Steve Bell

News Reporter

Afternoon reporter Steve Bell brings more than 40 years of news experience to the KCUR newsroom. Fifteen of those years he served as a news or program director. His first newscast was at KANU in 1958. He has hosted news and talk programs on five Kansas city AM-FM stations and two commercial TV stations and was for many years the the signature voice of KCPT-19. Since joining KCUR in 2001, Steve has won two  first place awards from Public Radio News Directors International -- for best newscast and best feature reporting.  He has also received a number of awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association and the Kansas City Society of Professional Journalists.  Steve  has a Ph.D. in psychology and dabbles in guitar and banjo playing.

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Government
9:34 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Clinton Receives Truman Award

http://www.trumanaward.org/

Former president Bill Clinton was in Kansas City to receive the 2013 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, which is presented every year on President Truman's birthday.

Clinton told the 1,000 persons attending the luncheon that the award was a fitting reminder of a president who was an active force in creating the United Nations and the Marshall Plan.

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Headlines
8:35 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The United States Attorney General challenged a new Kansas gun rights law. And Ford finally announced how many new jobs are coming to its Kansas City plant. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:10 am
Thu May 2, 2013

City TV Channel To Go Digital

City of Kansas City, MO

 

Kansas Citians can expect the picture to get sharper on Channel 2, the city government's cable TV channel.

The station is preparing to go digital HD. The city council finance committee has endorsed a $300,000 expenditure for new equipment to replace the 20-year-old control room equipment that is the backbone of the city's cable television communication system.

KCCG Channel 2 broadcasts council legislative and committee meetings and other city government related programs. It also rebroadcasts some meetings of the Jackson County Legislature.

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Headlines
7:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Chiefs NFL draft pick Eric Fisher and his mother
Greg Echlin

The Chiefs drafted a big guy. And Missouri lawmakers were saying “yes” to tax cuts but “no" to Medicaid expansion and gun control. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:24 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Airport Bus Privatization Plan Gets A Flat 'No' From Council

KC Aviation Department

A city council that is nodding yes on airport officials' study of a new single terminal concept at KCI was not impressed with a plan to privatize the bus service at the airport.

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Government
1:27 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Racial, Police Issues Put Youth Curfew Change On Hold

As discussion opened  third district councilman Jermaine Reed expressed concern that all 34 tickets issued last year were to African-American kids.

That prompted a surprise appearance from Mayor Sly James who admonished the group to stick to the issue and not drift off into race relations. James agreed that the problem has some racial factors, but insisted that they are not the heart of the problem and that the city cannot allow the public to have the impression that it is not safe to go to some of its entertainment districts.

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Headlines
7:24 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Photo illustration of a streetcar operating southbound on Main Street at 19th Street.
HDR, City of Kansas City

Sprint got a second suitor. And two Kansas Cities became partners in studying a streetcar line expansion. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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Government
3:11 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Council Moves On Streetcar Expansion, Seat Belts

Kansas City's proposed streetcar system
HDR, City of Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri and North Kansas City are exploring extending the forthcoming downtown streetcar line into the Northland. Both city councils have now signed off on the collaboration.

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Government
1:36 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Port Authority Owes City $135,000 For Old Billing Errors

An investigation into Kansas City's port authority that began during Mark Funkhouser's administration may be coming to closure with the agency getting a substantial bill from the city.

 

An audit reviewed by the council finance committee Wednesday concludes that the city should try to recover $135,000 the city paid out for the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur Air Force Base.

Auditors turned up over $92,000 in duplicate payments and almost $42,000 in vendor overcharges.

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Government
12:04 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Agencies Resist Economic Development Plan

Mayor Sly James is expressing some frustration with late-in-the-game resistance to his Advance KC economic development consolidation program.

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Headlines
6:57 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Plans for a new airport terminal moved ahead. And Kansas Citians got to meet the man who played Branch Rickey., Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

 

 

Harrison Ford, Celebs Boost Negro Leagues At “42” Showing

Harrison Ford fans and baseball fans were out in force to see the star outside Thursday's special pre-release showing of the movie “42” about how Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball.

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Government
10:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Ads Question Nixon Administration Record Controversy

As the controversy over scanned documents and other personal information continues in Jefferson City, television viewers might get the impression a statewide election is imminent, though it is not.

The ads begin with an on-screen question: “Is Jay Nixon's administration breaking the law?”

The commercials proceed, like some campaign ads, but the campaign for governor was last November.

Government
2:46 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Council Endorses Airport Plan

Kansas City International Airport proposes to replace the current three-terminal layout with a new single terminal
Landrum & Brown Kansas City Aviation Department

The Kansas City city council has voted to move ahead with laying plans for a single-terminal concept for KCI Airport.  though, that it doesn't guarantee that a new terminal will be built.

