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
5:11 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

KC Cop Bargainers Ease Union Tensions

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Collective bargainers for Kansas City Police officers have put on hold collection of a controversial special fee from officers who don’t pay dues.

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Cops & Crime
6:14 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Charges Say KCK Mother Tried To Kill Her Daughters

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The Kansas City, Kansas mother of two little girls  is expected in court on Friday to face charges she tried to kill them.

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Cops & Crime
5:13 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Arm Of Kansas City Law May Wear A Federal Badge

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Kansas City’s fledgling “No Violence Alliance” will be getting an assist from an arena generally more feared by criminals than the local “law.”

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Government
12:16 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Holland Takes KCK Mayoral Post

Mark Holland, Mayor Elect of Kansas City, Kansas- Wyandotte County.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Some political insiders thought they saw a close race, but Mark Holland ran up 56 percent of the Wyandotte County vote to become the next Mayor of Unified Government.

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Government
5:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Kansas Prosecutors Given More Time To Prosecute Sex Crimes

  • Prosecutor describes effort to allow child victims more time to seek justice after sex crimes

The Kansas Governor today signed into law a bill that will make it easier to prosecute sex  crimes against children in the state. 

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Government
6:36 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KCK Mayoral Foes Battle By Substance And Style

Ann Murguia and Mark Holland are Wyandotte County voters' choices for mayor.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Wyandotte County voters on Tuesday will decide who holds the reins as Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck has background on two candidates who bring distinctly different approaches to operating the post.

Each serves as a member of the local governing commission, survivors of a spirited primary campaign and election. The candidates appeared to answer questions posed by a panel in a forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Appearing in alphabetical order:

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Cops & Crime
5:07 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Two Are Charged In Murder Of UMKC Student

A bond of half a million dollars is holding each of two men charged today in the murder of a University of Missouri-Kansas City  student at a near-campus house just south of  Country Club Plaza. 

Allegations point to a robbery gone awry.

20-year-old Alonzo Ruff and 21-year-old Anthony Williams were looking for a place to rob March 21st, according to court documents. 

They allegedly picked the house near 49th and Brookside Boulevard because one of the men charged had once smoked marijuana there.

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Religion
6:16 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Computer Seizure At Independence Church Stems From Child Porn Search

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Independence police from a child exploitation task force hauled four computers  out of St. Ann’s Catholic  Church offices yesterday.

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Business & Tech
4:28 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Hydroponic Greenhouse To Grace KC Riverfront

Greenhouse developers brought examples of produce-products to Kansas City City Hall.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

This year the landscape will change dramatically along the banks of the Missouri River just Northeast of Kansas City’s downtown. A hundred thousand square feet of greenhouses are planned for growing produce for a local supermarket chain.

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Weather
5:05 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Heavy, Wet Snow Is Forecast For Kansas City Region Saturday Night Into Sunday

Plows at Kansas City International Airport may reprise this scene to clear runways.
Kansas City Aviation Department

At least four inches of springtime snow will punctuate the Kansas City area weekend. And eight inches of heavy snow will be common in some areas of the metro.

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Cops & Crime
4:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Man, Woman Vanish Into Missouri River Without A Trace

Unforgiving terrain along Missouri River's South bank. Kansas City Firefighters in boats searched in snow-reduced visibility for a man and woman seen jumping from a bridge.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Missouri River swallowed up two people seen jumping from the Kit Bond Bridge at midday.

Traffic was stopped on the span that carries some 100,000 vehicles a day.

Police talked with at least one witness.

Visibility was obscured by snow squalls that whipped the river at the time.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck gave a description from the site where the river search was launched and ended--“this is Riverfront Park, downstream from the Bond Bridge."   

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Cops & Crime
12:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bond Bridge Reopens, Crews Stop Search For Jumpers

The Christopher S. Bond Bridge, Kansas City, Mo.
Theresa L Wysocki Creative Commons

Emergency workers reportedly began searching the Missouri River late Thursday morning after two or possibly three people were seen jumping from the Bond Bridge.

Update 1:32 p.m. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports that the abandoned pickup found on the bridge has been towed. Rescue boats have been removed from the scene, and no rescue was performed. The focus for now will turn to identifying the truck's owners.

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Headlines
8:11 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 14, 2015

Kansas City Fire Department

KCFD is changing its gas leaks policy, and a proposed one-cent sales tax to fund transportation advanced in the Missouri Senate.

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Plaza Fire
10:05 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Fire Department Releases Report On JJ's Explosion

Elana Gordon KCUR

JJ’s restaurant was leveled by an unintentional explosion that probably was ignited by pilot lights in the kitchen, thanks to the nick in the natural gas line outside the building, according to a report released by the Kansas City Fire Department on Wednesday.

