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
10:26 am
Fri July 8, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-8-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has given partial approval to a three-year, grant for teen std and pregnancy prevention programs.

Activist Clay Chastain submitted some 3,900 signatures on a light rail petition to the Kansa City Missouri election board.

A voter ID ballot initiative certified for the November 2012 ballot has sparked a lawsuit from several civil rights groups.

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KCUR Newscast
9:28 am
Thu July 7, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-7-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Johnson County has received about half a million dollars in federal funds for certain teen-pregnancy and STD prevention programs, but the county's board of commissioners has not yet decided whether to accept the money.

A federal judge has postponed the first hearing in a lawsuit over a decision by Kansas to deny family planning funds to a Planned Parenthood chapter.

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KCUR Newscast
9:57 am
Wed July 6, 2011

KCUR Morning news 7-6-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is catching flak for sending out letters to farmers along the flooded Missouri River, gauging their interest in selling their lands to the federal government for wildlife restoration.

Missouri general revenue collections were up in Fiscal Year 2011.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has a measure make it easier for adopted adults to get information about biological parents who died without agreeing to be identified.

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KCUR Newscast
12:15 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-5-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Flooding along the Missouri River has had devastating effects on homes, cities and towns. It has impacted transportation, too. A main rail line into Kansas City from the north will be closed until levee breaks are managed.

Laws to restrict abortion in Kansas have been a high-profile issue this year. But Kansas isn't the only state where there are efforts to tighten abortion regulations.

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KCUR Newscast
9:38 am
Mon July 4, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-4-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri River at Northwest Missouri's largest city is forecast to rise a few more inches, then level off by midweek. At St. Joseph, the major battle has been getting rid of water building up inside the river levees.

The body of a 7-year-old boy has been found in a lake south of Lawrence.

Branson police say a husband and wife from Columbia have drowned at a hotel swimming pool.

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KCUR News
12:21 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

2nd Abortion Provider Joins Licensing Lawsuit; State Board Approves New Regulations

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – Another Kansas abortion provider is trying to join a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking new state licensing laws and health department regulations.

Aid for Women, a clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, filed a request Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by two doctors who perform abortions at their own office.

"I'm all for patient safety," says Jeffrey Pederson, manager of Aid for Women. "This is not about patient safety. This is all about making it [accessing abortions] more difficult."

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KCUR Newscast
9:27 am
Thu June 30, 2011

KCUR Morning news 6-30-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The latest trend in the urban agriculture movement is chickens in the city. And a city council committee looked with favor yesterday on loosening the rules on feathered neighbors.

Several pastors and ministers are dismissing an apology from Missouri Congressman Todd Akin for his statement last week in an interview that - quote- "at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God."

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KCUR Newscast
9:33 am
Wed June 29, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-29-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Abortion services may no longer be available in Kansas come Friday. That's when a new law kicks in, requiring that the three abortion providers in Kansas have state licenses.

The government's watchdog agency, the GAO, says many U.S. food aid programs make poor use of taxpayer money.

Water has subsided in the Bird Points Floodway and farmers have returned to work their lands.

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KCUR Newscast
10:16 am
Tue June 28, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-28-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – North Missouri Chamber of Commerce offices are joining the flood fight.

The Missouri River is beginning to rise in the central part of the Show-Me State. The river at Jefferson City is expected to reach 29 feet by Thursday, just a foot shy of the top of the city's north side levee.

Planned Parenthood filed a federal suit yesterday. The group is looking to bar the state of Kansas from redirecting money to local health clinics.

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KCUR Newscast
9:36 am
Mon June 27, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-27-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tens of thousands of people in Missouri and Kansas were briefly without power after two rounds of heavy thunderstorms made their way across the Kansas City area and communities to the north.

A Missouri House Committee is convening in Joplin as it examines the state's disaster response efforts.

A two-person office that helped film directors scout locations and find equipment and employees in Missouri will close on Thursday.

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KCUR Newscast
9:40 am
Fri June 24, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-24-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A meeting is planned this evening along the Platte River, close to where it joins the Missouri River, to add teeth to the fight to keeping land dry.

The Kansas City council took what it hopes will be a cost-efficient step toward lowering the homicide rate.

The Missouri Secretary of State has approved a petition for circulation that would raise the state's cigarette tax by a dollar.

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KCUR Newscast
9:01 am
Thu June 23, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-23-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A two-day review of a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Kansas City suburbs continues today.

As volunteers and residents in Holt and Atchison counties in northwest Missouri continue sandbagging to keep the rising Missouri River at bay, Senator Claire McCaskill is looking for answers from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is making changes in its oversight of sexual abuse allegations against its priests.

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KCUR Newscast
10:04 am
Mon June 20, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-20-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Several levees in northern Missouri are failing to hold back the water released from dams upstream on the Missouri River.

Kansas is relocating its driver's license office in Olathe to the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

Kansas is urging the disabled and other residents with special needs to provide information about themselves for a disaster planning database.

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KCUR Newscast
9:57 am
Fri June 17, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-17-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The full Kansas City city council followed a committee's recommendation yesterday and refused to ban the production of parts for nuclear weapons at a plant being built in southeast Kansas City.

Rural bankers in 10 Midwest states, including Kansas and Missouri, worry that Missouri River flooding will hurt the region's economy and tourism.

Missouri State Senator Brad Lager wants the Senate to hold hearings by the fall on the management of the Missouri River.

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KCUR Newscast
9:39 am
Wed June 15, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-15-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Flood warnings remain in effect for much of the Missouri River basin until further notice - and that could mean the cities of Leavenworth, Atchison and St. Joseph will be seeing floodwaters for much of the summer.

Kansas health officials are warning people to stay away from the overflowing Missouri River.

