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

September 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

EPA-PRUITT

WASHINGTON — The scandal-plagued former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency is denying he got any improper gifts on the job. The EPA has released Scott Pruitt’s financial disclosure report for 2017. The report requires Pruitt, who’s a former Oklahoma attorney general, to disclose sources of income and any gifts he received as a federal employee. The report makes no mention of a $50-a-night Washington condo he stayed in or other perks was alleged to have received. Among other allegations are that he obtained tickets to the Rose Bowl and work for his wife, along with the cut-rate housing. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 120 words, will be updated. With photo.

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TULSA-AMBITIOUS PARK

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa park that recently turned away people carrying handguns has prompted questions about the property’s gun policies and whether the recreation area is public or private. The Tulsa World reports that an Oklahoma Second Amendment Association member was among three individuals carrying a handgun who were prohibited from entering the Gathering Place last weekend. Park officials said Saturday that handguns are not permitted at the park because firearms don’t create a safe environment for Tulsa families. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

GYM--GYMNASTICS COACH ARRESTED

FORT WORTH, Texas — An arrest warrant for a gymnastics coach facing sex abuse charges in Texas and Oklahoma alleges he put his hands inside girls’ leotards. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Oklahoma warrant accuses 51-year-old Skipper Glenn Crawley of molesting 8- to 10-year-old girls as they stretched. Crawley also is accused of instituting a “hug line” at the end of practices at Tulsa World Gymnastics during the 1990s and requiring girls to embrace him. SENT: 130 words. Moving on news & sports lines.

IN BRIEF:

— INMATE DRUG RING — A convicted killer already serving life in prison in Oklahoma has been sentenced to an additional 20 years in federal prison for running a drug ring from behind bars.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OKLAHOMA-TRIBES — A Cherokee Nation official says medical marijuana won’t be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe’s property even though the state’s voters approved use of the plant.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

No. 17 Boise State gets a big opportunity against No. 24 Oklahoma State to a win over a Power Five team that could pay dividends later in season when the College Football Playoff race develops. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

With:

— FBC--AP TOP 25 PODCAST. By Ralph D. Russo.

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-MURRAY

NORMAN, Okla. — The pressure on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray just increased now running back Rodney Anderson is out for the season. He’ll be tested Saturday when the fifth-ranked Sooners travel to Iowa State. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos. Story by 5 p.m. Central.

GYMNASTICS

GYM--GYMANSTICS COACH-ARRESTED

FORT WORTH, Texas — An arrest warrant for a gymnastics coach facing sex abuse charges in Texas and Oklahoma alleges he put his hands inside girls’ leotards. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Oklahoma warrant accuses 51-year-old Skipper Glenn Crawley of molesting 8- to 10-year-old girls as they stretched. Crawley also is accused of instituting a “hug line” at the end of practices at Tulsa World Gymnastics during the 1990s and requiring girls to embrace him. Crawley was jailed in Fort Worth after being charged with three counts of sexually abusing girls there in 2017 and 2018. He has since been charged with 10 counts of lewd molestation in Tulsa. SENT: 130 words. Moving on news & sports lines.

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