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

November 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OKLAHOMA CITY — Criminal filings for drug possession and low-level property crimes have fallen dramatically in the two years since Oklahoma voters approved a state question aimed at easing the state’s exploding prison population, according to a newly released study. But the study also appears to show prosecutors in a handful of counties are circumventing the new law by charging defendants with more serious drug crimes. By Sean Murphy. UPCOMING: 350 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles — via Oklahoma and Texas — and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would amend the National Trails System Act and include Route 66 in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic corridor. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 470 words, with photos.


— NEW GOVERNOR-ENVIRONMENT — A staffer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with long ties to former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has been selected by Oklahoma’s new governor to serve as state secretary of energy and environment.

— FATAL SHOOTING-OKLAHOMA — Tulsa County authorities say a teenager and a woman have been arrested in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a man by a person who was trying to break into the victim’s truck.





OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder have won 12 of 15 heading into Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time 7 p.m. CST.




AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is never short on bad blood between the Big 12 border states. By Jim Vertuno. 1,020 words, with photos.


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