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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Headlines
3:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 23, 2013

The Kansas City council votes to extend the red light program but puts off a vote on a new ethics code.  The Kansas City Ballet name Devon Carney as its new artistic director.  Officials will break ground for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility next week.

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Government
8:02 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 23, 2013

Missouri’s lobbying system is not as open as you think.  The Kansas City council will vote on extending red light cameras. An artist explore the city in a new exhibition.  Tom Watson sets his sights on another championship.

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Headlines
7:23 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 22, 2013

A site in Iola, Kansas is added to Superfund list.  Heart to Heart International, based in Olathe, helps out in Moore, Oklahoma.  A Lee’s Summit legislator will not resign despite two of his bills not making it through the House.

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Government
9:37 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 21, 2013

Gas prices jumped last week throughout the Kansas City area.  The Director of Missouri’s Department of Social Services resigns abruptly.  A bill would expand the role of the physician assistants in Missouri.

Gas Price Leap An Anomaly

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Government
9:54 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 20, 2013

Utility crews worked through the night and into the morning to restore electricity to some 77,000 customers in the Kansas City area.  Most Missourians with Hepatitis C don’t know they have the disease, but health officials and groups are working to change that.  After cantaloupe were determined to be responsible for a listeria outbreak, melon growers are making changes to prevent future outbreaks.

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Headlines
7:43 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 16, 2013

The nature of methamphetamine labs in the area is changing.  A council committee advances a proposal to update Kansas City’s ethics code.  Missouri’s Medicaid director leaves but no is saying whether he was fired or resigning.

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Government
8:37 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 15, 2013

Liberty Hospital will layoff more than a 100 workers.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James appoints an advisory group on the airport, including critics of  a one-terminal proposal. The Kansas Senate gives initial approval to bonds for NBAF.

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Government
9:51 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Prevailing Wage Exemption For Maintenance Projects Likely Dead Following Filibuster

Missouri Capitol building at night.
St. Louis Public Radio

It appears that Democrats in the Missouri Senate have successfully stopped legislation that would have redefined what constitutes a maintenance project and exempted those being done on public property from the state's prevailing wage requirement.

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Headlines
7:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 14, 2013

More breweries look to the local food movement for inspiration.  A bill creating an exemption for maintenance work under Missouri’s prevailing wage law died after a Democratic filibuster in the state Senate.  A Missouri bill limiting labor unions’ ability to deduct dues and fees from public employees’ paycheck heads to Governor Nixon.

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Headlines
10:23 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 13, 2013

A new farm bill may lead to less money for a conservation program for farms.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon criticizes several bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback raises awareness about foster care needs in the state.

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Government
9:36 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 10, 2013

A missing toddler is feared dead.  A Kansas House committee approves bonds for NBAF.  The Missouri General Assembly sends the governor a budget and  legislation cutting taxes.

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Headlines
8:07 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 9, 2013

Programs for HIV and AIDS face an uncertain future as the federal healthcare overhaul goes into effect.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon threatens layoffs over an ongoing dispute with the legislature about the DMV.  The mother of a missing toddler was identified as one of three murder victims found on a farm near Ottawa, Kansas.

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Central Standard
4:50 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Cat Tips From The 'Cat Daddy'

Jackson Galaxy shares his knowledge of cats on his Animal Planet show, My Cat From Hell.
Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

Let the cat out of the bag.

The cat’s pajamas.

Cat got your tongue?

Curiosity killed the cat.

These are just a few of the saying about cats that show how entrenched they are in our everyday lives. But even as wonderful as cats may be sometimes the relationship between pet and human can be strained.

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Government
11:24 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Missouri Senate Republicans

The Missouri Capitol at night.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.  That provision has been dropped.  

House Bill 253 would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years. 

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Headlines
7:34 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 8, 2013

The investigation continues into three bodies found on an Ottawa Farm.  The Missouri legislature considers tax cuts and approves a final version of the state budget.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback calls for extending a sales tax to pay for higher education.

