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

March 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

EDMOND-PARENTS KILLED

EDMOND, Okla _ An affidavit says Oklahoma man fatally shot parents because they were communicating with him telepathically and were Satan worshippers. 300 words, with photos.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ Attorneys for several pharmaceutical companies are asking for a 100-day delay in an Oklahoma trial centered on whether the firms fraudulently marketed drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic. Oklahoma is one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drug makers, but Oklahoma’s case so far has the earliest scheduled trial date. The Oklahoman reports that the drug companies want to postpone the trial’s start from May 28 to Sept. 16. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

MELANIA TRUMP

LAS VEGAS _ Melania Trump concludes her three-state tour highlighting her “Be Best” childhood initiative with a town hall meeting on the opioid crisis. The first lady on Monday was in Oklahoma visiting an elementary school that the White House says incorporates character education in its curriculum, and she visited a Seattle-area tech company to learn about programs and apps designed to teach children how to be safe online, and about technology to help children with disabilities. By Darlene Superville. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIRE-THREE DEAD _ Firefighters say two children and an adult have died following a house fire in Broken Arrow.

_ WWII-MARINE-OKLAHOMA _ A Marine who went missing during a World War II battle on a remote Pacific island will be buried next month in his Oklahoma hometown after his remains were identified last year. With photo.

_ WWII-SEAMAN-TEXAS _ Military officials have identified a 37-year-old Navy seaman from Texas as one of the men killed aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--THUNDER-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Oklahoma City Thunder start a four-game road trip in Minnesota with star Paul George dealing with a sore shoulder. The Timberwolves, who beat the Thunder twice on the road this season, are reeling with 10 losses in their last 15 games. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE:

BKC--T25-KANSAS-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ No. 13 Kansas needs to defeat Oklahoma or its run of 14 straight years with at least a share of the Big 12 title will end. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ Three men have received prison sentences in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that’s tainted two dozen schools. Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State. On Tuesday, Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each. All were sentenced in federal court in New York. By LARRY NEUMEISTER. SENT: 360 words, with photos.

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