Maria Carter

Newscaster, Reporter

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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Government
9:50 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Missouri House Moves To Align Discrimination Standards With Feds

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bring the state’s workplace discrimination standard in line with the federal one.

Under the bill, discrimination would have to be a motivating factor in wrongful actions taken against employees, instead of a contributing factor as it is now under Missouri law. 

The bill was sponsored by Republican Kevin Elmer of Christian County.

“We’re bringing it into accordance by alleviating employers from being trapped in litigation for months and months and years on end.  We will still will punish the wrongdoer.”

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Headlines
10:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 28, 2013

Composer makes music for the Martian Chronicles.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James pushes for Angel Investment tax credits.  A “paycheck protection” bill is still stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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Headlines
10:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 27, 2013

Crews are still working to clear roads in the Kansas City area. Missouri Republicans make a market-based Medicaid proposal.  The Missouri Senate irons out a tax credit bill. 

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Headlines
10:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 25, 2013

Kansas City, Kansas mayoral candidates debate the issues.  Many residents and hospital staff came to a town hall meeting about the possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital.  A settlement with the Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America doesn’t deliver the expected reform.

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Headlines
10:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 22, 2013

Kansas City digs out from under record snowfall.  A bill regulating how evolution would be taught moves through the Missouri House.  Figuring out the cause of the explosion and fire at JJ’s restaurant is expected to take time.

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Weather
10:21 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Kansas City Declares State Of Emergency

Man pushing car on Troost Avenue.
Frank Morris KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James has declared a state of emergency in response to the snow storm. 

The city says crews are responding to the snow and reports 250 snow plows are running, but residents are being asked to stay off the streets and park cars in driveways or garages.

Phase I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance are in place.  Vehicles parked on snow routes may be ticketed or towed.  Cars and trucks that get stuck on major roadways without snow tires or  chains can also be ticketed.

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Weather
9:59 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Snow Storm 2013 In Pictures

The fountain at Concourse Park in Kansas City was apparently still running.
@RhysZiemba via Twitter

The snow that fell on the Kansas City area Thursday morning is expected to fade Thursday afternoon. A winter storm warning is still in effect. Meanwhile, the storm has brought much of the metro area to a standstill.

Above, check out pictures from around the area as Kansas City digs out from the snow storm. 

Headlines
9:43 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 21, 2013

The biggest snow storm in two years arrives in Kansas City.  Officials outline a timeline of the explosion at restaurant at JJ’s restaurant.  Local hospitals provide injury updates about the victims.

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Fire
10:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Body Found In Rubble At JJ's

Mayor Sly James tweeted this aerial view of JJ's site from the bucket of truck 6.
Mayor Sly James

At a press conference this morning, officials say they found a body in the rubble of the site of former JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. No positive identification has been made yet.

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Fire
10:04 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Search Continues For Missing JJ's Employee

Search continues for missing employee at JJ's restaurant.
Laura Spencer KCUR

One person still remains unaccounted for after last night's fire and explosion at JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.

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Headlines
8:26 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 19, 2013

A Kansas Senate Committee cuts budget money for a new building at KU Medical Center.  Missouri Democrats have filed a bill to expand Medicaid in the state.  A group of reproductive health bills spark debate on a Missouri Senate committee.

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Headlines
9:20 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 18, 2013

Harvest Public Media explores how corn, soybeans, and other crops are genetically modified.  This summer is expected to be a little wetter and cooler. 

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Headlines
10:17 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 15, 2013

Kansas struggles with change trying to define itself as a pro-business state.  Local luthiers hand-build top quality string instruments.  Another health exchange deadline draws near.

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Headlines
10:33 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 14, 2013

jimmywayne Flickr

Missouri lawmakers give first round approval to a pair of photo ID bills and raise question over the purchase of an airplane.  Metropolitan Community College-Business and Technology uses 3D printing and other technology at its Fab Lab.

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Business & Tech
9:21 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Fab Lab Goes 3D At MCC

Jenn Dec's desk is home to a few objects made in the Fab Lab.
Maria Carter KCUR

A concept that started at MIT more than a decade ago is making its mark in the Kansas City area.  It’s called Fab Lab.  That’s short for fabrication laboratory.  It’s home to cutting edge technology such as a laser engraver and 3d printers plus tools and machinery seen in high school shop classes.   

