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

February 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OKLAHOMA CITY _ With a new businessman outsider in place as governor and more than 50 new faces in the Republican-controlled Legislature, optimism abounds at the Oklahoma Capitol about the session that begins Monday. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who campaigned on making Oklahoma a “top ten” state, will lay out his vision for following through on that promise when he delivers his State of the State address and presents his proposed executive budget. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 710 words, with photos.


Barely a month into the 2019 legislative sessions, new policies against sexual misconduct already have been enacted or proposed in about one-fifth of the states as the #MeToo movement enters its second year in state capitols amid continuing complaints of sexual wrongdoing. Some states taking action this year had failed to do so in the immediate aftermath of the movement that began in fall 2017 and led to accusations against dozens of state lawmakers. Problems have persisted into the new year, with new complaints coming from lawmakers in Georgia and Massachusetts. Women’s advocates say more change is needed _ not only to sexual harassment policies but also to capitol cultures that have tolerated poor behavior. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,390 words, with photos.


_ BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance, details of every state lawmaker across the country who has resigned or been removed from office, faced other repercussions such as the loss of party or committee leadership positions, or had accusations made against them.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The notes are written on paper tags, tributes to the nine women, two teenage girls and unborn child found buried 10 years ago atop a New Mexico mesa. The authors, advocates say, are women who spend their days in the district with a history of drugs and sex trafficking that many of the victims were known to frequent. The bodies were discovered a decade ago this weekend, kicking off an investigation into the largest crime scene in Albuquerque’s history. The cases remain unsolved. The victims included two teenagers and a pregnant woman. Syllania Edwards, 15, was from Lawton, Oklahoma, and was reportedly last seen in Denver, police said. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 730 words, with photos.


_ OKLAHOMA-OFFICER SHOT _ A woman has been found guilty of second-degree murder for her role in the 2017 shooting death of a 22-year-old police officer in central Oklahoma.

_ PUPPY-PAW PROBLEMS _ A puppy named Milo born with his front paws facing up instead of down has had another procedure as veterinarians in Oklahoma try to help the dog learn to walk. With photos.





MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Brandon Knapper had a season-high 25 points as West Virginia topped Oklahoma 79-71 on Saturday. 600 words, with photos.


TILLWATER, Okla. _ Kansas State looks to stay in first place in the Big 12 when the Wildcats travel to Oklahoma State. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 5 p.m. CST.


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