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

June 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma’s former chief legal counsel has filed an Open Records Act lawsuit against the nonprofit that handles donations to the school. Fred Gipson filed the lawsuit last week in Cleveland County District Court after the OU Foundation denied his request for emails, documents and financial records related to the foundation’s proposed arena and entertainment district. 250 words.


— UTILITY-RATE CUT — Customers of Oklahoma’s largest electric utility could get a break on their electric bills next month under a settlement agreement reached between the company and state regulators.

— MARSHALS MUSEUM-LIGHTHORSE STATUE — The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma will contribute to the U.S. Marshals Museum in Arkansas a statue of a native lighthorseman who worked with federal marshals to keep order in the Indian Territory.

— CHIEF ILLINIWEK — A billboard supporting University of Illinois’ controversial former mascot has resurfaced after a decade-long hiatus even as two school trustees recently visited the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma to discuss how to move past the mascot issue.



CODY, Wyo. — Last year the lament behind the chutes at Stampede Park of “Where have all the bareback riders gone?” was not part of a country song, but a daily question for Cody Nite Rodeo in Wyoming. That should not be an issue this summer as Cody begins the 80th anniversary season of the nightly show that dates to 1938. From now through Aug. 31, rodeo will take place at Stampede Park nightly, the 90 days’ worth of performances being a main reason Cody can call itself “The Rodeo Capital of the World.” There are commitments from young riders between the ages of 15 and 25 to spend a chunk of the season in Cody. They are coming from Australia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, some for the whole summer and some not until college and high school finals rodeos end. By Lew Freedman, Cody Enterprise. SENT: 660 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.




OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida State’s Meghan King and Washington’s Taran Alvelo were the starting pitchers in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series championship series. Both are U.S. citizens who have Puerto Rican heritage and will try to help Puerto Rico’s senior national team try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, starting this summer. By Cliff Brunt. 890 words, with photos.


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