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
10:38 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 14, 2012

Photo illustration of a streetcar operating southbound on Main Street at 19th Street.
HDR, City of Kansas City

Six employees of Kansas City, Missouri and one of Jackson County have been indicted on charges of insurance fraud.  Streetcars get a kick start in Kansas City. That & more news from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:19 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 13, 2012

Photo illustration of a streetcar operating southbound on Main Street at 19th Street.
HDR, City of Kansas City

Voters in a downtown district approved tax measures to fund a streetcar in Kansas City.  Interstate 49 officially opens between Kansas City and the Arkansas border.

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Headlines
11:16 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 12, 2012

A new survey finds that Kansas is a healthier state than MIssouri.

A plea deal exposes the extent of a driver’s license scheme in St. Joseph. In a health survey, Kansas ranked at the middle but Missouri came in near the bottom of the pack. These stories & more from KCUR.

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Government
11:27 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Missouri Could Lose $1 Billion Over Fiscal Cliff

The Pew Center on the States breaks down the tax impact of the so-called fiscal cliff on Missouri.
Credit Pew Center on the States

The Washington-based group Federal Funds Information for States reports defense spending cuts could total more than $1 Billion in Missouri if automatic budget cuts are not averted.  Other programs in the state would be hit, too.

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Government
9:37 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 11, 2012

A look at what the fiscal cliff could mean for the Sunflower State. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to combine Juvenile Justice Authority and the Department of Corrections. Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Government
9:26 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Governor Wants To Merge Juvenile Justice & Corrections

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with the Department of Corrections.

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Government
7:42 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Kansas Faces Fiscal Cliff

The University of Campus Kansas in Lawrence seen at sunset. KU would suffer tens of millions of dollars cuts in federal grants if no deal is reached between Congress and President Obama.
KU flickr

Budget negotiations between President Obama and Congressional leaders continue, but if those talks fail, Kansas will see a series of funding cuts that will affect the future of higher education, research, and military bases in the state.

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Headlines
11:02 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 10, 2012

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.
Harvest Public Media

An in-depth look at industrial beef production.  A gas rate hike is being called fair. Kansas no longer represented on the House Agriculture committee.

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Headlines
11:36 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 7, 2012

The Liberty Memorial.
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Liberty Memorial gets past another hurdle in the process to become the nation’s official World War One memorial. Campaign staffers look back at the presidential election. Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:40 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 6, 2012

Kansas City city hall
Julie Denesha KCUR

City Hall turns 75. Kansas City groups get nominated for Grammys. A Missouri delegation is in China trying to promote trade and cargo shipments to and from St. Louis. These stories & more from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:18 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 5, 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The EPA says moving its regional headquarters from KCK to Lenexa was good for the environment and the bottom line. Medicaid expansion is under consideration in both Kansas and Missouri.

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Headlines
11:46 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 4, 2012

Children's Mercy and the University of Kansas Hospital plan to partner to create a new pediatric program.
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Two local hospitals agree to partner. Missouri lawmakers start filing bills for next year’s legislative session. That and more news from KCUR.

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Government
10:11 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Lawmakers Seek Tax Credit & Lobbying Reforms

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.

Missouri lawmakers in both chambers are pre-filing bills for next year’s regular session.  Much of the legislation pre-filed in the State Senate so far deals with tax credits.

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Headlines
9:54 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 3, 2012

Laura Ziegler KCUR

Kansas City Chiefs fans react in the after the death of linebacker, Jovan Belcher. And if you’ve got a stuffed up nose or a cough, it may be the start of flu season. 

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Headlines
10:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 30, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon said that he supports expanding Medicaid in the state.
Lidor Flickr

Governor Jay Nixon backs Medicaid expansion Missouri after staying mum during the campaign.  Official says juvenile justice facility in Topeka is improving.  Kansas wireless tax is one of the highest in the nation.

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Headlines
10:58 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 29, 2012

Arthur Chaykin is the new head of the Midwest Innocence Project.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Alleged murderer takes back confession.  Claire McCaskill frustrated over lack of bipartisanship in the U.S. House.  Missouri coalition promotes Medicaid expansion as a benefit to the state’s economy.

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Headlines
10:59 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 28, 2012

The ACLU is suing the state of Missouri for prisoners' rights to marry.

A former Kansas City-area lawmaker is indicted on federal charges for cheating on disability benefits.  ACLU sues Missouri over policy it says is preventing inmates from marrying.  It’s a daily digest of news from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:09 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 27, 2012

Despite the summer heat this year, it hasn't been Kansas City's warmest year on record.
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It was hot this summer in Kansas City, but it wasn’t not hot enough to put 2012 in the record books.  Missouri Sheriffs share their concerns with state lawmakers. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Government
9:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Kansas Christmas Ornament Features Washburn

The official state ornament on the Christmas tree at Cedar Crest.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

The official state Christmas tree ornament for Kansas this year recognizes the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.

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Headlines
9:54 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 26, 2012

The past year's drought brought Midwest corn exports down, but Kansas' Christmas tree crop was unaffected.
stevendepolo flickr

Low water causes problems for barges on the Mississippi River.  The current crop of Kansas Christmas trees was unaffected by this year’s drought, but it is hurting corn exporters.  These stories & more from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning: November 21, 2012

Missouri statehouse.

Republicans lose Missouri statewide races despite the state turning increasingly red.  An appeals court upholds renewable energy regulations in Missouri.  That & more news from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:50 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 20, 2012

A panel from the new exhibit at South Branch Library in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The ambulance service in Kansas City, Missouri might expand and refocus in two weeks.  Artwork at the South Branch Library in Kansas City, Kansas draws inspiration from Dr. Seuss.

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Headlines
10:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 19, 2012

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm in Oklahoma, 1936.
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With renewed attention because of the Ken Burns’ documentary on the subject, the Dust Bowl hold lessons for the modern day.  Missouri improves its rate for premature births.  It’s a daily dose of news from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:01 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 16, 2012

Hostess workers protest outside a Kansas bakery.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The Kansas City Council looks at speeding up ambulance service.  Hostess is shutting down after a strike at some plants.  UMKC get recognition for recycling.  That & more from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:21 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 15, 2012

Steve Bell KCUR

Northland ambulances are slow to arrive. Kansas considers whether cursive writing should be taught.  Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Headlines
10:41 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 14, 2012

Kan. Gov. Brownback continues to push for a wind energy tax credit.
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Kansas Governor Brownback says the end of a wind energy tax credit could cost Kansas jobs.  Google lights up its fiber network in KCK.  Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Business & Tech
10:35 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Google Fiber Hooked Up At First House

Google Fiber has generated a lot of buzz since it was first announced, but it’s getting put to its first real-world test.

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Headlines
9:15 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 13, 2012

The overall growth forecast for the KC metro region economy is set at about 5 percent, according to the Mid America Regional Council.

MARC looks over the edge of the fiscal cliff when predicting economic forecast. A wounded Missouri vet gets a new home designed for his needs. 

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Headlines
10:53 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 12, 2012

The expired Farm Bill is on Congress' agenda.
Harvest Public Media

Federal lawmakers take up the Farm Bill, and Kansas departments look at budget cuts.  It’s a daily wrap up of news from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:09 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: November 9, 2012

Discussions continue about improving Kansas City's ambulance service.

The Kansas City Council considered red light cameras.  Missouri and Kansas say no to state-run health exchanges.  It’s a daily digest of news from KCUR.

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