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

October 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. Meantime, Missouri and Utah will weigh medical marijuana, which is permitted in 31 states after voters in conservative Oklahoma approved such use in June. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has temporarily halted processing new registrations for poultry feeding operations. The Tulsa World reports that the moratorium announcement comes about a week after the first meeting of the Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth. Residents say they’re worried about how the increase of new chicken houses will impact water quality and supply, property values, road maintenance and air quality. SENT: 250 words.



WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. The long-expected announcement is something of a reward to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman led a contentious but successful fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Grassley is the Senate’s leading ethanol proponent. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 960 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has been asked to consider a challenge to the state’s retroactive sex offender laws that some say unfairly stack new punishments on those convicted in plea deals. An Austin-American Statesman analysis of the Texas registry found that more than 2,800 sex offenders remain on the list despite being no longer required to register under terms of their probation. Recent studies show that public lists can have severe consequences, such as public shaming and limiting job opportunities. Rulings in Oklahoma, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Alaska eliminated their retroactive sex offender clauses. SENT: 440 words. (A version of this story moved Monday).


SEVERE WEATHER-OKLAHOMA: Severe thunderstorms have overturned cars in the Oklahoma City area and knocked out power for thousands stretching into the southern part of the state.

TEEN FATALLY SHOT: Two juveniles have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl in a small central Oklahoma town. (A version of this story moved Monday).



The father of a top-rated college basketball prospect resumes testimony at a federal trial over allegations about dirty money in college hoops. Brian Bowen Sr. previously testified that his son was offered thousands of dollars on the sly to play at major programs before a corruption scandal derailed the promising player’s collegiate career. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m. Moving on national lines.


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