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BC-MO--Missouri News Digest, 5:45 pm, MO

January 20, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Missouri.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

AROUND THE STATE:

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON _ Bitter cold is setting in after a major winter storm blanketed a wide swath of the country in snow, sleet and rain this weekend, creating dangerously icy conditions that promise to complicate cleanup efforts and make travel challenging on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some of the coldest temperatures felt so far this season started to set in across the Midwest and Northeast Sunday and are expected to plunge further overnight. By Philip Marcelo And Catherine Perloff. AP Photos SENT: 800 words

LOCKED UP FOR LIFE-THREE YEARS LATER

UNDATED _ Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, pledged to give Brown an opportunity to get out _ then rejected parole in a process a federal judge ruled recently must be overhauled. By National Writers Sharon Cohen And Adam Geller. AP Photos SENT: 2000 words

EXCHANGE-AMPUTEE-ARCH CLIMB

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. _ Curtis Gill Jr. is ready to pick up his bed and walk. After losing his right leg to the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma and dealing with depression there after, Gill is on a mission to get his strength back _ both physically and mentally _ and to show others it’s possible to overcome. By Zirconia Alleyne. SENT: 600 words

WILDFIRE DRONES

COLUMBIA _ A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires. The $1.2 million research project that began last month aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to collect real-time data and send the information to firefighters to help contain wildfires, the Columbia Missourian reported. SENT: 300 words

IN BRIEF:

_ CHURCHILL MUSEUM-ANNIVERSARY _ The Missouri museum honoring Winston Churchill will mark its 50th anniversary in May with events that include relatives of the famed British prime minister.

SPORTS:

FBN-Patriots-Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ One team, New England, has dominated the AFC for nearly two decades. The other, Kansas City, hasn’t been to a Super Bowl in nearly 50 years. They meet in the conference championship game Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. 900 words, photos. Game scheduled for 5:40 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl Preview

Regardless of who wins the matchups between the Rams and Saints, and Patriots and Chiefs, a meeting of high-powered offenses is guaranteed for Super Bowl 53.

NFL PLAYOFFS-THE LATEST

UNDATED _ The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST): 6:35 p.m.

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T25-MISSOURI-SOUTH CAROLINA REMATCH

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Missouri coach Robin Pingeton and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley want the focus of Monday night’s matchup solely on the basketball court. That seems impossible given the fiery, racially charged aftermath the last time the women’s basketball programs met. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli.

CARDINALS-CUBS FUSS

ST. LOUIS _ To St. Louis pitcher John Brebbia, this fussin’ and feudin’ between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is a perfect winter warmup. “Honestly, people were kind of forgetting baseball season was coming up,” Brebbia said Sunday. “So I think it was a good way to remind everyone that Cardinals-Cubs are going to be back in action soon.” By Warren Mayes.

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IN BRIEF:

_ MISSOURI ST-DRAKE _ Brady Ellingson made a career-high seven 3-pointers in matching his personal best of 25 points and Drake defeated Missouri State 74-63 on Sunday.

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