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

August 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OKLAHOMA CITY — A 75-page audit criticizes the leadership at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, alleging the agency created “a culture of fear and intimidation” for its employees. 250 words.


— DRILLING RIG EXPLOSION-OKLAHOMA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to three companies involved in a January natural gas rig explosion in Oklahoma that killed five workers.

— MURDER CONVICTION-APPEAL-OKLAHOMA — An Oklahoma appeals court has affirmed a 20-year-old man’s life prison sentence in another man’s shooting death.

— HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE-FATAL COLLISION — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the 72-year-old driver of a horse-drawn carriage has died in a collision with an SUV in Muskogee County.



TUPELO, Miss. — He’s never lived in Mississippi. But the state is home in a way much deeper than his own birth. “This is my homeland,” said Thomas Olive, standing at the Natchez Trace Visitor Center on a recent day in Tupelo. “I always get goosebumps when I talk about it.” Olive, 24, is from Durant, Oklahoma. He is also Choctaw. Alongside Alyson Chapman, who is Chickasaw, he completed an internship from June through the end of July at the Natchez Trace Parkway, working in Ridgeland and Tupelo. SENT: 540 words. Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com




WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Oklahoma native Christopher Bell has been called the next Kyle Larson, a future Joe Gibbs Racing star and a young driver to pay attention to. That’s all still to come. For now, the Xfinity Series rookie is chasing NASCAR history. Bell will try to win a record-tying fourth consecutive Xfinity Series race this Saturday when NASCAR hits the road course at Watkins Glen.


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