- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

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.

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ST. LOUIS - With permission from Pope Francis, the Maronite Catholic Church prepares to ordain its first married priest on Thursday. The ceremony marks the first Maronite ordination of a married priest since the practice was banned in the U.S. in the 1920s. Though he didn’t lift the larger ban, the exception made by Francis comes amid perceptions that he’s giving fresh consideration to long-held church views. UPCOMING: 600 words by 9 p.m. ET, photos, video.


JEFFERSN CITY - The Missouri Senate was expected to pass legislation Thursday offering a truce with Kansas in the tax-break battle for businesses in the Kansas City area. UPCOMING: 300 words.


JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate could vote Thursday on legislation that would provide a one-time $384 million tax refund to Missouri residents who are homeowners. The refund is one proposal for using a projected surpluss in state revenues, but could be at odds with other measures calling for a permanent cut in the state’s income tax rate. UPCOMING: 400 words


JEFFERSON CITY - Some students in poor-performing schools could find it easier to switch to other schools in the same district but harder to transfer to better schools in other districts, as a result of legislation expected to pass the state Senate on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words


COLUMBIA - Police reports show that a firefighter killed in a Columbia walkway collapse was going door-to-door looking for trapped residents apparently because emergency responders thought they were dealing with a roof collapse. Lt. Bruce Britt was on the second-floor walkway of University Village Apartments, a University of Missouri-run apartment complex, when the walkway collapsed Saturday morning. Britt, a 23-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital. No residents were injured. UPCOMING: 410 words


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