are described as slave labor conditions at massage parlors in Overland Park and Olathe. Thirty seven year old Zhong Yan Liu and 23 year old Cheng Tang were ordered to prison.

The men apologized in Kansas City Missouri Federal District Court.

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KCUR News
4:50 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Best Neighbor Top 25 Tags UMKC

Kansas City, Mo. – From a survey of every university, college and junior college in the nation, relatively tiny University of Missouri-Kansas City is ranked fourteenth for its work in the urban community. The survey was drawn by the president of Westfield State College in Massachusetts, Evan Dobelle.

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KCUR News
3:14 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

New Commuter Rail Gambit

Proposal depicts some station stops in new regional plan.

Independence, Missouri – A new metro wide commuter rail plan is unveiled by Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. The price tag is slightly more than a billion dollars.

Sanders calls his concept the most cost effective transit plan in the country. As he envisions it, the system would use existing rail corridors to save money and would cost about $7 million a mile to build.

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KCUR News
1:08 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Best Shot: Late Kansas Soldier's Career Path Set Early

Bob Juden in field where his son honed shooting skills.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Arkansas City, Kansas – Tyler Juden carried a b.b. gun like a little cowboy before he was old enough to go to school. He latched onto firearms at the age of five. His precision and reflexes eventually won him four top marksmanship awards in his home state of Kansas -- and a career as an army sniper.

Twenty-three year old Sergeant Tyler Juden died in Afghanistan last month.

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KCUR News
7:15 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Three Charged In Death Of Kansas Teen

Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney

Kansas City, MO – Three young men are in the Johnson County Kansas jail, charged with robbing, kidnapping and murdering an 18 year old woman from Overland Park. Authorities will not talk about alleged method or motive.

It's not clear where Keighly Ann Alyea was killed. She was last known to be alive in Kansas, her body found Monday, almost exactly a week later, in Cass County Missouri near the tiny town of East Lynn in a farm field.

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KCUR News
2:43 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Auto Jobs Demise Exaggerated, Governor Nixon Says

Governor Jay Nixon meets reporters at Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Claycomo, MO – The Missouri automotive jobs situation is on sound footing, according to a panel drawn together by Governor Jay Nixon. He summarizes the task force conclusions as "poised for growth" and said so at the Ford Claycomo Plant.

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KCUR News
1:39 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Soccer, Cerner Cited By Mayor: 4K Jobs

Proposed site of Wizards Stadium in Village West complex.(click to enlarge)
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Kansas – Kansas City Missouri's apparent loss is Wyandotte county's gain. Negotiations are free to begin between the Unified Government and owners of the Wizards for a soccer stadium at Village West next to Kansas Speedway.

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KCUR News
1:36 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

MAST Makeover Nears Reality

KCUR News
12:31 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Green Zone Builders Boosted By White House

(L to R) Shaun Donovan, HUD Secy, John Porcari, Depty Secy, U.S. Transport. Dept., Alfonso Carrion, Dir., White Hse Office of Urban Affairs.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – The White House is intent on making the Kansas City Green Impact Zone a national model for urban rebirth. Cabinet level attention made it clear what the Obama Administration wants as the stimulus venture is just beginning to take shape. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
12:17 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Northland Congressman Sam Graves Cheered At Health Forum

Kansas City, Mo. – National healthcare legislation was only part of the questions from an audience as Missouri's 6th District congressman Sam Graves held a listening session in Kansas City, North. Displeasure with the current administration, in general, set a distinct tone as the Republican congressman met comfortably with between 300 and 400 men and women. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there.

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KCUR News
2:05 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Protest History Repeats In Health Care Forums

Kansas City, Mo. – In the Kansas City area and beyond, health-care town halls held by Members of Congress have been turned into tirades by people who've found an outlet for fury. Many seem outraged at a system they can't control. It's not an original phenomenon in recent political history. KCUR's Dan Verbeck talked with a Kansas City academic who makes it her job to observe. He shares the conversation.

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KCUR News
4:31 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

General Chides NATO In NATO-Friendly Audience

Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret) at Command and General Staff College
kcur photo by Dan Verbeck

Leavenworth, KS. – A general who once protested Iraq war handling during the Bush administration says the jury is still out on Obama team foreign policy. Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni made his points at Fort Leavenworth to an audience including officers from other countries. He said the premise is good, to internationalize strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Zinni chided NATO allies, countries from which many of the students hailed and the general knew it. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there.

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KCUR News
1:50 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Caught Unaware: Leavenworth Shocked At Gitmo Update

Leavenworth Mayor Shay Baker.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Leavenworth, KS – Leavenworth city leaders say they were shocked at a wire service report putting their community very close to getting Guantanamo detainees. Local tactics are about to change. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was in Leavenworth and filed a report.

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KCUR News
4:45 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

Rule Barring Mayor's Wife Was Wrong

Mayor Mark Funkhouser
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck.

Kansas City, Mo. – After months of being beset from many sides, Kansas City's mayor takes home a win. A Jackson County circuit judge finds the city council was wrong to ban his wife from working in his office. Mark Funkhouser is successful, arguing an ordinance barring his wife and daughter from volunteering in city hall is unconstitutional. Judge Justine Del Muro ruled the ordinance was vague and it's authors were irrational. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
2:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Justice Millions Help Rescue Police

Kansas City, Mo. – A Justice Department grant brings relief to the Kansas City Police Department where budget cuts had left a bleak outlook. The department applied for $8.3 million in economic stimulus money with no assurances it would get it. The grant was heartily received at the police academy. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
11:24 am
Mon July 27, 2009

KCMO Officials Oppose State Control Of Police Department

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and the Kansas City Police governing board are on record opposing giving up state control of the department.

Both Kansas City and St. Louis police departments are controlled by boards appointed by the governor. The St. Louis mayor has been pressing for local control. But not Funkhouser, who told the commission last Friday the department has improved in performance the last decade.

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KCUR News
1:22 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Random Murder Victims An Anomaly: Mayor Adamant

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City's mayor wants to dispel the notion that his is a murderous city. He met with reporters after two women were killed over the weekend in random gunfire, unintended targets. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
8:56 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Deftly Definite: Mayor's School Plan Slammed

Kansas City, Mo. – Superintendents of the 15 school districts that touch or are engulfed by Kansas City have thrown cold water on Mayor Mark Funkhouser's education agenda. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
3:29 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Years, Weather Take Toll: Bridge Down

Sugar Creek, MO – Ten thousand drivers a day will have to find another way to cross the Missouri river until at least mid July. The northbound span of M-291 is considered too dangerous. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there, on the metro's east side, shortly before the 60 year old bridge was closed July 7th.

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KCUR News
10:40 am
Wed June 17, 2009

JoCo Police Consider Eviction Distasteful Work

Johnson County, KS – In an office the public rarely sees at Johnson County Courthouse the papers are neatly packaged and waiting for a deputy's hands.

More of them than anybody would've imagined a few years ago.

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KCUR News
5:58 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Not Just Another Highway Job: Veep Biden In OP

Contractor Bill Clarkson(l) views job site with V.P. Joseph Biden.
kcur photo by Tim Lloyd.

Overland Park, KS – On a small stage, peering down an embankment to U.S. 69 in Overland Park , Vice President Joseph Biden touted economic recovery via highway renovation.

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