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
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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Headlines
9:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 18, 2013

Universities and colleges in Kansas could be hit hard by proposed budget cuts.  An audit of the Kansas City Port Authority ends with a bill.  The Supreme Court rules in favor a Missouri man in a DUI case.

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Headlines
10:20 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 17, 2013

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HIV advocates are wary of an infectious disease bill that now on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s desk.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addressed  a rally of Medicaid supporters.  ATF and Social Security both requested conceal carry weapons list from the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Advocates Still Wary Of Infectious Disease Bill

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Local Distilleries

All the flavor in whiskey comes from the barrels.

Socializing and drinking go hand in hand, and across the United States the hobby of making your own beer and wine has grown in the last few decades. But when it comes to liquor, the law makes it much more difficult to home brew whiskey, vodka or rum as a hobby, and as a result there are very few local distilleries across the nation.  We're joined by three special distilleries: Patrick Garcia the master distiller at Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, Kansas; Ralph Hayes the marketing director for Pinckney Bend distillery out of New Haven, Missouri; and Seth Fox president of High Plains in Atchison, Kansas
 

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Headlines
9:30 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Top of The Morning News: April 15, 2013

Outside the emergency room at Truman Medical Centers. In 2002, there were 43 reported emergency room visits (by city residents at ER's throughout the region) due to the unintentional use of guns. By 2010, that had more than doubled to 90 reported visits.
Elana Gordon KCUR

A Missouri house committee looks at revoking public assistance for those waiting on documents to prove they are here legally.  More companies are turning to private labels to make a profit.  Injuries from gun accidents have risen in Kansas City over the past decade. These stories & more from KCUR.

Missouri House Committee Looks At Revoking Public Assistance For Some Immigrants

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Headlines
10:24 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 12, 2013

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Missouri Senators grill the heads of the state Department of Public Safety and the Highway Patrol over the release of a concealed-carry list.  Kansas City council endorses a plan for an airport redesign.

Missouri Senators Grill Public Safety Officials Over Releasing Conceal-Carry List

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Headlines
9:41 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 11, 2013

Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

The President includes funding for NBAF in his budget.  Kansas City recycles human waste as fertilizer.  The Missouri Senate gives first round approval to a bill that would ban the state revenue department from scanning source documents when people apply for a driver’s license or conceal carry license.

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Central Standard
2:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Emporia State Debate Teams Sweeps National Tournaments

When  most of us think of a debate, presidential debates between two individuals come to mind. But the sport of argument and articulation is as radically different from this scenario as you can imagine. The world of college debate includes lightening fast speech arguments developed on the fly. The best team that encompasses these can be found at Emporia State University. Ryan Wash and Elijah Smith, two members of the ESU debate team recently won both the National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association championship tournament. 


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Central Standard
8:55 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Speech Therapy

Speech and communication is a fundamental and necessary part of our days.  Being able to articulate I thoughts, feelings and desires is perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of being human.  But how hard is it to correct or relearn this intrinsic skill?  Today we explore the practice of Speech Therapy with Carol Koch, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University and Shatonda Jones, a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University.


Headlines
10:20 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 9, 2013

Beth Lipoff KCUR

Kansas prepares to move the state agriculture department from Topeka to Manhattan.  A Missouri Senate committee has wrapped up work on a new criminal code, but it may be too late to get it passed by the legislature. A missing five-year-old girl was found unharmed.  The Kansas City Royals win their home opener.

Kansas Moves Agriculture Department

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Headlines
9:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 8, 2013

Harvest Public Media

More than a half million Missourians will qualify for federal subsidies to help them buy health insurance according to a recent report.  The tax deadline is looming for most people, but farmers face an unusual situation this year.

Report Finds 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Insurance Subsidies

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Headlines
9:53 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: Monday April 5, 2013

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A proposal to move to a single terminal at KCI moves through the city council.  Sales tax collection could extend to vehicles bought outside of Missouri.  The American Heartland theater is closing in August.

Single Terminal KCI Plan Advances

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Headlines
9:56 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 4, 2013

The Kansas City council looks at tightening rules for funding events.  Local crime fighting efforts will get an assist from the federal prosecutor.  The Final Four is one of the biggest sporting events of the year and it has strong ties to the Kansas City area.

