BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK
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OKLAHOMA CITY _ Gov. Mary Fallin has commuted the sentences of 21 Oklahoma prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses following a campaign by supporters of changes to the state’s criminal justice system. Fallin signed the commutations Wednesday during an emotional ceremony at the state Capitol. By Sean Murphy. 400 words, with photos.
ST. GREGORY’S-CLOSING-HOBBY LOBBY
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has completed its $8 million purchase of a bankrupt Catholic university’s campus near Oklahoma City, which it has agreed to lease out to another Christian college. Documents filed in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday in Oklahoma City finalized the sale of the more than 70-acre St. Gregory’s University campus, buildings and other property in Shawnee to Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which made the offer in September. 320 words.
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SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS
VAN BUREN, Ark. _ Residents in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are cleaning up after a series of tornadoes struck the area last week. 250 words
_ WINTRY WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS _ A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle as snow and freezing rain head toward the region.
_ OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKE _ Parts of central Oklahoma have been shaken by an earthquake.
_ STEPFATHER KILLED-OKLAHOMA _ A 32-year-old man faces murder, arson and other charges in connection with the death of his 60-year-old stepfather in northeastern Oklahoma.
FBC--T25-AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR-FINALISTS
Quarterbacks Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins Jr. of Ohio State are the finalists for The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. The winner will be announced Thursday. The finalists are the same as those for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 230 words, with photos.
Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins Jr. says his stats as Ohio State quarterback should earn him the prize. Haskins finished with 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns, both of which led the nation. He broke 11 Big Ten and Ohio State single-season records. His fellow finalists, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, also are top-performing quarterbacks. The winner will be chosen on Saturday night in New York. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Brooklyn Nets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CST.
TULSA, Okla. _ Oklahoma State plays at Tulsa in an in-state battle. The Cowboys had a big win last week against LSU. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.
BKC--FLORIDA GULF COAST-ORAL ROBERTS
Florida Gulf Coast plays Oral Roberts at Mabee Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
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