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

March 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD WELFARE

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. A federal judge in Texas ruled the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional, saying it is racially motivated and violates the equal protection clause. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1130 words, with photos.

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TAR CREEK-CLEANUP

PICHER, Okla. _ The Environmental Protection Agency has pledged more than $16 million annually for the continued cleanup of toxic mine waste at the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma. 250 words, with photos.

BODIES DISCOVERED-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma City police are expected to wrap up their investigation of the discovery of two bodies in an area lake after the car they were in was found submerged. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

TEACHER PROTESTS

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ One of the country’s largest school districts was forced to close for the fourth time in two weeks on Tuesday as about a third of its teachers called in sick so they could continue protesting at the Kentucky Capitol. Officials in Jefferson County Public Schools, which includes Louisville and has more than 98,000 students, hoped to avoid another closure by sending a delegation of teachers to Frankfort to represent the district. Tuesday’s closure continues a wave of teacher activism that began last year in West Virginia that quickly spread to Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona. This year, teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, have gone on strike seeking better pay and benefits. By Adam Beam. SENT: 670 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--DRUG SENTENCES-RETROACTIVE _ Oklahomans convicted of certain drug and low-level property crimes before July 2017 could be resentenced under a bill moving through the Oklahoma Legislature.

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BKC--AP ALL-BIG 12

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Texas Tech sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year after helping lead his hometown Red Raiders to a share of the regular season conference title. Chris Beard was named coach of the year after his third season with the Red Raiders, who are 26-5 after going to their first NCAA Elite Eight last year. Seventh-ranked Texas Tech won its first Big 12 regular-season title, sharing the crown with No. 15 Kansas State. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words. Story, list & photos planned.

BKC--BIG 12 TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Just about the only good thing that comes with failing to win at least a share of the Big 12 title for the first time in 15 years is Kansas knows its first-round opponent in the league tournament. It’s not much. But it’s something. The No. 3 seed Jayhawks, who were trumped by Kansas State and Texas Tech during the regular season, will face sixth-seeded Texas in the nightcap of the quarterfinals Thursday. It will be an opportunity for a group responsible for the end of one of college basketball’s remarkable streaks to win a championship ring whenever the season finally concludes. By David Skretta. SENT: 800 words, with photos.

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