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

May 12, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have allowed adults to carry handguns without a permit and signed another that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions, managing to anger both gun and gay rights groups on the same day. The twin actions announced late Friday were among more than a dozen decisions on legislation taken by the term-limited governor as she clears the decks in her waning months in office. Associated Press. AP Photos.



MOUNT VERNON, Ky. — Six years ago, Hannah Laswell made phone calls, knocked on doors and posted videos on Facebook to get Republican Jonathan Shell elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives. Shell is now one of the most powerful lawmakers in the state. But Laswell is now a teacher, and she says that later this month she won’t vote for Shell to get a fourth term. Instead, in a year when educators across the country rallied for better conditions, she plans to vote for a high school math teacher running against Shell in the Republican primary. By Adam Beam. AP Photos.



TULSA, Okla. — U2 and Justin Timberlake had the opportunity to be exposed to Oklahoma music history during one of the biggest weeks in the BOK Center’s 10-year history. The superstar artists didn’t have to listen to a lecture or step into a classroom for a music history lesson. All they had to do was step into one of the BOK Center’s green rooms. There are three green rooms (backstage waiting rooms) and they recently got makeovers. Each of the green rooms was refurbished to pay tribute to an Oklahoma music legend. Leon Russell. Garth Brooks. Woody Guthrie. By Jimmie Tramel.


EDMOND, Okla. — Helen Coffey paused when the emotions became too much. Seated at a table inside her Edmond home, she spoke about her oldest, Heather, who she said lived courageously for 38 years with a biological brain disorder called borderline personality disorder. By Darla Slipke.


VINITA SLAYING — A 16-year-old Oklahoma boy has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his father’s fiancé and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.


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