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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When Nawang Gombu reached the top of Mount Everest, he was only 17 years old. Many people talk about the beauty and the majesty of seeing the world beneath your feet. But, his first thought was, “How do I get down?” Film maker and former Kansas City television reporter, Bev Chapman,  who recently completed a documentary on Gombu, shares the story of this extraordinary man.  Nawang's inspiring story begins when he escaped from a Buddhist monastery when he was only 11. Punishments were very strict for children who didn’t excel academically, so Gombu felt he had no choice but to escape.

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board is asking for the city to sever the museum’s tie to Union Station and to reinstate the museum’s director.  Prairie plants are being used to help restore farm soil.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to get the farm bill to the president’s desk soon.

Museum Advisory Board Asks City To Reinstate Director

Some bakers and candy makers are saying the government gives too much of a subsidy to U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane growers. Last week’s high temperatures are gone for now, replaced by temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.

Does The Government Give Too Much Support To Sugar Growers?

The Kansas City council votes to keep some traffic lights on and to toughen an animal abuse ordinance.  A grant from the EPA will help clean up blighted areas on both sides of the state line.  A Senate Committee approves NBAF funding.

Council Votes On Traffic Lights, Chickens, Animal Abuse

A Kansas City council committee has approved a measure opposing gun violence at least symbolically. A state law that prohibits smoking in most public places is still popular in Kansas. Summer Youth Theatre in Lawrence tackles all of Kansas history in less than an hour.

Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers

A Kansas board has rejected a proposed changes to voter registration rules requiring proof of citizenship.  A proposed streetcar line in downtown Kansas City is in the hands of judges.  Some are expecting a contentious veto session in Missouri because of the number of bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

State Board Rejects Voter Registration Change

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and many fields around Kansas City feel the benefits of last year’s Major League Baseball All Star game.  Ten recommendations are issued for arts and culture in Kansas City.  KCP&L says solar rebates won’t end in the Kansas City area.

What Was Kansas City Left With After Hosting The MLB All-Star Game?

One man is dead after a drive by shooting in Overland Park.  Metal theft is on the rise in rural areas, rising 36 percent since 2010.

Drive By Shooting In Overland Park Leaves One Dead

Police investigators are investigating the shooting in the 9400 block of Lamar in Overland Park, Kan.  The victim’s family and friends held a vigil  across the street as homicide detectives gather evidence from the driveway, lawn, and split level home.  

The fallout from an alleged rape in Maryville affects the town and the victims. The Kansas City Council delayed a decision about downgrading some traffic lights to four-way stops.  A local solar energy company will protest KCP&L’s request to end solar rebates. 

Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?

Veterans get educational benefits and other protections under new legislation.  A sexual assault case in Maryville goes unresolved.  The Kansas City Charter commission might go past July deadline to do the job right.

Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans

The Kan. Board of Education requests a $600 million funding crease from lawmakers.  Ikea starts construction in Merriam.  Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns and changing rules for mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area

Jul 9, 2013
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Temperatures could hit as high as 98 degrees Tuesday with the heat index reaching 108 degrees, but those temperatures aren’t expected to last long. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Kansas City area.  It begins at noon and lasts until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Cutter in Pleasant Hill, Mo. says a cold front will break the heat this evening and could bring thunderstorms.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph settled a wrongful death case out of court with a family who say their son committed suicide after being sexually abused by a priest.  The Kansas City area is under a heat advisory today.  A famous Steinway is available for anyone to play in Overland Park. 

KC Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Death Case

Many farmers are working past retirement age.  Players from the Kansas Royals and Sporting Kansas City have been named to their league’s All-Star teams.  An elk herd is thriving in southeast Missouri after conservation efforts.

Aging Farmers Reluctant To Retire, Pass On Land

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback goes to the Paris Airshow to meet with aviation industry officials. A controversial Medicare program requiring all mail-order diabetic supplies be sold through a select number of private companies started this week. The Country Club Plaza makes the list of the most endangered historic location in Kansas City.