Mayweather Gaffe Spawns Tighter Funding Rules

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Government
10:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

April 2 Election Results

Electronic pollbooks, to look up registered voters, were used for the first time in Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Turnout was light, around 10 percent, at polling places in Kansas and Missouri for Tuesday's election. Voters were asked to consider raising taxes, ousting mayors, and more.

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Headlines
9:44 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 2, 2013

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A proposed law in Missouri would require labeling of genetically engineered meat or fish even though no genetically modified meat is on the market.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts.   It’s election day find out what’s on the ballot.

Election Day: What's On The Ballot?

Voters go to the polls for Election Day on April 2, 2013 in many cities across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Decisions will be made about bond issues, school board and mayoral races, and more.  Find out what’s on the ballot around the area here.

A New Frontier In Genetically Engineered Food

Over the last year or so, at least 20 states have introduced bills that would require labeling of genetically modified food. Some of these proposed laws – including one in Missouri – take aim specifically at genetically engineered meat or fish.  But while genetically modified grains may be part of an animal's diet, there are no genetically engineered animals on the market for human consumption.  Read more here.

Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts.   This spring, more than 360 public schools are taking part in a pilot program to test out a new assessment system for kids in grades 3 through 11. Learn more here.

Kansas Prosecutors Given More Time To Prosecute Sex Crimes

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Headlines
10:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: April 1, 2013

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Tomorrow is election day across the area.  We have reports about the race for mayor in Kansas City, Kansas and on Question 3 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says same-sex marriage should be left up to states.

Kansas City, Kansas Foes Battle For Mayor

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Government
5:33 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Election Day: What's On The Ballot?

Laura Spencer KCUR

Voters go to the polls for Election Day on April 2, 2013 in many cities across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Decisions will be made about bond issues, school board and mayoral races, and more.

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Sports
7:44 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Michigan Rallies To Beat KU 87-85

The University of Kansas men's basketball team ended their season Friday night in Arlington, Texas, losing to Michigan 87-85.  KU led most of the game but a late rally by the Wolverines sent the game into overtime.  

Michigan moves on to the Elite Eight game on Sunday.  The Jayhawks finish their season with a 31-6 record.

Government
10:51 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 29, 2013

Iraq war vet Tomas Young and his wife Claudia's wedding picture next to one of Tomas' step-grandfather, a Navy Seal in Vietnam.
Frank Morris KCUR

An Iraq war veteran writes his last letter after years of struggle. The Missouri House passes a budget bill but doesn’t include money for Medicaid expansion. The Kansas City council passes a $1.3 billion spending plan. 

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Headlines
10:28 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 28, 2013

Northland Health Care Access is one of several health clinics that receives funding through the temporary health levy. The levy, up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, also funds ambulance services and care for the uninsured at Truman Medical Centers.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Two people have been charged in the murder of a UMKC student in a house near the university.  Community members speak out about proposed hospital sales in Kansas City, Kansas and Leavenworth.  A Kansas City Council committee takes up the so-called “Ban the Box” proposal.

Kansas City Voters To Decide Health Tax

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Headlines
10:16 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 27, 2013

Johnson County faces challenges despite being one of the driving forces in the Kansas economy.  The Kansas House passed a bill requiring the University of Kansas Medical Center to start a center focusing on stem cell research.  The Missouri House approves a budgets but rejects Medicaid expansion.

Johnson County An Economic Engine With Challenges

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Headlines
10:08 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 26, 2013

Hydroponic tomatoes.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

A new hydroponic greenhouse project will be built near the Kit Bond Bridge on the Missouri River.  The Missouri House is ready to begin debate on the state budget.  The Missouri GOP floats an alternative Medicaid proposal.  The Kansas House considers revamping court docket fees.

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Headlines
9:39 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 25, 2013

Walt Bodine with his co-host.

Long-time journalist, author, and talk show host Walt Bodine died early Sunday morning at the age of 92.  The Kansas House and Senate prepare to negotiate budget and tax bills.  KU moves on to the Sweet 16.

Walt Bodine Dies At 92

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