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

December 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

With: LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR-TIMELINE

FROM AP MEMBERS:

OKLAHOMA STATE-ELECTRIC SCOOTERS

STILLWATER, Okla. _ Oklahoma State University is working with an electric scooter company called Spin after student outcry followed the university’s decision to cut ties with other alternative transportation companies. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

SEVERE WEATHER-OKLAHOMA _ Heavy snow is prompting highway closures and traffic problems in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

SECRETARIAT STATUE _ A larger-than-life bronze memorial to the famous racehorse Secretariat is coming to Lexington this fall.

IN SPORTS:

FBC-CFP-SEMIFINALS

Preparation for the College Football Playoff is almost finished, but before No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Clemson meets No. 3 Notre Dame media day will be held at the bowl sites Thursday. There are questions to be answered heading into Saturday’s games. How is Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray feeling at the Orange Bowl? Will Clemson be without DT Dexter Lawrence? SENT: 450 words, photos.

FBC-CFP-ORANGE BOWL-SABAN

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Nick Saban’s return to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium stirs memories _ of his only losing season in 25 years as a head coach, and of his awkward exit after just two years in the NFL. He departed for Alabama, where he has won five national championships and is in the College Football Playoff semifinals against Oklahoma on Saturday.

FBC-CFP-ORANGE BOWL-MURRAY

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Kyler Murray’s future includes rest, medication and the Orange Bowl on Saturday against Alabama. After that, he’s not sure. Oklahoma’s quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner has a decision to make between trying to play football, baseball or both _ and says he’s not thinking about the possibility that this College Football Playoff semifinal will be his last football game. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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