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AP-MO--Missouri News Digest 3:30 pm, MO

August 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DROUGHT-MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, with water becoming increasingly scarce, experts say. Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with several counties in the northwestern part of the state facing “exceptional” conditions — the most dire classification assigned by the monitor. Conditions were nearly as bad elsewhere along the northern tier and in southwestern Missouri. By Jim Salter.

AP Photo CER801. SENT: 525 words

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM-SCHOOL

NORTH KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations. The individual bathroom stalls at Rising Hill Elementary and Northview Elementary in the North Kansas City School District two new elementary schools are enclosed with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors, the Kansas City Star reported. The restrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink. Both male and female symbols adorn the same sign on the wall outside the bathrooms. SENT: 325 words

IN BRIEF:

— DORM-DOGS — Students in one Southeast Missouri State University who don’t want to leave their dogs or cats at home won’t have to.

— USDA JOBS-KANSAS-MISSOURI — Kansas and Missouri officials hope to attract the nearly 700 well-paying USDA jobs that are being moved out of Washington D.C.

SPORTS:

BBA--Royals-White Sox

CHICAGO — The White Sox and Royals wrap up their weekend series, with Reynaldo Lopez pitching for Chicago and Heath Fillmyer for Kansas City. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.

BBN--Brewers-Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The red-hot St. Louis Cardinals go for the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. John Gant starts for the Cardinals, while Jhoulys Chacin goes for the Brewers. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2:15 p.m. EDT.

IN BRIEF:

— CHIEFS-SCANDRICK — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a contract for this season that could be worth up to $1.5 million, filling an area of need after an offseason overhaul of their secondary.

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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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