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
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.
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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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Headlines
9:59 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Top Of the Morning News: January 24, 2013

A bill in the Missouri Senate would require parents to report if they own a gun to their kids schools.  Jackson County executive Mike Sanders is pushing to put a one cent sales tax to pay for a transit plan on the August ballot.

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Government
12:33 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sanders Pushes To Put Transit Plan On August Ballot

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders
Credit Jackson County government

A lot more people in the Kansas City area could be voting on a mass transit plan as soon as this August. 

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Headlines
9:27 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 23, 2013

Anti-abortion advocates gather on the grounds of the Statehouse in Topeka to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  A bill in the Missouri House would restore tax credits for food pantries and some other groups.  The Missouri House fast-tracks a bill to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

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Headlines
9:44 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 21, 2013

Kansas City will ask the federal government for more federal money for flood control.  Kansas lawmakers may seek more budget cuts.  A Missouri lawmakers wants some genetically modified foods to be labeled.

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Headlines
9:31 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 18, 2013

Rama

KCK wants to train more people in CPR.  The Kansas City Council sends healthy levy renewal to voters.  Kansas City home builders had a good year in 2012. Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:32 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 17, 2013

Republican members of the Missouri House who smoke will still be able to, while Democrats won’t.
Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin

The full council looks at putting the health levy on the ballot again.  Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the President is taking the wrong approach on gun policy.  Smoking only allowed in some offices in the Missouri House.

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Headlines
10:39 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 16, 2013

Sporting KC dumps Livestrong connection.  A Missouri House committee passes a bill requiring a special election to fill statewide vacancies.  A light rail plan for Kansas City is found unconstitutional by the courts. 

Sporting KC Ditches Livestrong Name

The partnership between the Sporting Kansas City soccer club and the Livestrong Foundation is over.  The stadium will now be simply known as Sporting Park.  Learn more about the breakup here.

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Headlines
9:13 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 15, 2013

Kansas recently overhauled the state’s Medicaid system but it’s unclear what effect those changes will have.  Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally intoxicated when he shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide.  John Dorsey takes his “dream job” as general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Headlines
9:56 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 14, 2013

Chiefs name a new general manager. Barge shippers are breathing easier after contractors deepen a particularly troublesome stretch of river. A Missouri businessman challenges the federal health care law, saying a provision the company health plan provides free contraceptives violates his religious freedom.

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Headlines
9:40 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 11, 2013

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to keep funding levels study and increase support for clinics that help those most at risk.  Kansas City has appointed a local to fire chief after a nationwide search. The Prairiefire development breaks ground in Overland Park.  Politicians spar over whether the Missouri Governor can appoint a lieutenant governor. 

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Headlines
9:51 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 10, 2013

Laura Spencer KCUR

Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon will step down at the end of his term.  Kansas City, Missouri moves closer to renewing the city’s health levy.  Missouri lawmakers kick off the legislative session. 

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Headlines
9:51 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 8, 2013

The Kansas City Chiefs officially introduce Andy Reid as their head coach.  Kansas officials are warning that eating too much locally caught fish may not be good for health.  It’s the news from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 7, 2013

2012 brought a record-breaking drought to the midwest.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

Climatologists take a look at the prospects, or lack thereof, for a break in the drought in the Midwest.  Mo. Governor Jay Nixon pushes for lawmakers to renew an open records exemption for public building security plans. 

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Sports
10:45 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Reid Will Be New Chiefs' Coach

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs have a contract agreement, according to several media reports.

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Headlines
9:35 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 4, 2013

Marva Whitney.

Chiefs and General Manager Scott Pioli break up.  Singer Marva Whitney is remembered in Kansas City.  Task Force recommends strengthening reporting requirements for child sexual abuse. 

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Sports
9:22 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Chiefs And Pioli Separate

Clark Hunt on the left and Scott Pioli on the right.

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that general manager Scott Pioli is no longer with the football team. 

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Headlines
9:37 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 3, 2013

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A new report finds Missouri is missing out on $2 billion in tax revenues because it does not tax internet purchases. Clay Chastain presents an ultimatum and threatens to petition for a recall of the mayor.

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Headlines
9:31 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Top Of the Morning News: January 2, 2013

Romeo Crennel, former Chiefs head coach, learned Monday that he was fired.

More tax changes could come to Kansas.  Chiefs players respond to head coach Romeo Crennel’s firing. 

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Headlines
8:10 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 31, 2012

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Missouri Senator differ over changing Senate rules.  Falling water levels on the Mississippi could force barge traffic to stop.  It’s a daily news from KCUR.

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Headlines
11:30 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 28, 2012

Siadhal

Missouri lawmaker wants to close gun show loophole.  Missouri wildlife thrived through tough conditions in 2012.  Former Jackson County Prosecutor Albert Riederer passed away.

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Headlines
9:38 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 27, 2012

Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Sam Brownback is hopeful Congress will extend a wind energy tax credit, but a Congressman doesn’t think it will happen. Police say a man is charged with assault on an officer after trying to run over a KC police officer.

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Headlines
9:24 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 26, 2012

More Kansas horses suffered from pigeon fever this year due to the drought.
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More horses in Kansas suffered from pigeon fever because of this summer’s drought.  That story & more from KCUR.

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People
2:38 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Facebook Page Pays Homage To Kansas

Each day the page starts with a photo of a Kansas sunrise.
Tyler Winters, Stockton, Kan.

In late September, Kansas got an unofficial Facebook page with a tongue in cheek sense of humor and profanity in its name. 

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Headlines
9:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 17, 2012

The European Union takes a second look at horse meat from the United States.  KU lobbies for research grants to be saved in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

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