Maria Carter

Newscaster, Reporter

Maria Carter grew up in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore. with a degree in economics. After a year off, she returned to her home state to study journalism at the University of Missouri, receiving her Master’s degree in 2004.

Maria started working at KCUR as an intern and was later hired as a general assignment reporter. She covers local politics and anything else happening in the Kansas City area. In 2006, she spent a month in northern Louisiana, lending a hand at the local public radio station and covering the thousands of evacuees temporarily in the area.

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Education
6:36 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kansas City School Officials Plead For Provisional Accreditation

The superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools went to Jefferson City Tuesday to make his case that the district should regain provisional accreditation early. Superintendent Steve Green pointed to a dramatic improvement in school performance reports and an audit that found no issues.

Green says a policy that would allow students to transfer out of unaccredited schools would harm the district’s progress.

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Government
8:44 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Citians Tell Cleaver To Reject Striking Syria

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted a forum to hear constituents views on Syria.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

At a town hall meeting, most Kansas Citians urged Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to vote 'no' on a military intervention in Syria. Cleaver and much of the local Missouri Congressional delegation has not taken a position on Syria, but in Kansas most will be voting against authorizing military strikes.

Most tell Cleaver to vote 'no'

More than 200 people crowded into a room at Metropolitan Community College and nearly all stayed on topic about Syria.

Steven Platt was worried the United States cannot afford more military action.

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Health
10:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation To Give $75M To Children's Mercy, Maybe

Children's Mercy Hospital would receive $75 million from the Hall Family Foundation if Jackson County voters approve a half-cent sales tax for medical research.
Wikipedia Commons

The Hall Family Foundation is pledging $75 million to build a research building at Children’s Mercy Hospital, but only if Jackson County voters pass a half-cent medical research sales tax. 

At the hospital Wednesday, foundation president Bill Hall said the tax offers Kansas City a big opportunity.

"We recognize it is asking a great deal of the voters of Jackson County," he said. "However, we believe this is a moment we must seize. The tax is transformational."

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Government
6:34 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Prairie Village Council Rejects Mission Chateau Proposal

The proposed Mission Chateau senior living development would have replaced a former middle school at 8500 Mission Rd.
The Tutera Group via pvkansas.com

The controversial Mission Chateau project failed to win approval by the Prairie Village City Council in a meeting that lasted until 1 a.m. Monday. 

The Prairie Village Planning Commission had recommended a special permit for the proposed senior living community at the site of the former Mission Valley Middle School.

Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer says Mission Chateau stirred community sentiments because of strong feelings about the middle school

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Education
1:33 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation

Kansas City Superintendent Stephen Green and school board president Airick Leonard West celebrated the district's score on a state evaluation.
Maria Carter KCUR

Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) leaders are celebrating.  They got a 60 percent on a state evaluation.  That’s 10 percentage points more than needed to get to provisional accreditation, although whether and when that gets restored is up to the state education officials. 

When Superintendent Stephen Green first got the district’s numbers under a new evaluation system in December, they were dismal.

Moments like that either they break you or they make you stronger for having persevered through the break,” said Green.

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Government
1:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Cleaver And Yoder Talk About Congressional Gridlock

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Rep. Kevin Yoder joined Steve Kraske on Up to Date.

Congress has several large issues on its agenda including the Farm Bill, the federal debt ceiling, and immigration reform, but the U.S. House is largely at a standstill. 

Kansas Republican Kevin Yoder said on Up to Date this morning that there’s not a lot getting done on Capitol Hill but different parties doesn’t have to mean gridlock.

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Headlines
7:23 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 16, 2013

A contractor drilling before the JJ’s blast denies OSHA allegations. A new race comes to Kansas Speedway.  The Kansas City Baroque Consortium heads from the church to a bar. 

Charges Are Leveled, Denied 6 Months After Deadly JJ’s Blast

The contract drilling company suspected of opening a gas line before JJ’s Restaurant blew up in February will fight OSHA sanctions and fines.  One woman was killed in the explosion at the edge of Country Club Plaza.

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Headlines
7:24 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 15, 2013

A redevelopment plan for the Bannister mall site moves ahead.  The immigration debate heats up in Topeka at a forum hosted by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.  A new fund aims to increase digital literacy in Kansas City.

Bannister Redevelopment Continues To Advance

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Headlines
6:46 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 2, 2013

The Kansas City, Missouri council votes to join the race for the GOP convention. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is looking at separate rules for voting in state and federal regulations. Missouri is letting people choose to ban themselves from winning the lottery.

Kobach Considering Rule To Create Two Classes Of Voters

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Headlines
8:25 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 1, 2013

The Major League Soccer All Stars fall to AS Roma 3-1 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. A crowd packs a hearing in southern Mo. over the federal Blueways designation.  The Kansas City council passes a bullying ordinance.

Roma Defeats MLS All-Stars, But Kansas City Still Wins

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Headlines
7:08 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 31, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says it’s unlikely that they will attempt to override a veto of a tax bill.  On the day of the Major League Soccer all-star game, Sporting Kansas City is prepared for more growth in local soccer.  Three children were hurt after a vehicle crashed into a daycare building.

Missouri Speaker Says Tax Veto Override Unlikely

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Headlines
6:48 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 30, 2013

Wells are running dry in western Kansas as the drought enters its third year. Some 150 fast food workers kicked off a two-day strike Monday. Major League Soccer All Stars arrived in Kansas City for the All Star game.

Rural Kansas Wells Run Dry As Aquifer Dwindles

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Headlines
6:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 29, 2013

The Kansas City Charter Review Commission turns to former mayors for advice.  Farmers struggle with a depleted aquifer in Kansas.  Drought still threatens the Kansas City area.

