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

September 5, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY

VALIER, Mont. — The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot and a grizzly bear lurking in the brush unleashes a menacing growl. But they can’t stop. Not when a loved one is still missing. Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, a 20-year-old member of the Blackfeet Nation, was last heard from around June 8, 2017. Since then her older sister, Kimberly, has been looking for her. For many in Native American communities across the nation, the problem of missing and murdered women is deeply personal. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 3,230 words, with photos, video. Also moved in advance. An abridged version also moved, 930 words.

With:

— DEATH AND DISAPPEARNCE-REFORMING THE SYSTEM. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,260 words, with photo.

— DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-LAWS. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 660 words, with photo.

— DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-THE POSTERS — By Sharon Cohen and Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,390 words, with photos.

ARKANSAS CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been approved for the November ballot. Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office on Wednesday said supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment submitted more than the nearly 85,000 signatures from registered voters required to put the proposal on the ballot. The pro-casino campaign has raised more than $2.2 million, nearly all of which has come from two Native American tribes in Oklahoma. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words.

OF NOTE:

TROPICAL WEATHER

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm weakened into a depression Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning possible tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. Even as the system was weakening into a remnant low it still posed threats as it moved inland on a forecast track that would take its center northwest into Arkansas, then northeast toward the Great Lakes. By Jay Reeves and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 890 words, with photos, video.

With:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

— TROPICAL WEATHER-ARKANSAS

IN BRIEF:

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE — A Seminole County jury has convicted a man on two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of two people in Seminole.

IN SPORTS:

WEST VIRGINIA SCHEDULE

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia will open the Big 12 basketball season at home against Texas Tech on Jan. 2 and face both perennial league champion Kansas and Oklahoma at home on separate weekends. The Big 12 released the league portion of the schedule Wednesday. 140 words.

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