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BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK

March 29, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Oklahoma. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Oklahoma City bureau at apoklahoma@ap.org or 405-525-2121.

Oklahoma Administrative Correspondent Adam Kealoha Causey can be reached at acausey@ap.org or 405-996-1589.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 and digests will keep you up to date. All times Central.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

ROUTE 66-NEON SIGNS

TULSA, Okla. _ A new grant program hopes to encourage businesses in Tulsa to invest in neon signage to light up Route 66, which could help bring tourism and other investment into the area, officials said. The city and the Route 66 Commission announced the Route 66 Neon Sign Grant program Thursday, the Tulsa World reported. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

EMBEZZLEMENT PLEA _ An Edmond man has admitted to embezzling more than $755,000 from his employer and to tax fraud.

PROFESSOR DEMOTED-LAWSUIT _ A University of Oklahoma professor is suing the university’s governing board and top administrators, alleging she was demoted because of her outspoken criticism of new leadership at the institution.

OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR-CANDIDATE CHARGED _ An Oklahoma zookeeper accused of trying to arrange the killing of a critic who ran an animal sanctuary talked about using a public stop on his gubernatorial campaign to create an alibi. AP Photos.

MANAGEMENT SERVICES-BUDGET-AUDIT _ Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Chief Operating Officer John Budd are asking for an audit of the finances of the state’s Office of Management and Enterprise Services’ Information Services Division.

MISSING HIKER _ Authorities say a human skull found at a state park in northwest Arkansas has been identified as an Oklahoma hiker who was reported missing in 2017.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Denver Nuggets are chasing the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference. They travel to play the Thunder, who are coming off a win over the Indiana Pacers. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time 7 p.m. Central.

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