BC-MO--Missouri News Preview, MO

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Good morning. Below is a preview of the AP's expected report for Missouri for Thursday 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Information in this preview is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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THURSDAY AMs PREVIEW:

JOPLIN TORNADO-AID

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate was expected to give initial approval Wednesday to legislation granting $15 million for Joplin to repair streets, curbs and gutters damaged by cleanup crews responding the a deadly 2011 tornado. David Lieb

DILUTED DRUGS

KANSAS CITY — Attorneys for victims of a Kansas City pharmacist who diluted his patients' drugs for more than a decade argued before a Missouri appeals court that previous settlements in the case should be reopened. The arguments Tuesday concerned civil settlements reached against two drug manufacturers and pharmacist Robert Courtney, who is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2002 to diluting drugs.

GATEWAY ARCH-IMPROVEMENTS

ST. LOUIS — Organizers of the CityArchRiver 2015 in St. Louis say visitors to the Gateway Arch area can expect big improvements in the coming years. CityArchRiver on Tuesday announced details of planned improvements now that voters in St. Louis city and county have approved a sales tax increase. The money will pay for upgrades to the Arch grounds and the area around the Arch, fund new hiking and biking paths, and fund park improvements.

MISSOURI AIRPORT-MAN DETAINED

KANSAS CITY — A judge has ruled that a man accused of trying to take fake explosives through security at Kansas City International Airport will be forcibly medicated. Anthony Falco Jr., whose last known address was East Petersburg, Pa., is charged with making false statements and creating a hoax on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

ALREADY MOVED:

— BUDWEISER-BOWTIE CAN — Anheuser-Busch is introducing a new, bowtie-shaped beer can that mirrors its iconic Budweiser logo.

— UNDERGROUND SITE-CONCERNS — An eastern Missouri sheriff is raising safety concerns about gatherings at an old sand mine now used as a recreation complex.

— COACH-THEFT — A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing sports memorabilia and electronics from an assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams, along with other crimes.

— O'FALLON-BASEBALL — Minor league baseball is staying in the St. Louis suburb of O'Fallon for at least another nine years.

— ST LOUIS-SAFETY — The attack at the Boston Marathon has people on edge, but St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says there are no threats against St. Louis or any events here.

— NUCLEAR REACTOR RESEARCH — Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are conducting work that could shape the next generation of nuclear reactors.

— FALCONS STADIUM — Five architecture firms are vying for the chance to design the Atlanta Falcons' new retractable-roof stadium.

— PTA EMBEZZLEMENT — The former treasurer of an Independence elementary school's PTA has admitted stealing $22,000 from the organization.

— MISSOURI SYNOD-PRESIDENT — Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison will face two challengers in an upcoming election.

— MISSOURI S&T-NEW BUILDING — Missouri University of Science and Technology is beginning work on a new chemical and biochemical engineering building.

— FOSTER CARE-COLLEGE VISITS — The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would require older children in foster care to visit colleges.

— OLD SLAVE ROAD — A city council committee in the St. Louis County town of Wildwood is recommending that the town keep Old Slave Road as the name of a private street.

The AP, Kansas City

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