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

May 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Despite sunny skies, historic flooding awaits residents in parts of Arkansas because of massive releases of water upstream in Oklahoma. Forecasters are predicting that the Arkansas River will rise to never-before-seen levels and flow faster than ever as the water releases continue from upstream. By Hannah Grabenstein and Tim Talley. 500 words, with photos.



OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma agriculture officials say the state’s wheat and canola harvests will take a hit from repeated rounds of severe weather and flooding in the state. 250 words.


NORMAN, Okla. _ The nation’s first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis started Tuesday in Oklahoma in a case that could shape negotiations to resolve the roughly 1,500 other opioid lawsuits consolidated before a federal judge. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter started opening arguments by saying powerful painkillers have led to the “worst manmade public health crisis” in U.S. history. The state alleges drugmakers extensively marketed highly addictive opioids for years in a way that overstated their effectiveness and underplayed the risk of addiction. Drugmakers deny the claims. By Sean Murphy. 600 words, with photos.



DENVER _ U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who ruled his courtroom with a firm gavel and a short temper and gained national respect in the 1990s for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing trials, died Sunday. He was 88. Matsch had a liver transplant in 2001 after being diagnosed with a disorder that causes a buildup of fluid that can lead to infections. Matsch took senior-judge status in 2003. He was appointed to the bench by President Richard Nixon in 1974. By Steven K. Paulson. SENT: 830 words, with photos.


_ DROWNING-OKLAHOMA _ The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 34-year-old man has drowned in a southwestern Oklahoma lake while helping to save a girl who survived.




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Defending champion Oklahoma State is the No. 1 seed as match play begins in the NCAA Championship. UPCOMING: 500 words.


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