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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING TODAY:

EXECUTION-FRANKLIN

ST. LOUIS — No one knows exactly how many people Joseph Paul Franklin killed as he crossed the country more than three decades ago, targeting blacks and Jews. Even among the hard-core killers on Missouri’s death row, Franklin is perhaps the most notorious. He has been convicted of five murders, but authorities suspect he’s responsible for many more. But it was a single killing, of a man outside a St. Louis-area synagogue, that landed Franklin on death row. He’s scheduled to die Nov. 20, the first execution in nearly three years in Missouri and the first ever using a single drug, pentobarbital. By Jim Salter. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

FAILING SCHOOLS

ST. LOUIS — A failing St. Louis County school district has agreed to pay a six-figure tuition bill it previously rejected to cover the costs of sending about 1,000 of its students to schools in better-performing districts. The school board for the unaccredited Normandy district voted Wednesday night to reverse an earlier decision and pay the money owed to 17 accredited districts where Normandy students have transferred this fall. The total bill was $1.37 million. 130 words SENT. 300 words by 10 a.m.

CHIEFS-RING SWAP

KANSAS CITY— A suburban Kansas City woman whose Craigslist ad offering to swap her wedding ring for tickets to a Chiefs-Broncos game has made a deal that gets her seats for a second game, as well. The buyer, a Chiefs season ticket holder for two decades, says his fiance also will be getting something out of the transaction — a wedding proposal. UPCOMING. 300 words to CER by 10 a.m.

BEAGLE-POLAR BEARS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If a dog that sniffs out pregnant polar bears is correct, the Kansas City Zoo isn’t getting a new addition to its exhibit. The Kansas City Star reports that a beagle in Shawnee, Kan., can tell whether a bear is pregnant by sniffing her waste. But the dog, named Elvis, didn’t detect a pregnancy for Kansas City’s female bear, Berlin. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— REJECTED ATHEIST VOLUNTEERS — A group of atheist volunteers from Kansas City have found a new place to volunteer after a Christian mission declined their offer to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to the needy. SENT: 130 words.

— GRANDMOTHER SLAYING — A 36-year-old St. Louis man has been found guilty of killing his 73-year-old grandmother. SENT: 60 words.

— SEDALIA-DRUG TRAFFICKING — A two-year investigation of drug trafficking and violent crime in the Sedalia area has led to indictments against 37 people from western and central Missouri. SENT: 130 words.

— NIXON-TRAVEL — Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to north-central Missouri to meet with Sullivan County officials about a proposed reservoir. SENT: 60 words.

— SPRINGFIELD-PROSTITUTION STING — The husband of a Springfield elementary school teacher has been sentenced to three years of probation for promoting prostitution, in a case in which his wife is also charged. SENT: 120 words.

— FLESH-EATING DRUG — Doctors say a flesh-eating homemade drug popular in Russia has reached St. Louis. SENT: 110 words.

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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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