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

March 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-SPECIAL ADMITS

Gerald Gurney spent nearly two decades at the University of Oklahoma asking the admissions office to enroll prospective athletes who didn’t meet the school’s entry standards. Special admits, as they are called, have been an accepted part of big-time football and basketball since the birth of college sports. They came to the fore this week in niche sports — such as tennis, rowing and sailing — when federal charges were brought against coaches who allegedly accepted millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for special admit slots for children of wealthy parents. Most of the children never played the sports they were admitted for. By Eric Olson. AP Photos.

OF NOTE:

TAPS-VETERANS’ FUNERALS

Ten trumpet students at a Louisiana university are offering to play Taps at veterans’ funerals, rather than leave the haunting farewell bugle call to a mechanical device. “A lot of people get a recording, and play it over a speaker. It means something because it’s the song. But when you have an actual person with the horn ... and you hear the horn ring over the fields, it takes the breath out of your chest,” Kody Jernigan, a music education major at the University of Louisiana in Monroe, said in a telephone interview. By Janet McConnaughey. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

OETA-FOUNDATION DISPUTE _ Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is asking to intervene in a legal dispute between the state’s public television network and its charitable fundraiser, and for a receiver to take over the funds of the fundraising foundation.

MEMBER FEATURES:

EXCHANGE-OBIT-LUKE PERRY-COWBOY-MOTHER

TULSA, Okla. _ Obituaries reported the world lost an actor. But those in the bull riding community, including the mother of a famous Oklahoma bull rider, tell stories that suggest the world lost a heck of a guy. By Jimmie Tramel. AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-CHILDREN-FIGHTING CANCER

DUNCAN, Okla. _ A group of third grade girls from Comanche have been working together in friendship to help people through a hard time dealing with cancer. Brenley Green, MaKenna Kulbeth, Cianna O’Connor and Emma Milburn have been making different types of bracelets and rings for the last several months, charging a dollar or less for an item and collected the proceeds to donate to people affected by cancer. By Linda Provost.

EXCHANGE-DVD RENTAL SURVIVOR

PHILADELPHIA _ On the edge of a vast national forest in rural Pennsylvania, Joe Carlton was browsing for laughs on a Friday night. Carlton, 35, picked up “Spaceballs,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Step Brothers,” and “Office Space,” then walked to the counter of Family Video on Pennsylvania Avenue and rented the DVDs. Blockbuster Video, which started in Dallas and ended up with nearly 9,000 locations, declared bankruptcy in 2010. One Blockbuster location remains, in Oregon. That’s why the Family Video of Warren County feels so nostalgic. The Illinois-based company has about 700 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Most are in the Midwest and the Great Lakes region, with a handful in Texas and Oklahoma. By Jason Nark, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--WARRIORS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Thunder once again host former Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant and his Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors are trying to hold onto the best record in the West while the Thunder will need a strong finish to earn home-court advantage in the first round. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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