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

August 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OKLAHOMA CITY — Health-care advocates say a proposal to impose work requirements on some Oklahoma Medicaid recipients could eliminate health coverage for the state’s poorest parents. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid provider, is considering requiring some Medicaid recipients to report at least 80 hours of work per month in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A similar program went into effect in Arkansas in June and the federal government has authorized programs in three other states. By Tim Talley. UPCOMING: 300 words.



LAS VEGAS — Fifteen states — including Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma — are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. In documents filed Monday with the Nevada Supreme Court, attorneys general from the other states argue that drug company Alvogen’s effort to block the use of its drug in a stalled execution in Nevada are a part of a “guerrilla war against the death penalty.” By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 325 words, with photos.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters were deciding Tuesday whether to implement a right-to-work law limiting labor union powers that had been passed more than a year ago by Republican state officials but put on hold when labor groups sought a public referendum. Missouri could become the 28th state outlawing mandatory union fees in workplace contracts and the sixth Republican-led state to do so in the past six years. The Economic Policy Institute, which opposes right to work, found that wages in right-to-work states average 3.1 percent less than elsewhere after accounting for other workforce differences. But a case study focused on Oklahoma found different results. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 560 words, with photo. Will be updated.


— CRIMINAL JUSTICE-OKLAHOMA — The director of the Oklahoma Corrections Department says a recent report about cost savings from criminal justice reforms was flawed.

— INMATE STABBED — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate is hospitalized after being beaten and stabbed by other inmates at a prison in southwestern Oklahoma.

— CHURCH ABUSE-JOPLIN, Mo. — A southwest Missouri man is charged with sexually abusing three boys he met through an Oklahoma church.

— RURAL ELECTRIC GRANT — A south Oklahoma electric association will receive a $16.3 million federal loan for infrastructure construction and improvements.


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