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.


KCUR Newscast
10:40 am
Tue April 26, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-26-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new report suggests that moving toward a 401(k)-style plan for Kansas teachers and government workers could make it harder for the state's public pension system to eliminate its long-term funding problems.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has directed the transportation department to start work on a plan to add rumble strips on the Douglas County part of a busy highway.

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KCUR Newscast
9:23 am
Mon April 25, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-25-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Officials with the University of Kansas Cancer Center are watching to see how federal budget cuts might affect efforts to be designated a national cancer center.

Officials with the University of Kansas Cancer Center are watching to see how federal budget cuts might affect efforts to be designated a national cancer center.

Kansas lawmakers will meet to work on legislation aimed at fixing a deficit in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS.

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KCUR Newscast
11:14 am
Fri April 22, 2011

KCUR Morning 4-22-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – House and Senate negotiators have failed to agree on a congressional redistricting map before a self-imposed deadline.

The Missouri Senate has passed a resolution that would shrink the size of the Missouri House from 163 members down to 103.

The Missouri Senate is trying to cut down on the number of potential election days in the state.

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KCUR Newscast
9:25 am
Tue April 19, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-19-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas is now taking part in a multi-state online system aimed at better tracking medication used to make methamphetamine.

Many of Missouri's top Republicans from the state and U.S. capitols have met in Jefferson City to try to settle a stalemate over redrawing Missouri's congressional districts.

A compromise has been announced between supporters and opponents of Proposition B on a new proposal to overhaul dog-breeding regulations passed by Missouri voters last year.

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KCUR Newscast
9:47 am
Fri April 15, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-15-10

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a measure that further de-regulates AT&T. Critics say it will hurt some outstate customers.

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden.

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden.

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KCUR Newscast
10:06 am
Thu April 14, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-14-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Legislature voted today to roll back key provisions of a voter-approved initiative to regulate dog breeders.

The Missouri Senate has approved a congressional redistricting plan based on the 2010 Census.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is planning to sign a bill today that loosens state regulation of AT&T.

Grassland burning in the Flint Hills this month created high ozone levels in certain areas of the state.

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KCUR Newscast
10:01 am
Wed April 13, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-13-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of people who lost their benefits because of a protest against federal spending by several Republican state senators.

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on the congressional redistricting map passed by the House last week.

Federal officials have told a Kansas City psychiatric hospital it is cut off from most Medicare payments.

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KCUR Newscast
10:47 am
Mon April 11, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-11-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Wyandotte county board of commissioners has unanimously passed a "complete streets" resolution.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is planning to release a commission report today on the economic growth plan for the state.

A central Kansas liberal arts college is celebrating a new $1.2 million anonymous donation that will help boost the entrepreneurship curriculum at McPherson College.

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KCUR Newscast
9:46 am
Fri April 8, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-8-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four Missouri State Senators have ended their filibuster of legislation to draw down 105 million dollars in extended federal unemployment benefits.

Missouri House members have rejected legislation addressing the care of developmentally disabled people living in state facilities.

As the federal government moves closer to a shutdown, 1st District Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is talking about what a continued budget stalemate could mean.

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KCUR Newscast
10:37 am
Thu April 7, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-7-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Google isn't offering much hope to people wanting to work for the company's new ultra-fast Internet project in Kansas City, Kan.

A group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Missouri Senate say they're willing to end their month-long filibuster of legislation to draw down 105 million in extended unemployment benefits.

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KCUR Newscast
9:18 am
Mon April 4, 2011

KCUR Morning News 4-4-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – If weather allows, work begins today on an innovation in traffic flow that may change the way thousands of cars and trucks move on Kansas City's far Northeast side.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon today criticized the Missouri Senate for failing to pass legislation to draw down around $105 million in extended unemployment benefits.

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9:39 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Kansas City Voters Decide Future of Earnings Tax

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Newly elected Kansas City Mayor Sly James hasn't even taken office yet, but in his acceptance speech on election night he acknowledged he's got a big job ahead of him.

"I need you to tell your friends, I need you to educate your neighbors. We need to make sure we renew that earnings tax," said James.

Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide the future of the earning tax on Tuesday. Both sides of the debate say the vote is critical to future growth of the city.

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1:20 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Google to Make KCK Fastest Internet

Announcement was made in the auditorium at Wyandotte High School. Photo: Dan Verbeck / KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Google has picked Kansas City, Kansas as the location for its first ultra high-speed fiber project.

Google unveiled their plan a year ago to build and study the use of ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of cities across the country. More than 1,100 communities submitted applications.

Google has committed to providing 1 gigabit per second fiber straight to homes and businesses at a competitive price in KCK. This is 100 times faster than most broadband connections speeds.

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KCUR Newscast
11:48 am
Mon March 28, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-28-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri is proposing sweeping accreditation changes for schools that would add a series of new tests and require districts to better monitor how their graduates fare in college.

A not-for-profit group representing the pharmaceutical industry is running radio ads in Missouri to combat legislation that would require a doctor's prescription to buy certain cold medications.

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KCUR Newscast
9:17 am
Thu March 17, 2011

KCUR Morning News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City man has pleaded no contest to 21 federal charges accusing him of lacing ice cream and soda with sleeping pills, giving the drugs to girls and making pornographic videos of the young victims.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is embarrassed by the recent revelation that she was reimbursed for using a private airplane to attend a political event in 2007.

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KCUR Newscast
9:52 am
Wed March 16, 2011

KCUR Morning news 3-16-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Olathe- based medical relief agency that brought aid to Hurricane Katrina victims and to Haiti is sending an advance team to Japan tomorrow.

