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

August 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 PRIMARY RUNOFF

OKLAHOMA CITY — Some Republican voters in Oklahoma City say President Donald Trump and his policies are having little effect on who they vote for in Tuesday’s GOP runoff for governor. Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt have sparred over support for Trump and his immigration policies. But 75-year-old asset manager Fred Minter of Oklahoma City said Tuesday that Trump’s policies had no effect on his vote for Cornett. SENT: 400 words. Will be updated. xxx

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OKLAHOMA PRIMARY RUNOFF-GOVERNOR

OKLAHOMA CITY — The race for the GOP nomination in Oklahoma’s race for governor could hinge less on experience and ideology, and more on the state’s geography and the candidates’ allegiance to President Donald Trump. In a race that has grown increasingly testy in recent weeks, longtime Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, 60, and Gateway Mortgage Company founder Kevin Stitt, 45, have touted their conservative credentials as they seek to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mary Fallin. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 650 words, with photos. Will be updated.

OKLAHOMA PRIMARY RUNOFF-HOUSE

OKLAHOMA CITY — Democrats and Republicans will pick nominees in Tuesday’s primary runoff for Oklahoma’s only open U.S. House seat, a three-decade Republican stronghold in Tulsa vacated when President Donald Trump appointed its former occupant to head NASA. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 310 words, with photos. Will be updated.

PRIMARY RDP

PHOENIX — Shadowed by the death of six-term Sen. John McCain, Arizona voters are nominating candidates to replace his seat-mate in a primary contest that lays bare the fissures in a Republican Party dramatically remade by President Donald Trump. Three Republicans are vying Tuesday to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring after his fierce criticism of Trump made his political future in the state untenable. In reliably Republican Oklahoma, two GOP candidates in a runoff race for governor have been battling over who is more supportive of Trump. By Julie Pace and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,080 words, with photos. Will be updated.

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PRIMARIES-THINGS TO WATCH

Voters in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma headed to the polls Tuesday in the final multistate elections of the 2018 primary season. They offer another test of President Donald Trump’s imprint on the Republican Party. But the races, especially in Arizona, will take on special meaning following the death of Sen. John McCain, which has spurred a debate about how far the party has moved to the right since his failed 2008 bid for the presidency. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 960 words, with photos.

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AMBULANCE CONTRACT-KICKBACKS

OKLAHOMA CITY — The former CEO of an Oklahoma ambulance service has agreed to pay tens of thousands of dollars to settle a civil kickback case. The Oklahoman reports the U.S. Justice Department revealed Monday that Stephen Williamson will pay an $80,000 settlement. 250 words.

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— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-MUSKOGEE — A city in eastern Oklahoma has rejected a proposed ordinance that would’ve required local medical marijuana patients to obtain a license if they wanted to grow cannabis.

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FBC--SANDERS-HEISMAN SEASON

STILLWATER, Okla. — It took Barry Sanders four games to figure out how special his 1988 season at Oklahoma State might be. Returning the season’s opening kickoff for a touchdown against Miami (Ohio) didn’t do it for him. Neither did his dominance of Texas A&M or his 304 yards and five touchdowns rushing against Tulsa. It started becoming real for him during a masterful performance at Colorado. The Buffaloes were on the rise with a defense that included future NFL players Kanavis McGhee, Alfred Williams and Deon Figures. Sanders broke the Buffaloes’ backs with a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He rushed for 174 yards and four touchdowns as Oklahoma State won 41-21. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,260 words, with photos.

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