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

January 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

ST. LOUIS _ Authorities in Kansas and Missouri have reported at least five killed in crashes as a winter storm sweeps across the Midwest. The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri and Illinois. Snow is covering roads and making driving dangerous. Up to 11 inches of snow was reported in St. Louis. SENT: 200 words. Developing.

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Hundreds of federal aviation workers in Oklahoma are part of a union that’s sued the U.S. government over the continuing partial shutdown and employees on the job but not getting paid. The Oklahoman reported Saturday that the lawsuit filed by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says some members are working but not getting paid in violation of due process. The newspaper reports at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, in southwest Oklahoma City, 1,146 federal employees are furloughed and 593 are working without pay. 230 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRISON INMATE-DEATH _ An inmate serving in life in prison for first-degree murder has been slain at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and investigators say his cellmate is suspected in the death.

_ OKLAHOMA HOUSE-VIDEO BAN _ Your Facebook friends might be livestreaming videos, but your Oklahoma state representatives won’t be _ at least not on the job.

_ TULSA-CITY SURVEY _ Results from a city-sponsored survey show that only half of Tulsa residents consider themselves thriving, but many believe things are looking up.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES/SENT IN ADVANCE: FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-PILOT-VIETNAM

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Retired Army helicopter pilot and Northwest Oklahoman Bob Ford flew more than 1,000 missions in Vietnam, and now in partnership with Oklahoma History Center, he will help continue to tell the stories of service and sacrifice made by so many in the war. Oklahoma History Center, in Oklahoma City, is presenting a Smithsonian Channel film, “Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight,” and Ford, who left the service as a captain, will be there to moderate the experience. The showing will be at the history center and is covered by the cost of admission. By Mitchell Willetts, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 430 words.

EXCHANGE-FIGHT CANCER-ART

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Orbs of purple, black and white swirl together in one of Oklahoma City artist Gayle L. Curry’s favorite paintings in her new exhibit “Unknown Origins.” For the artist, coping with the complexities of cancer has become a necessary survival skill. Her mother, Phyllis Curry, learned in 2015 that she had leukemia. The following year, her father, Pat Curry, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. By Brandy Mcdonnell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 689 words.

IN SPORTS:

NBA:

BKN--SPURS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Thunder and San Antonio Spurs meet again, two days after the Spurs beat Oklahoma City in a 154-147 double overtime thriller. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--OKLAHOMA ST-VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Oklahoma State beat West Virginia 85-77 on Saturday to hand the Mountaineers their fourth loss in a row. 500 words, photos.

BKC--T25-TCU-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ No. 25 TCU on Saturday afternoon visits No. 23 Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma seeks its first win over a ranked opponent this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.

BKC--TULSA-SMU

Tulsa plays SMU at Moody Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--ORAL ROBERTS-SOUTH DAKOTA ST

Oral Roberts plays South Dakota State at Frost Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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FOOTBALL:

FBC--TEXAS TECH-KERRY COOKS

LUBBOCK, Texas _ Texas Tech has hired Oklahoma assistant and former NFL defensive back Kerry Cooks to be safeties coach. The school in Lubbock on Friday announced the hiring of Cooks, who’s spent nine seasons at Oklahoma and previously was an assistant at Notre Dame. SENT: 70 words.

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