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

January 9, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing 38 wildlife refuges to return staff to work so hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The move has angered wildlife groups, who accuse the Trump administration of trying to minimize the public impact of the more than two-week-old shutdown to limit the political blowback. President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress are locked in a dispute over his demand for funds to build a border wall. According to the email, refuges being restaffed include Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains, scene of an annual winter elk hunt. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 900 words, with photo.



OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt’s appointed employees are not required to disclose their personal finances under the state’s new ethics policy. The Oklahoman reports that while Stitt, who founded Gateway Mortgage Group LLC, chose many of his cabinet appointments and employees from the private sector, the state’s reformed ethics rules only require personal financial disclosures from elected officials. 250 words.



LOS ANGELES _ Teachers in Los Angeles, whose 640,000 students make it the nation’s second-largest school district, are ready to strike Thursday over a contract dispute that follows teacher walkouts in other states that emboldened organized labor after a critical defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court. The two sides rejected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s offer to broker a deal. Thousands of teachers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles last month. The “Red4Ed” movement that began last year in West Virginia led to a strike that resulted in a raise. It moved to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and Washington state. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 840 words, with photos.


_ OETA-FOUNDATION DISPUTE _ Oklahoma’s public television network has ended its relationship with a charitable partner amid a dispute over management of the statewide network and how donations are spent.

_ ROAD PROJECT DELAY-BATS _ A project to rebuild 16 miles of Oklahoma Highway 16 between Okay and Wagoner is being delayed because of its possible effect on a population of endangered bats.

_ TRANSCANADA-NAME CHANGE _ TransCanada Corp., the company behind the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline, is changing its name to TC Energy. With photo.





OKLAHOMA CITY _ Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins has apologized for using the word gay to describe Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s behavior during their game. Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins collided with Noel on a dunk attempt Tuesday night. Schroder, unhappy about the play and other incidents in what was a testy game, eventually was given a technical foul for an altercation with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague. By Cliff Brunt. 390 words, with photos.


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