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.


KCUR Newscast
9:45 am
Wed January 19, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-19-11

Kansas City, MO – Basic city services won't be sacrificed in a proposed budget for Kansas City, Missouri.

A Missouri Senate committee is receiving budget requests from agencies and non-profit groups as lawmakers prepare to craft the state's spending plan for next year.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says she'd like to see both the U-S House and Senate take serious steps toward reducing spending before she votes to increase the amount of money the country can borrow.

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KCUR Newscast
9:14 am
Tue January 18, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-18-11

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas Neurological Institute serves some 150 profoundly disabled adults. If the Kansas Legislature approves, the facility would be closed gradually over the next three years.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has begun accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

The top lawmakers in the Missouri House are pledging to block Gov. Jay Nixon from billing state agencies for his airplane flights.

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KCUR Newscast
9:27 am
Mon January 17, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-17-11

Kansas City, MO – Missouri House leaders hope to start debate in the full chamber this week on two of their priority measures.

Insurance options for Missourians with pre-existing health conditions are about to get less expensive.

A Missouri Senate committee plans hearings around the state to gather suggestions about redrawing congressional districts.

Missouri's autism insurance mandate takes effect this month. The law requires insurance companies to cover autism therapies for children.

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KCUR Newscast
9:16 am
Fri January 14, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-14-11

Kansas City, MO – As a city audit continues and amid credible reports of an FBI investigation into Port Authority contracting procedures, the agency's chair has now resigned from its board.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released 7-and-a-half million dollars for public school busing that he had earlier withheld due to budget troubles.

Missouri's college loan authority has set aside about $30 million to offset part of Governor Nixon's cut in the Access Missouri scholarships next school year.

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KCUR Newscast
9:12 am
Thu January 13, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-13-11

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City, Missouri audit of its Port Authority continues, despite credible information that the FBI is conducting a similar probe.

The Kansas City Council is scheduled to vote today on new regulations for the short-term loan industry.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking that Kansas be allowed to join a lawsuit to do away with the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance, starting in 2014.

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KCUR Newscast
9:23 am
Wed January 12, 2011

KCUR Morning news 1-12-11

Kansas City, MO – Beginning Friday , MoDOT is offering the chance to comment one last time on a wide-ranging proposal to improve Interstate 70 East from Kansas City.

Kansas has spent about $225 million so far renovating its Statehouse, and the roof still leaks - and it may go on leaking.

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KCUR Newscast
9:51 am
Tue January 11, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-11-11

Kansas City, MO – Kansas Lawmakers will start the real business of legislating today (TUE), after their swearing in yesterday.

The Overland Park city council has approved a 30 million dollar tax incentive for a development, which includes the American Museum of Natural history.

Richard Clay willnot be executed tomorrow (Wednesday, 12:01AM) for the 1994 murder of a southeast Missouri man.

Republican Tom Schweich has been sworn in as Missouri's new State Auditor.

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KCUR Newscast
9:53 am
Mon January 10, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-10-11

Kansas City, MO – A winter storm system is moving across Missouri and Kansas and forecasters say it could leave up to 8 inches of snow before it ends.

The outlines of a possible education funding plan from Kansas Governor-elect Brownback are emerging.

The Kansas Insurance Department is reporting it recovered 32 percent less money for consumers last year than it did in 2009.

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KCUR Newscast
9:40 am
Fri January 7, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-7-11

Kansas City, MO – A nursing student at Johnson County Community College can head back to class. Doyle Burns was one of four students who posed for cell phone pictures with a placenta during a class, and then posted the photos on Facebook.

As Missouri prepares to execute Richard Clay next week, the ACLU has learned that the state is running out of one of the drugs used in the lethal injection process.

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KCUR Newscast
8:02 am
Thu January 6, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-6-11

Kansas City, MO – City government in Kansas City Kansas is reeling from the arrest of four police officers.

One of four students kicked out of Johnson County Community College's nursing school after posting online photos of herself with a human placenta will ask a judge today to force the school to let her resume classes during the spring semester.

The Missouri General Assembly has begun its annual legislative session in Jefferson City.

