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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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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
4:09 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Green Dollars Headed To Green Trucks

US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke checks out an electric truck made by Smith Electric Vehicles.
(Maria Carter, KCUR News)

Kansas City, MO – The White House announced more than $2.4 billion in grants for batteries and electric vehicles today. As KCUR's Maria Carter reports, some of that money is headed to Kansas City.

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KCUR News
2:48 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Family Copes With Medical Bills And Eviction

Kansas City, MO – As medical costs continue to rise, many families face mounting debt as a result of hospital stays, prescriptions drug costs and lost time at work.

(Link to watch video for this story.)

A study in the American Journal of Medicine found hospital and medical bills contributed to three out of five bankruptcies in 2007 - a fifty percent jump from just six years earlier.

Things haven't gotten to that point yet for Vickie Day and her family.

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KCUR News
1:09 am
Tue April 14, 2009

Hallmark Cards Cuts Jobs

Kansas City, MO – Hallmark Cards announced Wednesday it will cut between 6 and 8 percent of its US workforce, up to 750 people. The greeting card maker will first see how many employees take voluntary severance packages.

Spokeswoman Julie O'Dell says the layoffs then will come from across the company. "The jobs will be impacted across different divisions and departments in different ways, so they really cut across the entire organization."

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KCUR News
9:11 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Black & Veatch Stays And Upgrades

Kansas City, MO – International engineering firm Black and Veatch plans to keep its headquarters in Overland Park. The company's been at the site near Lamar and College Blvd for more than 30 years. Now, it's buying the building for 60 million dollars and planning upgrades. CEO Len Rodman says the company looked at 40 sites across the metro, but said the current site was the best.

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KCUR News
10:16 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Sprint Lays Off 8,000 Workers

Kansas City, MO – Cell phone carrier Sprint Nextel will lay off some 8000 workers by the end of March.

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The current round of layoffs comes on the heels of more than 4-thousand Sprint employees losing their jobs late last year. Sprint has struggled over the past year losing customers and more than 1 billion dollars in the first three quarters. Sprint spokeswoman Laura Lisic says the job cuts are aimed at shoring up the nation's number three cell phone company.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Wed January 7, 2009

50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks

Daniel Seddiqui
(photo courtesy of livingthemap.com)

Kansas City, MO – Fewer employers are hiring and recent college graduates face stiff competition as more people are looking for jobs. Daniel Seddiqui knows their plight well. He graduated from the University of Southern California but says he couldn't get hired because he didn't have experience. Now he's looking to change that. Seddiqui plans to work 50 jobs in 50 states over 50 weeks. This week he's in Kansas City and getting paid as a boilermaker.

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KCUR News
9:49 am
Wed January 7, 2009

Web Extra: Interview With Daniel Seddiqui

KANSAS CITY, MO – The full interview with Daniel Seddiqui about his experiences working 50 jobs in 50 states over 50 weeks.

KCUR News
6:16 am
Wed January 7, 2009

50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks

Kansas City, MO – Fewer employers are hiring and recent college graduates face stiff competition as more people are looking for jobs. Daniel Seddiqui (knows their plight well. He graduated from the University of Southern California but says he couldn't get hired because he didn't have experience. Now he's looking to change that. Seddiqui plans to work 50 jobs in 50 states over 50 weeks. This week he's in Kansas City and getting paid as a boilermaker.

Seddiqui is keeping a journal of his adventures online at

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KCUR News
10:18 am
Wed December 10, 2008

Missouri Hopes For Big Economic Stimulus Gift

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Transportation officials don't take a public stance on Santa Claus, but they're hoping an economic stimulus package being pushed by the President elect could be the next best thing.

RAHN: "Missouri has put together it's wish list and instead of sending it to the North Pole, we're sending it to Washington."

That's Missouri transportation director Pete Rahn. As KCUR's Maria Carter reports Missouri is hoping for an economic stimulus miracle after the holiday season.

