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Steve Vockrodt

Steve Vockrodt

Steve Vockrodt is an investigative journalist who has reported in Kansas City since 2005. Areas of reporting interest include business, politics, justice issues and breaking news investigations. As investigative editor for the Midwest Newsroom, he provides direction and guidance for reports around the region and continues to produce his own stories.

Contract for Deed: A promise of homeownership that can leave Midwest buyers out in the cold

By: and - March 7, 2022

Most Americans who want to own a house – and can afford it – follow a fairly straightforward path to their dreams. They start with a loan from a bank or mortgage company, institutions that are subject to state and federal regulations. When buyers close on the home they want, the agreement is registered with […]

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

By: and - January 26, 2022

In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to end the litigation.   […]

Marijuana, utility contracts: Records shows continued FBI interest in Independence deals

By: and - January 18, 2022

Federal law enforcement was still seeking information as recently as last summer about medical marijuana licensing in Missouri and utility contracts in Independence that have attracted FBI scrutiny for years.  That’s according to sworn deposition testimony from a Kansas City-area businessman that surfaced publicly last week. The deposition of Joseph Campbell, owner of the real […]