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AP-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 5 pm, OK

July 5, 2018

Hello! Here’s an updated 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by a seemingly unending string of scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations. By Michael Biesecker, Zeke Miller and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos.



WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, caught a sharp admonition from President Donald Trump to “knock it off” after his ethics problems dominated cable television. Welcome to the Trump Cabinet, where broad opportunities to reshape the government and advance a conservative agenda come with everyday doses of presidential adulation, humiliation, perks and pestering. Every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., up to a dozen Cabinet members have Bible study. Energy Secretary Rick Perry usually attends. Perry has told allies that he wants to stay in his lane and build relationships on Capitol Hill while frequently turning up in the West Wing. By Jonathan Lemire, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 2,670 words, with photos.


— TRUMP-THE CABINET-ABRIDGED version, 880 words



OMAHA, Neb. — A Vietnamese woman who lived apart from her daughter for 18 years is celebrating earning her U.S. citizenship in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 62-year-old Tu Tran became a naturalized U.S. citizen in Omaha last week. She’s the mother of Chinh Doan, a TV reporter in Omaha. Tran’s family had moved to Oklahoma City. 250 words.


— ESCAPED INMATE — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an officer at the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft saw 32-year-old Markus Perry run from the facility into a nearby wooded area Thursday.

—SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-MOMENT OF SILENCE-OKLAHOMA — Reporters, photographers and editors at Oklahoma’s largest newspaper have reflected on their own tragedy as they remembered the five people killed in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper.

— OKLAHOMA-FATAL SHOOTING — Police in McCloud say a teenage boy has died after being shot in a home there, and authorities are questioning his older brother about the death.

— TULSA-TEEN SHOT — Police say a 15-year-old girl was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting as she left a friend’s home in Tulsa.

— DRYSDALES-BOOT BARN — Western wear retailer Drysdales Inc., with two stores in Tulsa, has been acquired by California-based Boot Barn Holdings Inc .


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The major reasons the athletic director job at Kansas became available nearly two months ago are precisely the same reasons Jeff Long will be filling that seat beginning Aug. 1. He’s shown a gift for raising money and renovating facilities. He has a track record as a coach and administrator of fostering success in football. Long also served as the AD at Pittsburgh and worked in the athletic departments at Oklahoma, Michigan, Virginia Tech and elsewhere. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words.


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