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

January 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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PRISONS-HEPATITIS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is seeking increased funding from lawmakers to treat prisoners with kidney viruses. The Journal Record reports the department estimates more than 3,000 of the state’s inmates have hepatitis C, a virus that’s dispersed among people through blood contact. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE

LOS ANGELES _ Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers returned to work Wednesday after voting to ratify a contract deal between their union and school officials, ending a six-day strike at the nation’s second-largest district. California teachers hoped to build on the “Red4Ed” movement that began last year in West Virginia and moved to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and Washington state. It spread from conservative states with “right to work” laws that limit the ability to strike to the more liberal West Coast with strong unions. By Christopher Weber and Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 910 words, with photos.

With:

_ LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ DEATH ROW APPEALS _ The U.S. Supreme Court will not review the sentences of two Oklahoma inmates who argue that people of color are more likely to be sentenced to death in Oklahoma when the victim is white.

_ DOUBLE FATAL-WYOMING _ Two Oklahoma residents died when their vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming and crashed head-on with a truck.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE:

BKC--OKLAHOMA-OKLAHOMA ST

STILLWATER, Okla. _ Oklahoma has lost two straight and dropped out of the Top 25. The Sooners face Oklahoma State, which is reeling from kicking three players off the team. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.

BKC--MID-MAJORS-TRANSFER CURSE

ALBANY, N.Y. _ A year ago Will Brown had his Albany Great Danes ranked fifth in a mid-major poll with the America East Conference’s best backcourt. Now top scorers Joe Cremo and David Nichols, on the verge of completing undergraduate degrees, decided after last season to use their final year of eligibility to play at a higher level and as graduate transfers wouldn’t have to sit out a year. NCAA reports about 40 percent of all men’s basketball players who enter Division I directly out of high school depart their initial school by the end of their sophomore year. Point guard Aaron Calixte is playing his final college season as a graduate transfer at Oklahoma instead of Maine, where he starred for three years. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,010 words, with photos.

FOOTBALL:

FBC--SENIOR BOWL

MOBILE, Ala. _ Defensive lineman John Cominsky figures he’s been pampered more in a few days at the Senior Bowl than in four years at Division II Charleston. But Cominsky and other small-school products didn’t need frills to become NFL prospects going into Saturday’s game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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