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

March 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NEW YORK _ New York on Thursday sued the billionaire family behind OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments alleging the drugmaker sparked the nation’s opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. New York amended an existing lawsuit against pill maker Purdue Pharma to add members of its controlling Sackler family as defendants. New York also added as defendants five other companies that produce opioid painkillers, plus four drug distributors. The announcement came two days after Purdue and the Sacklers agreed to pay $270 million to Oklahoma. By Michael R. Sisak and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 800 words, with photos.





WICHITA, Kan. _ A nearly 190 mile pipeline is being planned to transport volatile gas liquids, including propane and butane, from Kansas to Oklahoma. 300 words.



PORTLAND, Ore. _ Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry has an unexpected issue. Truckers have been stopped and sometimes arrested by police who can’t tell whether they’ve intercepted a legal ag crop or marijuana. Kentucky and Oregon are big producers of hemp, and much of what they grow is processed in Colorado. Companies that transport the plant often drive through Oklahoma and Idaho, which is where some arrests have occurred. GILLIAN FLACCUS. SENT: 1,150 words, with photos.


_ DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS VANDALIZED _ Oklahoma Democratic Party officials say the Oklahoma City building that houses its headquarters has been vandalized with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti. With photos.

_ OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-OKLAHOMA _ Authorities say a domestic dispute led to a fatal officer-involved shooting of a man in Grady County.

_ VETERANS CENTER-OKLAHOMA _ The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency’s federal funding request has been approved for a $60 million project to relocate a veterans center that’s had staffing difficulties.

_ PRISON SLAYING-APPEAL DENIED _ The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a private prison inmate in the death of his cellmate.

_ OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR-CANDIDATE CHARGE _ A man has testified that he took $3,000 from a former zookeeper and Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate to kill a woman in Florida and promised he’d “cut her head off.”

_ DOUBLE FATAL-BOULDER _ Oklahoma authorities say a large boulder fell from a truck and went through the windshield of a passing SUV, killing two women who were passengers in the smaller vehicle.





STORRS, Conn. _ The new media rights deal between the American Athletic Conference and ESPN will be a financial boon for UConn, but the school and its fans are concerned that people may be paying extra to stream games they had been getting on television. By Pat Eaton-Robb. 500 words, with photos.


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