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
9:44 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 22, 2013

View of the Missouri River, where a man and woman went missing Thursday.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

A rescue is unsuccessful after a father and daughter jump into the Missouri River from the Kit Bond Bridge.  The Kansas City Mayor and some council members are wary of the overuse of sales tax districts.  A Heartland Men's Chorus explores love in Germany before and after the Holocaust.

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Central Standard
7:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Ice Sheets and CReSIS

Most of the freshwater on earth isn’t held in rivers, lakes or streams.  It’s in massive ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.  Those ice sheets hold a valuable record about the past climate of earth, but now they are melting at an increasing rate.  Professor Prasad Gogineni of Kansas University and director of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) joins us to discuss how scientists are studying this phenomenon.

Central Standard
7:28 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Archery

The first bow and arrow is believed to have been used around 12-thousand years ago, but with the rise of guns, archery fell out of favor.  Now, it’s being revived with the help of school programs across the county. Eric Edwards from the Missouri Department Conservation and coordinator for the Missouri National Archery in Schools Program shares with us how archery is helping young people learn discipline, love of sport, and concentration.

Headlines
9:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 21, 2013

From '42.'
D. Stephens Courtesy Legendary Pictures Productions LLC

Kansas House rejects a proposal to reduce property taxes paid by Kansans. Some students will be spending spring break...in school. And, Kansas City hosts a special screening of "42," a film about Jackie Robinson.

Kansas Property Tax Plan Rejected

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Headlines
10:30 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 20, 2013

Mayor Sly James answers media questions outside Tuesday's State of the City address.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

Find out more about a disturbance at Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ State of the City address.  A Clay County judge has blocked the sale of North Kansas City hospital until the lawsuit is over.   There are now two polar bears at the Kansas City Zoo, and zookeepers are hoping they’ll bring another polar bear to the city.

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Government
12:19 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kansas City Government Turns To Twitter

Kansas City, Missouri residents now have another way to let the city know a street light is out or there is a pothole that needs to be filled—Twitter. 

Just like when they call 311, residents will be given a case number when they tweet @KCMO311, so they can track the progress of the request. 

The city’s social media analyst Mark Van Baale says Twitter is becoming a more important way for cities to communicate with residents.

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Headlines
9:34 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 19, 2013

brains the head Flickr-CC

A federal judge overturns a Missouri law that challenging the provision of the federal healthcare law requiring insurers provide no-cost coverage for birth control.  The Kansas house looks at overhauling the state’s civil service system.

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Headlines
10:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 18, 2013

KU gets the number-one seed and to play the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament in Kansas City.  The Kansas House and Senate have differences over a sales tax in budget talks.  Monsanto responds to Whole Foods push to label all genetically modified foods.

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Headlines
9:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 8, 2013

A Missouri Senate committee heard two proposals about a prescription drug monitoring system for the state.
bigstock.com

A proposed change to Kansas alcohol laws would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and liquor.  A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that is aimed at removing any state subsidies for abortion, even tax credits or exemptions.

Questions Linger About Gas Company's Evacuation At JJ's

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Headlines
10:31 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 6, 2013

The 'Flying Dutchman,' an early Wagner opera, comes to the Lyric.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Missouri Supreme Court hears a case involving unaccredited school districts.  U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas says his bill would improve SNAP and save billions of dollars.  The ‘Flying Dutchman’ comes to the Lyric Opera.

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Headlines
10:04 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 4, 2013

The recent snowstorms made some farmers and ranchers happy providing needed precipitation.  Some 2,000 people get free dental care in Wichita.  The Kansas Senate look,s at making cuts in the governor’s budget.

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Headlines
9:50 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Almost 2,000 Receive Free Dental Care in Wichita

olunteers provided dental care at the 2013 Kansas Mission of Mercy.
Byrle Gross

Final numbers are still being tallied, but close to 2,000 people received free dental care Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum, near Wichita. 

Close to 500 dental professionals and at least that many other volunteers took care of the crowds that began gathering Thursday morning in the Kansas Coliseum parking lot.  Suzanne Wikle, who heads the Kansas Dental Project, says the Mission of Mercy is great, but it will never be enough.

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Headlines
10:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 1, 2013

Emergency responders came together from across the region to respond to the JJ’s explosion and fire.  The Kansas City council bans paying for liquor license signatures.  The Missouri House votes to align workplace discrimination standards with federal guidelines and to exempt schools from the prevailing wage requirement.

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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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