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

July 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Public Schools system will spend $6.2 million in reserve funds to offset declining state aid and keeping staff levels relatively unchanged. The Tulsa World reported Sunday that early estimates for the 2019-20 school year show even more of a decline in state aid — $7 million. 250 words.


— OKLAHOMA RAPE KITS — Advocates for women in Oklahoma say a recent focus on untested rape kits in the state shouldn’t deter anyone from getting examined.

— ST. GREGORY’S CLOSING-RARE BOOKS — Thousands of rare and historical books from a now-closed university in Oklahoma will be offered at auction on Thursday.

— OVERDUE MOVIE RENTAL-FINE — A business has helped an Oklahoma man who had been facing a more than $200 fine and a warrant for his arrest for an overdue movie rental he had forgotten about after becoming homeless.



OKLAHOMA CITY — Jeffrey Meek is the resident costume designer for Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City. Now in his 19th season with Lyric, Meek hits his creative peak nowadays not at Halloween but in the summer, when Lyric shifts from producing modest musicals at its intimate Plaza District theater to mounting large-scale, fully-orchestrated summer shows in the 2,477-seat theater at the Civic Center Music Hall. By Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,120 words, with photos.


NORMAN, Okla. — Lisa Marti had no history of heart issues when she went into cardiac arrest while working as a medical assistant at Norman Regional’s Endocrinology Associates. Marti coded about 10 times before cardiologist Dr. Muhammad Salim put in a permanent pacemaker, which stabilized her heart function. Marti’s children and parents said they have an even deeper appreciation for their mother now and are so grateful to her coworkers and the emergency responders who saved her life. By Joy Hampton, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1020 words.


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