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

December 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




ST. LOUIS _ Missouri landowners and environmentalists are urging a federal agency to sanction a levee district on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, arguing that the earthen barrier has been built above its authorized height, worsening flooding for its neighbors. Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a river conservation organization based in St. Louis, sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in October urging the agency to take action if the Sny Island Levee District in Illinois fails to reduce its levee height. FEMA didn’t respond to the alliance but told The Associated Press it is working to resolve the issue. By Jim Salter. SENT: 570 words.


JOPLIN, Mo. _ A federal judge has rejected a southwestern Missouri city’s request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging panhandling restrictions that the city has since scrapped. Joplin argued that the suit no longer applied because the city did away with the ordinance barring panhandling within 150 feet (46 meters) of intersections on busy streets, the Joplin Globe reported. SENT: 320 words.


NEW YORK _ As the Dow Jones Industrial Average seesaws and mostly drops by hundreds of points a day, Kathy Barnes sees the impact of the volatility on homebuilders and general contractors in the St. Louis area. Barnes, who helps these small business owners manage their projects, says her clients are worried that the bull market that gave customers the confidence to do major work on their homes is at an end. Builders are investing in fewer properties and contractors are handling smaller-scale renovations. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 910 words. AP Photos MOJR401, MOJR402, MOJR403, MOJR404.


NEW YORK _ The stock market’s volatility this year has some small business owners deciding to run their businesses more cautiously. Consumer spending and the economy are strong and many businesses report all is well. But some owners are worried because their customers are spending less. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 490 words.


_ MISSOURI GOVERNOR-POLITICAL DONATION _ A Missouri mega-donor has given $1 million to a political action committee that supports Republican Gov. Mike Parson running to keep his seat.

_ ORGANIC FRAUD-CHARGES _ Prosecutors say thousands of individuals and businesses were victims of a large-scale scheme in which ordinary corn and soybeans were fraudulently marketed nationwide as “certified organic.”

_ CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING _ Several St. Louis-area parks are accepting used natural Christmas trees to be recycled and used as fish habitat.

_ PIZZERIA PASTOR-CHILD PORN _ A former pastor and owner of a St. Louis pizza parlor and martial arts studio has been found guilty of eight federal charges related to child sex abuse.

_ BLUE SPRINGS CRASH _ Authorities have identified the three teens killed in a weekend crash in suburban Kansas City.

_ HUSBAND FATALLY STABBED _ Authorities say a woman is being questioned in the stabbing death of her husband in suburban St. Louis.

_ GUN CLEANING-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING _ Authorities say a person cleaning a gun has accidentally shot and wounded a female family member inside an eastern Missouri home.

_ SUSPICIOUS DEATH-KINLOCH _ Authorities are investigating a suspicious death in suburban St. Louis.

_ FAKE DRUG DEAL KILLING _ Two 17-year-olds have been charged with arranging a fake drug deal so they could rob the would-be buyers after their accomplice was killed in northern Kansas City.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Patrick Mahomes awoke early on Tuesday to open presents with his little sister and the rest of his family, then the Chiefs quarterback hopped in his car for a quick trip to Arrowhead Stadium. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 760 words. With AP Photos SEA125, SEA148.


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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.