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

August 1, 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 — Oklahoma health officials are considering new rules for medical marijuana after guidelines quickly adopted last month met strong pushback from the attorney general and medical marijuana advocates. The Oklahoma Board of Health is scheduled to consider the new rules Wednesday afternoon. Among other things, the guidelines eliminate a ban on the sale of smokable pot and a requirement for a pharmacist in every dispensary. By Tim Talley. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. With photos.



OKLAHOMA CITY — Prison reforms in Oklahoma have saved the state more than $60 million in the past year, according to a new report. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services released an analysis Tuesday that also estimates the state will save about $137 million over five years, The Oklahoman reported . 240 words.



OMAHA, Neb. — Economic growth is still slowing in nine Midwestern and Plains states amid trade and tariff disputes, according to a monthly survey report released Wednesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index declined to 57.0 in July, from 61.8 in June and 67.3 in May, the report states. It’s still the 20th straight month that the index remained above 50. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. SENT: 290 words.




— HOUSE FIRE-DEATH — Oklahoma police say a woman who fled to Texas has been arrested on charges of fatally shooting her roommate and setting their home on fire.

— MOST WANTED — A man accused of a double homicide in southwestern Michigan has been captured in Georgia about a month after authorities announced he was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted.

— EARNS-CHESAPEAKE ENERGY — Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. has reported a second-quarter loss of $40 million.




Rarely does the NCAA pass legislation that’s wholeheartedly endorsed by coaches and beneficial to players, but the new redshirt rule appears to be a smash hit. Players will now be allowed to play in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season, maintaining four years of eligibility. In the past, playing just one game could cost a player an entire season of eligibility. “I don’t know if people on the outside or even maybe us on the inside understand how different that rule is. How much the game is going to be different, the strategy behind it,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “I think it’s going to be fun.” By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 990 words, with photos.


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