AP-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK
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The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in eastern Oklahoma and is chasing reports of multiple other tornadoes as part of severe thunderstorms Friday night. Meteorologists said Sunday a tornado with peak winds of 115 to 125 mph caused severe damage in northwestern Sequoyah County. Multiple homes, boats and power lines were destroyed. Up to three other tornadoes are being investigated in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. No injuries have been reported. SENT: 180 words, will be updated. With photos.
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— OKLAHOMA-JOBS FOR DISABLED — Oklahoma’s state agency that works with individuals who have disabilities says it has taken more than 3,400 people looking for work off wait lists and placed them in jobs, thanks to a funding boost.
— TULSA-CITIZENSHIP GRANT — Tulsa is among more than a dozen U.S. cities receiving grants to help immigrants become citizens.
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ENID, Okla. — A city in northern Oklahoma is becoming a popular filming location. The people of Enid have a great pride in their city, and for a place populated with about 50,000 people, they know how to mind their manners when company comes. But to make sure, “movie-making etiquette” information was disseminated to residents when cast and crew came to town in November 2016 to make “Wildlife,” starring Oscar-nominated actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. By Michael Smith, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 885 words.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Bacone College cross-country coach Phillip “Bugsy” Barnoskie wears a cap showing pride in his school and his culture. The cap shows a tomahawk, a logo for Bacone athletics. He said family members attended Bacone. Barnoskie’s pride comes after a lifetime of hardship. By Cathy Spaulding, The Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 948 words.
ODESSA, Texas — Former teacher and coach Joe Hernandez officially retired at the beginning of the 2018 calendar year. However, the idea of retirement doesn’t sit well with him. The Odessa American reports Hernandez prefers the term renaissance. More than nine years ago, Hernandez learned traditional bow making techniques from renowned bowyer Ed Scott. Hernandez’s affinity for bows turned from recreational to passion and potential source of income. By Royal McGregor, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 840 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama was the easy pick. Oklahoma was the difficult choice. They’re on equal footing now. Top-seeded Alabama (13-0) will continue its quest for a second consecutive national championship in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, when the Crimson Tide will take on the fourth-seeded Sooners (12-1) — who got to the College Football Playoff semifinals on the strength of their Big 12 championship win over Texas. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words, with photos.
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Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that didn’t get blown out. Oklahoma is in the playoff, moving into the fourth and final spot Sunday after avenging its only loss by winning the Big 12 championship against Texas. The Sooners (12-1) will face No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 in a matchup of Heisman Trophy front-runner quarterbacks — Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and the Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa. No. 2 Clemson (13-0) plays No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. The winners meet in the championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 730 words, with photos. Will be updated.
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