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BC-MO--Missouri News Digest 1 pm, MO

March 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

SPRING FLOODING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Authorities have rescued several people stranded by flooding in northwest Missouri as the swollen Missouri River continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwestern states. By Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 500 words.

US Missouri Boat Accident

BRANSON, Mo. _ The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, announced Thursday that it won’t operate the vessels this year because of the ongoing investigation and will instead open a replacement attraction in the tourist town of Branson. By Heather Hollingsworth. UPCOMING: 300 words.

Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for Democrats. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That’s because in more states than not, Republicans continued to benefit from a built-in advantage that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a new mathematical analysis by The Associated Press. It’s one of the same analytical tests cited in a political gerrymandering case being argued next week before the U.S. Supreme Court. By David A. Lieb. 1,200 words. Photos. Video. Video graphic.

With:

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms, the movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum in the states. By David A. Lieb. 500 words.

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms-Glance, a state-by-state rundown of the various redistricting reform efforts across the US.

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Cases, a summary of the main court cases around the country targeting gerrymandering.

BRIEFS:

_ BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region’s farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters.

_ UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS CHANCELLOR _ University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Tom George is retiring.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-Under The Radar

TULSA, Okla. _ Some of the best teams in the NCAA Tournament field are relative unknowns. Texas Tech and Buffalo are building powerful teams in under-the-radar outposts. Kansas State, which fights in Kansas’ shadow, actually topped the Jayhawks for the Big 12 title. Houston is a big-city power that toils in mid-major Conference USA. Tennessee and Virginia Tech are better known for football. All have the talent to make noise in this year’s dance. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Story by 7 p.m. Central.

BKC--NCAA-Slow It Down

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ When fans settle in to watch the NCAA Tournament games at the Shark Tank this weekend they should have plenty of extra time to check their phones after baskets to see what’s happening at other sites around the country. While some teams may prefer to run and gun and launch shots as quickly as possible, the eight teams sent to San Jose on the opening weekend are among the slowest-paced teams in the entire tournament. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. PDT

BKW--NCAA-Louisville Preview

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Louisville’s second consecutive women’s NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed will begin without coach Jeff Walz as he serves a one-game suspension for berating officials during last year’s Final Four. The Cardinals’ dry run without him earlier this season went well and seek more success against No. 15 seed Robert Morris. The other first round game matches Michigan and Kansas State. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words and photos by 5:30 p.m.

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