 

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Headlines
9:52 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 14, 2013

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Kansas City Fire Department released a report on the explosion that happened at JJ's restaurant in February, and Missouri launched a new campaign to discourage meth "smurfing." These stories & more from KCUR.

Explosion Probe Incomplete

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Headlines
9:47 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Top Of The Morning News : March 13, 2013

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senate Passes Tax Overhaul

Over objections from Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Senate has passed a tax overhaul that would cut income taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars annually for residents and businesses. It would also boost sales taxes.

The legislation is promoted by supporters as the most dramatic change to Missouri’s tax policies in decades. It’s prompted by a desire to compete with sweeping income tax cuts in Kansas.

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Government
3:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Kansas City Kansas Mayor Has Texting 'Fun' In Annual Address

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO  Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became  audience-interactive.

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Cops & Crime
6:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Security Questioned In Multi-Shooting Aftermath

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The amount of security has come into question surrounding a multiple shooting at a private dance Saturday night in Kansas City.

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Government
5:26 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Including Power Utilities In Command Center Boosted Snowstorm Fight-ability

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Some of the first aftermath data from two major and back-to-back winter snow storms is filtering out of Kansas City city hall.  Adding two agencies to the Emergency Operations Center was counted as a positive to the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee of the Council.

Those private or quasi-private operations served public transit and distribution of electrical power.

The Ops nerve center stayed open 24 hours in the storm of February 21, another 30 hours during  last week’s heavy, wet snow.  

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KC Currents
5:09 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Preventing Roof Collapses

The heavy snow last week caused several roof collapses around the Kansas City area. And several more buildings were evacuated for fear of a collapse, including a Macy’s in Overland Park.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck sat down with Overland Park Code Administrator, Tim Ryan, to find out more about addressing and preventing roof collapses.

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Education
5:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Kansas School Funding Boost Put On Hold By State High Court

The Kansas Supreme Court today has put on hold a decision from a district court that ordered Kansas lawmakers to hike spending on public schools.

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Government
6:06 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Cash For Liquor Consent Sent Packing In Kansas City

Councilwoman Melba Curls said Kansas City need more groceries, less liquor stores.

Acting on complaints that the operator of a center-city convenience store was paying residents for permission to get a liquor license, the Kansas City Council has banned the practice.

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Weather
4:59 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Roof Snow Pack Forces Macy's Evacuation, Close In Overland Park

Snow heavy enough to do this to a Kansas City apple tree was magnified thousands of times on store roof before evacuation.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Macy’s store at Metcalf South Shopping Center will stay closed for repair after emergency evacuation today.

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Weather
5:44 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Power Outages Reduced From Kansas City Region Snow Storm

Robin Cross KCUR

Kansas City area residents have fought their way out of a second major snowstorm in less than a week. Some areas got upwards of a foot of new snow.

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Weather
4:55 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Power Loss Plagues Parts Of KC Region After 13-Inch Snowfall

Frank Morris KCUR

This snowstorm brought the added burden of power outages, so wet and heavy it tore down trees and lines. There was a heavier snow on the south side of the metro.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Snow Update: Power Still Out For Many

Matthew Long-Middleton KCUR

"Snowpocalypse 2" brought upwards of a foot of snow to some parts of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The storm shut down schools and businesses, and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

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Weather
8:10 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Power Outages Add To Winter Storm Suffering

KCP&L power outage map as of 2:25pm Tuesday.

An onslaught of winds and continued heavy snowfall  are dropping power lines indiscriminately around the Kansas City metro region.

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Weather
6:29 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Wet Snow, Winds Lash Kansas City Region

Downed limb in the Troostwood neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.
Frank Morris KCUR

A heavy, wet snow continues falling over metro Kansas City with steady winds strong enough to threaten power outages.

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Cops & Crime
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Contractor Dug Without Permission Before Deadly Blast

The site of JJ's after last week's deadly explosion.
Elana Gordon KCUR

A trenching contractor that purportedly cut a gas line before last week’s deadly Country Club Plaza explosion had not been allowed to dig in the area.

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Government
10:53 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Wyandotte Mayor Candidates Debate Blight, Bureaucracy And Windfall Funds

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On Tuesday, voters in Wyandotte County will narrow the field of candidates for the Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.  The number running will be reduced from five to two, going into the April general election.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck reports on candidates’ backgrounds and issue-positions that have appeared since the campaign began in earnest only a month ago.

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