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

May 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa woman was jailed without bond Wednesday after authorities accused her of stabbing her eldest daughter and setting their home on fire. Authorities say the woman stabbed the girl 50 to 70 times, struck her head with a pickaxe then set their home on fire, before fleeing the scene with the youngest of her three daughters, according to police. Taheerah Ahmad, 39, was arrested in downtown Tulsa Tuesday afternoon. SENT: 380 words, with photo.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s embattled Environmental Protection Agency head on Wednesday distanced himself from controversies at his agency by blaming subordinates for ethical missteps. Scott Pruitt was testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, and the former Oklahoma attorney general was being pressed about his unusual security demands. Pruitt also denied that a member of his press staff sought to plant negative media reports about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to deflect attention from Pruitt’s problems. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Michael Biesecker. SENT: 520 words, with photos.




TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Recovering addict Judith Anderson figures if she hadn’t entered a program that caught and treated the hepatitis C she contracted after years of intravenous drug use, she wouldn’t be alive to convince others to get checked out. The 74-year-old resident of Sallisaw, Oklahoma — about 160 miles east of Oklahoma City near the Arkansas border — said the potentially fatal liver disease sapped her of energy and “any desire to go anywhere or do anything.” But things changed for Anderson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, because she took advantage of the tribe’s aggressive program to test for and treat hepatitis C. By Justin Juozapavicius. SENT: 730 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials. One official said the department is looking at four bases in Texas and Arkansas. The officials discussed the plan Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public or made final. During a surge in children from Central America in 2014, Health and Human Services temporarily used military bases in California, Oklahoma and Texas to house children. By Lolita C. Baldor and Alan Fram. SENT: 740 words, with photos.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Teachers demanding better pay and more resources filled the streets of North Carolina’s capital city Wednesday with loud chants and the color red, continuing the trend of educators around the country rising up to pressure lawmakers for change. Thousands of teachers from around the state marched through downtown to the Legislative Building, where the Republican-controlled legislature was starting its annual work session. Organizers’ prior estimate of 15,000 participants appeared easily met as city blocks turned the color of the red shirts worn by most marchers. Oklahoma teachers protested last month for higher pay. By Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 690 words, with photos.



— MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN — Public comment is being sought through May 31 on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines in an effort that covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest.

— BEAR CUB-KANSAS — Wildlife experts say a male, juvenile bear found dead in southwest Kansas might have been driven into the state by drought conditions in surrounding states, including Oklahoma.




FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — American Indian tribes are welcoming an opportunity to offer sports betting in potentially hundreds of casinos across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize it. Tribal casinos generate more than $31 billion a year in gross revenue. While adding sports books isn’t expected to boost that number significantly, tribes say it’s another source to deliver services to tribal members. “The conversation is always, ‘Why don’t you do like Vegas?’” said Sheila Morago, executive director of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 710 words, with photos. Moving on news, sports & business lines.


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