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

September 21, 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.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has started the process of selling more than $116 million in bonds to help add capacity to the state’s overcrowded prison system. The Tulsa World reports that the board on Thursday authorized Oklahoma Corrections Department Director Joe Allbaugh to negotiate, finalize and execute documents on the agency’s behalf to issue the bonds. The board also directed Allbaugh to begin gathering information about building new correctional facilities. 250 words.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A former U.S. attorney from Oklahoma has kept his lobbying contract with a health care nonprofit that’s under federal investigation for alleged corruption linked to several Arkansas lawmakers. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that federal prosecutors have alleged in court filings that nonprofit Preferred Family Healthcare concealed its lobbying expenses and spent more money than permitted. The Missouri-based nonprofit was formerly known as Alternative Opportunities. 250 words.


— INMATE DEATH-CHARGES DISMISSED — Charges have been dismissed against two former Oklahoma County jailers accused in the death of an inmate whom they shot with pepper balls.




Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius has made an unexpected impression as a runner. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior looks like he’s lumbering his way down the field, but he’s tough and surprisingly agile and fast. Last Saturday, he rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns to help the Cowboys knock off then-No. 17 Boise State 44-21 . Oklahoma State’s offense ranks sixth nationally as the 15th-ranked Cowboys (3-0) head into their conference opener Saturday against Texas Tech (2-1). By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 700 words, with photos.


NORMAN, Okla. — It might be strange for longtime college football fans to imagine that Oklahoma’s roster is almost completely unfamiliar with the triple option offense. The Sooners ran it out of the wishbone formation to win national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985 under coach Barry Switzer. The system that dominated college football from the late 1960s into the 1990s is now rarely seen. That made Army’s offense difficult to simulate in practice as the fifth-ranked Sooners prepared to host the Black Knights on Saturday. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 890 words, with photos.


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