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HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUDGET

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has proposed large budget cuts through layoffs and program cuts. The proposal would cut the department's budget by about $17.8 million, twice the amount the Legislature demanded, The Oklahoman reported . The plan would lay off nearly 200 employees and could end grants to child-abuse prevention programs and health centers. 260 words.

OF NOTE:

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. At least 16 deaths were blamed on dangerously cold temperatures that for days have gripped wide swaths of the U.S. from Texas to New England. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 940 words, with photos, video, audio.

With:

— DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— BODY-FROZEN POND — An Oklahoma sheriff says the body of a 20-year-old man who was last seen at a New Year's Eve party was found in a frozen pond near Ada.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--THUNDER-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers look to snap a seven-game losing streak when they take on Los Angeles native Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CST.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

Gregg Popovich was the coach nobody wanted. It's hard to fathom now, but it's true: Popovich was not well-received initially in San Antonio. Five rings later, he's No. 5 on the NBA's all-time win list. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 890 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

MEN:

BKC--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Trae Young, the nation's leading scorer, leads No. 7 Oklahoma into a matchup with rival Oklahoma State. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CST.

BKC--CONNECTICUT-TULSA

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa, off to a 9-5 start, hosts Connecticut on Wednesday night. The Huskies have struggled in a 7-6 start. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.

WOMEN:

BKW--T25-OKLAHOMA STATE-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — No. 8 Texas hosts No. 20 Oklahoma State as the Longhorns look to keep up their hot start early in the Big 12 schedule. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

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FOOTBALL:

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-RILEY

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, the youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, looks back at his first season. He led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff and helped Baker Mayfield win the Heisman Trophy. By Cliff Brunt. 500 words, with photos.

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