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
9:28 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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KCUR Newscast
9:13 am
Tue February 22, 2011

KCUR Morning news 2-22-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City School District says its buildings need some work.

Kansas House members are pushing to repeal a law that allows some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Kansas colleges and universities. The law was passed in 2004.

The Missouri House will begin debate soon on a plan to use $190 million of additional federal stimulus money for public schools.

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KCUR Newscast
9:32 am
Mon February 21, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-21-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas ethics panel is reviewing allegations former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline committed misconduct while investigating abortion providers.

A federal judge says he plans to have a ruling by mid-March on a lawsuit over how much local money can be raised to pay for Kansas public schools.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says Congress needs to play by the same rules as everyone else.

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KCUR Newscast
9:10 am
Fri February 18, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-18-11

Kansas City, MO – Severe temperature shifts are playing havoc with Kansas City's water distribution. There have been so many broken lines, only the largest get immediate attention.

Community Mental Health directors in Kansas say they've received notice from a state agency 14 in-patient psychiatric beds will be closing at Rainbow Mental Health facility.

A Merriam man has pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and murder of a young woman whose battered body was found in rural western Missouri.

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KCUR Newscast
10:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-17-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two new sets of criminal charges are filed against a man already accused in a series of rapes in and around Kansas City's Waldo area.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Kansas City's Power & Light district for racial discrimination.

The Kansas budget director says Gov. Sam Brownback is ruling out higher contributions for government workers or changes in benefits as ways to solve the long-term issues with the state pension system.

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KCUR Newscast
9:10 am
Wed February 16, 2011

KCUR Morning news 2-16-11

Kansas City, MO – Later today the Jackson County Prosecutor is expected to tell whether he can set charges in a series of five rapes in and around Kansas City's Waldo district dating to 2009. It's a continuation of an investigation set into motion last Spring.

The Kansas City planning commission has rejected plans by local law firm to build headquarters on Country Club Plaza.

A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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KCUR Newscast
9:29 am
Tue February 15, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-15-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – President Obama has included 150-million dollars in his budget for the next fiscal year to go ahead with the construction of the nation's premier bio-defense lab in Manhattan, Kansas.

The President's budget proposal did NOT include money for a federal office building in downtown Kansas City.

A Wichita businessman says he wants to reopen three closed racetracks in Kansas, including the Woodlands track in Kansas City, Kansas.

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KCUR Newscast
9:17 am
Mon February 14, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-14-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri highway officials say a combination of heavy rain and old construction led to the collapse of a section of highway in Kansas City last summer.

The Missouri Supreme Court says former Kansas City superintendent Bernard Taylor can't be sued over a high school student's 2005 stabbing.

A prison in Missouri's capital now has a geriatric wing as state officials confront an increasingly elderly inmate population.

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KCUR Newscast
9:26 am
Fri February 11, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-11-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City's mayor gave the council his comments on the city manager's budget proposal yesterday, and they repeated familiar Mark Funkhouer themes. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today (THUR) unveiled his comprehensive plan for growing the state's economy.

Members of the Kansas House are expected to take a final vote today on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would make it illegal for any law to force someone to buy health insurance.

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KCUR Newscast
10:10 am
Thu February 10, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-10-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A $15 Million aquarium is being planned for the Crown Center District.

A company that manufactures so-called "good bacteria" is expanding in Kansas City.

A new study is questioning claims that a proposed Sunflower power plant in Kansas will be the cleanest coal plant in the country.

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would make it illegal to abort a fetus deemed capable of living outside the womb.

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KCUR Newscast
9:22 am
Tue February 8, 2011

KCUR Morning news 2-8-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two candidates in the primary for Kansas City Council are asking a third be declared in-eligible . The issues are complicated by the fast-approaching election.

The husband of a Jackson County legislator Theresa Garza Ruis is leaving his job with an agency that receives public funding after concerns about a conflict of interest for his wife.

A Missouri House committee has passed a resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

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KCUR Newscast
9:23 am
Mon February 7, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-7-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second straight year, Kansas City has experienced a decline in births.

The Kansas House is expected to approve rules with a new provision making it more difficult for members to propose spending increases.

The leading sponsor of two Kansas "health care freedom" proposals believes both measures have enough support to pass the state House.

Early Head Start advocates looking for a commitment from Governor Sam Brownback may be out of luck.

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KCUR Newscast
9:27 am
Fri February 4, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-4-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – President Barack Obama has signed a statewide emergency declaration for Missouri after a severe winter storm that buried much of the state in snow this week.

Olathe police and fire investigators think someone set fire to Green Springs Elementary School yesterday after burglarizing it.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released an additional 10 million dollars withheld from school bus funding for Missouri's public schools this year.

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KCUR Newscast
9:19 am
Thu February 3, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-3-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A four alarm fire has been put out at an Olathe elementary school.

There are fewer flights canceled this morning into and out of KCI, but the nation's air travel system is slow to recover from storm-closed airports.

While a number of schools remain closed, it's back to business for state government in Topeka.

The Kansas senate will be looking at changes to the state's high risk insurance program.

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KCUR Newscast
9:59 am
Wed February 2, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-2-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Most local schools and many businesses are closed because of the snow. Travel is still being discouraged in much of the Kansas City region. Drifting snow is the problem now.

In Kansas, for a second state day government offices in Topeka are closed... and now, a state of emergency is in effect for more than half the state. It's all the result of this week's winter storm.

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KCUR Newscast
9:47 am
Tue February 1, 2011

KCUR Morning News 2-1-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow is accumulating on many streets now. A warning for a rare Kansas City area blizzard is still in effect as snow and winds intensify.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to stay home as a major winter storm approaches.

State offices in Topeka and Shawnee County will be closed today because of the winter storm that's hitting the region.

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KCUR Newscast
10:23 am
Mon January 31, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-31-11

Kansas City, MO – What appears to be a winter storm of a kind Kansas City hasn't seen in several years is bearing down

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has given legislators a roadmap for balancing the state's finances in the current year.

Missouri's field of potential Republican U.S. Senate candidates has grown by subtraction.

Missouri environmental officials want to keep the interest earned from one of their bank accounts to help boost funding for state parks.

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KCUR News
12:19 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

KC Mayoral Candidate Mark Funkhouser

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KCUR is running a series of conversation with candidates in the race for Kansas City Missouri Mayor. We're asking them about crime and how to balance the city's budget during tough economic times. Maria Carter caught up with the incumbent, Mayor Mark Funkhouser, at his campaign headquarters in the city market.

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