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

November 25, 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 — Camels are thriving in farms across Oklahoma. Since 1988, Pat and Don Bodkin have raised camels on their farm in northwest Oklahoma County. All of their camels have had names that start with a letter “C,” Pat Bodkin said. Today, Charlie, 10, is the only camel on the farm. By Robert Medley, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 892 words. Pursuing photos.


MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Oklahoma has been restored and rededicated. The ceremony comes on the heels of a $25,000 restoration project to clean and restore the statue, one of 143 existing “Doughboy” statues nationwide, according to a release from the event, and one of two memorializing Native American wartime service. By Chesley Oxendine, Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 379 words. Pursuing photos.


FORT SMITH, Ark. — Statewide participation in the last semiannual Drug Take Back Day differed heavily across the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in April and October each year, aims to lead people across the country to take unused prescription drugs to their nearest drop-off sites in hopes of combating opioid abuse. Arkansas during the last Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27 was 13th in the nation with 26,529 pounds of prescription drugs collected while Oklahoma was 49th with 717 pounds collected, according to DEA records. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 484 words.


— HOMELESSNESS-OKLAHOMA — A state council that studies homelessness in Oklahoma is seeking the public’s input on a new five-year plan.



Ohio State moved up to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after trouncing rival Michigan. The Buckeyes jumped four spots and the Wolverines fell four to No. 8 on Sunday, but overall the rankings were relatively stable after the last weekend of the regular season. Going into next week, when each FBS conference will play a championship game, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are the top three for the sixth straight poll. Georgia moved up a spot to No. 4 and Oklahoma is fifth. Unbeaten UCF also moved up a spot to No. 7. No. 9 Texas and Washington round out the top 10. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No. 14 Florida State faces defending national champion Villanova in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. No. 19 LSU plays Oklahoma State for third place. Memphis, Canisius, Charleston and UAB also play consolation-round games. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 650 words. Championship game started 1 p.m. Third-place game starts 4 p.m.


ROCHESTER, Mich. — Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Oral Roberts hit 11 of 12 free throws in overtime to beat James Madison 78-69 on Sunday in their final game of the Oakland Hoops Challenge. Kevin Obanor and Aidan Saunders combined for eight free throws and ORU led 71-66 with 2:04 left in an overtime in which the Dukes would miss 7 of 8 from the field. Stuckey Mosley’s 3 made it a two-point game, but Nzekwesi and Kaelen Malone each hit layups and Carlos Jurgens and Malone combined for three free throws for the win. SENT: 200 words.


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