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KCUR News
12:49 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Developers Withdraw Plans For KCK Casino

Kansas City, MO – A partnership involving Kansas Speedway and the Cordish company have pulled their bid to build a state-owned casino in Wyandotte county. Kansas Entertainment announced it was withdrawing it's application for the 705 million dollar casino and entertainment complex this morning, hours before a state deadline to finalize the project. Speedway spokeswoman Kelly Hale says group wanted to change the proposal by building the casino first and hotel and retail later.

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KCUR News
2:35 am
Mon October 13, 2008

Kansas City Hurt By Credit Crunch

Kansas City, MO – City and other local governments have been put in their own credit crunch by the crisis on Wall Street. They can't find anyone to buy their municipal bonds. That's how cities normally pay for everything from sewer upgrades to a new city hall. But the market has dried up, and Kansas City, for one, has put tens of millions of dollars of water projects on hold as it waits for the municipal bond market to shake out. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KC Reacts to Wall Street
1:55 am
Mon September 29, 2008

Kansas City's Take on Wall Street

Kansas City, MO – Congress mulled over the proposed 700 billion dollar bailout this week. Here in Kansas City people were taking their own look at plan and how it would affect their pocketbooks. KCUR's Maria Carter first stopped at City Market to gather people's thoughts about the financial crisis.

It's just after daybreak here at city market and vendors have setup selling everything from peaches to peppers and other produce. Customers are just starting to trickle in but Roy McFarland says he's seen a change in how they shop.

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Government
12:58 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Council, Casino At Odds Over Smoking Ban Change

Ameristar executive Troy Stremming says it would be \"impossible to enforce\" a smoking ban in casino concourses.
Photo courtesy of Channel 2 - KCCG

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Council committee took testimony Wednesday on two proposed changes to no-smoking ordinance.

There was no opposition to allowing an exemption for the city's few cigar stores. But Troy Stremming of Ameristar Casino took exception to banning smoking in the concourses that lead to casino gaming rooms. Smoking is allowed there under a section of the lengthy smoking ban voters passed. So Stremming contends that voters intended to allow smoking in the concourses.

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Government
11:47 pm
Sun August 3, 2008

Getting Out The Geek Vote

Part of the web comic from Sean Tevis' website www.seantevis.com/3000

Rarely, does a race for the Kansas legislature generate much interest outside that district's boundaries, but that's just what's happening this year, all due to an online comic strip. A campaign in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe is drawing attention and money from around the globe. Maria Carter of member station KCUR reports.

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Government
9:56 am
Wed July 30, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Interview With Johnson County DA Candidate Steve Howe

Kansas City, MO – Steve Howe worked for 15 years in the Johnson County District Attorneys office as a prosecutor. Now, Howe is running against Phill Kline in the Republican primary for the top job in the office.

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Government
9:55 am
Wed July 30, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Interview With Johnson County DA Candidate Phill Kline

(courtesty of Johnson County District Attorney's office)>

Kansas City, MO – Phill Kline is currently the Johnson County District Attorney and formerly Kansas Attorney General. He's running to keep his job against Steve Howe in the Republican Primary.

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Government
9:51 am
Wed July 30, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Interview With Johnson County DA Candidate Steve Howe

Kansas City, MO – Steve Howe worked for 15 years in the Johnson County District Attorneys office as a prosecutor. Now, Howe is running against Phill Kline in the Republican primary for the top job in the office.

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Government
4:18 am
Mon June 30, 2008

Obama Defends Patriotism and Dissent in Independence

Independence, MO – Hundreds of people turned out to see Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama Monday morning in Independence. KCUR's Maria Carter was there.

Senator Obama has been plagued by detractors who've questioned his commitment to the country, but Obama fired back today with a 30 minute speech outlining his views on patriotism.

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Headlines
2:03 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Bus Tax Draws Critics and Supporters

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City voters are being asked to extend a 3/8th cent sales tax for the bus system. The current tax brings in some 23 million dollars a year and will expire in March of next year. Supporters say the 15
year extension is crucial to keeping the bus system running, but some critics say transit officials need to come up with a combined light rail and bus plan to take to voters. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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People
12:20 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Excerpts from Black Archives Hearings

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