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

March 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NOWATA COUNTY-SHERIFF RESIGNS

NOWATA, Okla. _ A northeast Oklahoma county is without a sheriff’s agency after the sheriff and top staff resigned amid safety concerns involving the county jail. 360 words.

OF NOTE:

ESCAPED INMATE

SEDALIA, Mo. — Authorities say a kidnapping suspect who escaped from a Missouri jail and an Oklahoma patrol car has been arrested after returning to Missouri. UPCOMING: 300 words

BLACK LUNG DISEASE-FUND

COEBURN, Va. _ Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. A tax on coal that helps pay for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut sharply Jan. 1 and never restored, potentially saving coal operators hundreds of millions of dollars. Donald Trump received more than $276,000 during the 2016 presidential election from political action committees and individuals affiliated with coal companies. His inaugural committee received $1 million from Joe Craft, CEO of Alliance Resource Partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and $300,000 from the Murray Energy Corporation. By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 1,100 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PLANE CRASH-OKLAHOMA _ Authorities say the two people killed in the crash of a twin-engine jet near Oklahoma City were both pilots.

_ OETA FOUNDATION DISPUTE _ The president and CEO of the OETA Foundation says the nonprofit fundraising group welcomes a full review of its finances and business operations by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL

COLLEGE:

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ Former Auburn University assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal, ensuring that none of the four coaches charged in the probe will go to trial. Person, 54, of Auburn, Alabama, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court, averting a June trial. He and his lawyer declined to speak afterward and made a quick exit from the courthouse. Tony Bland, a former Southern California assistant coach; ex-Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson; and former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans await sentencing in the scheme. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 400 words, with photo.

BKC--GEORGIA ST-HUNTER

ATLANTA _ The greatest moment in Georgia State history still makes Ron Hunter beam. It makes D’Marcus Simonds cringe. Simonds has seen replays of the final seconds of the Panthers’ 2015 NCAA Tournament first-round upset of No. 3 seed Baylor so many times. Too many times, actually. Georgia State again is a No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 seed Houston on Friday in a Midwest Region first-round game in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By Charles Odum. SENT: 690 words , with photos.

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