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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Government
2:42 am
Wed October 1, 2008

McCain Cautions: Senate Bailout Bill A Must

Supporters anxious to see and hear John McCain at the Truman Library auditorium.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Independence, MO – John McCain invoked the spirit of Harry Truman at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence Missouri. He spoke on the economy and appeared to leave flex room on his earlier call for a one year federal spending freeze.

 

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KCUR News
10:54 am
Tue September 30, 2008

Chamber Steps Aboard Transit Campaign Train

C of C Transit Committee Chair E. Frank Ellis details backing for light rail tax.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – The clout of organized business has come in on the side of the Kansas City light rail transit tax on the November ballot. The sales tax for startup rain is now endorsed by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

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KCUR News
5:13 am
Tue September 30, 2008

Saving Wall Street: It's All In The Name

TOP, L to R. U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer ( D, Md), Dennis Moore (D, Ks) Bottom, Nick Jordan(R, Ks. Senate)
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

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Government
5:10 am
Fri September 26, 2008

Where Did That Lead Go? Pres Hopefuls Inch Closer

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KCUR News
10:32 am
Thu September 25, 2008

Citadel Will Rise Renewed

Kansas City, Mo. – Waiting for the first shovelful of dirt to turn! The Kansas City City Council gives a long-awaited break to blighted parts of midtown, and an aging shopping center in the Northland.

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KCUR News
4:52 am
Wed September 24, 2008

Will Citadel-Antioch Languish? Council To Vote

Kansas City, Mo. – Gains are closer to overcoming risks and votes are stacking up in favor of redeveloping two aging shopping centers. The Kansas City council is to vote Thursday.

Citadel Plaza at 63rd and Prospect project is worth $90 million, Antioch center in the Northland,72 million dollars. After more than five years verbal battling, both get a nod from the council's Finance and Audit committee.

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KCUR News
5:11 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Labor's Sweeney Thunders At Right, McCain

Riverside, Mo. – Labeling Senator John McCain a primary architect of failures in the economy, the president of the AFL-CIO let off a fusillade against Republicans at the Missouri labor consortium's convention in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside, Mo.

The head of the nation's largest labor organization bluntly spoke of what he called the crackpot right wing of the party leveraging failures on wall street, placing the GOP presidential candidate squarely in their midst. As John Sweeney put it,

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KCUR News
3:36 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Ewing Kauffman Legacy Leaves Relief For Non-Profits

Kansas City, Mo. – Awarding two and three-quarter million dollars in grants the Kauffman Foundation packed a meeting room with winners and well wishers. They were all adults. Except for one teenage boy.

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Government
4:01 am
Fri September 19, 2008

Former Secretary of State Campaigns in KC for Obama

Kansas City, MO – On Thursday, Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeline Albright told a Kansas City audience the nation needs to shore-up relations with world powers that include India, Pakistan and Russia.

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KCUR News
10:56 am
Wed September 17, 2008

Money Moves The Message: Rail Campaign Seeks Funds

Kansas City civic and political leaders prepare to start rail campaign
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – A vote on Kansas City light rail is less than two months away, but the campaign for it begins far short of its funding goal.

The mood was semi festive but serious at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport as political and civic boosters launched the campaign for the three eighths cent sales tax for startup light rail.

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KCUR News
5:19 am
Tue September 16, 2008

Groundbreaking For New Arena In Independence

Kansas City, MO – The heavy machinery has already been on site, but Tuesday the formal groundbreaking took place on the new arena in eastern Independence.

Its primary tenant will be a minor league hockey team from the Central Hockey League. But Mayor Don Reimel of Independence says, as a multi-purpose facility, it will also have "entertainment by the stars that are on their way up and stars on their way down. They all have a cycle (laughter). Kind of like elected officials (more laughter)."

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KCUR News
5:10 am
Tue September 16, 2008

State Officials Tighten Security At Polls In November

Kansas City, MO – Voter confidence is prime and the Missouri Secretary of State issued orders Tuesday to hike security at the polls in November. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has more of the story.

Certain voting equipment is being double checked for accuracy. More than ever before.

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KCUR News
4:21 am
Mon September 15, 2008

Call It A Mini-Enron: Record-Setting Case Snares Pasta Maker

Federal prosecutor John Wood outlines criminal accounting tactics in case against nation's largest pasta maker.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – It is the biggest white collar crime of it's kind in western Missouri- federal court history. Two former executives of the nation's largest pasta maker are charged with, and plead guilty to, bilking investors of untold millions.

