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

February 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

OKLAHOMA-LICENSE PLATE READERS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation that would regulate how information captured by automated license plate readers as vehicles enter the state is retained and distributed. The bill requires that individual data collected by the Corporation Commission be exempt from the Open Records Act, which grants citizens unrestricted access to public records, The Oklahoman reported. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and export markets hit by President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give producers enough time to sell crops and livestock and to give them more flexibility in timing interest payments for tax filing purposes. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 1,000 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WINTER WEATHER-OKLAHOMA-ARKANSAS _ A winter storm packing freezing drizzle and frigid temperatures has made driving treacherous and forced schools to close across Oklahoma as forecasters issued winter weather advisories Thursday for central and eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas

_ XGR--MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OKLAHOMA _ The Oklahoma House has approved a bill to regulate the exploding medical marijuana industry in the state.

_ OFFICER SHOOTING-DAUGHTER’S BOYFRIEND _ An Oklahoma appellate court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a white former police officer in the fatal off-duty shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKN--76ERS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Two of the league’s best meet when Oklahoma City hosts Philadelphia. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game stars 8:30 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE:

BKC--T25-BIG 12 INTO MARCH

Eddie Sutton took Oklahoma State to the NCAA Final Four, Bill Self and Scott Drew were Big 12 newcomers and George W. Bush was finishing his first four-year term in the White House the last time Kansas didn’t at least share a piece of the league’s title. That was 2004. Could this really be the year that the Jayhawks’ impressive championship streak ends? By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.

_ BKC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 350 words.

BKC--TULANE-TULSA

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

BKC--NEBRASKA-OMAHA-ORAL ROBERTS

Nebraska-Omaha plays Oral Roberts at Mabee Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COMBINE-MURRAY’S SIZE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Kyler Murray may not throw at the NFL scouting combine, but he checked in just over 5-feet-10 and weighed 207 pounds. His hand size, as measured from his pinkie to his thumb, was 9½ inches. Murray’s measurements Thursday compare favorably to two other undersized quarterbacks in recent years: Russell Wilson in 2012 and Baker Mayfield, last year’s top overall draft pick. Murray turned down the Oakland Athletics and a career in baseball for a shot at the NFL. By Arnie Stapleton. 600 words, with photo.

With:

_ FBN--NFL COMBINE-THE LATEST

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