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

October 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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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OF NOTE:

BOOKS-LOU BERNEY

NEW YORK — For crime writer and Oklahoma native Lou Berney, there’s something special about the drive out West. “I love that stretch of I-40, what used to be Highway 66, from Oklahoma City to Arizona,” he told The Associated Press during a recent interview. “I remember hearing about the painted desert when I was a kid, and thinking, ‘Oh my god, there’s a painted desert somewhere!’ It was so magical. The petrified forest. It had this myth for me.” By Hillel Italie. AP Photos.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LICENSES

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has received nearly 7,330 license applications for patients and 600 applications for dispensaries. The Tulsa World reports that the statistics released Monday show that Oklahoma’s ratio of medical marijuana patients to dispensaries would be about 12 to 1 if each business has its application approved and manages to open.

IN BRIEF:

SHOOTING DEATH-MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man after they say an anonymous caller reported “an emergency” at a home in the Oklahoma City suburb.

TORNADO CLOSES HIGHWAY — The National Weather Service reports that six small tornadoes from a single storm system hit Texas and Oklahoma overnight, including one that forced the closure of a state highway in northeastern Oklahoma.

IN SPORTS:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

T25-OKLAHOMA-STOOPS OUT

Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Monday after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas during their first loss of the season. Ruffin McNeill, the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, will be the defensive coordinator for the rest of the season. By Cliff Brunt. AP Photos.

NBA-THUNDER-FERGUSON

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson sustained a concussion in a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks and has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol. The Thunder made the announcement Monday, a day after the injury. Ferguson took a shot to the head during the 113-94 win and did not return. There is no set timetable to complete the protocol. AP Photos.

OKLAHOMA ST-DEFENSE

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s defense tries to pick up the pieces after getting ripped for 48 points at home in a loss to Iowa State. UPCOMING: 500 words. Story by 5 p.m. Central. By John Tranchina.

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