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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

MENTALLY CHALLENGED WOMAN-CONVICTION

ST. LOUIS — Supporters of a mentally challenged woman convicted in two states in the 1994 kidnapping and killing of two elderly women say she was actually a victim of the men involved in the crime and are pushing for her release. SENT: 630 words. By Jim Salter.

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AROUND THE STATE:

RACIST TATTOOS COVER-UP

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri artist is covering racist tattoos for free to try and give people who've had a change of heart a second chance. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Springfield tattoo artist Justin Fleetwood announced last month that he was offering the free service. SENT: 300 words by th Springfield News-Leader.

IN BRIEF:

— MEAT-MISSOURI LAW — A Missouri judge is blocking portions of a new state law on meat inspections from taking effect.

— FORD PLANT HOMICIDE — A 27-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a friend outside the Ford assembly plant in Claycomo.

SPORTS:

BBA--Royals-Orioles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Struggling starters meet when the Royals' Jorge Lopez and the Orioles' Dylan Bundy get the nods in the series finale of AL Central rivals. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:15 p.m. CT.

BBN--Reds-Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty is on the mound for the Cardinals and Anthony DeSclafani starts for the Reds as they wrap up their three-game series. By Jeff Melnick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 1:15 p.m. CT start.

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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.