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

May 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ Residents of a small Missouri town were busy Tuesday sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by a seemingly ceaseless flood. The Pin Oak Levee protects a little over 100 homes in the low-lying area of Winfield, a Mississippi River community of 1,400 residents 45 miles northwest of St. Louis. The river reached its fourth-highest level ever Monday, and while it was starting to drop, the pressure on the levee was concerning enough that residents were urged to have bags packed just in case they needed to evacuate. The National Weather Service issued the watches Tuesday for parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. By Jim Salter. SENT: 360 words, with photos. Developing.

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_ SPRING FLOODING-THE LATEST

TRUMP-PARDON

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to an ex-U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner, the White House announced Monday. Former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, of Oklahoma was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq. He was paroled in 2014 and scheduled to remain on parole until 2024. Oklahoma’s two Republican senators, James Lankford and Jim Inhofe, hailed the pardon, thanking Trump for giving Behenna “a clean slate.” By Kevin Freking. SENT: 300 words, with photos. A version also moved on the wire Monday night.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALCOHOL SALES TAXES-OKLAHOMA _ Voter-approved changes in Oklahoma’s alcohol laws have boosted state sales tax collections on alcohol.

_ WHITE NATIONALIST PLOT-APPEAL _ A federal judge in Little Rock has again denied an Oklahoma man’s request for a new trial following his 1999 federal murder conviction and death sentence in Arkansas.

_ OIL EXECUTIVE-FRAUD SENTENCE _ A former oil company executive in Oklahoma has been sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering.

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