Controversial Medicare Bid Program Takes Next Step

The Kansas City Police Department wants to get federal money to expand a gunfire expansion program.  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill  criticizes Missouri lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill.  A Democratic state senator is calling into question Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s appointment to the Board of Regents.

KCPD Seeks Federal Money To Expand Shot Spot

Kansas City's Police Chief says he wants to expand a gunfire detection program to four other regions of the city following positive data from the first area. 

Police Chief Daryl Forte has run the Shot Spot program for eight months and says it has reduced aggravated assaults 24.6% in the 3.5 square mile area.  Forte has never clearly defined the district for what he says are intelligence reasons.  

Forte has asked Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to take the case to  federal agencies to ask for funding beyond the $720,000 to set up and maintain the 5 year program. 

The failure of lawmakers to pass a farm bill has left farmers uncertain about the future.  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill blocking the scanning of documents for driver’s licenses. Missouri lawmakers have taken more than $700,000 in lobbyist’s gifts since the beginning of the year.

Farm Bill Fail Leaves Farmers Uncertain, But Unvexed

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Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change-- tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal.  

The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport.  That came just 4 years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.

The Kauffman Foundation announces a $20 million dollar jump start for a downtown arts campus for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.  In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, Kansas City supporters of same sex marriage react.  Also, constitutional lawyers take a look at what it means for the state as a whole.

Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus

Farmers are finding there’s more to Community Supported Agriculture than simply growing crops.  Kansas looks at way to reduce childhood poverty.  Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers are looking at a home-based nursing program for people with chronic conditions.

Kansas Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

Community Supported Agriculture groups face questions as they grow.  Father and son take to the stage at the Heart of America Shakespeare Fesitval.  Kansas submits its first quarterly report after privatizing its Medicaid program.

The Kansas City Council approves an ordinance that could lead to more microbreweries.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the border is the key to immigration law change.  Union Station opens a new exhibit about pirates.

Council Hopes For Microbrewery Boom

Missouri issues guidelines for students in unaccredited districts wishing to transfer to accredited districts.  A commission is looking for ways to make the Kansas City, Mo. City government better.  An Overland Park-based cement company has been ordered to pay $30 million for violating the Clean Air Act.

Missouri Issues Guidelines For Transfers To Accredited Districts

A Kansas City man is tied to a New York bomb plot as part of government surveillance program.  Missouri Congressmen speak out about the House version of the Farm Bill. 

Kansas City Man Tied to New York Bomb Plot

The FBI alleges that a Kansas City man was involved in a fledgling plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. The case came up as an example of effective the government surveillance programs have been at foiling some 50 terrorist plots.

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Kansas City’s airport advisory panel met in Union Station Tuesday morning.  Kansas City is looking at moving from its current three terminal layout to a new, single terminal.  Supporters of the new design say it’s a needed update to the 40-year-old structure because of security concerns. Opponents of the single terminal say the current system works well for travelers. 

The panel's co-chair, Bob Berkebile, says he learned a couple of things from what the group was calling airport school, and he notes getting informed is an important first step.

UMKC begins accepting applications for its Physician Assistants program following a change in Missouri law. Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden comes to Kanas City to welcome Chinese students to Missouri Boys and Girls State conference.  A delegation from Kansas, including Governor Sam Brownback, heads to the Paris Air Show.

UMKC Starts Physician Assistant Program

The Kansas City council looks at how to pay for the bus service.  Governor Sam Brownback stopped in Overland Park to sign a tax bill.  High beef prices in the super market are the result of a multi-year drought.

Council Committee Studies Bus Funding And Role Of ATA Board

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signs eight bills into law.  The MU Chancellor announces he will retire in November.  Farmers find it hard to constantly switch between floods and drought,

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon campaigns against a tax credit bill which he vetoed last week.  Kansas educators say they are in favor of Common Core Standards.  Maggots are being used in Branson to heal wounds and reattach limbs.