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

October 2, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision gives a chance at parole for convicted murderers who were juveniles at the time of the killing. But the wheels of justice are moving slowly for the dozens of inmates who qualify for resentencing who are currently imprisoned in Oklahoma. By Sean Murphy. Developing.



OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from an Oklahoma man who was sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of a convenience store owner during a robbery. The Oklahoman reports that Emmanuel Littlejohn had asked the court to consider if his sentence was unconstitutional because jurors didn’t hear of how brain damage could’ve explained his actions. Littlejohn has admitted to taking part in the robbery, but denies firing the shot that killed 31-year-old Kenneth Meers. 250 words.


McALESTER, Okla. — An Oklahoma principal accused of spanking two elementary school students with a wooden paddle, leaving both boys bruised, has been charged with child abuse and placed on administrative leave. Pittsburg County court records indicate Gary Gunckel, the 50-year-old the principal at Indianola Public Schools, was charged Friday with two counts of child abuse by injury. A preliminary hearing conference is Oct. 12. The McAlester News-Capital reports that Gunckel is accused of “using unreasonable force” on Sept. 6 when he paddled the students aged 10 and 11. 290 words.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Recent figures show that poultry producers in northwest Arkansas are adding more chicken houses to their farms this year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that state data released last week show that Benton and Washington counties saw an increase in poultry houses in 2018 compared to last year. 250 words.


— FBI-AGENT INVOLVED SHOOTING — The FBI is investigating the shooting and wounding of a suspect by an agent in northeastern Oklahoma.

— MISSING WOMAN-REMAINS — Police say human remains found in Iowa are that of an Arkansas woman missing for nearly 10 years.




AUSTIN, Texas — To see the progress in Texas, look no further than quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The Longhorns look like a Big 12 contender again and the sophomore is quietly putting together the kind of season that can earn a place in the school record book and wins games. Texas and Oklahoma face off Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.


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