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

October 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Last September, speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the academic year at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix. This year, the political novice is on the campaign trail across Arizona full-time as the Democrats’ choice in the race to become superintendent of public education, overseeing the state’s schools. Teacher candidates represent a wild-card political movement following the teacher-driven #RedForEd effort that drew support from parents and children in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia and also focused on outdated textbooks, crowded classrooms and teacher shortages. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 1,070 words, with photos.



SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables. To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a wave of California agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metro areas while conserving water and sidestepping high costs of human labor. Alexander’s startup Iron Ox says it’s ready to start delivering crops of its robotically grown vegetables to people’s salad bowls. Alexander is a one-time Oklahoma farmboy turned Google engineer turned startup CEO. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 700 words, with photos.


— TULSA RACE MASSACRE-MASS GRAVES — The mayor of Tulsa says he plans to re-examine whether mass graves hold remains of those killed in one of the nation’s worst race massacres nearly 100 years ago.

— ESCAPEE CAPTURED — Authorities have captured an escaped Oklahoma prisoner who wrecked a stolen truck in Missouri before fleeing on foot.

— CANAL ELECTROCUTION-OKLAHOMA — Officials say inspections conducted following the electrocution of a man who fell into a canal in Oklahoma City’s downtown entertainment district reveal that lamp posts along the canal are not grounded.

— BACKSTREET BOYS CONCERT-OKLAHOMA — The Backstreet Boys won’t be rescheduling an Aug. 18 concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma, that was postponed after fans were hurt when a storm damaged the venue, but will proceed with plans to perform in Dallas and Tulsa next year.





The NBA preseason continues with five games on the schedule, including: New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets, 6:30 p.m.; Chicago Bulls-Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m.; Detroit Pistons-Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m.; New Zealand Breakers-Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m.; Minnesota Timberwolves-LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 800 words. DEVELOPING




NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is comfortable with all that comes with being a Heisman Trophy contender — it’s the kind of stuff the first-round Major League Baseball draft choice put off his baseball career for. In his first season as a starter, Murray ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Murray will step onto his biggest stage yet Saturday when No. 7 Oklahoma plays No. 19 Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 760 words, with photos.


The Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma has not been this significant in years. The 19th-ranked Longhorns and No. 7 Sooners meet Saturday in Dallas and the winner is positioned to the Big12 front-runner. This week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of week six, including Texas-Oklahoma, where Schroeder will be. SENT: 120 words, with photos.



STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State athletics has reported several secondary NCAA violations during the past year. The Oklahoman reports that a football player received $65 to place a female student and her friend on the pass list for last season’s homecoming game against Baylor. The player told the school he initially refused the request and returned the $65 the next day. The football team received additional rules training, while the player made a $65 donation to charity and lost complimentary passes for two games. A men’s basketball player’s stepmother was undercharged for a stay at the school’s on-campus hotel. OSU required the undercharge to be donated to charity. SENT: 130 words.


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