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Government
9:14 am
Tue September 9, 2008

McCain-Palin Ticket Visits Lee's Summit

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City area has had its first "live" look and listen experience of the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket. Between 5 and 6 thousand people packed into and around a pavilion at John Knox Retirement Village in Lee's Summit yesterday. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there.

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Cops & Crime
4:41 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Fines In Crane Collapse: Violations Termed 'Serious'

Kansas City, Mo. – A construction crane company has fifteen working days to protest a $14 thousand fine levied by Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a deadly collapse near Weston, Missouri.

The federal agency cites Maxim Crane of Bridgeville, Pa.

A boom for the 800 ton crane fell May 23rd at the Iatan Power Plant. Terry Stimpson of Peculiar Missouri was killed on the ground. Three others were hurt. Dan Corcoran speaks for OSHA describing what he terms as two serious violations:

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Government
5:20 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Overflow Crowd Greets McCain And Palin In Lee's Summit

Lee's Summit, MO – In Lees Summit, the auditorium of John Knox Retirement Village wasn't big enough to hold the crowd intent on seeing GOP Presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate Governor Sarah Palin. It's no accident this state is an early stop on the final run for the White House.

"Thank you, Missouri. Thank you so much for being here," said McCain. "This state, we must win and we will, in order to win the presidency of the United States. And your enthusiasm, and your turnout today, I'm so encouraged by it."

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Government
5:10 am
Mon September 8, 2008

McCain And Palin Deliver Message To Lee's Summit

Kansas City, MO – Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin brought the presidential race to Kansas City this morning with a rally in Lee's Summit. And by all appearances the messages delivered were the messages desired.

As many as 5,000 people overfilled a John Knox Village auditorium in Lee's Summit. Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was as much of interest as was the senator and energy was high on the topic list.

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Government
11:12 pm
Thu September 4, 2008

Kansas Young Republicans Mobilize

Johnson County (Ks) Young Republicans Jennifer Estes (l) and Stephanie Sawyer Clayton prepare to watch acceptance speech of Sen. John McCain.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Members of the Young Republicans organization of Johnson County, Kansas greeted the nomination of Senator John McCain as head of the party's national presidential ticket with businesslike fervor.

Some three dozen men and women, ages 18 to 40, met at a Shawnee restaurant banquet room and were stuffing campaign envelopes for a state senate candidate before turning attention to the big screen broadcast from Minnesota.

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Government
9:23 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Former GOP Chair Looks Back To 1996 Convention

Woody Cozad, attorney and former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party
photo: courtesy of KCPT

Kansas City, MO – It was 1996 when Republicans convened at the convention in San Diego to nominate the favorite son of Kansas, Senator Bob Dole. John "Woody" Cozad led Missouri Republicans at that convention. KCUR's Dan Verbeck talked with him about the current convention and has an account.

The Platte County conservative chaired the state party from late 1995 to early '99. San Diego was his first and last convention.

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Government
11:49 pm
Tue September 2, 2008

Kansas City Delegate Misses Tension Of Previous GOP Conventions

Kansas City, MO – Thirty-two years after taking a local host role at a GOP convention, Kansas Citian Jim Chappel is a voting delegate at the Republican national nominating process in St. Paul.

The 65-year old Northland restauranteur misses the vibrancy of that 1976 Kansas City convention when there was a fight for a nominee. Gerald Ford stayed at the Westin, Ronald Reagan at the then-Alameda hotel. It was a back and forth back battleground of words and tactics until Ford got the nod.

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Cops & Crime
3:23 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Miles In Millions Mean Meager Payback For Police

K.C. Police Colonel Cy Ritter wrestles budget, expecting black ink to win.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

If you blanch at the state of the economy, put yourself in the shoes of budget-handlers of the Kansas City police department. At a recent Board of Commissioners meeting , members did not seem to be too disturbed. The deficit is $5.6 million. A good portion is from gasoline prices. Deputy Chief Cy Ritter tells KCUR reimbursement from the city is three dollars a gallon when more than $3.60 has been common. In Colonel Ritter's words:

"It's going to cost us about $885,000 additional dollars. And that's what we're going to ask the city for."

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Education
4:18 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Diplomas Related To Prison Relief

Ks A.G. Steven Six (R) asks early childhood ed funding as par of crime fighting. Ellen Hansen, Lenexa police chief (Far Left)
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

A high school diploma is like a roadmap away from jail.

