Maria Carter

Newscaster, News Director

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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KCUR Newscast
9:43 am
Fri August 26, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-26-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Superintendent John Covington reaffirmed his intention to leave the Kansas City Missouri school district yesterday, while board members were calling for him to stay.

The Missouri Education Commission had been working with the outgoing superintendent to improve Kansas City Schools' rating from "provisional." The head of that commission sees Covington's departure as a setback.

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KCUR Newscast
9:54 am
Thu August 25, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-25-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cerner has released its plans for two office buildings in Kansas City Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports the office park will be built over the next four years in the Village West area.

Kansas City Missouri school Superintendent John Covington submitted his resignation yesterday, after a two-year tenure in which he closed almost half the district's schools.

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KCUR Newscast
10:07 am
Wed August 24, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-24-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Education groups in Missouri say they are confident they can strike a deal with lawmakers to settle confusion over a new state law governing how students and teachers interact using social media such as Facebook.

The federal government should pay 100 percent of the cost of flood damage in Missouri. That's according to some members of the Missouri Senate.

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KCUR Newscast
10:16 am
Tue August 23, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-23-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from the 2nd District, hopes Congress will be able to reach compromise on some important issues when lawmakers return to Washington in September.

Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City the day after Labor Day (Sept. 6th) to begin their special session.

A proposed settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by Missouri residents against LegalZoom, an online vendor of legal forms and documents.

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KCUR Newscast
9:49 am
Mon August 22, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-22-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new report from the Missouri state auditor says Gov. Jay Nixon did not follow the Missouri Constitution when he withheld $170 million from the current budget to help fund disaster relief.

The Kansas City Ballet today kicks off a two-week celebration of its new home in the Crossroads, the $32 million dollar Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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KCUR Newscast
9:07 am
Fri August 19, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-19-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Utility crews are working to get power restored to tens of thousands of customers this morning.

Kansas City's chief of police and the deputy chief told the city council this week that more officers on the Plaza would likely control unruly mobs of kids who assemble there and avoid violence like last weekend's shooting.

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KCUR News
11:10 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Highwoods Backs Down on High-Rise

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It's looking like there will be no referendum election on a controversial Plaza high-rise plan and no court battle.

Plaza owner Highwoods Development's latest offer is that if it builds the building it will be a block to the west at the Valencia-2 site north of an existing office tower.

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KCUR Newscast
11:35 am
Wed August 17, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-17-2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Cole County judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Missouri law requiring Kansas City to hold an election every five years to reauthorize the earnings tax.

Redistricting commission members have thrown in the towel on trying to redraw Missouri's State Senate district map.

The publisher of the Johnson County Sun says it's shutting down the weekly Overland Park newspaper. This week's edition will be the paper's final one.

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KCUR Newscast
12:14 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-16-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County resident will vote this November on a one-8th cent s sales tax to support the zoo.

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony on whether a state-created company has outlived its usefulness.

A Missouri Senate committee is kicking off a series of statewide hearings in Kansas City today on whether and how to set up a state health insurance exchange.

The body of a Kansas soldier who was killed in Afghanistan will return home to Olathe .

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KCUR Newscast
12:20 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-15-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Mayor Sly James says he'll take action to stop the large nighttime gather of teens on the Country Club Plaza.

Missouri state workers will be getting a small bump in pay.

Kansas high school students will NOT have a new financial literacy graduation requirement next year.

The second of two sisters charged in the death of a Park City man goes on trial this week.

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KCUR Newscast
9:53 am
Thu August 11, 2011

KCUR Morning news 8-11-11

ka – Reports this week claim that Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has a history with a former stripper and Penthouse Pet. No one from Kinder's campaign office or from the Missouri Republican Party has responded to the allegations.

Defense attorneys will call their last witnesses today in a hearing at Fort Leavenworth for a soldier who's accused of killing five fellow service members in Iraq.

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KCUR Newscast
9:53 am
Thu August 11, 2011

KCUR Morning news 8-11-11

ka – Reports this week claim that Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has a history with a former stripper and Penthouse Pet. No one from Kinder's campaign office or from the Missouri Republican Party has responded to the allegations.

Defense attorneys will call their last witnesses today in a hearing at Fort Leavenworth for a soldier who's accused of killing five fellow service members in Iraq.

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KCUR Newscast
11:49 am
Wed August 10, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-10-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An area priest already jailed on state child pornography charges now faces federal charges as a grand jury indicts Father Shawn Ratigan on 13 counts.

A Missouri law seeking to protect students from predatory teachers may be revised this fall.

Missouri's high risk insurance program is cutting premiums by nearly twenty five percent.

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KCUR Newscast
11:49 am
Wed August 10, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-10-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An area priest already jailed on state child pornography charges now faces federal charges as a grand jury indicts Father Shawn Ratigan on 13 counts.

A Missouri law seeking to protect students from predatory teachers may be revised this fall.

Missouri's high risk insurance program is cutting premiums by nearly twenty five percent.

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KCUR Newscast
11:30 am
Mon August 8, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-8-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As many as 30,000 Kansas City area utility customers lost power yesterday when a strong storm raced across the region.

Licensed child care facilities in Missouri must now place infants on their backs during nap time. The new law, effective this month, aims to reduce the number of infant deaths in the state.

The Kansas Insurance Department wants to know what the state's business community wants the soon-to-be-created Kansas Insurance Exchange to look like.

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KCUR Newscast
9:59 am
Fri August 5, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-5-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In a productive afternoon yesterday, Kansas City, Missouri's new mayor and city council continued to replace discord at City Hall with harmony and cooperation.

