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BC-MO--Missouri News Digest, 5 pm, MO

January 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CELLPHONES WHILE DRIVING

JEFFERSON CITY _ Missouri lawmakers have introduced at least six separate proposals since last month to restrict the use of cellphones while driving. Missouri has seen the numbers of cellphone-related traffic crashes increase by 35 percent since 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

VETERANS-FRENCH HONOR

ST. LOUIS _ Three St. Louis-area World War II veterans in their 90s who played roles in liberating France from Nazi occupation have been given France’s Legion of Honor. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a ceremony on Wednesday at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis honored 95-year-old Alfred Villagran of Chesterfield, 98-year-old Eugene Harmack of Kirkwood and 98-year-old Glenn Harrison of O’Fallon.

ECONOMIC BORDER WAR

KANSAS CITY _ Some Missouri lawmakers are pushing legislation that could end a long-running economic border war between their state and Kansas that has prompted both states to spend millions of dollars in the last decade to lure businesses in the Kansas City metropolitan region across the state line. Kansas spent $184 million in incentives since 2010 to entice businesses to move, while Missouri spent about $151 million in the same time period, according to the Hall Family Foundation. Those millions resulted in a net of about 1,200 jobs in Kansas.

GOVERNMENT REOPENS-BACK TO WORK

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more uncertainty over when they’ll resume work or whether they’ll ever be paid for time lost to the stalemate over President Donald Trump’s border wall. For the hundreds of thousands of people who work for private companies that support government, the future will be decided in part by how quickly federal agencies get running after the record 35-day shutdown, the fine print of contracts and the kindness of strangers. By Jay Reeves.

AP Photos MOSTP101, MOSTP102.

MILITARY SNEAKERS

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine _ Thanks to congressional intervention, military recruits are going be outfitted in Made-in-the-USA goods right down to their sneakers used for physical fitness training. New Balance in New England, along with two companies based in Texas and Missouri, is producing Made-in-the-USA running shoes for military recruits _ bolstering domestic production at a time when nearly all footwear purchased in the U.S. is made overseas. By David Sharp.

AP Photos MERB203, MERB201, MERB205, MERB204, MERB202.

IN BRIEF

_ T25-AUBURN-MISSOURI _ Sophie Cunningham scored 30 points _ 21 in the first half _ and No. 25 Missouri blitzed Auburn early and made it hold up in a 74-65 win on Sunday.

SPORTS:

PRO BOWL

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The AFC owns Orlando. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Indianapolis’ Eric Ebron, and the AFC beat the NFC 26-7 in steady rain in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. It was the third consecutive victory for the AFC in the NFL all-star game, all of them coming at Camping World Stadium. By Sports Writer Mark Long.

AP Photos FLCO116, FLCO117, FLCO107, FLCO108, FLCO111, FLCO105.

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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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