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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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

Landrum & Brown / Kansas City Aviation Department

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.

Although he’s opposed to cutting the higher education budget, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has limited options. A non-profit is bringing photography and words to highlight sustainability.

Sustainability In Pictures And Words

Higher education officials in Kansas look at increasing tuition.  An EPA study finds water systems need more $4 billion in upgrades.  The Johnson County Elections Board is recognized for using technology at the polls.

Kansas Republican responds to Democrats claims about the tax plan approved by the legislature.  Advocates say children didn’t fare well in the Kansas budget.  Too much rain presents problems for farmers.

A Republican retains the 8th Congressional seat left open when Jo Ann Emerson resigned.  Missouri revenue growth is still up even as it slowed in May.  The farm crisis of the 1980s brought lessons for one farming family.

The St. Louis Zoo is working to restore and endangered beetle to a prairie in southwest Missouri.  Kansas lawmakers have approved a disabilities plan despite objections.

St. Louis Zoo Continues Efforts To Restore Endangered Beetle

A new system help keep cell phone users in the loop about tornadoes and other emergencies.  Kansas early childhood programs could face cuts under current budget plans being debated.  The Missouri House Speaker tours the state publicizing legislative accomplishments this year.

A proposed expansion of the Sunflower Electric power plant in southwest Kansas has ran into trouble in court.  Officials break ground on a power plant for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.  After promising start to the season, the Kansas City Royals have been faltering recently.

Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka hoping to resolve differences in tax and budget bills.  Protestors gathered throughout the country objecting to use of genetically modified foods.

The USDA’s rural development program is threatened by potential cuts, and the agriculture department changes labeling rules to make it more clear where meat was grown and processed.

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.

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.

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.