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

November 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-NATIVE AMERICANS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a girl, Debra Haaland remembers joining her grandmother as she chopped wood and fetched water for her home in Mesita, a Native American community in New Mexico’s high desert. Haaland, an enrolled Laguna Pueblo member, is certain it was these experiences that helped her win a seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday. Her fellow Democrat Sharice Davids, who is Ho-Chunk, also won her historic bid to represent a district in Kansas. The two women will join U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, who is Chickasaw, and Markwayne Mullin, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in the House. Cole and Mullin are Republicans, representing districts in Oklahoma. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 810 words, with photos.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

INSURANCE LAWSUIT

OKLAHOMA CITY — A jury has instructed health insurer Aetna to pay an Oklahoma City family $25.5 million for denying a cancer patient’s claim for coverage for proton beam therapy. The Oklahoman reports that the jury on Monday found that Aetna doctors didn’t spend enough time reviewing Orrana Cunningham’s case. The jury ruled that Aeta recklessly disregarded its duty to deal fairly and in good faith with Cunningham. 260 words.

OF NOTE :

VATICAN-US-GUATEMALA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has decreed that an American religious brother was killed out of hatred for the Catholic faith during Guatemala’s civil war and can be beatified. James Miller is the second American slain in Guatemala to move a step closer to possible sainthood in recent years. The Rev. Stanley Rother, who was gunned down during the Guatemalan conflict in 1981, was beatified as a martyr in his native Oklahoma last year. The Vatican said Thursday that Francis approved a decree recognizing that Miller, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, died as a martyr on Feb. 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Miller had been working with indigenous youths when he was killed by three masked men. No one has been arrested. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FLU DEATHS-OKLAHOMA — Oklahoma health officials say two people have died from influenza during the past two weeks following the deadliest flu season in the state on record.

— APPEALS REJECTED — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, in two separate cases, has upheld a murder conviction and rejected a request to withdraw a no-contest plea to manslaughter charges in the deaths of a woman and her 14-month-old granddaughter.

— PROCESSING PLANT-IMMIGRATION — The operator of a pork processing plant in the Oklahoma Panhandle will pay $1 million to settle allegations that it hired workers who were in the U.S. illegally.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--ROCKETS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since the Thunder traded him this summer. Oklahoma City tries to extend its six-game win streak. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

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FOOTBALL:

COLLEGE:

FBC--BIG 12-FINAL STRETCH

No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 West Virginia could be on the way to meeting on consecutive weekends. That could determine the league’s playoff fate. But Texas and Iowa State could also get in the Big 12 title game. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words.

— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. Some things to know about Week 11 in the Big 12 Conference. SENT: 520 words, with photos.

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