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BC-MO--Missouri News Coverage Advisory, MO

July 25, 2014

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Missouri. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Kansas City bureau at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

VETERANS HEALTH-DISABILITY

ST. LOUIS — A federal investigation finds a high rate of mismanaged disability claims at the St. Louis VA. A U.S. Office of the Inspector General report released Thursday found that the St. Louis veterans’ benefits office mishandled one-third of the disability claims it processes. Qualified veterans were paid too much as well as too little. UPCOMING: 500 words

COLUMBIA POLICE-BODY CAMERAS

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department plans to outfit all of its uniformed officers with body cameras. Assistant Chief John Gordon announced Thursday that the department has purchased 102 body cameras for its officers. UPCOMING: 300 words

UMKC-SMOKING BAN

KANSAS CITY — The University of Missouri-Kansas City is banning smoking on all its property beginning Aug. 1. The ban encompasses indoor and outdoor sites, including the sidewalks and even in parking garages. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AMBULANCE WORKERS LAWSUIT

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Council has proposed to settle a class action lawsuit over ambulance workers’ overtime pay for nearly $2 million. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1nnJ6rZ ) the council offered the roughly $1.98 million settlement Thursday. The council’s finance committee will consider it next week. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— KROGER CLOSING-GREENVILLE — Supermarket chain Kroger is shutting down its store on U.S. Highway 82 in Greenville, idling 70 workers.

— ANHEUSER-BUSCH-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT — A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination will now wait until September to return to court as she seeks a new trial.

— WWI CENTENNIAL COMMISSION — The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is hosting a public meeting with members of the United States World War One Centennial Commission.

— RIGHT TO FARM — The Humane Society of the United States has contributed $375,000 to an effort to defeat a Missouri ballot measure creating a constitutional right to farm.

— LAMBERT-PASSENGERS — Passenger numbers are down slightly at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

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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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