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

March 4, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TULSA, Okla. _ Melania Trump is in Oklahoma to open a three-state tour to highlight all three components of her “Be Best” childhood initiative. The first lady on Monday is visiting the Dove School of Discovery, a Tulsa elementary school that the White House says incorporates character education in its curriculum. She’ll visit a Seattle-area tech company later Monday to learn about programs and apps designed to teach children how to be safe online. Mrs. Trump concludes the tour Tuesday in Las Vegas by participating in a town hall on the opioid crisis. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 130 words, with photos, video. Will be updated.


BEAUREGARD, Ala._ A National Weather Service official says a tornado that struck southeastern Alabama, killing at least 23 people, was an EF4 with wind speeds estimated at 170 mph. Meteorologist Chris Darden said at a Monday news conference that the Sunday storm had a path nearly 1 mile wide, and 24 miles long, stretching toward Georgia. He said officials on both sides of the state line are surveying the severe storm’s damage. It was the highest single-day death toll from tornadoes in the U.S. since May 2013, when an EF-5 twister killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma. By Kim Chandler and Jeff Martin. SENT: 750 words, with photos, video. Developing.





OMAHA, Neb. _ Figures show Omaha’s economy is shifting and the area’s historically low cost of living is on the rise. The Omaha World-Herald reports that much of the increase in cost of living can be attributed to the high demand and low supply of housing, which is driving up home prices and rent costs. Omaha’s cost of living still remains at 95 percent the typical rate across the country. But it’s no longer as competitive when compared to other Midwestern cities, such as Oklahoma City, which is at 85 percent of the national average. 250 words.


_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-TAXES _ Medical marijuana sales are continuing to climb in Oklahoma, topping more than $7.2 million in the month of February.

_ EDMOND-PARENTS KILLED _ Police in an Oklahoma City suburb have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of fatally shooting his parents.

_ RELOCATION PAYMENTS-TULSA _ Organizers of a project by a Tulsa billionaire to offer $10,000 to eligible workers who agree to move to Oklahoma’s second-largest city say they’ve received an overwhelming response.





INDIANAPOLIS _ D.K. Metcalf showed he was more than just a muscle man at this year’s NFL scouting combine. Offensive linemen Garret Bradbury and Andre Dillard had big weekends. And defensive end Montez Sweat wowed scouts with his speed. They were just a few of the big winners this weekend in Indy. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.


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