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KCUR Newscast
9:42 am
Wed January 5, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-5-11

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Kan., police officials say they're asking the FBI for help as they investigate allegations of police misconduct.

Lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week, facing a big budget shortfall. Education is the single biggest item in the budget. Some legislators have been looking at the reserves Kansas school districts keep in the bank as a way to help reduce state education costs.

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KCUR Newscast
9:15 am
Tue January 4, 2011

KCUR Morning News 1-4-11

Kansas City, MO – A reward has been doubled to help find the men who robbed the same North Kansas City bank, twice within three weeks in November and December.

Supporters of Proposition B are preparing to combat legislative efforts to repeal the ballot measure approved by voters in November.

After spending most of his adult life in public office, Kit Bond is now a lawyer with a St. Louis firm.

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KCUR Newscast
9:21 am
Mon January 3, 2011

KCUR Morning news 1-3-10

Kansas City, MO – A violent December pushed Kansas City's 2010 homicide total to 106 deaths.

Missouri and Kansas have had Safe Haven laws on the books for several years, allowing parents to leave newborns at hospitals, fire stations, and some other locations.

A new state audit says workers at Missouri's Department of Mental Health are racking up excessive amounts of overtime.

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9:33 am
Fri December 31, 2010

State Parks Clean Up, Driving & Texting Fines Begin: The Morning News

It's the last day hog-producing giant Premium Standard Farms has to implement cleaner waste removal technology in 40 of its facilities in Missouri.

The state of Missouri is continuing its state-parks jobs program that hires teens and young adults in the state's parks and historic sites.

The long legal battle over the route for a South Lawrence Trafficway continues.

Starting Saturday, Kansans who text message while driving will be facing a fine.

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9:19 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Kan. & Mo. Face Shortfalls: The Morning News

There's a several-hundred-million-dollar difference of opinion about the Kansas state budget.

Missouri schools could face a $24 million shortfall because casinos aren't making as much.

There's a several-hundred-million-dollar difference of opinion about the Kansas state budget.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking opinions about the state's railroads.

The third-ranked Kansas men's basketball team improved to 12-0 on the season last night by defeating the University of Texas-Arlington 82-57 in Lawrence.

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2:48 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Ad Checkup: Missouri Prop A & Prop B

YES! on Proposition B television ad.

Kansas City, MO – As the airwaves fill up with ads for candidates from the Statehouse to the U.S. Senate, at least a few minutes of airtime are to the two controversial ballot initiatives on the Missouri ballot.

KCUR's Brian Ellison joined us to examine some of the claims these ads made.

Yes on Prop A

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10:02 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Amendments to KS Constitution Appear on Ballot

Kansas City, MO – Two constitutional amendments are appearing on the ballot this election. To become part of the state Constitution, they need to be approved by Kansas voters.

9:46 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Ad Checkup: Attack Ads in 4th District

Kansas City, MO – This year Democrat Ike Skelton is facing his strongest challenge in years by Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler.

Maria Carter and Brian Ellison talk about the accuracy of attack ads from each of the campaigns.

Ike Skelton's Ad Against Vicky Hartzler

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9:46 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Kansas Secretary of State Candidates Clash on Voting Laws

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas Secretary of State administers statewide elections and handles business filings. It's an office that usually doesn't draw much attention, but this year has been different.

Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs is being challenged by Republican Kris Kobach, who is known for his work in writing laws targeting illegal immigration - including the controversial Arizona law.

Biggs and Kobach met for a debate in Overland Park.

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11:59 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Junk Food Diet Leads to Surprising Results

Kansas City, MO – People often point the finger at high fat or sugar laden foods like Twinkies, potato chips, and fried pickles for weight gain. But Kansas State University nutrition professor Mark Haub has had a different experience over the past five weeks. He's made himself a human guinea pig for a junk food diet and lost 17 pounds.

Professor Haub spoke with KCUR's Maria Carter about what's he's been eating and some of the surprising health effects.


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11:33 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Penn Valley Dean Stabbed

Kansas City, MO – Updated at 11:33am September 14, 2010.

