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

January 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WINTER STORM-SOUTHERN PLAINS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Authorities say at least four people have died and a police officer has been injured in collisions on treacherous roads as a winter storm moves through Oklahoma and Texas. SENT: 290 words, pursuing photos.

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_ WINTER STORM-SOUTHERN PLAINS-THE LATEST

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-OKLAHOMA FARMERS

TULSA, Okla. _ The ongoing government shutdown could soon have a negative impact on Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, who are facing limited access to important data and funding sources, according to agriculture experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering limited statistical services during the shutdown, The Tulsa World reported . Farmers and ranchers use those services to make planning and marketing decisions. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

TODDLER KICKED-RACIAL SLURS

WICHITA, Kan. _ A man accused of kicking a 1-year-old black boy and yelling racial slurs in a Kansas grocery store was back in jail Thursday after being arrested in a drug possession case. Trace Riff, 31, was booked into the Sedgwick County jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and is being held on a $2,500 bond, according to jail records. Riff’s grandmother and brother told The Eagle that he was once an international model whose life spiraled out of control because of mental health and substance abuse. Riff returned to Oklahoma City and became homeless, before moving to Wichita. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR-APPOINTMENTS _ Oklahoma’s newly elected governor has named a Tulsa banker and an economic development professional from Enid to two key posts in his administration.

_ TRUMP-SCIENCE OFFICE _ President Donald Trump’s appointment of a University of Oklahoma meteorologist as his top science adviser has been confirmed.

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COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--NORTH DAKOTA-ORAL ROBERTS

North Dakota plays Oral Roberts at Mabee Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 540 words, with photos.

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FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-YURCICH

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has been hired as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator by Ohio State coach Ryan Day. Ohio State made the announcement on Wednesday night after Day officially took over head coaching duties from the retiring Urban Meyer. SENT: 120 words.

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