BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-525-2121.
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CONROE, Texas _ An MMA fighter facing murder charges who was recaptured after escaping from a prison van says he had “nothing to do with” two bodies found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma last month. Cedric Marks told TV station KPRC during a Thursday video call from a Texas jail that he’s not guilty of killing Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, who had disappeared from Central Texas. 300 words.
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SAPULPA, Okla. _ A fired elementary school principal in Oklahoma has been arrested on complaints of child sexual abuse after a relative came forward to police. 250 words.
INCAPACITATED WOMAN-SAFE TECHNOLOGY
PHOENIX _ Arizona is trying to catch up to 10 states, including Texas and Oklahoma, with laws allowing electronic monitoring and other technology aimed at deterring abuse of vulnerable people at long-term care facilities following the rape of an incapacitated Phoenix woman who later gave birth. Cameras are most commonly used, but they pose privacy issues, and advocates and experts disagree about their effectiveness. By Terry Tang. SENT: 940 words, with photos.
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FORT WORTH, Texas _ For Will Rogers Coliseum, this is the last rodeo. But Amon Carter’s 1936 dream-come-true arena was also built for horse events. So it’ll soon literally become the workhorse of Stock Show arenas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports when the new $540 million Dickies Arena opens five blocks south, the old coliseum will revert to a year-round equestrian center. It’ll host the Mustang Magic riding show, annual cutting horse stakes and a full calendar of horse shows. By Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram. SENT: 940 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Kansas guard Lagerald Vick is taking a leave of absence from the basketball program, leaving the No. 13 Jayhawks even more short-handed as they face an uphill climb to a 15th straight Big 12 title. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement Thursday night that Vick has “some personal matters that require his immediate attention.” Self said there is no timetable for his return. The Jayhawks return to the floor against Oklahoma State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, while Vick is expected to be with family in Memphis. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 530 words, with photo.
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