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

April 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction is facing bipartisan criticism from Oklahoma lawmakers who say the state’s attorney general overstepped his authority. Attorney General Mike Hunter spent time this week in damage control with lawmakers who say money from the first-of-its-kind settlement should have gone to the state treasury, where legislators would have determined how it was spent. They also grumbled that Hunter kept them in the dark about settlement talks. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 770 words, with photos.

DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS VANDALIZED-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ Police in Oklahoma are investigating after racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks were found spray-painted on a second Democratic Party office as well as a nearby school and arts center. Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen says the vandalism was discovered early Wednesday on the windows and sidewalk outside the Cleveland County Democratic Party headquarters, the Firehouse Art Center and McKinley Elementary School. 250 words, pursuing photos.

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OKLAHOMA-TOURISM-ROUTE 66

TULSA, Okla. _ Oklahoma officials plan to highlight Route 66 during promotions this year that aim to boost tourism. The Tulsa World reports Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell toured the historic highway Tuesday. Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985. It covered more than 2,400 miles connecting Chicago to Los Angeles and passed through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. SENT: 360 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ OKLAHOMA-DEPUTY SHOT _ Authorities in Oklahoma say a deputy sheriff is recovering Wednesday after he was shot during a struggle with a suspect.

_ OKLAHOMA REGENTS-TAYLOR _ Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a former Supreme Court justice _ Steven W. Taylor _ who presided over the state’s only trial involving the Oklahoma City bombing to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Pursuing photo.

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