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

May 17, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TULSA, Okla. — A white former Tulsa officer who was acquitted last year in the killing of an unarmed black man is now thriving in her new law enforcement role. The Tulsa World reports that Betty Shelby was sworn in as a Rogers County reserve deputy in August after resigning from the Tulsa Police Department. She transitioned to full-time patrol duty in December. 250 words.



PHOENIX — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia are already waging a similar battle following protests over teacher pay that shut down schools statewide in recent months, transforming education funding into a major midterm campaign issue in many states. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 990 words, with photos.




— COUNCILMAN CHARGED-OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City councilman facing felony charges including embezzlement has announced plans to resign at the end of the month.

— EX-OFFICER-SEXUAL EXPLOITATION — A former Tulsa police officer has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison in a sexual exploitation case involving neighborhood children.

— SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA SLAYING — Three people have been arrested in connection with a 2015 fatal shooting in southeastern Oklahoma.

— MOTEL SHOOTING-OKLAHOMA — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a 26-year-old man’s life prison sentence in the fatal shooting of a man outside of a Tulsa motel.

— FATAL DOG ATTACK — Authorities are investigating whether criminal charges should be filed after a 52-year-old Oklahoma woman was mauled to death by seven small dogs, most of them possibly a dachshund-terrier mix.



CLEVELAND — Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up. Coming off a historic, dismal 0-16 season, the Browns have been chosen to appear on HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series, which gives NFL fans a behind-the-scenes look at training camp. The Browns have turned down previous opportunities to be on the award-winning series. But with renewed optimism around Cleveland following the recent draft, and the selection of former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, the team is granting HBO unlimited access to its upcoming camp. By Tom Withers. SENT: 590 words, with photo.


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