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
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

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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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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The Missouri Senate took another step toward a takeover of Kansas City schools. Kansas City police worried about a possible serial killer. And some Kansas legislators were hopping mad over a court order to spend more on schools. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

One of the week's top stories was the death of Kansas City philanthropist Adele Hall, pictured here on the right with her husband Donald, at the age of 81.
Courtesy of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Kansas moved toward changing the way Supreme Court members are appointed. The philanthropist some called “Kansas City's first lady” died. And the GM Fairfax plant was notified of a sizeable expansion. 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
9:41 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City Council

An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores  which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday.

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Government
2:40 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Council Gets Tough On Synthetic Drugs

"Incense" packet contains synthetic marijuana
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

The Kansas City city council plans to get tough on businesses that sell products labeled as "bath salts" or "incense," but designed to have effects similar to marijuana or other street drugs.

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Headlines
1:51 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Rev. Stan Archie resigns as president of the MO State Board of Education.
File photo

Rev. Stan Archie, president of the Missouri State Board of Education, resigned Friday after allegations of sexual abuse.  Kansas' governor spoke out against abortions and property tax deductions. Missouri's governor took heat from the legislature about the purchase of an airplane. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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Headlines
6:48 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Sporting KC's stadium dropped the 'Livestrong' from its name this week.
Brian Davidson

Sporting Kansas City and the Livestrong charity came to a parting of the ways. Governor Sam Brownback laid out a plan to end Kansas income tax. And once again a Kansas court said the state is not spending enough on schools. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Health Levy Extension To April Ballot

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Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on whether to keep the city's health levy at its present rate. The city council scheduled its extension to be on the April 2 ballot.

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Headlines
6:58 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
proforged flickr

Governor Sam Brownback promoted a mental health solution to mass shootings. A court called out the governor and legislature for cutting taxes while not adequately funding schools. And one of Kansas City's most successful politicians wasn't running for a third term. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Sports
9:34 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Chiefs Coach Introduced To KC

The Kansas City Chiefs introduced Andy Reid yesterday as the new head coach. Reid has hit the ground running since he arrived in Kansas City.

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Headlines
8:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Andy Reed signs his contract as Kansas City Chiefs head coach.
Kansas City Chiefs photo

Liberty Memorial got a new designation for the nation’s World War I centennial. And a new era began for the Kansas City Chiefs. Those and other top stories of the week on the Saturday News Review.

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Sports
5:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Still Waiting For Arrowhead Announcement

Arrowhead Stadium.
Elana Gordon KCUR

There's still no word from Arrowhead officially announcing that Andy Reid is the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Government
11:53 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Chastain Presents 'Ultimatum'

Activist Clay Chastain, shown two years ago when he announced he would again be collecting signatures for a transit ballot initiative.
Video frame courtesy of TV-9.

Clay Chastain is threatening another Kansas City petition drive: this time one for a recall election.

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Headlines
8:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Top Stories Of 2012

2012 retirees Walt Bodine and Patty Cahill
Tom Bodine

Kansas City got started on a streetcar line. The balance of Kansas politics changed for years to come. And a remark made in a Missouri Senatorial race became the bane of the GOP nationally. KCUR's Steve Bell guides through a tour of the top area stories of 2012 on KCUR’s Year-End News Review.

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Headlines
6:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Wikipedia Commmons

Winter arrived with power outages and canceled flights. Another area couple won a $50 million Powerball jackpot. And the shooting of 20 school children in Connecticut spawned radically different ideas on gun control. Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

 

Ideas, Leaders Clash On Gun Control

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Government
11:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Council Joins Mayor On Gun Control Stance

K-47 Assault Rifle
Brian.ch's photostream Wikipedia Commons

The Kansas City city council has joined the mayor in calling for tougher gun control laws. One focus is on controlling weapons like AK-47's and AR-15's.

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