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BC-MO--Missouri News Digest 2:30 pm, MO

April 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ST LOUIS-MERGER

ST. LOUIS _ A group of professors claim the nonprofit behind an effort to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County vastly overestimated the plan’s potential savings, according to a recent report. SENT: 400 words.

INVASIVE BRADFORD PEAR

JOPLIN, Mo. _ The city of Joplin is discouraging homeowners from planting Bradford pear trees as the invasive variety begins to blossom downtown this spring. SENT: 275 words.

BRIEFS:

FRUIT RECALL-SALMONELLA OUTBREAK_ An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

SPORTS BAR KILLING_ A man charged with murder in the shooting death of another man at a suburban St. Louis sports bar has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and accepted a five-year prison term in a deal with prosecutors.

WICHITA SHOOTING DEATH _ Police in Wichita say a 21-year-old man has been killed and another man has been arrested in his death.

FESTIVAL-FOUNDER SHOT _ A music and arts festival in coastal Georgia has been postponed as its founder recovers from a near-fatal shooting.

CHURCH ABUSE-LIST _ An investigative and consulting company operated by three former FBI agents has been hired by the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to compile a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

CANOEING BURGLAR-ARREST _ A man is facing charges of stealing, attempted burglary and property damage after allegedly canoeing through floodwater to burglarize a St. Charles County home, only to be arrested on the Mississippi River.

SPORTS

BBA--INDIANS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Cleveland and Kansas City continue their three-game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium. By David Smale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:15 p.m. CT.

HKN--FACEOFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL’s best team, lost their first two playoff games at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets and are vulnerable without their top scorer for Game 3. By Sports Writer Mitch Stacy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Missouri and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.