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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HEALTH OVERHAUL-DISPARITIES

JEFFERSON CITY — The slow roll out of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening discrepancies in health coverage among Americans, with residents in some states gaining private or publicly funded insurance at a far greater rate than others. The demarcation may be as simple as Democrat and Republican. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 930 words.

MISSOURI ETHICS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon and several Missouri lawmakers were to call for ethics legislation that includes limits on campaign donations on Thursday. UPCOMING: 500 words.

MISSOURI EXECUTION

BONNE TERRE — Allen Nicklasson once recalled the “euphoria” he felt after fatally shooting a kindly businessman who stopped to help when he saw Nicklasson’s car stalled on Interstate 70 near Kingdom City, Mo., in 1994. Late Wednesday night, Nicklasson was put to death for Richard Drummond’s killing — nearly 23 hours after he was originally scheduled to die. With no final words, Nicklasson, 41, was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday, eight minutes after the state administered the lethal dose of its new death penalty sedative, pentobarbital. By Jim Salter. SENT: 870 words.

POLICE CHIEF DEATH

HUNTSVILLE — Randolph County Coroner Gerald Luntsford says the investigation into the death of a central Missouri police chief is not over. Luntsford says 64-year-old Huntsville Police Chief William Stuck died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen but he has not determined how the shooting occurred. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

FATAL HOUSE FIRE

ORRICK — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has joined the investigation into a house fire that killed two young boys in a small town in western Missouri. Authorities have not determined what caused the blaze that claimed the lives of 3-year-old Roger Garrison and his 1-year-old brother, Ashton Garrison on Tuesday afternoon. The boys’ cause of death also hasn’t been determined. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

CHIEFS-FEELING SPECIAL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dave Toub has done this before. Of course, Devin Hester made it seem easy. But ever since he took over the Chiefs’ special teams, the former Bears assistant has molded them into a unit that simply cranks out points — not so easy in this league anymore, either. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

HKN–MAPLE LEAFS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues are 12-2-2 at home entering a matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf serves the second half of a two-game suspension. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

IN BRIEF:

— FIRE-LARGE FAMILY — A Kansas City family of 11 escaped without injury when a fire damaged their home. SENT: 90 words.

— TRASH HAULERS-LAWSUIT — A St. Louis County judge has ordered the county to pay $5.9 million to three trash haulers in a dispute over changes the county made in its trash districts five years ago. SENT: 130 words.

— LOTTERY WINNER — A 49-year-old Columbia woman has won a $3 million prize in a Missouri Lottery game. SENT: 110 words.

— RESTAURANT-FIRE — A restaurant in a small rural community in southwest Missouri has been destroyed by fire. SENT: 100 words.

— HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWMAKERS — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she’ll be shopping for a health care policy on the new federal insurance exchange but won’t be taking a subsidy. SENT: 130 words.

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