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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




OKLAHOMA CITY — The University of Oklahoma says it has returned donations from a retired professor who is accused of sexual harassment. The school said in a news release Thursday that it has also banned John Scamehorn from working at the university and is reviewing his status as professor emeritus. About 30 people signed a statement this week accusing Scamehorn of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior while he had access to drama school events as a university donor. By Ken Miller. 300 words.


WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct. In a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray and Justice criminal division chief John Cronan, six Democratic lawmakers with oversight of Pruitt’s agency allege the former Oklahoma attorney general repeatedly violated federal anti-corruption laws by seeking to leverage his government position for personal gain. By Michael Biesecker and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 440 words, with photo.



OKLAHOMA CITY — A new report shows that Oklahoma has overtaken Louisiana as the state with highest incarceration rate in the U.S. 250 words.



CINCINNATI — Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state over the practice of flagging registered voters after they’ve missed one federal general election. Attorneys told the high court that at least six other states — Georgia, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — have similar practices. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. SENT: 1,280 words, with photos.


— FATAL POLICE CRASH — An Oklahoma City man was killed when the pickup truck he was driving crashed while being pursued by police.

— INMATE-CONTRABAND — An Oklahoma man already serving time for murder has pleaded guilty to using contraband cellphones to run a large-scale meth ring from his maximum-security prison cell.

— RIG COUNT — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 1,062.


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