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Good morning. Below is a preview of the AP's expected report for Missouri for Wednesday AMs.

Information in this preview is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

The supervisor is Margaret Stafford, followed by Dana Fields. They can be reached in the Kansas City bureau at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844. Other key numbers:

Columbia bureau: 573-884-9934

Jefferson City bureau: 573-636-9415

St. Louis bureau: 314-241-2496

Washington regional: 202-776-9539.

Technical assistance: 800-266-6752

Please remember that the strength of your Missouri AP report depends upon your story and photo contributions.

WEDNESDAY AMs PREVIEW:

MISSOURI TAXES

JEFFERSON CITY — As opponents began running radio ads against it, a proposed tax overhaul was to get a hearing Tuesday in a Missouri House committee. The plan, which already passed the Senate, would cut state income taxes but offset part of the lost revenues through a higher sales tax. David Lieb

ST. LOUIS MAYOR

ST. LOUIS — Barring a major upset, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will be elected to a record fourth term in office on Tuesday. The Democrat faces a Green Party candidate and no Republican opposition. Jim Salter

ARCH TAX

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis city and county voters will decide on a sales tax increase that could create $800 million over 20 years for improvements to the Gateway Arch grounds, as well as parks and trail upgrades. By Jim Salter

ALREADY MOVED:

— MISSING TEENS — Authorities in southeast Missouri are searching for two teenagers who apparently ran away together.

— CATTLE THEFT — Jasper County authorities are investigating the latest in a string of cattle thefts in southwest Missouri.

— SOUP TAMPERING — Police in the St. Louis County town of Manchester are looking for a man who apparently put a foreign substance into a pot of soup at the salad bar of a grocery store.

— ST LOUIS-CARJACKING — Two suspects are jailed in St. Louis after a car was stolen in a carjacking, then crashed after a police chase.

— ELLISVILLE MAYOR — A six-hour hearing still hasn't resolved the future of Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul.

— CANCER SCAM-PLEA — An eastern Missouri woman who claimed to have terminal cancer has pleaded guilty to forging a doctor's signature as part of the hoax.

— CORD STRANGULATION — St. Louis police say a 2-year-old boy died after he got caught in the nylon cord of a mini-blind.

— CONCRETE CANOE — A team of students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology is putting its 225-pound concrete canoe to the test this week.

— KINDER-PIPELINE — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is among more than 20 Republican lieutenant governors urging approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.

— MISSOURI ELK — The Peck Ranch refuge in southeast Missouri will be closed to turkey hunting this summer as part of the Department of Conservation's elk restoration project.

— STANDARDIZED TESTS — More than 360 Missouri schools will be participating in a pilot project for a new standardized testing system for English and math.

The AP, Kansas City

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