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BC-MO--Missouri News Digest 4 pm, MO

December 16, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MISSOURI BRIDGE GIVEAWAY

HERCULANEUM _ The Missouri Department of Transportation is giving away a Jefferson County bridge that was built during the Great Depression for free, but the offer comes with a catch. The state’s transportation agency plans to demolish the truss bridge that carries cars across Joachim Creek along State Route 61 in Jefferson County, unless state officials find a new owner. But anyone interested in the bridge must be willing to either maintain the structure or pay for it to be moved, KSDK-TV reported. SENT: 200 words

FERAL HOGS-MISSOURI

JEFFERSON CITY _ Feral hogs are a menace in parts of Missouri, so federal officials are taking to the skies to combat the wild animal that can destroy multiple acres of farmland in a single feeding frenzy. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a team with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service shot and killed 103 feral hogs this past week from a helicopter. Ninety-three hogs were on federal wilderness in southeast Missouri’s Iron and Madison counties, and the other 10 on private land, killed with the owners’ permission. SENT: 450 words

ARMADILLOS MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS _ The nine-banded armadillo is settling into the St. Louis area after marching from Texas across the county for the last 169 years, according to wildlife experts. Missouri Department of Conservation wildlife biologist Tom Meister told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that armadillos were first spotted in southern Missouri in the 1970s. The mammals are now sighted in every county in the state, Meister said. SENT: 350 words

IN BRIEF:

_ GRANT’S FARM-ELEPHANTS _ Grant’s Farm will no longer keep elephants at the attraction in St. Louis County after four of them died at the farm this year.

_ CATTLE FRAUD _ A 57-year-old southwestern Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme and faces up to 20 years in prison.

SPORTS:

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSOURI ASSISTANT ARRESTED _ An assistant football coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia has been arrested for missing a court date on a traffic ticket.

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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.

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