Kansas' attorney general joined lawmen from some of Kansas City's largest suburban cities to issue a report card even as the school year is just beginning.

Sleeves rolled to the elbow, Attorney General Steven Six leaned into a podium at Kansas City police headquarters, saying:

"More than forty percent of area children drop out of high school. Nearly seventy percent of prison inmates don't have diplomas. The answer is early education."

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Cops & Crime
4:51 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Clergy Sex Abuse Is Measured; Arbitrator Calculates

attorneys recess from child sex abuse arbitrations. Stanley Spero (L), Concord, MA and Rebecca Randles. KC, MO (R)
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

A contract is sealed between 47 men and women and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese. Bishop Robert Finn admits plaintiffs suffered sexual abuse when they were young boys or girls over a period that spanned five decades.

Outside Crown Center District law offices, where arbitrations are deciding how $10 million in church funds will be divided among the 47, lawyers say the atmosphere inside is so charged nearly everyone has been weeping.

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Cops & Crime
4:03 am
Wed August 20, 2008

$10 Million Settlement In Clergy Sex Abuse Case

Attorneys Stanley Spero and Rebecca Randles outline the tentative settlement.
Dan Verbeck, KCUR News

A tentative settlement has been reached between 47 men and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic diocese. Lawyers for plaintiffs say the diocese will pay $10 million. And money is not the key.

After months of negotiations the settlement began taking form late yesterday. Some of the charges date back four and five decades. Plaintiffs' attorney Patrick Noaker says the chief goal was reform.

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Cops & Crime
12:44 am
Wed August 20, 2008

Bishop Apologizes For Clergy Sex Abuse

Robert W. Finn, Bishop of KC-St Joseph Diocese with reporters at chancery offices.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

During a hastily called meeting with reporters, the Catholic bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese says it happened, it shouldn't have and he's making amends.

Bishop Robert Finn acknowledges the $10 million settlement of lawsuits against a dozen present and former clergy accused of sexual abuse. Forty-seven people, most of whom were boys and girls at the time, filed suit in Jackson County Missouri Circuit Court claiming abuse beginning as far back as fifty years. The diocese was accused of negligence. Now all are settled.

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Government
4:59 am
Tue August 19, 2008

Halfway Passage Is No Pass At All: Full Thrust Ahead For Black Heritage Tax

Will Missouri State lawmakers listen to tax innovation? Kansas City supporters of a sales-tax-free district will learn next year, now that Jackson County legislators have joined Kansas City Council counterparts signing off on the growth stimulus effort.

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Business & Tech
6:03 am
Mon August 18, 2008

American Meets City Hall: Job Cuts Uncertain

American Airlines will keep some form of an overhaul base at KCI into the near future. The mayor and a top airline vice president say so after a 90-minute city hall meeting.

Financially wounded American Air will honor its million-dollar-a-year lease with the city, which owns the base. The contract calls for keeping 700 jobs there. However, neither side will address whether the jobs requirement is still intact in the 25-year contract term.

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Government
3:46 am
Fri August 15, 2008

Missouri Factory Is Focus For Obama Camp

Claycomo, MO – A Democratic Senator from Michigan takes the Barack Obama message to autoworkers in the Kansas City Northland.

Senator Debbie Stabenow says many workers see the current administration as racing to the bottom:
loss of jobs, pensions, healthcare; And they want to race to the top, with free trade and investing in education.

She sees Senator John McCain in the "bottom race." At the Claycomo Ford Plant, Stabenow has this take on fuel efficient cars:

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Cops & Crime
4:17 am
Thu August 14, 2008

No Longer In Vogue Among Suburbanites: Meth

State law enforcers in Kansas are puzzled over a rise in incidence of methamphetamine labs, while it's completely different in suburban Johnson County.

First seven months of the year, as many meth cookers have been found as in all of 2007 across the state. Ninety Seven. Johnson County? Not a one. In all of last year there was just one. And that was a dumping of chemicals or equipment. Sheriff's Deputy Tom Erickson says this to KCUR,

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Business & Tech
7:35 am
Wed August 13, 2008

First Two Casino Pitches Lobbed: Some Gamble

Pinnacle Entertainment's unnamed casino proposal links a family entertainment venue to it's gambling venture.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Four casino corporations are trying to take as much gamble' as they can, out of a venture ultimately worth billions of dollars in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

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