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

December 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

OKLAHOMA-INTERSTATE IMPROVEMENTS

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has awarded a $105 million contract to expand the interchange between interstates 235 and 44 in Oklahoma City, which transportation officials say will help end bottlenecking on the two highways that each serve nearly 100,000 motorists daily. The contract is the single largest award for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and will help expand the interchange into four levels, which will be a first for the agency’s state highway system, The Oklahoman reported. 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WINTRY WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS — Forecasters say a strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week.

— INMATE ESCAPES-OKLAHOMA — The U.S. Marshals Service says a man convicted of murder who escaped from a county jail in Oklahoma has been apprehended in Missouri. With photo.

— MAN BITES JAILER — An Oklahoma jail inmate is facing new charges after authorities say he attacked a detention officer and bit off parts of his ears.

— APARTMENT FIRE-OKLAHOMA — Authorities in Logan County say the body of a 14-year-old boy was discovered in the rubble of an apartment building that caught fire and burned.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--NOTRE DAME-OKLAHOMA

NEW YORK — Notre Dame plays Oklahoma at Madison Square Garden. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit. Game starts 6 p.m. CST.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

(NOTE: SuperSonics/Oklahoma City reference)

HKN--NHL-SEATTLE

SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck. The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for arena renovations. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City’s first major winter sports team since the NBA’s SuperSonics left town in 2008. A lot about Seattle is different from 2008, when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. The skyline is filled with construction cranes. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,250 words, with photos.

With:

— HKN--NHL-SEATTLE-THE LATEST

— HKN--NHL-SEATTLE-Q&A

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