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Maria Carter

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – South Kansas City is finally home to a safety net health clinic.

Two bills have been filed in the Missouri House that would raise the state's tax on cigarettes, which is currently the lowest in the nation at 17 cents a pack.

The sponsor of legislation that would require drug tests for some Missouri welfare recipients is disputing how much the proposal would cost.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce officials announced yesterday the names of five civic leaders who will head the campaign to preserve Kansas City, Missouri's earnings tax at a Union Station news conference.

Kansas lawmakers are looking at a bill to toughen penalties for drunk-driving convictions.

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The chief attorney at City Hall in Kansas Cit, Mo. can't find much to contest in a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that will cost the city $2.1 million.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is taking steps he hopes will improve water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the three resident companies at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, yesterday announced its 2011-2012 season, its first in the new venue.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City man who fatally shot a man who was taking a go-kart out of his backyard has been charged with second-degree murder.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is continuing his pledge to revamp state government.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking the state Legislature to give full scholarships to more students who want to attend community colleges.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It's been about two and a half years since Kansas City enacted an indoor smoking ban. A new study finds the economic repercussions of the ban have been minimal.

The Missouri Department of Transportation wants its day in court when it's sued over injuries or deaths blamed on defective roads.

Missouri residents are getting three extra days to file their state income taxes this year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There are signs of an improving economy in the Midwest and Plains states in a new survey of rural bank CEOs.

Missouri higher education officials say the governor's proposed 7-percent decrease in state funding for higher education is about what was expected.

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steady snow piled and drifted through most of the overnight hours and police and highway departments are advising against unnecessary travel today.

Steady snow piled and drifted through most of the overnight hours and police and highway departments are advising against unnecessary travel today.

Missouri's Fifth District Representative Emanuel Cleaver says he doesn't think yesterday's passage of a bill to repeal the federal health law poses a real threat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.