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

May 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Rain that continues to swamp the nation’s midsection forced people out of their homes Wednesday in Kansas, stranded about 60 Texas students at their school overnight and continued to strain levees along the surging Mississippi River. 300 words. By Heather Hollingsworth and Jim Salter. 340 words, with photos. Developing.


_ SPRING FLOODING-OKLAHOMA _ School officials in central Oklahoma say a school bus has become stranded due to heavy rainfall and flooded roads. Officials with Banner Public Schools say the bus was carrying students to school Wednesday morning when it became stranded in a residential area near El Reno. 130 words.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ A former U.S. soldier from Oklahoma who was pardoned this week for his 2009 conviction for killing an Iraqi prisoner says he initially didn’t answer the White House’s phone call to tell him of the pardon. Michael Behenna said Wednesday that he was on the phone with his father when the call came and he didn’t recognize the number and thought it might be a telemarketer. He says he then checked his messages and returned the call when it said President Donald Trump was granting him a pardon and wanted to speak to him. By Ken Miller. 450 words, with photos.


_ BOREN-UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION _ Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren has asked for an opportunity to personally address the university’s regents about allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. Pursuing photo.

_ CANAL ELECTROCUTION-OKLAHOMA _ The Oklahoma City Council has approved a nearly $170,000 settlement with an Arkansas man who was injured when he jumped into a canal in a downtown entertainment district to rescue another man who later died.


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