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

November 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling,” has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was “Hee Haw” host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 840 words, with photos.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with an agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed. Sierra Club Vice-Chairman Mark Derichsweiler said in a statement that both states have had plans in place for years to reduce pollution of the watershed and that a new plan will not lead to compliance. By Ken Miller. 350 words, with photo.



TULSA, Okla. — Bass Pro Shops has reached out to the Cherokee Nation after a photo of a Trail of Tears rifle at an Arkansas store caused social media users to call for a boycott of the business. Bass Pro Shops Communications Director Jack Wlezien tells The Tulsa World that the 1978 Winchester rifle commemorating the Trail of Tears was acquired from a trade-in. He says it’s not part of the store’s standard stock and has been removed from the sales floor. 250 words.


— LEGISLATURE-DEMOCRATIC LEADER — Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have elected a 32-year-old Norman attorney to lead the minority caucus for the next two years.

— VOTER TURNOUT-INITIATIVE PETITIONS-OKLAHOMA — High voter turnout during Oklahoma’s gubernatorial election has had an unintended consequence — an increase in the state’s initiative petition signature requirement.

— WWII SAILOR-TEXAS — A 26-year-old Texas sailor serving aboard the USS Oklahoma who was killed during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor will be buried in Dallas on the 77th anniversary of the attack. With photo.




Four teams fighting for two spots in the Big 12 championship game are led by quarterbacks who’ve proven they can take over a game. By John Raby. 750 words, with photos.


WACO, Texas — Jalen Hurd made a thoughtful decision to become a receiver for one season at Baylor after being one of the top running backs in the SEC. After about 21 months without playing a game, Hurd’s transfer from Tennessee and transition to primarily catching the ball seem to be working out with the Bears. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Hurd — down about 20 pounds from his days as a bruising between-tackles running back — is fourth in the Big 12 with 6.2 catches per game for Baylor (5-5), which can get bowl eligible with a win in its home finale Saturday against TCU. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, with photos.


— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. SENT: 510 words, with photos.




PROVO, Utah — Oral Roberts plays BYU at Marriott Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts at 8 p.m. CST.


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