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

April 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

MURRAY COUNTY-AUDIT

SULPHUR, Okla. _ A state audit shows that financial supervision of Murray County’s 911 emergency call center was so slack that governing board members once gave a $65,000 check to a company that was only required to be paid $650. About 250 words.

OF NOTE:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Year after year, Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana. They’re poised to do it again, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted medical marijuana laws in the country. If so, Nebraska will join a growing number of conservative states with unusually easy marijuana access, all because red-state lawmakers refuse to touch the issue and thereby make way for ballot initiatives. Last year, Oklahoma became a vivid example. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 830 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TONY HAWK-OKLAHOMA CITY SKATE PARK _ Skateboard enthusiasts turned out by the thousands to welcome industry legend Tony Hawk to a new Oklahoma City park.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--TIPOFF

Orlando and San Antonio already have the upper hands in their first-round series. The Magic and Spurs can take 2-0 leads, on the road, on Tuesday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

BKN--OBIT-MACLEOD

PHOENIX _ John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, has died. He was 81. MacLeod’s son, Matt, confirmed his father’s death Sunday to The Associated Press. The elder MacLeod fought Alzheimer’s disease. MacLeod is the winningest coach in Suns history, going 579-543 in the regular season from 1973-87. He also coached the Dallas Mavericks from 1987-89 and the New York Knicks in 1990-91, finishing his 18-year head coaching career at 707-657. MacLeod was a college head coach at Oklahoma from 1967-73. SENT: 300 words, with photos.

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