AP-MO–Missouri News Coverage Advisory, MO

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 News Editor Chris Clark at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844 or cclark@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS— The Obama administration’s top health official comes to Missouri on Thursday to tout new benefits available under the president’s signature Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has also recently visited Florida, New Jersey and several other states as the Oct. 1 start of enrollment in health insurance exchanges approaches. By Alan Scher Zagier. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

CENSUS-MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS — New Census figures provide troubling data for Missouri. The state was one of just two in which median income dropped in 2012. Meanwhile, the poverty rate in the St. Louis region rose to 14.3 percent from 11 percent. By Alan Scherr Zagier. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1:30 p.m.

PURPLE HEART-DAUGHTER

ST. LOUIS — Pfc. John Eddington was preparing for deployment to Europe in World War II when he learned his wife gave birth to a daughter. He penned a letter, sweetly telling the little girl how much he loved her and longed to see her. But he never got to meet her, and the letter and his Purple Heart medal ended up in a box thousands of miles away from Peggy Smith, the daughter who was told nearly nothing about him. By Jim Salter. SENT: 850 words.

AP Photos CER101, CER103, CER102, CER104, CER105.

JOPLIN-HOSPITAL LAND

JOPLIN — Supporters of a proposal to build a museum complex on the site of a Joplin hospital that was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado were surprised to learn that any development will require a $1 million payment for a garden and walking trail. The city of Joplin disclosed the agreement with the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. on Wednesday. The $1 million would be required for less than an acre of land near where Mercy Hospital stood before it was demolished by the tornado. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10:30 a.m.

HELP FROM STRANGERS

ST. PETERS — A woman who lost her dog in a serious Missouri traffic accident while she was moving from Alabama to New Jersey has been reunited with her beloved pet, thanks to the kindness of strangers. Mary Ellen Frazier’s ordeal began Sept. 9 while she was driving on Interstate 70 in St. Charles County, near St. Louis. She began feeling sick and swerved on the road, hitting the back of a truck and veering off the highway. Her Honda CRV overturned five times in the crash. SENT: 460 words.

SOUTH LAWRENCE TRAFFICWAY

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Bids for the controversial South Lawrence Trafficway came in lower than expected, meaning construction could begin next month. The Kansas Department of Transportation said on Wednesday that a Columbia, Mo.-based company was the apparent low bidder. Emery Sapp & Sons bid $129.8 million, below the estimated cost of $150 million for the last part of the trafficway. The transportation department will review the bids before officially awarding the contract. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m. Lawrence Journal-World

IN BRIEF:

— OBAMA-MISSOURI GOVERNOR — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to join President Barack Obama for a visit of Ford Motor Co. facility near Kansas City.

— JOGGER ASSAULTED — A second female jogger in O’Fallon, Mo., has come forward to say she was inappropriately touched by a man on a bicycle.

— KC POLICE-FATAL STANDOFF — Kansas City police say a man who apparently killed himself during a standoff with law enforcement was involved in an earlier home invasion that resulted in another death.

— COLLEGES-EDUCATION GRANTS — Four Missouri colleges have received federal grants for job training programs.

— EMPORIA RESIGNATION — Emporia city manager Matt Zimmerman has resigned to become city manager of a St. Louis suburb.

— METH LAB-HOTEL — A suspect is jailed and a police officer injured after a suspected methamphetamine lab bust in St. Louis County.

— MISSING SCULPTURES — Three sculptures that were missing from downtown St. Louis have been recovered.

— ALZHEIMER’S-TRIAL — Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are launching a clinical trial to see if new drug treatments given before dementia can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

— CHELSEA CLINTON-KC VISIT — The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton is coming to Kansas City early next year to help launch an initiative to honor accomplished area women.

— COLUMBIA-STREET CLOSINGS — Columbia’s City Council has rejected a request by eight downtown bars to close adjacent streets for outdoor revelry during a University of Missouri football game in late October.

— GREAT RIVER ROAD — The Great River Road, a 3,000-mile stretch of highway along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is turning 75.

— SEC THIS WEEK Here are five things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 4 of games:AP Photos ALDM130, ALDM109, ARDJ106, LAGH103, FLPET112, FLPET106, ALDM134, LAGH102, ARDJ106, LAORS101, ALDM122.

— MEDICAID-MISSOURI — The number of eligible children enrolled in Missouri’s health care programs appears to be right around the national average.

— MISSOURI BUDGET-TOBACCO — Missouri officials expect the state will lose out on $70 million because of an arbitration case with tobacco companies.

— TRAIL OF DEATH-CARAVAN — A caravan from Indiana to Kansas will mark the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Death on which American Indians were marched westward from their homelands.

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