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

September 13, 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.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker have announced a council to study the expansion of poultry operations in northeastern Oklahoma. The Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth will look into the expansion of poultry production and its impact on the area. Officials say the council is not related to an as of yet unresolved 2005 lawsuit filed by then-state Attorney General Drew Edmondson against a dozen Arkansas poultry companies. The lawsuit alleges waste from poultry raised by farmers under contracts with the companies polluted the Illinois River watershed in northeastern Oklahoma. By Ken Miller. 350 words.


McALESTER, Okla. — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man serving a life sentence for the hate-crime killing of his Lebanese neighbor has died. epartment spokesman Matt Elliott said Thursday that 63-year-old Stanley Majors was found dead Wednesday in his bed at Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Majors was in the prison infirmary. No information about his condition has been made available. Jurors convicted Majors in February of first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the 2016 shooting death of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara. 250 words.



ENID, Okla. — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has been asked to decide whether a sheriff will go to trial over the death of an inmate who spent more than two days in a restraint chair. The Oklahoman reports that special prosecutor Chris Boring asked the court Wednesday to decide on a trial for Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles. Niles has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the June 2016 death of Anthony Huff. 250 words.


— HUSBAND KILLED-APPEAL DENIED — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a woman who says she killed her husband in self-defense because of battered woman’s syndrome.





CLEVELAND — Drew Brees sees a lot of himself in Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. And then some. “I think he can be a lot better than me,” the New Orleans Saints star said Wednesday. A fellow Texan, Brees has never met Mayfield but he’s tracked his playing career from afar and has been impressed by virtually everything he’s seen from the Heisman Trophy winner, now waiting his turn to play in Cleveland. Brees, who’ll face the Browns on Sunday, loves Mayfield’s competitiveness and playmaking ability, and believes he can develop into one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech and again at Oklahoma, becoming one of OU’s most celebrated players. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, with photos.



STILLWATER, Okla. — In his first two career starts, No. 24 Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius has looked good so far and is making progress, but his biggest test yet will come Saturday against No. 17 Boise State. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.


The ceiling for teams outside the Power Five in the College Football Playoff race seems to be set pretty low — as any Central Florida fan will be quick to point out. Maybe Boise State can bust through it this year. To do so, Saturday’s game at No. 24 Oklahoma State will be crucial for the 17th-ranked Broncos. Boise State’s trip to Stillwater is one of three games matching ranked teams in week three of the season, along with No. 4 Ohio State against No. 15 TCU in Arlington, Texas, and No. 7 Auburn hosting No. 12 LSU. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 960 words, with photo.


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Big 12 is in the spotlight this week with a series of games against Power Five schools, to say nothing of Oklahoma State’s game against Boise State. The highlight is No. 15 TCU against fourth-ranked Ohio State. But whether it’s Kansas-Rutgers or Texas-Southern California, the league has a chance to make a national statement. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 790 words, with photos.




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