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.

Pages

Headlines
9:27 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 21, 2012

A array of illegal guns, such as these, have been seized by Kansas City Police. The City Council joins the Mayor seeking tougher gun controls for some weapons.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Thursday morning's snowstorm disrupted flights, schools and power, but by Friday Kansas City is getting back on track. That & more news from KCUR.

Read more
Government
9:45 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Topic Of Mayors' Letter: Gun Violence

The gun that was used in the Newtown, Conn. shootings.
Wikipedia Commmons

Kansas City Mayor Sly James is among the latest to sign a letter being sent the President and Congress. The subject: gun and ammunition control.

Read more
Weather
9:35 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Gusting Winds Cause Difficulties For Drivers

Driver off the side of I-70.
Bill Anderson KCUR

Wind speed was one of the chief concerns Thursday morning as the first real snow of the season pummeled parts of the region.

Read more
Headlines
8:53 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 18, 2012

Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon of Missouri
courtesy of governor.mo.gov

Governor Jay Nixon says his administration may seek legislation to protect school children. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says greater gun control is not the answer. Those stories and more from KCUR News.

Read more
Government
4:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Blunt Says No To Gun Control, Blames Fed Health Programs

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt lent a hand for charity while most questions posed to him were about gun violence.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says badly administered mental health programs should be fixed as a remedy, rather than blame guns, for violence like the Connecticut school killings.

Read more
Education
9:32 am
Mon December 17, 2012

KU Lobbies To Save Research Grants

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Amid negotiations in Washington to year end avoid budget cuts and tax hikes, universities are lobbying against grant reductions.

Read more
Cops & Crime
4:11 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

After Conn. Shooting, Some Police Step Up Presence Near Schools

bigstock.com

Though the tragic shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school occurred far from the Kansas City area, Overland Park police still stepped up its presence nearby local schools.

Read more
Fraud
4:56 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

KC Area Public Workers Named In Wellness Fraud Indictments

Sealed federal indictment papers were opened after some arrests.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

A federal indictment alleges seven Kansas City area public employees used a novel approach to defrauding a wellness program promoted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (BCBSKC).

Read more
Government
6:54 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vote Assures Streetcars For Kansas City Downtown

Kansas City Council Member Russ Johnson championed a special election for streetcars.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Passage of a Kansas City downtown tax district and a sales tax is a first major step toward financing a streetcar system.

Read more
Cops & Crime
5:56 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Missouri Driver's License Scheme Breaks Open With Plea

By estimate of federal investigators, more than a hundred people from around the country used an illegal custom service to get Missouri driver’s licenses when they were not eligible.

Read more
Government
2:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Costs To Fight Tree-Killing Beetle Pegged In Millions Of Dollars

Kansas City's forester Kevin Lapointe discusses effects and costs of Emerald Ash Borer disease.

It is likely to cost $6.5 million over the next five years if Kansas City decides to fight the spreading disease that kills certain shade trees.

Read more
Government
10:23 am
Fri December 7, 2012

National Designation For Liberty Memorial Makes It To Full House

Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri 2008.
User: Charvex Wikipedia

Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver says he feels good about the designation of Liberty Memorial as the nation’s official World War One Memorial. The bill made it out of committee this week without any House opposition, but similar measures have had a checkered history.

Read more
Government
4:55 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Great War Memorial Plan Inches Forward

First World War history enactors at Liberty Memorial, Veterans' Day 2009.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Kansas City’s Congressman won’t guarantee passage of a bill that would make Liberty Memorial the nation’s official World War One Museum and Memorial.

Read more
Government
3:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

EPA Administrator 'Surprised' At Kansas Move Benefits

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at opening of new regional headquarters in Lenexa, Kan.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says every aspect explored proves the wisdom of moving the Agency’s regional headquarters to Lenexa, Kansas.

Read more
People
10:10 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Rural Family Bids Farewell To Money Woes With Record Lotto Win

Cody Hill carries a replica of his parents' lottery winnings check.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Friends of the Dearborn, Missouri couple who are half-winners of a record $587.5 million Powerball Lottery jackpot think Cindy and Mark Hill will do some good with their winnings.

