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

August 3, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma against the makers of opioids is going back to state court. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City ruled Friday that the lawsuit does not “necessarily raise” a federal issue. By Ken Miller. 350 words, pursuing photos.



TULSA, Okla. — Records show that energy companies were the biggest donors to an Oklahoma campaign against medical marijuana. The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma Ethics Commission records show nearly half of the roughly $1.3 million donated to the committee opposing medical marijuana came from the energy industry. Donations from April 1 to June 30 came from companies in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas. 250 words.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S. SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by next spring or summer. Nine astronauts were named to ride the SpaceX Dragon and Boeing Starliner capsules — five on the first crew flights and four on the second round of missions to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, a former Oklahoma congressman, made the introductions at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


— CHILD DEATH — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy has died after being found inside a parked vehicle in El Reno.

— MARIJUANA SMUGGLING KILLINGS — A 39-year-old northeastern Colorado man has pleaded guilty to his role in the October 2015 deaths of two Oklahoma men during a dispute over marijuana smuggling.

— HIGHWAY-BODY FOUND — Authorities are investigating after a man’s body was found on a highway in eastern Oklahoma near the state’s border with Arkansas.

— NO ELEPHANT RIDES — Elephant rides aren’t available as advertised as an attraction at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport: State law won’t allow them.




BOCA RATON, Fla. — There was a banner on the Florida Atlantic practice field commemorating the team’s accomplishments from last season, which included an 11-3 record, a Conference USA championship and a blowout victory in a bowl game. That banner is no more. FAU coach Lane Kiffin ordered it removed from the fence adjacent to the field before the Owls started fall training camp on Friday. It’s a new year and a new team. FAU starts with one of the toughest Week 1 tests out there, when it travels to Oklahoma to meet a Sooners team that is expected to start the season near the top of the national rankings. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 620 words.


Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is on administrative leave as the school investigates claims his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will run the team during the investigation. Here are some of the coaches who took interim roles at prominent programs after scandals and how they fared. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


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