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

April 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org




CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America’s first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88. He died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, according to NASA. Owen Garriott served on the second Skylab crew in 1973, spending close to 60 days in space, a record at the time. He also was part of the ninth space shuttle mission, flying aboard Columbia in 1983. Garriott was born in Enid, Oklahoma and served with the Navy. He was a former director of science and applications at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Garriott left NASA in 1986. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 350 words, with photos.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ A push by a coalition of business and civic leaders to reduce Oklahoma’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate is again crashing headlong into opposition from the state’s powerful district attorneys. By Sean Murphy. 400 words, with photos.



OKLAHOMA CITY _ The U.S. Department of Defense has approved a $14.3 billion contract to Boeing for work on aircraft that will be done at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. 250 words.


_ HIGH RISE DEATH _ The estate of a 25-year-old woman who died in prison is dropping its lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

_ TRAIN-PEDESTRIAN FATALITY _ The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a McAlester man was killed when he ran into the path of a train and was struck by the locomotive.

_ WWII-TEXAS SAILOR-IDENTIFIED _ A 19-year-old Houston-area sailor serving aboard the USS Oklahoma who died in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor has been identified.





PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Trail Blazers won their playoff opener against the Thunder and on Tuesday they’ll get a chance to get one more at home before the series shifts to Oklahoma City, By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CDT.


BOSTON _ The Celtics are looking to follow-up the ugliest game of the playoffs with another win against the Pacers. And they don’t care how it esthetically it looks and long as they win. The Rockets and Bucks look for competitive games in their respective series against the Jazz and Pistons after dominating performances to start the postseason. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.


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