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Headlines
10:08 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 13, 2013

The largest identity theft case in Missouri is being taken to court.  The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to a fix for the state’s Second Injury Fund.  A Missouri Senate committee hears testimony on a bill that would eliminate the prevailing wage law.

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Headlines
6:34 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 12, 2013

A bill being considered by the Kansas legislature would bar local governments from using tax money on lobbying.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calls for more money for the state’s 30 drug taskforces.  Missouri lawmakers are looking at a bill that would redefine workplace discrimination.

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Headlines
9:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 11, 2013

Kansas City Board of Trade prepares for a move.  The Kansas City area has been hit hard by the flu but there are some positive signs.  Kansas GOP leaders are trying to wrap up the legislative session in 80 days, but some Democrats are worried that won’t be enough time.

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Headlines
10:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 8, 2013

Laura Spencer KCUR

Wyandotte County gets its first community contribution from Hollywood Casino.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon again pushes for Medicaid expansion.  Art is sometimes seen in unusual places, but now customers at one midtown laundromat will be able to check out art exhibits while waiting for their clothes dry. 

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Headlines
10:18 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 7, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stops in Springfield to push for his plan for state colleges and universities.  Missouri lawmakers hear debate about a proposed right-to-work bill.  The University of Kansas in Lawrence is changing its core requirements.

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Headlines
10:41 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 6, 2013

A bill for a decade-long, one-cent sales tax for transportation has been introduced into the Missouri Senate.  Local CEOs look to take off the pounds in a city challenge.  A Kansas Senate Committee holds off on looking at a tax plan because of publishing error. 

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Headlines
10:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 5, 2013

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Missouri looks at proposals to monitor prescription drugs.  A Kansas Senate committee considers school funding lawsuit.  A new formula to fund higher education in Missouri is proposed.

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Headlines
7:21 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 4, 2013

Missouri lawmakers want IDs to be required at polling places. Voter advocates think the new standards would be unfair.
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Kansas City takes a look at the future of arts.  A voter advocacy groups says a Missouri bill requiring voters to show a photo ID is unfair and unconstitutional.  Kansas Democrats are questioning the cost of amending the state’s Constitution.

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Headlines
10:08 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 1, 2013

Missouri Senators are more open to tax credits than in previous years.  Kansas State University sign football coach Bill Snyder to a five-year contract extension.  Medicaid advocates deliver letters of support to Missouri House committee members.

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Headlines
10:09 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 31, 2013

The Kansas City council plans to crack down on businesses selling so-called bath salts and other synthetic drugs. A new crime approach to fight crime is launched amid a rash of murders.  Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara to go on loan to the Norwich City in England.

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Sports
11:13 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Sporting KC’s Kamara Makes Premier Move

Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara will be making a move across the pond at least temporarily.

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Headlines
10:13 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 30, 2013

A Missouri House committee hears opposition to proposed photo ID measures for voters.  A bill in the Kansas House would limit collective bargaining for teachers in hopes of improving efficiency.  Composer Kirke Mechem is a Topeka native who went on to compose the opera “Tartuffe” and more than 250 other works.

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6:14 am
Wed January 30, 2013

School Closings

Lead in text: 
The National Weather Service has cut its forecast for snow accumulation to one or two inches--about half of what it was earlier. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through Wednesday morning. Some school districts in outlying areas have cancelled classes.
Visit KMBC.com for the latest school and business closings and delays information for the in Kansas City, MO, area from KMBC - Kansas City's Channel 9.
Headlines
10:27 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 29, 2013

Civic leader Adele Hall, right, shown with then-future-husband Don Hall, died at 81.
Courtesy of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants the state to invest more in education and to expand Medicaid.  General Motors announces a plant expansion in Kansas City. Civic Leader Adele Hall has died.

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Government
9:46 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 25, 2013

Missouri's governor plans to expand education funding in the new year.
bigstock.com

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon plans to seek more money for all levels of education.  The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission proposes a one-cent sales tax to pay for bridge and highway upgrades.  The Kansas House will take up a bill that would limit how workers to contribute to unions for political activities.

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