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BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 2:30 pm, OK

April 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

BOREN-UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The attorney for former University of Oklahoma President David Boren says Boren met with investigators for the university who are looking into allegations that he sexually harassed male subordinates. Attorney Clark Brewster told The Oklahoman that Boren met Friday for two hours with investigators and answered all of their questions, though Brewster declined to discuss the specifics of what was asked. AP Photos.

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OKLAHOMA REVENUE _ Oklahoma State Treasure Randy McDaniel says March revenue to the state treasury shows continued growth in the state’s economy.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-ARKANSAS _ An Arkansas judge has rejected a request to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against three drugmakers that alleges they made false marketing claims about the benefits and risks of opioids.

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EXCHANGE-SERVICE DOGS-INMATES

MCALESTER, Okla. _ A military veteran and former stray dog saw their lives turn for the better through a local service dog initiative. U.S. Army Veteran Kevin Watson struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts before he met Boots through the Paws for Patriots program. The initiative pairs military veterans and individuals who would benefit from service dogs trained by inmates at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison in McAlester. By Derrick James.

EXCHANGE-TEACHER PROTESTS-OKLAHOMA-ANNIVERSARY

TULSA, Okla. _ The response from his fellow teachers was exactly what Jim Douthat had been hoping for. “It sounds,” he said, as he wrapped up the meeting, “like we’re ready to walk out.” By Tim Stanley.

EXCHANGE-PRETTY BOY FLOYD-HIDEOUT

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ It would be hard to tell it today, but a little brick house on North 36th Street in Fort Smith served as the home for infamous bank robber “Pretty Boy” Charles Floyd and his family for the fall of 1931 and spring of 1932. Adjacent to Tilles Park, it was a good find for the Depression-era Robin Hood. If the police came knocking, the park may have offered some cover for a back-door escape. By John Lovett.

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OKLAHOMA-ESPORTS LEAGUE

TULSA, Okla. _ Students in about 10 Oklahoma school districts can participate in competitive video gaming as an extracurricular activity with the launch of a high school esports league. The first friendly match of the Oklahoma eSports League will be held at Union Public Schools on April 20, the Tulsa World reported. AP Photos. Also moving on news lines.

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