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

September 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BOSTON — Whether or not they choose to spend their idle time in their yards, workers with noncompete contracts in Massachusetts will soon be the first in the U.S. to enjoy a “garden leave” provision allowing them to get paid even after leaving a job. The rule taking effect Monday is part of a major revamp of state law covering non-competition agreements and protection of trade secrets. Both are highly sensitive topics in Massachusetts, where the economy is largely driven by brainpower and technological innovation. Laws surrounding noncompetes and trade are a state-by-state patchwork, according to a recent survey by the Boston firm of Beck Reed Riden. In addition to California, North Dakota and Oklahoma do not recognize the agreements and other states use language requiring them to be “reasonable,” or serve a “legitimate business interest.” By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 780 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a civic leader and former airline executive. Philip Trenary founded Exec Express Airlines in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1984. The company moved to Texas and was renamed Lone Star Airlines in 1987. He came to Memphis in 1997 to run a regional airline that morphed into Pinnacle, a $1 billion, 7,700-employee regional airline operator. Trenary oversaw the acquisition and integration of Colgan Air in 2007 and Mesaba Airlines in 2010 before leaving Pinnacle in 2011. SENT: 350 words. Moved on national general news services.



SHAWNEE, Okla. — The disappearance of Sandy Pathresa Rea 34 years ago is still one of the biggest crime mysteries in the Shawnee area, but a new set of local investigators are putting a fresh set of eyes on the cold case. On Sept. 19, 1984, the freckled 17-year-old Shawnee teenager made a phone call from the Shawnee bowling alley in hopes of getting a ride to a party. Her disappearance still remains a mystery and her whereabouts are unknown, but her family still hasn’t given up hope on finding her remains. By Kim Morava, The Shawnee News-Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 654 words.


MIAMI, Okla. — A group of Boy Scout Explores reunited in New Mexico more than 50 years after a Boy Scouts trip. It was 50 years ago a group of nine teenage Miami Boy Scout Explorers set out on a 12-day test of endurance at the Philmont Scout Ranch and Explorer Base near Cimarron, New Mexico. Six of those Scouts, now in their sixties, including David Price of Miami, Oklahoma, met back up at Philmont this summer to reminisce and share stories about their time together there. By Melinda Stotts, The Miami News-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1416 words.


— LIQUOR LAWS-OKLAHOMA — Strong, cold beer and wine will be much easier to buy in Oklahoma. SENT: 120 words.


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