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

May 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least three lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to record levels in some communities. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Friday along a large swath of the Mississippi River, as well as flash flood watches for parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas after recent rounds of heavy rain. By Jim Salter and Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 710 words, with photos.

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OKLAHOMA JAIL-AIR CONDITIONING

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma County commissioners decided Thursday to turn on the air conditioning later this month at the county jail after attorneys warned them that inmates’ lives were in danger because of hot conditions inside the facility. 250 words.

SEVIER COUNTY-HOSPITAL

TEXARKANA, Ark. _ Sevier County officials say voters could be asked to approve a higher sales tax to subsidize the construction of a hospital after the county’s lone facility shut down last month. Since the De Queen Medical Center Inc. closed, residents have had to travel at least 30 miles for medical care. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OKLAHOMA CITY-TRASH TRUCK _ Authorities in Oklahoma City say a man was injured after he was dumped from a trash bin into a garbage truck.

_ OKLAHOMA-OFFICIAL STEAK-RIBEYE _ Beef lovers need not fret about what to eat in Oklahoma where cattle outnumber people and the ribeye has been designated as the state’s official steak

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BC-BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-CLEMSON

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Clemson has parted ways with men’s basketball assistant coach Steve Smith after his voice was heard on a federal wiretap involving defendant Christian Dawkins on the ongoing trial into college corruption. The video from 2017 included Smith commenting about why Clemson’s football team is so successful and Dawkins telling Smith he could help get cash to the family of ex-Duke star Zion Williamson if he had chosen to attend Clemson. Dawkins and an amateur basketball coach are charged with paying bribes to assistant coaches to help secure NBA-bound players as customers. Ex-assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Southern Cal have pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy and await sentencing. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 400 words,

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