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

February 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma education officials say a new A-F grading system for public schools could be implemented soon. Education officials said Tuesday that report cards will go online if the State Board of Education approves the new grading system on Thursday. SENT: 130 words. A longer version is not planned.



OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is temporarily closing its customer service center to focus on the high volume of medical marijuana applications. Agency officials say the number of applications received per week rose from 1,200 in September to around 5,000 in February. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has temporarily closed a call center so workers can catch up with a backlog of license applications from residents who want to use the newly legalized drug. 250 words.



GALVESTON, Texas _ The teenager accused of killing 10 people at a Texas high school last year has made his first in-person court appearance as attorneys sparred over whether his trial should be moved out of Galveston. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, is charged with capital murder for the May attack at Santa Fe High School. A defense attorney said Pagourtzis should receive the same treatment as others accused of mass murder. He cited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Washington sniper Lee Malvo and serial killer Ted Bundy, who received changes of venue for their trials. SENT: 270 words, with photos.


_ DRUG CHARGES-OKLAHOMA _ Oklahoma’s attorney general has filed drug trafficking and weapons charges against two people accused of possessing several pounds of illegal drugs and assault-style weapons.

_ DOWNTOWN STRUCTURE FIRE-GUTHRIE _ Musicians and music enthusiasts are working to help a renowned fiddler and owner of a popular instrument shop after a weekend fire gutted the business in Guthrie.





DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets hold a three-game lead over Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division heading into their clash Tuesday night. The Nuggets have won eight straight at home. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CST.


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