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

September 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday on a child sex trafficking charge. U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti handed down the sentence to Ralph Shortey, 36, who could have received life in prison. Shortey pleaded guilty in November in exchange for prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him. Shortey was arrested in March 2017 after police found him in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy. By Tim Talley. SENT: 280 words, with photo.





OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma candidates have spent $33 million running for state offices so far in this election cycle. The Oklahoman reports that nearly half of the total is going toward the governor’s race. About $2 million has flowed through outside groups with most of it designated for the Republican races for governor and attorney general. 250 words.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — People who want to implement practices to improve the condition of the Illinois River can apply for about $1.4 million appropriated more than a decade ago. The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is giving the money to the nonprofit Illinois River Watershed Partnership. The river has degraded due to what experts say was excess phosphorus commonly blamed on poultry farming and the use of poultry litter as fertilizer. 310 words.




STILLWATER, Okla. — One week after struggling on special teams, No. 15 Oklahoma State turned that aspect of the game into a major advantage by blocking two punts, returning one for a touchdown,and connecting on three field goals in a 44-21 victory over then-No. 17 Boise State. The Cowboys hope to keep that positive momentum going Saturday against Texas Tech. UPCOMING: 500 words.


NORMAN, Okla. — Fifth-ranked Oklahoma’s receiver tandem of Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb has emerged as one of the nation’s best. They’ll try to keep up their hot start to the season Saturday against Army. By Cliff Brunt. 500 words, with photos.


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