Commission Seeks Out Advice Of Former Mayors

The panel looking at how Kansas City should alter its basic operating doctrine hopes to get suggestions from all living ex-mayors, but the Charter Review Commission is having spotty success.

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Headlines
7:27 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 26, 2013

The Kansas City council votes to prevent the city pension funds from investing in gun manufacturers.  George Brett steps down as hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals but will keep his position in the team’s front office.  A Shakespeare Camp encourages girls to find their own voice the help of the Bard and swords.

Council Votes To Restrict Investments In Firearm Companies

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Central Standard
5:44 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

A New Portrait Of Karl Marx

Credit Kansas City Public Library

Writer Jonathan Sperber, History Professor at MU and Author of Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life, reveals a new and nuanced portrait of the man who introduced the world to an entirely new way of organizing society and the economy.  Sperber approaches the life of Marx with curiosity, exploring how the historical, political, social and economic environment shaped a man who who has been revered and despised.

Sperber will be at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Branch on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:30pm to discuss his work.

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Central Standard
5:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Man Who Helped Put America On Everest

Credit Kansas City Public Library

When Nawang Gombu reached the top of Mount Everest, he was only 17 years old. Many people talk about the beauty and the majesty of seeing the world beneath your feet. But, his first thought was, “How do I get down?” Film maker and former Kansas City television reporter, Bev Chapman,  who recently completed a documentary on Gombu, shares the story of this extraordinary man.  Nawang's inspiring story begins when he escaped from a Buddhist monastery when he was only 11. Punishments were very strict for children who didn’t excel academically, so Gombu felt he had no choice but to escape.

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Headlines
7:32 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 23, 2013

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board is asking for the city to sever the museum’s tie to Union Station and to reinstate the museum’s director.  Prairie plants are being used to help restore farm soil.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to get the farm bill to the president’s desk soon.

Museum Advisory Board Asks City To Reinstate Director

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Headlines
7:22 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 22, 2013

Some bakers and candy makers are saying the government gives too much of a subsidy to U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane growers. Last week’s high temperatures are gone for now, replaced by temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.

Does The Government Give Too Much Support To Sugar Growers?

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Headlines
7:12 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 19, 2013

The Kansas City council votes to keep some traffic lights on and to toughen an animal abuse ordinance.  A grant from the EPA will help clean up blighted areas on both sides of the state line.  A Senate Committee approves NBAF funding.

Council Votes On Traffic Lights, Chickens, Animal Abuse

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Headlines
7:26 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 18, 2013

A Kansas City council committee has approved a measure opposing gun violence at least symbolically. A state law that prohibits smoking in most public places is still popular in Kansas. Summer Youth Theatre in Lawrence tackles all of Kansas history in less than an hour.

Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers

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Headlines
8:25 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 17, 2013

A Kansas board has rejected a proposed changes to voter registration rules requiring proof of citizenship.  A proposed streetcar line in downtown Kansas City is in the hands of judges.  Some are expecting a contentious veto session in Missouri because of the number of bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

State Board Rejects Voter Registration Change

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Headlines
7:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 16, 2013

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and many fields around Kansas City feel the benefits of last year’s Major League Baseball All Star game.  Ten recommendations are issued for arts and culture in Kansas City.  KCP&L says solar rebates won’t end in the Kansas City area.

What Was Kansas City Left With After Hosting The MLB All-Star Game?

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Headlines
7:34 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 15, 2013

One man is dead after a drive by shooting in Overland Park.  Metal theft is on the rise in rural areas, rising 36 percent since 2010.

Drive By Shooting In Overland Park Leaves One Dead

Police investigators are investigating the shooting in the 9400 block of Lamar in Overland Park, Kan.  The victim’s family and friends held a vigil  across the street as homicide detectives gather evidence from the driveway, lawn, and split level home.  

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Headlines
8:06 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 12, 2013

The fallout from an alleged rape in Maryville affects the town and the victims. The Kansas City Council delayed a decision about downgrading some traffic lights to four-way stops.  A local solar energy company will protest KCP&L’s request to end solar rebates. 

Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?

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Headlines
5:47 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 11, 2013

Veterans get educational benefits and other protections under new legislation.  A sexual assault case in Maryville goes unresolved.  The Kansas City Charter commission might go past July deadline to do the job right.

Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans

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Headlines
7:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 10, 2013

The Kan. Board of Education requests a $600 million funding crease from lawmakers.  Ikea starts construction in Merriam.  Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns and changing rules for mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

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Weather
9:13 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area

The National Weather Service says the heat index could reach as high as 108 degrees in the Kansas City area.
Credit Bev Sykes/Flickr/CC

Temperatures could hit as high as 98 degrees Tuesday with the heat index reaching 108 degrees, but those temperatures aren’t expected to last long. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Kansas City area.  It begins at noon and lasts until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Cutter in Pleasant Hill, Mo. says a cold front will break the heat this evening and could bring thunderstorms.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 9, 2013

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph settled a wrongful death case out of court with a family who say their son committed suicide after being sexually abused by a priest.  The Kansas City area is under a heat advisory today.  A famous Steinway is available for anyone to play in Overland Park. 

KC Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Death Case

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Headlines
6:52 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 8, 2013

Many farmers are working past retirement age.  Players from the Kansas Royals and Sporting Kansas City have been named to their league’s All-Star teams.  An elk herd is thriving in southeast Missouri after conservation efforts.

Aging Farmers Reluctant To Retire, Pass On Land

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Headlines
7:23 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Top Of The Morning news: July 5, 2013

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback goes to the Paris Airshow to meet with aviation industry officials. A controversial Medicare program requiring all mail-order diabetic supplies be sold through a select number of private companies started this week. The Country Club Plaza makes the list of the most endangered historic location in Kansas City.

Controversial Medicare Bid Program Takes Next Step

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