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

December 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

TRAFFICKING LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Two motions to dismiss federal human trafficking lawsuits against an Oklahoma couple and several companies they operate are pending, including one that’s been awaiting action for more than a year. The motions in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City deny the allegations and seek to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed in 2017 by three Filipino immigrants who came into the country on temporary work visas in 2012 and a similar lawsuit filed in June by three Jamaican immigrants who came to the U.S. under student work visas between 2008 and 2012. By Ken Miller. SENT: 370 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ GROUND TURKEY RECALL _ A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, with some items shipped to Texas and Oklahoma.

_ ARKANSAS-HOSPITAL WOES _ Some workers and community leaders have raised concerns about the financial viability of an Arkansas hospital amid late paychecks and recent layoffs and questions about the parent company, with operations in Oklahoma.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-PARENTS-GAY CHILDREN

OKLAHOMA CITY _ An Oklahoma City woman started a movement to embrace gay people. Sara Cunningham posted a message on Facebook offering to attend strangers’ same-sex marriages if their biological parents refused to. Cunningham then began Free Mom Hugs, a nonprofit for parents who love their LGBTQ kids unconditionally and are accepting of others and are dedicated to educating families, church and civic leaders about the gay community and celebrating the lives of all children. By Melissa Howell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 943 words.

EXCHANGE-HUNTER’S HOME

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. _ Hunter’s Home may have hosted its annual Christmas Open House under a new name, but there was no confusion, as indicated by the event’s popularity during its three-hour run. The stately antebellum home of the George Murrell family was adorned with holiday decor, and the scents of traditionally prepared foods and cider were in the air. Admission was free. Open house at Hunter’s Home went off without a hitch, despite scary forecasts of deep snow that did not materialize. By Sean Rowley, Tahlequah Daily Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 621 words.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Thunder, one of the hottest teams in the NBA, host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

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FOOTBALL:

FBC--CFP--OKLAHOMA-DEFENSIVE REDEMPTION

NORMAN, Okla. _ Oklahoma interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill’s unit couldn’t slow some of the nation’s best offenses during Big 12 play. His toughest challenge yet will come in the national semifinal against Alabama. Led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, the Crimson Tide ranks second nationally in points per game and seventh in yards per game. The Sooner defense draws hope from a solid performance in the Big 12 title game win against Texas. By Cliff Brunt. 675 words, with photos.

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