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Headlines
2:40 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Proposed new KCI airport at night
Kansas City aviation department

Wyandotte County elected a new mayor. Kansas City voted “yes, yes and no.” And a council committee voted to give wings to plans for a new airport. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:41 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Single Terminal KCI Plan Advances

Night view of single-terminal KCI plan
Kansas City aviation department

KCI officials get a tentative go-ahead to proceed with planning for a new single-terminal airport. A city council committee has scheduled a full council vote next week.

Both the Transportation and Infrastructure committee and the full council heard presentations on the plan this morning.

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Government
12:40 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Mayweather Gaffe Spawns Tighter Funding Rules

Council chambers.
Library of Congress

A city council committee has reacted to an event funding fiasco.  Concerns arose when a local group got $15,000 in city money to bring in boxer Floyd Mayweather for a youth event.

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Headlines
12:33 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Walt Bodine
Tom Bodine

Kansas City talk radio pioneer Walt Bodine died at 92. And police made quick work of a robbery and homicide near the Plaza. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:13 am
Fri March 29, 2013

KC Budget Boosts Street Repairs, Youth Programs

Council Chambers.
Library of Congress

As the Missouri and Kansas Legislatures wrangle over budgets, the Kansas City city council has passed one yesterday with very little conflict along the way.

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Government
10:19 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Council Likes 'Ban The Box' Proposal For Convicts

bigstock.com

A city council committee heard testimony yesterday on taking off of city employment applications a question about previous convictions.  Committee members agreed that it would be a good idea.

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Headlines
1:50 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Six JJ's Restaurant employees sued the gas company. Two area airport control towers were on the federal closing list. And Mayor Sly James stayed calm under surprise attack. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:14 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Mayor, Some On Council Wary Of Sales Tax Overuse

The downtown streetcars require special tax districts which rely on extra sales tax.
KCTRANSIT.com

The Kansas City city council gave a preliminary okay to two new community districts on Main just south of the Plaza yesterday. But there were some members were concerned that sales-tax-financed development could be getting out of hand.

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Headlines
1:51 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Athletics Communications Iowa State Cyclones

A judge let streetcar plans roll ahead but a regional transit plan got put on hold. And the Kansas City Fire Department made a significant policy change after releasing its report on this month's tragic Plaza fire. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
9:37 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Missouri Legislative Session At The Half

Missouri Capitol Building, Jefferson City, Mo.
Wikipedia Commons

At approximately the half-way mark for its 2013 session, the Missouri General Assembly has in some ways performed as expected, but has also delivered some genuine surprises.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

machine guns and sawed-off shotguns are attention getters at K.C. Police HQ. The 'streetsweeper\" is a shotgun that fires fully automatic.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Both Missouri and Kansas lawmakers passed bills to expand gun rights. And Missouri Republicans said to compete with Kansas the state has to jump on the tax cut bandwagon. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
9:32 am
Thu March 7, 2013

KC Bus Service Struggles Financially

Stephen Rees flickr

Representatives of the passengers and management of Kansas City's bus service told the city finance committee yesterday that the system is struggling and dipping into its reserves to stay running.

Area Transportation Authority general manager Mark Huffer said diverting transit tax money for streets and streetcars is taking its toll.

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Headlines
12:58 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Frank Morris KCUR

The Kansas Supreme Court stayed a lower court order for more school funding. Conflict continued over the possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital. And Kansas City got another major snow storm. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Headlines
11:15 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Frank Morris KCUR

A major storm dropped a foot of snow on Kansas City, and an explosion and fire on the Plaza spawned an OSHA investigation. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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Fire
6:11 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Determining Cause Of Explosion Expected To Take Time

What's left after the Tuesday explosion and fire.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Police say investigation of the fire that gutted a Plaza restaurant that killed one person and injured 15 others will take a bit longer than some expected.

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Fire
7:05 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Fire Hits Plaza Business

TV-9 cameras capture a Kansas City fire truck silhouetted by the intense flames that destroyed a building near the Country Club Plaza
KMBC, TV-9 News

A fire caused by an apparent gas explosion near JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza has sent at least 14 people to area hospitals with injuries, some of them critical. The fire started around 6:00 Tuesday evening.  

Update 7:07 PM.  Residents from a nearby apartment building were evacuated.  Some are reporting that there was a strong smell of gas earlier in the afternoon. One resident of the nearby building also told reporters someone was operating a backhoe in the area earlier in the afternoon. 

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat February 16, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The parents of a handcuffed teen rescued from a Northland basement were charged with child abuse. Missouri's budget committee said “no” to Governor Jay Nixon's Medicaid expansion proposal. And Governor Sam Brownback's plans to offset income tax cuts hit bumpy roads. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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