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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KCMO City Hall
7:50 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Council Revises Billboard Laws

A billboard near Highway I-29.
City of Kansas City, MO

The city council revised Kansas City's billboard restrictions yesterday. The changes will allow billboard companies to move a billboard a short distance rather than have it torn down if it is condemned for a public works project.

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Cops & Crime
1:07 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Charges Filed In Killing Of Edgerton Women

Brittney Harrup and Ashley Key disappeared on Friday. A Trimble, MO man is now charged in their murders.
Family photos

A Trimble, Missouri man has been charged with killing Brittny Haarup and her sister Ashley Key, the two young women who disappeared from an Edgerton Home on Friday.

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Headlines
7:00 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

The long-awaited Kansas City Major League Baseball All-Star game was played. Plans for streetcars rolled ahead. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
7:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Kansas City Council Approves More Streetcar Funding

An Ameritram streetcar visited Kansas City's Union Station last year. A similar vehicle would be used on Kansas City's proposed streetcar system
KCTRANSIT.com

The Kansas City city council approved about $2 million in spending on a proposed downtown streetcar line Thursday, declaring that enthusiasm has not been dampened by failure to get a $25 million federal grant.

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Headlines
10:00 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansas City will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10.
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City was getting ready for the All-Star Game. UMKC announced possible locations for a proposed downtown arts campus. And, need we be reminded?... it was hot. Those and other top stories of the week.

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Headlines
5:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kemper Arena.
wikimedia commons

Kansas City, Missouri got ready to spend more on development incentives and less on Kemper Arena. And the Supreme Court health care decision elated some, enraged others, but didn't immediately change anything. 

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Government
2:02 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Big Incentives For Big Kansas City Development Projects

The Proposed Power and Light District Tower
Humphreys Partners Rendering

Big incentives for two Kansas City development projects cleared the city council's economic development committee Wednesday.

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Government
1:43 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Council Moves Toward Phasing Out Kemper Arena

Kemper Arena: eclipsed by the new downtown Sprint Center
bizjournals.com

Kansas City took steps toward throwing in the towel on money-losing Kemper Arena Wednesday. A committee approved plans to release Anschutz Entertainment from its contract to manage the aging arena.

The Planning Zoning and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to terminate AEG's contract six months before the year-end renewal date.

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Headlines
7:13 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

North Kansas City Hospital.
wikimedia commons

Staff of North Kansas City Hospital were shocked to hear it might be sold. The budget for Missouri higher education was cut again. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Headlines
5:27 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Plans for a new terminal at KCI took a new turn. Kansas finally got new redistricting maps for Congress, the Legislature and the state board of education. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:12 am
Fri June 15, 2012

KCI Airport Plans Could Change

Kansas City International Airport. The three terminals are to be replaced by a single one.
KC Aviation Department

The Kansas City city council heard a report on possible money-saving changes to plans for a new terminal at KCI airport Thursday.

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Government
2:04 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Heavy Opposition To Kansas City Billboard Law Changes

This condemned billboard near I-29 and Route 45 in the Northland was one of those that sparked a proposal to revise the city's billboard ordinance.
City of Kansas City, MO

Once again the battle of the billboards is being fought at Kansas City City Hall, as the city council considers a proposal to ease up on billboard regulation a little.

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Government
6:12 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Open Records Not So Open In Missouri, Kansas

Michael Bushnell, pictured outside the offices of the Northeast News in Kansas City
Steve Bell

In February, Michael Bushnell of Kansas City micro-news-paper the Northeast News started working on the story of a proposed city-wide daytime truancy curfew. 

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Headlines
10:21 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansas State Senator John Vratil will not seek reelection.
Kansas Legislature

Long-time Leawood state Senator John Vratil announced that he won't run again. Kansas finally got a set of redistricting maps, by court order. Those & other top stories of the week on the Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Condemnations Pend For Police Campus Propertry Holdouts

Wikimedia Commons

A Kansas City city council committee is talking tougher on property at the site of the new East Patrol police campus between Brooklyn and Prospect off of 27th Street.

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Government
1:36 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Kansas City Plans More Red Light Cameras

File photo

Kansas City police say their most recent analysis shows that red light cameras are reducing accidents. And based on that data, they plan to add more of the cameras.

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Headlines
7:25 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

A court ruling ended Wyandotte County's effort to keep the EPA from moving to Lenexa. Judges took up where the legislature left off on Kansas redistricting. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:39 am
Fri June 1, 2012

An Ameristar Community Improvement District?

The Ameristar Casino and Hotel in Kansas City, MO.
Wikimedia Commons/Americasroof

An interesting question faces the Kansas City city council next week: Should a casino be able to raise the sales tax on its customers and use the money for improvements on its own property?

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Cops & Crime
12:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Kansas City Police Tackle Teen Driver Texting

Wiki Commons

Texting while driving is the subject of an upcoming Kansas City informational campaign for young people.

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Headlines
6:32 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

New Missouri Congressional districts survived a court challenge. Gov. Brownback signed off on a huge Kansas tax cut. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:29 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Council Passes Sly James Tax and Bonds Plan

Photo by Steve Bell

Another victory Thursday for the program Mayor Sly James calls Reform and Repair means Kansas City voters will have the final say in August.

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Headlines
6:30 am
Sat May 19, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Missouri lawmakers ended their session with digs at Democrats. Republican factions stayed deadlocked in the Kansas Legislature. Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:06 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Council Endorses Mayor's Tax Plan

Mayor Sly James presents his tax revision plan to a joint city council committee
KCCG Channel 2

Kansas City voters are likely to be asked to swap motor vehicle “city stickers” and some special property taxes for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase.

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Headlines
7:07 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Patrons waited for hours on end at Kansas motor vehicle license offices. The Missouri Legislature sent Governor Nixon a proposed budget. 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
5:08 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Big Kansas Tax Cut Bill Passes, Could Produce $2.7 Billion Shortfall

The Kansas House has surprised the Senate by bypassing a compromise tax-cut plan while the Senate was preparing to vote on it.

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Headlines
5:06 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansans City finally got a truancy ordinance. Kansas got a major tax-cut proposal. And a Missouri legislator came out, literally, against a bill known as “don't say gay.” Those and other top stories of the week were recapped on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:14 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Revised Kansas City Truancy Ordinance Passes

Kansas City, Missouri has a truancy ordinance as of Thursday afternoon, but it doesn't portend to change the daytime curfew policy.

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Government
1:32 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri Politics: Hiding Big Donations Is Easy And Legal

Missouri is the only state where someone could donate $1 million to a political campaign, cover it up, and not have broken the law. It is one of only four states that have no limits on campaign contributions.

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KCMO City Hall
11:34 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

KC Revenue Commission: 'Keep E-Tax, Raise Sales And Property Taxes'

The earnings tax will stay and sales and property taxes will increase if a mayoral commission on municipal revenue gets its way.

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Headlines
5:14 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Walt Bodine on retirement day
Steve Bell

Walt Bodine retired after 72 years in broadcasting. A judge let streetcar plans keep rolling. And there was progress, but not resolution on a Missouri budget. Steve Bell recaps on those & other top stories of the week.

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