The Mayor's son Kyle James seemed to have a less harmonious time. The Kansas City Star reports the 22 year old was handcuffed after a disturbance and trying to leave without paying at a restaurant in the Power and Light district.

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KCUR Newscast
9:51 am
Thu August 4, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-4-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri students scored higher this year on English, math and science tests, but two Kansas City area district saw some drops.

MoDOT does not have enough money budgeted to finish reducing the number of rest areas along Missouri's interstate highways.

Building on a campaign that began at the end of last school year, Topeka-area law enforcement and civic organizations are planning to supply thousands of high school and middle-school students with school-specific lanyards.

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KCUR Newscast
10:38 am
Wed August 3, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-3-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This summer's merciless heat wave is putting a strain on hospital emergency rooms all over Kansas.

The state is offering health insurance or cash payouts to certain employees, to urge them to retire. The offer is aimed at helping the state cut the employee rolls and save money.

Voters in the Center School Distrcit in South Kansas City approved an increase in the property tax levy.

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KCUR Newscast
10:27 am
Tue August 2, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-2-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A light rail promoter has succeeded in gathering enough signatures to get a $2.5 billion proposal on the ballot in Kansas City.

A judge has handed Planned Parenthood a victory in a case over federal health care funding. The ruling blocked a state law that diverts federal money away from Planned Parenthood in Kansas.

The Kansas Dental Association is urging dentists who are not currently accepting Medicaid as payment to sign up for the government-funded insurance program.

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KCUR Newscast
9:53 am
Mon August 1, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-1-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thousands of students in Kansas City will have fewer options to light up when they head back to class this semester. Starting today, Metropolitan Community College, or MCC, is going completely tobacco free.

A Missouri House committee looking at how state and local officials responded to several natural disasters this year is recommending a special session to deal with storm costs.

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KCUR Newscast
11:39 am
Fri July 29, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-29-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas Citians can expect interruptions in their water service for the foreseeable future, unless city hall creates a long term plan to replace lines, some dating to the eighteen hundreds.

Like many people across the nation, the Kansas City council was talking about the federal debt ceiling and spending cuts this week.

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KCUR Newscast
11:39 am
Fri July 29, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-29-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas Citians can expect interruptions in their water service for the foreseeable future, unless city hall creates a long term plan to replace lines, some dating to the eighteen hundreds.

Like many people across the nation, the Kansas City council was talking about the federal debt ceiling and spending cuts this week.

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KCUR Newscast
11:42 am
Thu July 28, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-28-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With 20 suspected or confirmed heat-related deaths in the Kansas City area since mid-June, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Health Department officials held a news conference to issue a second warning about the heat.

Interstate 70 west of Topeka was closed due to a standoff between police and the driver of a motor home.

Sprint's second-quarter results worsened. The Overland Park wireless carrier released results today that show it posted a loss of $847 million.

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KCUR Newscast
12:06 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-27-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate subcommittee heard testimony at the Capitol from state officials who handle disaster response.

Kansas officials say they were just being cautious when they closed a 25-mile stretch of heavily traveled Interstate 70 for more than nine hours because of a suspicious vehicle.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking extension of a federal program covering most of the cost of removing debris from the May tornado in Joplin.

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KCUR Newscast
10:31 am
Tue July 26, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-26-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Newly elected Clay County auditor William James Norris admits that he pleaded guilty to a felony for aggravated stalking in 2006.

Kansas Lawmakers are hosting a series of meetings this week to take public comment on the redistricting process.

Amtrak says twice-per-day service between St. Louis and Kansas City will resume tomorrow.

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KCUR Newscast
9:10 am
Mon July 25, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-25-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has announced it will close its Lawrence office.

Kansas City-area taxpayers paid more than $10,000 to send city and county officials to this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

The budget chief for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says there will be a renewed effort next year to reduce or get rid of state incomes taxes.

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KCUR Newscast
10:00 am
Fri July 22, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-22-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri firefighters will be getting a raise. The city council decided yesterday to honor an agreement made in 2009 rather than let the matter go to arbitration.

The battle over the proposed expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas has taken another controversial turn.

The agreement reached by Missouri lawmakers on a special session for economic development includes a proposal to cut one of the most-used tax credit programs nearly in half.

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KCUR Newscast
8:31 am
Thu July 21, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-21-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The extreme heat has brought the number of possible heat-related deaths in Kansas City up to 13, and city officials are caution residents to stay cool.

On one of the hottest days of the year yesterday, the city council Planning and Zoning Committee talked about sidewalk cafes.

Two federal data centers in Kansas City are among more than 370 centers that will be closed by the end of next year.

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KCUR Newscast
9:37 am
Tue July 19, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-19-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City light rail advocate Clay Chastain is trying to get still another plan before voters.

Missouri officials say the deadly tornado that hit Joplin last month contributed substantially to a net loss of 13,000 jobs in the state.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will play a long-term role in rebuilding housing in Joplin after the deadly May tornado.

A new smartphone application allows users to get detailed information about Missouri state parks.

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KCUR Newscast
9:34 am
Mon July 18, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-18-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Forecasters say the heat wave gripping the central U.S. is "unrelenting" and sweaty residents shouldn't expect any relief soon.

Hundreds of volunteers showed up over the weekend to spruce up five Independence schools.

Kansas is one of 27 states where homebuyers at risk of foreclosure can get federal funding to get back on their feet.

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