KU's efforts to translate cutting-edge research into benefits for patients have received a $20 million jumpstart, courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.

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KCUR Newscast
9:46 am
Mon June 13, 2011

KCUR Morning News 7-1311

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Emergency officials are helping prepare areas along the Missouri river for increased risks of flooding this week.

Rising water levels on the Missouri river are expected to swamp hundreds of thousands of acres of crops and halt barge traffic.

A canoe race and Missouri River festival have been postponed because of likely flooding.

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KCUR Newscast
9:33 am
Fri June 10, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-10-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Health Department says it has been notified of two suspected heat related deaths.

Faced with allegations of sexual misconduct by two priests in the Diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn took to You-Tube yesterday to announce plan to deal with the situation.

A former Kansas City police detective once lauded by a federal judge after investigating a motorist's beating at the hands of federal agents has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation.

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KCUR Newscast
9:16 am
Thu June 9, 2011

KCUR Morning Newscast 6-9-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City police say a five-year-old girl is suspected of drowning a toddler in a bathtub.

After nearly 20 years, a public swimming pool is coming to Southeast Kansas City, Missouri.

A plan to sharply reduce the Missouri Department of Transportation's staff, facilities, and equipment was approved.

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KCUR Newscast
9:08 am
Wed June 8, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-8-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Parkville became better-defended from expected Missouri River flooding as two lines of protection have been installed within the past 24 hours: sandbags and a portable steel wall.

Missouri transportation commissioners will consider MoDOT's proposal to downsize itself over the next five years.

Joplin housing is in demand after a deadly tornado destroyed almost 7,000 homes last month.

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KCUR News
12:16 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

McCaskill Launches Survey for VA Hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – US Senator Claire McCaskill wants to gather more feedback about veterans think about the VA hospital in Kansas City. The Missouri Democrat stopped at the World War One Museum in Kansas City this morning.

Sanitation issues at a VA hospital in St. Louis prompted the first survey there. McCaskill said she'd like to see it expanded.

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KCUR Newscast
9:11 am
Fri June 3, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-3-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City pastor has been removed from his ministry amid allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.

Emergency flood preparations are ramping up along the Missouri river. Sandbags are being filled along the river north of Kansas City to the Iowa state line.

Missouri's tax collections continue to be a mix of good and bad news.

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KCUR Newscast
10:41 am
Wed June 1, 2011

KCUR Morning News 6-1-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon says crews will begin hauling away debris today left by the massive tornado that damaged or destroyed more than 8,000 buildings in Joplin.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he expects other states to follow the lead of Kansas in shutting down their government arts agencies.

Emergency loans are being made available to farmers whose crops were affected by drought, wind and fires earlier this year.

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KCUR Newscast
9:55 am
Tue May 31, 2011

KCUR Morning News 5-31-11

Kansas City, MO – Experts say they're worried about environmental dangers in Joplin's air, water and debris piles after the massive tornado.

The first emergency teams that went to Joplin from Kansas City have been analyzing how it worked to help a city recover after being hit by a tornado of historic proportions.

A new analysis led by Saint Louis University suggests that when it comes to stroke care, minorities and whites are not treated equally.

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KCUR Newscast
10:38 am
Fri May 20, 2011

KCUR Morning News 5-20-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University officials have laid out their proposals for tuition increases at Kansas colleges.

The Missouri Ethics Commission has fined Representative Leonard Hughes the Fourth, a four-term Democrat from Kansas City, for problems with his latest campaign report.

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KCUR Newscast
10:14 am
Thu May 19, 2011

KCUR Morning News 5-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A revised plan for redeveloping the Bannister mall area got the endorsement of a city council committee yesterday.

Governor Sam Brownback has signed a law aimed at controlling the proliferation of so-called "designer drugs".

Missouri lawmakers did well this year to keep public school funding at its current level, but fell short in other areas, according to the state's Education Commissioner.

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KCUR Newscast
12:14 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

KCUR Morning News 5-18-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Tea Party will head to Kansas City, Kansas this fall for its Freedom Jamboree.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is continuing a series of meetings aimed at growing the state's economy.

Trustees of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System are postponing an important decision until at least July.

The most popular medical school in the country is located at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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KCUR Newscast
9:07 am
Mon May 16, 2011

KCUR Morning 5-16-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign a bill enacting health and safety regulations specifically for abortion clinics.

Cowley County officials say years of efforts to land a wind farm project have been wasted after Gov. Brownback expanded an area of the state where the huge turbines are not allowed.

The University of Central Missouri is creating an institute to train students for "green" jobs.

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KCUR Newscast
9:48 am
Fri May 13, 2011

KCUR Morning New 5-13-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas legislative session ended early this morning. Lawmakers worked through the night to finish the state's 2012 budget and numerous other measures.

A legislative proposal that bans private health insurance from covering abortions cleared the Kansas legislature this morning.

Legislation that would ban so-called "late-term" abortions in Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.

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KCUR Newscast
9:33 am
Thu May 12, 2011

KCUR Morning News 5-12-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in its 26-year history, Farm Aid is bringing its annual benefit concert to Kansas City.

Kansas legislative negotiators have agreed on a $14 billion budget for the state's 2012 fiscal year, one that will cut overall spending between 5 percent and 6 percent.

Legislation that would lower Missouri's age for carrying a concealed firearm from 23 to 21 has passed the State Senate.

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KCUR Newscast
9:55 am
Wed May 11, 2011

KCUR Morning News 5-11-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lawmakers have passed a bill that would require some Missourians on public assistance to undergo drug testing.

Legislation allowing Missouri taxpayers to donate part of their tax refunds to support foster care and adoptions is heading to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is opposing legislation that would tweak term limits for Missouri lawmakers.

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