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

August 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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MEDICAID-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma providers who treat patients covered by Medicaid may soon get their first pay rate increase in nearly a decade. The Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority announced Wednesday it’s considering raising rates paid to providers. The authority administers SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

SCHOOL SAFETY

WASHINGTON — A federal panel convened after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will issue a series of best practices to make schools safer, including recommendations on arming teachers, a senior Education Department official told The Associated Press. Age restrictions on gun purchases also are being considered. Frank Brogan, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, also said the agency will let states decide whether they want to use federal grants to purchase firearms for schools or train personnel. The debate recently arose after a small rural school district in Oklahoma and Texas asked the department to clarify what the funds can be used for. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 950 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

— INMATE DEATH — The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate being held on a domestic abuse charge has died in his cell.

— NATIONAL REGISTER-TULSA CHURCH — A church that was spared destruction during the 1921 Tulsa race riots has been added to the National Register for Historic Places. Pursuing photo.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--T25-FAU-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley knows good offensive talent when he sees it — last season, his Sooners led the nation in total offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. He sees a good one in Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary, who returns after rushing for 1,920 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. Riley believes he will be one of the nation’s best running backs this year. The seventh-ranked Sooners will have to account for him when they open the season Saturday against the Owls. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 790 words, with photos.

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