An appearance by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at Penn Valley Community College scheduled for this morning has been canceled following a stabbing there. A dean at Penn Valley was stabbed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Humanities building.

Kansas City Police Captain Rich Lockhart says witnesses report the man was in his twenties and wearing all black.

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9:33 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Top Of The Morning News: May 18, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. – Rain turned this year's Rockfest into a mud-fest. Acres of grass at Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park were torn up and left a muddy mess.

A Lenexa man who organized protests against a deer hunt in Shawnee Mission Park has been put on probation for violating a protection order.

IBM is opening a delivery center in Columbia that will create up to 800 jobs.

A state senator who's running for Kansas secretary of state faces allegations that he violated campaign finance laws.

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Same-Sex Marriage
10:44 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Census Bureau to Count Same-Sex Partners As Married

Kansas City, Mo. – Gay and lesbian couples who consider themselves married, whether they legally are married or not,will be counted that way in the current census. That marks a shift from previous years.

In the last census, some 600,000 same sex couples check the married box, but when the data was reported, they were deemed unmarried partners. Gay rights groups lobbied Congress to change that in the current census.

Maria Carter spoke with Edward San Filippo from the US Census bureau about the changes in 2010 Census.

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9:50 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

KCUR Receives Major CPB Grant

Kansas City, Mo. – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced KCUR will be one of seven stations receiving grants to create local journalism centers.

KCUR will work with five public media partners in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska to cover agribusiness.

CPB President Patricia Harrison said at a press conference in Washington D.C. that CPB is committed to local news.

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12:06 pm
Tue February 23, 2010

Missouri Lawmakers Look At Casino Standards

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers conducted a hearing on legislation that would bar the State Gaming Commission from revoking the license of a casino for underperforming financially.

The bill was filed in reaction to the Gaming Commission's decision to revoke the license of the President Casino in downtown St. Louis. Among those testifying in favor of the bill was Mack Bradley of Pinnacle Entertainment, the company that owns the President Casino and the vessel where it's housed, the Admiral Riverboat:

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10:38 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Missouri Considers Giving Control Over Tax Credits To Lawmakers

Kansas City, Mo. – A bill that would give the Missouri General Assembly control over almost every state tax credit is being debated in the State Senate.

The bill's supporters, including GOP Senator Chuck Purgason, say giving lawmakers control over the size of each tax break would ensure that they can set aside enough money to fund education, health care and other critical needs.

"When you are sitting there trying to make a decision whether to cut Medicaid, not fund the formula, or issue tax credits, I think that's an issue that we need to make," says Purgason.

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12:37 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

University Of Missouri President Explains Budget Cuts

Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri-Kansas City will have to make due with about $4 million less from the state next year. It reflects an agreement with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to cut higher education funding statewide by only 5 percent in exchange for holding tuition steady next school year.

UM System President Gary Forsee stopped in Kansas City for a town hall with some 200 students, faculty, and staff. Forsee says knowing about budget cuts now makes planning easier.

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9:32 am
Wed October 28, 2009

KCUR Morning News 10-28-09

Kansas City, MO – An announcement is expected that the once-huge American Airlines KCI overhaul base will close next year.

More spending cuts are coming to Missouri government.

Some Kansas legislators are working on a plan they hope could block parts of federal health care legislation from taking effect in the state.

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8:57 am
Fri October 16, 2009

KCUR Morning News 10-16-09

Kansas City, MO – A new Wizards soccer stadium and Cerner Corporation office park is closer to becoming reality with an offer from the Kansas Commerce Secretary . It adds up to nearly $230 million in incentives.

After nearly two years of debate Kansas City, Missouri has changed its rules for establishments that serve liquor by the drink. And one places things could change is on the city's college campuses.

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10:05 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine Comes To Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City has received its first shipment of swine flu vaccine. The Kansas City Health Department says 27-hundred doses of the nasal spray vaccine were sent to medical care providers.

Shipments of the injectable vaccine are expected in the next few weeks. The state health department said the mist version uses a live-virus formulation and is not appropriate for pregnant women, children under 2, or anyone with underlying health conditions, such as asthma.

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