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

October 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY — An education professor says Oklahoma could save nearly $27 million by consolidating its school districts. James Machell is the dean of the University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies. The Oklahoman reports that he recently released a report titled “Right-sizing Oklahoma Districts.” 240 words.

OF NOTE:

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. — A new survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but business leaders are concerned about the ongoing trade disputes. The overall economic index for the region slipped to 57.5 in September from August’s 61.1, but it remained in positive territory. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. 280 words.

With:

— MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

— LIQUOR LAWS-OKLAHOMA — Oklahoma’s new voter-approved overhaul of liquor laws began Monday.

— CANAL ELECTROCUTION-OKLAHOMA— Oklahoma City police say one man is dead and another is critically hurt after being electrocuted in a canal in the city’s downtown entertainment district.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--BROWNS-MAYFIELD

OAKLAND, Calif. — Baker Mayfield spun out of sacks and turned them into big plays, led Cleveland to its highest-scoring game in more than a decade and showed why the Browns thought highly enough of him to make him the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. Mayfield, in his first NFL start, threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but also committed four turnovers that helped the Raiders deny the Browns their first back-to-back wins in four years with a 45-42 overtime victory on Sunday. Mayfield did show the big-play ability that helped him win the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 760 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-RUNNING GAME

NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma ground attack has gotten contributions by committee since Rodney Anderson’s injury. Even without one of the nation’s most dynamic backs, the seventh-ranked Sooners’ ground game is still a factor. By Cliff Brunt. 500 words, with photos. Story by 5 p.m. Central.

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-HILL

STILLWATER, Okla. — After carrying the ball just 46 times combined in No. 25 Oklahoma State’s first four games, top running back Justice Hill saw his workload increase significantly Saturday in a 48-28 victory over Kansas, and he responded with a season-high 189 yards and a touchdown on 31 rushes. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.

FBC--IOWA ST-MONTGOMERY

Top Iowa State running back David Montgomery is day-to-day after suffering an upper arm injury late in last weekend’s loss at TCU. Coach Matt Campbell said an MRI and x-rays were negative and that Montgomery was working out with the team on Sunday with what he described as a deep bruise. Campbell said Montgomery’s status for Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State is probable and may depend on how much Montgomery can deal with the pain. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 210 words, with photos.

HIGH SCHOOL:

— FBH--OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL PREP POLL

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BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE:

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — A jury is being chosen at a New York trial that’s drawing attention to what some call the sleazy side of college basketball recruiting. Jury selection started on Monday at the federal trial of an aspiring sports agent, an Amateur Athletic Union coach and an Adidas executive. All have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers say the charges are a stretch. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has told a group of 50 prospective jurors that opening statements are likely to begin Tuesday. Other defendants face separate trials, including former assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State. By Tom Hays. SENT: 720 words, with photos. Will be updated.

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— BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-THE LATEST

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