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Headlines
7:30 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 7, 2013

Investigators continue to look into the death of Kansas City, Kansas woman on a party bus.  A new committee will investigate the ongoing issue of scanned documents.  The Missouri legislature sent a bill changing the prevailing wage law to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

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Headlines
7:31 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 6, 2013

The Missouri River is home to the endangered pallid sturgeon.   A pick up in housing is leading to more demand for pickup trucks.  A group of educators has filed suit over language used in a ballot initiative  on teacher tenure. 

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Headlines
7:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 3, 2013

North Kansas City Hospital and city leaders are meeting today to resole their differences.  Jobs at the Ford plant in Claycomo will nearly double.  The Missouri House votes to repeal the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback saying that the state’s new gun law is unconstitutional.

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Headlines
7:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 2, 2013

A federal investigator testified befor a Missouri Senate committee about why he asked for a list of conceal carry permit holders.  Kansas City’s Channel 2 is going digital.  The founders of the Kemper Museum step down from the board.

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Headlines
10:24 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 1, 2013

Kansas attempts to repopulate rural counties with financial incentives for new residents.  The job growth rate in Kansas is rising but could be hindered by global economic conditions.  Missouri legislators took votes on a gun rights, malpractice, and criminal codes bills.

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Government
9:47 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Missouri Senate Votes To Overhaul Prevailing Wage

The Missouri Senate has passed a House bill that would overhaul the state’s prevailing wage for public works projects. 

Under current state law, the prevailing wage paid to workers of a certain trade is calculated based on surveys from contractors on a public works project.  The bill approved by the Senate last night would instead require wage surveys to be split between union and non-union employers, and the prevailing wage would be set by the group that reported more hours of work. 

Republican Dan Brown of Rolla handled the bill in the Senate.

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Headlines
8:34 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 30, 2013

A Missouri Senate committee puts restrictions on  doctors who prescribe Ru-486 or other drugs that induce abortions.  The Missouri House rejects the state Senate’s budget.  A local couple makes a $2.5 million gift to KU Hospital for patient support.

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Headlines
7:27 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 29, 2013

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility may need state support to be built.  Kansas City will switch buses over to compressed natural gas.  An elk herd in southeast Missouri is succeeding.

NBAF May Need State Support

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Headlines
9:29 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 26, 2013

The Kansas City Chiefs make offensive lineman Eric Fisher the first pick in the NFL draft.  The Kansas City council votes down proposal to privatize airport buses.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback stops at KU Medical Center on a tour to promote higher education funding.

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Headlines
9:42 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 25, 2013

A Kansas City council committee considers making a curfew on the Plaza year round.  The Missouri House passes a sales tax bill and a bill criminalizing the enforcement of federal gun laws.  Rains have eased drought conditions in eastern Kansas.

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Headlines
7:50 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 24, 2013

The state House backs a bill to overhauls Missouri’s conceal carry rules.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback stops at KU on his higher education story.  Local band The Grisly Hand releases it’s first full-length album.

Missouri House Endorses Transferring Conceal Carry Process to Sheriffs

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Government
9:56 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Missouri Senate Passes Budget, De-Funds DMV

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

After nearly eight hours of debate Monday, the Missouri Senate has passed next year’s state budget.

The roughly $25 billion spending plan still does not include Medicaid expansion, but not for a lack of trying by Democrats.  Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus offered up an amendment that would’ve added $890 million to the Social Services budget, enough to expand Medicaid to around 260,000 Missourians next year.

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Headlines
8:14 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 23, 2013

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signs two bills.  One bill will require KU Med to setup a new stem cell center, and the other bill updates the state’s human trafficking laws.  The Missouri Senate passes a $25 billion budget.  Seed companies fight to maintain independence.

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Updating Human Trafficking Laws

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Headlines
9:29 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 22, 2013

Kansas Brownback plans to visit universities to promote his plan to keep higher education funding steady.  More and more Americans are turning to gluten-free products.

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Headlines
9:24 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 19, 2013

The Kansas City council gives the go ahead for a joint study about expanding a streetcar line into North Kansas City.  Kansas Regents will keep a concealed weapons ban on state universities and colleges but will study the issue.  The Wolf Creek Nuclear power plant has been rated as degraded but operated safely last year.

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