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

March 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Oklahoma’s attorney general scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce the settlement with Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and its controlling Sackler family. By Ken Miller and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 960 words, with photos.

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PRUITT-ETHICS

WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said Tuesday that federal authorities never resolved whether Pruitt’s condo deal with the wife of a lobbyist was a proper business arrangement or an improper gift linked to a lobbyist doing business with EPA. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, resigned last July amid scandals over his lavish spending at EPA and allegations of using his position to obtain favors. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 340 words, with photo.

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BANK ROBBERY-BUILDING RESTORATION

BOLEY, Okla. _ The founder of a historical preservation nonprofit says a building in central Oklahoma connected to one of the nation’s most infamous bank robbers of the 20th century could soon be restored. 250 words.

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_ RESTAURANT MANAGER-FATAL SHOOTING _ Police say a Tulsa restaurant manager has been charged with killing an abusive customer after reporting he spit on and threatened her, left and then returned. With booking photo.

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BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT MONEY

There are 32 conferences in Division I basketball. For those leagues outside the wealthiest, having a team pull an NCAA Tournament upset or land an at-large bid to the Big Dance is like winning the lottery. At the mid-major level, that money often funds conference-wide initiatives to improve the quality of basketball, giving teams in those leagues a better chance to be the next Cinderella team. But those windfalls are becoming harder to come by as power conferences hoard tournament revenue. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. 1,600 words, photos, video, graphics and data distribution. With abridged version of about 900 words.

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FBN--OWNERS MEETINGS

PHOENIX _ Ignore the gossip and rumors. That’s the approach new coach Kliff Kingsbury is taking with his Arizona Cardinals up first in next month’s draft. Kingsbury, considered a passing offense guru in college, though he was fired after last season at Texas Tech, already has a first-round quarterback on his roster. The Cardinals took Josh Rosen of UCLA last year and he is the incumbent. With rampant speculation that Arizona will select Heisman Trophy-winning QB Kyler Murray of Oklahoma with the top overall pick, Kingsbury is covering his ears. SENT: 300 words.

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