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

December 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OKLAHOMA-BUDGET SURPLUS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma’s new governor says he’s glad the state’s economy is rebounding, but he cautioned lawmakers and agency leaders that a $612 million surplus is “not a blank check.” Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt made the comments on Wednesday after the state’s Board of Equalization certified a record $8.2 billion in revenue available for lawmakers to spend on next year’s budget. That represents an increase of about $612 million over the current year’s spending levels. By Sean Muprhy. 450 words.

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_ OKLAHOMA-BUDGET SURPLUS-THE LATEST

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OKLAHOMA-VOTER REGISTRATION

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The number of people registering to vote at Oklahoma’s public service agencies has spiked in recent years, and voting rights advocates are crediting a settlement with the state Election Board. The Oklahoman reports that the 2015 settlement was reached after advocates threatened to sue unless the board did more to help register potential voters at public offices. Those offices included the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. 250 words.

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SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS-JOBS

WICHITA, Kan. _ Aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems announced Wednesday it plans to hire an additional 1,400 people next year at its Wichita plant. Spirit Chief Executive Officer Tom Gentile said in a news conference that the new hiring will come on top of the 1,000 new jobs the company said last year it planned to add as part of a $1 billion expansion at its Wichita facility. The company reached that job goal within months, he said. Boeing sold its Wichita and Oklahoma operations in 2005 in a move that spun off the company now known as Spirit AeroSystems. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ JUVENILE LEFT-GRANDMOTHER CHARGED _ Authorities have charged the grandmother of a 17-year-old Oklahoma boy with special needs who was left at a Kansas rest stop last month.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--SIGNING DAY

A late flip by a quarterback from Michigan effected Ohio State and Georgia and had some wondering if Justin Fields could have played a part. Dwan Mathis from Belleville, Michigan, flipped from the Buckeyes to the Bulldogs, a day after Fields’ name appeared in the NCAA’s transfer database. Another notable decision on Wednesday’s first day of the early signing period was cornerback Elijah Blades, a top junior college recruit who signed with Texas A&M after been committed to Oregon. The Ducks, who are likely to have a top-10 class, also lost out on defensive back Jeremiah Criddell of California to Oklahoma. By Ralph D. Russo. 750 words, with photos. Developing.

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BKN--THUNDER-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Sacramento Kings. By Rob Gloster. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CST.

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BKC--CONNECTICUT-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ No. 1 Connecticut visits Oklahoma. The Huskies already have beaten previous No. 1 Notre Dame this season. Oklahoma is struggling against a tough schedule. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. CST.

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BKC--ORAL ROBERTS-WICHITA ST

Oral Roberts plays Wichita State at Charles Koch Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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GYMNASTICS:

ATH--2019 INSPIRATION AWARD-NICHOLS

NORMAN, Okla. _ Maggie Nichols, a University of Oklahoma gymnast who was among the first to report sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar , is being honored by the NCAA with the 2019 Inspiration Award. Nichols will receive the award Jan. 23 at the NCAA Honors Celebration in Orlando, Florida. It’s given to a coach, administrator or athlete who demonstrates perseverance, dedication and serves as a role model of hope and inspiration to others. 130 words.

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