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

January 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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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TOP STORIES:

FULL-STRENGTH BEER-STATE LAWS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Until October, Oklahoma grocery and convenience stores could stock beer with only up to 3.2 percent alcohol content — considerably lower than even leading light beer brands. Liquor stores were able to sell stronger 8.99 percent beer but were prohibited from selling cold beer of any strength. By Tim Talley. AP Photos.

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ROUTE 66 RESTORATION

GALENA, Kan. _ A military veteran has purchased a historic Kansas gas station along old Route 66 with plans to restore the building to its original condition. U.S. Army and Coast Guard veteran Aaron Perry is the new owner of a 1939 Texaco gas station in Galena, a town near the state’s borders with Missouri and Oklahoma. The Wakarusa resident stumbled upon the for-sale gas station last year while driving to the Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, the Joplin Globe reported .

IN BRIEF:

FOOTBALL PLAYERS ASSAULTED-INVESTIGATION _ A defense attorney says rape charges have been resolved against four teenagers accused of assaulting a Bixby High School football teammate.

MISSING MAN-BODY _ Authorities say a body found in eastern Oklahoma is believed to be that of a man missing from a mental health care facility.

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EXCHANGE-PUPPET MINISTRY

TULSA, Okla. _ Jan and Dave Meilner simply volunteered to help out at Children’s Church on Sundays at Asbury United Methodist Church. They taught a kindergarten Sunday School class and used a puppet to help illustrate some Bible stories. By John Klein. AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA BREWPUBS

NORMAN, Okla. _ When Oklahomans passed updated liquor laws in 2016, many rejoiced at more freedom to purchase cold wine and full-strength beer at a wider variety of retail locations. But it meant tens of thousands of businesses needed to get ready for the new world of alcohol in Oklahoma. For some, it was even more complicated. The Brewhouse is one of only a handful of brewpubs in the entire state, The Norman Transcript reported . The difference between a brewpub and production breweries is that brewpubs, prior to the liquor law changes, could have a mixed beverage license and sell liquor by the drink, have a kitchen, be all ages and be open until 2 a.m. By Caleb Slinkard. AP Photos.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--THUNDER-76ers

PHILADELPHIA _ The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Philadelphia 76ers. By Jessica Camerato. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 2:30 p.m. AP Photos.

BKC--OKLAHOMA-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Hoping to end a three-game skid, Texas hosts No. 20 Oklahoma on Saturday. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING : 600 words, photos. AP Photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

BKC--OKLAHOMA STATE-IOWA STATE

AMES, IOWA _ Oklahoma State plays Iowa State at James H. Hilton Coliseum.

ALSO

BKC--TULSA-UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. _ Tulsa plays UCF at CFE Arena.

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