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

November 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-INDIAN COUNTRY

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with whether an Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma in a case involving a Native American who was sentenced to death for murder. Some justices said they fear a ruling for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation could have big consequences for criminal cases, but also tax and other regulatory issues on more than 3 million acres of Creek Nation territory, including most of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second largest city. The issue is before the high court in the case of Patrick Murphy, who was convicted of killing a fellow tribe member in 1999. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 520 words, with photo.

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VEHICLE TAX-LEGISLATION

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two bills filed this week seek to end Oklahoma’s automobile sales tax. The Oklahoman reports that the Senate bills would halt the 1.25 percent sales tax on vehicles bought after July 1, 2019. The state’s excise tax would remain. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

OBIT-SPONGEBOB CREATOR

LOS ANGELES — Stephen Hillenburg, an Oklahoma native who created SpongeBob SquarePants and the absurd undersea world he inhabited, has died at age 57, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday. Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, the cable network said in a statement. Hillenburg had announced he had the disease in March 2017. His death comes just weeks after the passing of another cartoon hero in Marvel creator Stan Lee. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 630 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW GOVERNOR-APPOINTMENTS — Oklahoma’s newly elected governor has named a veteran U.S. Senate staffer and a former Republican state lawmaker, both from the Tulsa area, to key positions in his new administration.

— WHITE NATIONALIST PLOT-APPEAL — Federal prosecutors say U.S. District Court in Little Rock does not have jurisdiction to consider the request for a new trial by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for killing an Arkansas family in a plot to set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. With photo.

— LANDING GEAR COLLAPSE — Authorities say a pilot was unhurt when his landing gear collapsed as he set down his small plane at North Platte Regional Airport in western Nebraska during a flight from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--NORTH TEXAS-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma is off to a 4-1 start, but the Sooners host a North Texas squad that has opened the season with eight straight wins. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

BKC--TEXAS-ARLINGTON-TULSA

Texas-Arlington plays Tulsa at Donald W. Reynolds Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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FOOTBALL:

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend’s Power Five conference championship games. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.

FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend’s Power Five conference championship games. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 610 words, with photos.

FBC--T25-BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma’s offense is statistically one of the best in college football history. It still might not be good enough to get the Sooners a Big 12 title or a slot in the College Football Playoff. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team leads the nation in total offense and scoring offense. The Sooners average 8.9 yards per play, ahead of the FBS record of 8.6 set by Hawaii in 2006, and they have scored at least 45 points in eight straight games. The fifth-ranked Sooners (11-1) are seeking their fourth straight conference title Saturday in the Big 12 championship game against ninth-ranked Texas (9-3). By Cliff Brunt. 790 words, with photos.

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