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

February 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

HIGHWAY PATROL CAPTAIN-INDICTMENT

OKLAHOMA CITY _ An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain accused of using cellphone audio recordings to try to blackmail the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety and further his career has been charged with extortion. Attorney Mike Johnson said Captain Troy D. German “100 percent” denies the accusations, calling his client “a whistleblower who exposed corruption at the highest levels at the highway patrol.” A grand jury charged German on Thursday with extorting Commissioner Rusty Rhoades to gain a promotion or appointment to a state office, The Oklahoman reported. 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR-APPOINTMENTS _ Oklahoma’s new governor has made two more key appointments, naming a new secretary to his cabinet and a new member of the Tax Commission.

_ OKLAHOMA CITY-HOUSE FIRE _ Authorities say two residents and four firefighters were injured while crews battled a house fire in northwest Oklahoma City.

_ FATHER CHARGED _ A 41-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 hit-and-run death of his 2-year-old son.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--T25-BIG 12-MISSING STARS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Take the guys that West Virginia and Kansas thought they’d have on the floor this season and they might give Kansas State a run for the Big 12 title. Instead, those missing pieces have the Mountaineers and Jayhawks searching for answers. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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