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

November 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

OKLAHOMA REPUBLICANS-EDUCATION

OKLAHOMA CITY — A GOP Oklahoma lawmaker says she supports increasing funding to the state’s public school system, despite other Republicans questioning the state’s involvement in education. The Oklahoman reports that the Canadian County Republican Party sent a letter to lawmakers last week requesting that the state no longer manage the public school system, or at least consider consolidating school districts. 250 words.

TRIBAL LAND-KANSAS

QUAPAW, Okla. — The Quapaw Tribe has acquired additional property in southeastern Kansas along the Oklahoma border after gaining approval from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Joplin Globe reports that the tribe has obtained 211 acres of Cherokee County grassland stretching north of its Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma. The land is now part of the federal Quapaw Tribal Trust, giving the tribe governing authority over the land. 300 words.

OF NOTE:

AP APPOINTMENT-EUROPE AFRICA NEWS DIRECTOR

LONDON — The Associated Press on Thursday named Anna Johnson as news director for Europe and Africa. Johnson is currently AP’s news director for the western U.S., based in Phoenix. Johnson, 42, joined AP as a reporter in Chicago in 2004. From 2006 to 2009, she was a reporter and editor based in Cairo, reporting throughout the Middle East. She later returned to Chicago as the assistant editor in the AP’s Central Region, where she was part of the team that won awards for deadline and breaking news reporting, including for AP’s reporting from tornado strikes in Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City, and the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. SENT: 470 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SEVERE WEATHER-THREAT — A strong storm system is expected to bring hail, heavy rain and possibly tornadoes to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

— GIRL ABDUCTED-MULTISTATE SEARCH — Investigators tracked a kidnapped girl across multiple states and found her safe in Oklahoma, 900 miles from her North Carolina home.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--T25-BAD SOONERS DEFENSE

NORMAN, Okla. — Ruffin McNeill often uses the acronym FIDO when he talks to his players about dealing with mistakes. It stands for “Forget It and Drive On.” Lots of teachable moments right now for McNeill, the interim defensive coordinator for Oklahoma.The Sooners have allowed 449 yards per game this season — on pace for a school record — and they rank dead last in Big 12 Conference play in scoring defense and total defense. The fifth-ranked Sooners (11-1, No. 5 CFP) face No. 9 Texas (9-3, No. 14 CFP) in the Big 12 championship on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, with photos.

FBC--EAST CAROLINA-MONTGOMERY FIRED

GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina fired football coach Scottie Montgomery on Thursday, with the team 3-8 and assured its third straight losing season. Chancellor Cecil Staton announced the dismissal two days before the Pirates complete their season at North Carolina State. Defensive coordinator David Blackwell will be interim head coach. Montgomery was hired after the 2015 season to replace Ruffin McNeill, an ECU alumnus who was fired after a 5-7 finish followed three consecutive bowl appearances. He has since taken over the defense at No. 5 Oklahoma under coach Lincoln Riley, who was McNeill’s offensive coordinator at East Carolina. 400 words.

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