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

September 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency had no proper justification for spending more than $3.5 million on round-the-clock security for ex-head Scott Pruitt, including nearly $1 million in travel costs for his bodyguards, the agency’s internal watchdog concluded Tuesday. EPA allowed Pruitt and his team to increase the security detail from six agents for Pruitt’s predecessor to 19 for Pruitt without proving the need, the EPA Office of the Inspector General concluded. Pruitt, who’s a former Oklahoma attorney general, left the EPA this summer amid a barrage of scandals. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 340 words, with photo.



TULSA, Okla. — Patients throughout Oklahoma may have limited options for providers able and willing to sign medical marijuana recommendations due to major health care systems telling their doctors not to talk to patients about cannabis treatment options. The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority released a list last week of 38 physicians statewide who’ve registered as providers willing to recommend medical marijuana for patients. 250 words.



OMAHA, Neb. — Economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states took a leap forward last month, according to a survey report issued Tuesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 61.1 in August, compared with 57.0 in July, the report said. It’s the 21st straight month the index remained above growth neutral 50.0. SENT: 280 words.




— SHERIFF’S FATHER SLAIN — Authorities say an Arkansas man has been arrested in Tennessee in connection with the slaying of the father of an Oklahoma sheriff. With photo.

— AFGHANISTAN FLIGHT TERMINAL — A flight terminal in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been named in honor of an Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier who was killed in action. With photo.




The first regular season AP Top 25 is released after a long weekend during which most of the top teams won and Auburn registered the biggest victory. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.


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NORMAN, Okla. — After scoring on a long touchdown reception and blocking a punt in Oklahoma’s season-opening win against Florida Atlantic, walk-on Lee Morris was awarded a scholarship. Morris has taken advantage of his limited opportunities as a Sooner. By Cliff Brunt. 500 words, with photos.


JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State receiver Dahu Green is out for the year after suffering a broken ankle in the season opener. Coach Blake Anderson said Green, a transfer from Oklahoma, will apparently need surgery after being injured early in the second quarter of the Red Wolves’ 48-21 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday. SENT: 90 words.


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