Read more
Cops & Crime
5:05 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Early Teen Years Inspired Innocence Project Chief

Arthur Chaykin has become Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

There is a new chief executive at the Kansas City-based Midwest Innocence Project. The not-for-profit corporation works to free men and women behind bars for crimes they did not commit.

Read more
Government
4:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Former Missouri Legislator Is Indicted

Credit U.S. Department of justice

A former Kansas City area Missouri  state legislator has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of cheating on disability benefits.

Read more
Environment
5:25 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Kansas City Eludes Record Yearly Heat

bigstock.com

Repeated weeks of blazing hot temperatures seemed certain to put 2012 into the record books for Kansas City and its region.

Read more
Cops & Crime
11:03 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Woman, Man Added To List Charged In Deadly Home Invasion

An Independence, Missouri woman and a Kansas City, Kansas man have become the third and fourth people charged in a triple murder during an Independence home invasion.

Read more
Government
4:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Some Air Travelers To Be Spared Indignity Of Pat Downs And Shoe Doffing

Credit Kansas City Aviation Department

Crowd lovers have met their match at KCI, and for that matter any airport in the country today, the day before Thanksgiving.

Read more
Government
5:16 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Kansas City Ambulance Furor Distills

Kansas City Councilman Ed Ford.

The panel that oversees policies for the Kansas City Fire Ambulance Service will expand and refocus if the City Council approves in two weeks.

Read more
Cops & Crime
4:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mother Of Six Among Three Dead In Home Invasion Attack

Independence, MO police searched this neighborhood after three people were murdered in a home invasion.
Credit Google Earth

Two men and a woman have been murdered in an Independence, Missouri home invasion and police have a partial description of the killers, saying that a surviving victim was able to describe the attackers.

Read more
Environment
3:58 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Food Is UMKC Focus On America Recycles Day

Melissa Barton, a UMKC food service manager, gives student union kitchen tour to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Region Seven Administrator of the  Environmental  Protection Agency holds up University of Missouri-Kansas City’s food recovery and  dining  recycling programs as examples to emulate.

Read more
Government
4:52 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Data Confirms Kansas City Ambulance Aid Worst In Northland

Deputy Fire Chief Donna Maize defines ambulance data for Kansas City Council public safety members.

Kansas City’s elected leaders are now able to compare how well  city ambulance service makes timely arrival at emergencies, district-by- district of the community.

Read more
Government
5:04 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Policy Change Brings 800 New Immigration Service Jobs To Region

A change in U.S. immigration policy last summer has translated into 800 new jobs for metro Kansas City.  The work will be both sides of state line and pay no less than $27,000 a year.

Read more
Business & Tech
4:44 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Best Outlook Views KC-Area Economic Growth At 5 Percent

Frank Lenk, Director of Research, Mid American Regional Council..
Dan Verbeck KCUR

So much depends on factors influencing the Kansas City area economy, the best drawn analysis of future trends has to be flexible. Forecasters readily admit it.

Read more
Government
5:19 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

No Meeting Of Minds On Kansas City Ambulance Upgrades

Kansas City Council member Cindy Circo is among those who warn improving ambulance service may be costly,

The Kansas City Council, leaders of the Fire Department and medical experts danced with each other over improved ambulance service without resolution today.

Read more
Election 2012
8:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Congressman Cleaver Stresses Urban-Rural Connection In Re-Election

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri’s 5th District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver got 60 percent of the vote and an easy win over Republican opponent Jacob Turk.

Read more
Government
5:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Where To Vote Seen As Quandary In Parts Of Suburban Kansas City

KCUR

The biggest election day problem anticipated by the Johnson County, Kansas Election Commissioner is helping people find the right polling place.

Read more
Government
4:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Campaign Accelerators Pressed In Missouri Senate Campaigns

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Leading into weekend campaigning, supporters of the two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate race in Missouri show no sign of slackening efforts.

Read more

Pages