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

May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

OKLAHOMA BUDGET

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican leaders of the state House and Senate plan to announce a deal Wednesday afternoon on the 2020 fiscal year budget. By Sean Murphy. 500 words, with photos.

SKYSCRAPER RESCUE

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Two window washers have been rescued from a scaffold above the roof of an approximately 850-foot skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City Fire Capt. David Macy says the two were stranded shortly before 7:45 a.m. Wednesday outside the 50-floor Devon Tower and were pulled to safety about 8:30 a.m. The tower houses the corporate offices of Oklahoma City-based energy company Devon Energy Corp. SENT: 140 words, with photos, video. A longer version is not planned.

THE PIONEERS-NATIVE AMERICANS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ David McCullough’s new book, “The Pioneers,” is facing strong criticism for romanticizing white settlers and deemphasizing the pain inflicted on Native Americans in the present-day American Midwest. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos.

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LIQUOR LAWS-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Legislation signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt will change Oklahoma’s system of alcohol distribution. The Oklahoman reports the bill signed Monday will require the top 25 brands of wine and spirits to be sold to all wholesalers in the state. Currently, manufacturers of wine and spirits can designate a single wholesaler to distribute their product.  250 words.

OF NOTE:

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, funded by federal grants, reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for use in schools. Melissa Lau, a sixth-grade teacher in Piedmont, Oklahoma, attended one of the training sessions put on by the Oklahoma Energy Resource Bureau, funded by the oil and gas companies. She kept the $50 stipend and the tub full of science equipment, but tossed illustrated lesson plans featuring the character “Petro Pete.” By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,300 words, with photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT _ The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider naming an interim or acting university president Thursday following Sunday’s announcement by James Gallogly that he would step down after less than a year on the job once regents have a transition plan in place.

_ HEROIN DISTRIBUTION ARRESTS-OKLAHOMA _ Federal authorities say 24 people have been arrested in connection with a drug-trafficking ring that’s tied to a Mexican cartel authorities believe distributed about 2 kilograms of heroin a week in northeastern Oklahoma.

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BKN--COMBINE-DRAFT HOPEFULS

CHICAGO _ The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the NBA draft combine that starts Thursday. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited Wednesday to stay. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 830 words, with photo.

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