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

September 28, 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.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Police in Oklahoma City say a robbery suspect in custody for almost a year is also facing charges in four homicides. Court records show 27-year-old Mario Normore is charged with 10 counts of robbery with a firearm involving several businesses and two banks. Oklahoma City police Officer Megan Morgan said Friday that police recommended to prosecutors that Normore also be charged with four counts of murder and prosecutors agreed. By Tim Talley. About 250 words.



OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Board of Education is approving hundreds of emergency teacher certificates as schools across the state struggle with a teacher shortage. The board approved more than 400 certificates Thursday to school districts that lack qualified candidates to fill vacancies, The Oklahoman reported . The certificates allow people without a state teaching license to teach in a classroom for two years while they complete training. 250 words.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A civic leader and former Oklahoma and Texas airline executive was alone when he was fatally shot in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and authorities are investigating whether he was killed in a robbery or a “personal vendetta,” police said Friday. Philip Trenary, the president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, was shot at about 8 p.m. Thursday on South Front Street, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. Trenary was shot near where the chamber was holding its annual “Move it Memphis” race. No one has been arrested but police Friday afternoon detained two people. Trenary, 64, was an Oklahoma native. 2011. By Adrian Sainz. SENT: 350 words, with photo.




— COAL ASH-OKLAHOMA-LAWSUIT — Several environmental groups are trying to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from transferring oversight of the disposal of toxic coal ash to state regulators in Oklahoma.

— OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR-CANDIDATE CHARGED — A former Oklahoma zookeeper who ran for governor this year and uses the name “Joe Exotic” has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

— ROBBERY SUSPECT-OKLAHOMA DEATHS — Police in Oklahoma City say a robbery suspect in custody for almost a year is also facing charges in four homicides.

— MARIJUANA SMUGGLING KILLINGS — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the 2015 deaths of two Oklahoma men in a marijuana smuggling dispute.




NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma and Baylor once had quite a rivalry brewing. Baylor was one of the conference’s powers in the first half of this decade but fell hard since a sexual assault scandal led to coach Art Briles being fired in 2016. After going 1-11 last season, the Bears are off to a 3-1 start this year in their second season under Matt Rhule. Host Oklahoma is eager to regain momentum Saturday after a 28-21 overtime win over Army. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 660 words, with photos.


LAWRENCE, Kan. — David Beaty brought what was supposed to be a high-flying, Air Raid-style offense to Kansas a few years ago. A 400-yard rushing performance a couple weeks ago in a victory over Rutgers showed that the Jayhawks’ coach still values the run. So when he turns on tape of Oklahoma State and sees Justice Hill gashing defenses, well, Beaty can’t help but be in awe — and a bit nervous, considering Hill is coming to town on Saturday. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, with photos.


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