The House Budget Committee has quickly wrapped up work on Missouri's state budget for next year.

The Kansas Senate this afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the state arts agency.

The Kansas House has given first approval to a bill that would cut 35 million dollars out of the current budget.

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KCUR Newscast
9:21 am
Tue March 15, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-15-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Officials at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Burlington, KS are closely watching developments in Japan to see if there are any lessons to be learned from the nuclear disasters occurring there.

A Kansas House committee has voted against a measure that would clamp down on illegal immigration in the state.

Metals like aluminum and copper can be attractive items for thieves. A Kansas Senate committee is considering new regulations aimed at combating metal thefts.

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KCUR Newscast
9:28 am
Mon March 14, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-14-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Underfunded public pensions are a national problem, but it is being felt more immediately in Kansas because of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to shift money away from public school classrooms and into teachers' retirement benefits.

Civil rights groups are opposing a plan to change the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

Missouri highway crews are on the lookout for potholes on state roads amid the rising and falling temperatures of late winter.

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KCUR Newscast
10:14 am
Fri March 11, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-11-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A bill that would roll back part of Proposition B has passed the Missouri Senate. Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs and requires adequate food, water, and outdoor access.

A bill that would roll back part of Proposition B has passed the Missouri Senate. Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs and requires adequate food, water, and outdoor access.

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KCUR Newscast
9:54 am
Thu March 10, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-10-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City city council has set the wheels in motion for adoption of next year's city budget. It includes some higher fees for basic services.

Senator Claire McCaskill says diplomacy needs to be the "first and most important route" for American foreign policy toward Libya.

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KCUR Newscast
9:39 am
Tue March 8, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-8-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Court of Appeals panel has upheld Michael Fletcher's disqualification from the 3rd district council race.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a new report about its planned re-evaluation of the future use of the Missouri River.

State government in Kansas is undergoing a comprehensive study to see how tax dollars are spent.

A State House committee is considering legislation that would ban the use of red-light cameras in Missouri.

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KCUR Newscast
10:18 am
Mon March 7, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-7-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The full house could debate tax policy changes this week.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission would close its Kansas City and St. Louis offices and move to Jefferson City under a bill pending in the Missouri House.

Republican leaders in the Missouri House are calling on Democratic Governor Jay Nixon to release more funding for school buses.

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KCUR Newscast
9:59 am
Fri March 4, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-4-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Johnson County is now most populous county in Kansas, growing 21 percent over the past decade.

The simple mistake of a dropped cell phone helped lead Kansas City police to settle the Monday murder of an outspoken promoter of a crime-reduced Old Northeast Side.

Despite a campaign ad attacking the practice, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he has no plans to scale back his air travel

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KCUR Newscast
9:24 am
Thu March 3, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-3-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Supreme Court has sided with Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church in a free speech case.

Mental Health advocates say cuts proposed for mental health services in Kansas will endanger lives and burden emergency rooms, mental hospitals, and jails statewide.

Mental Health advocates say cuts proposed for mental health services in Kansas will endanger lives and burden emergency rooms, mental hospitals, and jails statewide.

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KCUR Newscast
11:56 am
Wed March 2, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-2-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A court ordered investigation leads a Jackson County Circuit Judge to close a controversial Kansas City funeral home, calling Marts Memorial Services a risk to the public interest.

A Johnson County racing school and its founder are accused of deceptive and unconscionable acts related to the sale of racing packages.

An effort to repeal a Kansas law that gives illegal immigrants a tuition break has passed the House, but may face a challenge in the Senate.

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KCUR Newscast
10:34 am
Tue March 1, 2011

KCUR Morning News 3-1-11

Kansas City, MO – The Lawrence School board has started the process to close an elementary school.

A school district in central Kansas has been given a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act.

Nine retired U.S. Air Force generals want Kansas regulators to disbar 10 lawyers who belong to a Topeka church that protests at military funerals around the country.

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KCUR Newscast
9:47 am
Mon February 28, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-28-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City lost one of its biggest ambassadors over the weekend when legendary broadcaster Bill Grigsby died at the age of 89.

The Kansas City Missouri School district has opened a dental clinic inside one of its elementary schools.

The Taum Sauk Fund board has voted dissolve and split $7 million between Reynolds and Iron counties.

Senator Bob Dole's former press secretary is returning to KU as a Dole fellow.

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KCUR Newscast
10:27 am
Fri February 25, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-25-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri's population is up 4.1 percent over the past 10 years.

Union Station today will announce a more than $1 million dollar grant from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation for long-awaited improvements at Science City.

Dozens of union members gathered at the Statehouse to oppose a bill that would eliminate an option for them to make political donations.

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KCUR Newscast
10:44 am
Thu February 24, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-24-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas House is set to take final votes today on two bills that place further restrictions on abortions.

Kansas legislators are struggling to decide how to satisfy the federal government's demands that the state boost spending on special education programs in public schools.

The operations and spending habits of several Missouri state agencies would be compared in a review being proposed by State Auditor Tom Schweich.

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KCUR Newscast
9:40 am
Wed February 23, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-23-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Among a pool of six, Sly James finished first in yesterday's primary for Kansas City mayor.

For the first time since the 1920s, Kansas City voters have denied an incumbent mayor a second term. Mark Funkhouser finished third and is unable to advance to the general election.

Yesterday's primaries also narrowed the field for council seats. Five races had more than two candidates.

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