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AP-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 3pm, OK

August 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Alabama law that sought to ban the most commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure. The ruling is the latest blow to efforts in some states to ban the second-trimester abortion procedure in which the fetus is removed in pieces with forceps. Courts have blocked similar laws in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. By Kim Chandler. 470 words.



CARLSBAD, N.M. — The half a million bats that call Carlsbad Caverns National Park home could face the threat of the deadly white nose syndrome. Federal agencies have mobilized in recent weeks to combat a microscopic organism that could potentially kill off thousands of the Mexican free-tailed bats that make the national park famous, the Carlsbad Current Argus reports . White nose syndrome was found in bat populations in states across the country, with the closest discovery in Oklahoma and Texas. 460 words.


JAIL SMUGGLING ATTEMPT FOILED — Authorities say some inmates on the 12th floor of the Oklahoma County jail tried get drugs and other items smuggled in by knocking a hole in the wall, then lowering to the ground bedsheets that had been tied together.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OKLAHOMA — The latest medical marijuana rules will stay in place after a judge’s decision on a court challenge against them.

OKLAHOMA EMAIL FRAUD — Federal prosecutors say victims of online email scams will recover nearly $611,000 that ended up in a bank account belonging to an Oklahoma City-based multilevel marketing company.



Kyler Murray has been picked as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback. The seventh-ranked Sooners said Wednesday that Murray will start the season-opener Sept. 1 against Florida Atlantic. By Cliff Brunt. 130 words.


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