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

May 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE-OKLAHOMA-COURT COLLECTIONS

TULSA, Okla. _ Supporters of changes in Oklahoma’s criminal justice system say court fines and fees are levied on people unable to pay them in order to support government functions. 250 words. Seeking file photos.

OF NOTE:

AMTRAK-RURAL AREAS

TOPEKA, Kan. _ U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is putting pressure on Amtrak to commit to continue running the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Moran recently delayed confirming three nominees to Amtrak’s board of directors in an effort to push the national rail carrier to offer assurances that the line will operate for at least another year. Amtrak’s president, Richard Anderson, agreed to meet with Moran and other lawmakers about the rail service’s future this month. Amtrak officials have considered suspending rail service from Dodge City to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and transitioning to buses. SENT: 140 words, will be updated, 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEVERE STORMS-OKLAHOMA _ Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday planned to tour an area of southern Oklahoma struck by a tornado on April 30.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-TAXES _ Oklahoma tax officials say medical marijuana sales topped $18 million last month, marking the seventh straight month of growth for the new industry.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--OKLAHOMA-GEORGIA SERIES

NORMAN, Okla. _ Perennial football powers Oklahoma and Georgia have agreed to play in 2023 and 2031. The programs have played just once — Georgia won a 54-48 overtime thriller in the College Football Playoff after the 2017 season. Oklahoma will host the Bulldogs on Sept. 9, 2023, the same year of the 100-year anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium. Georgia will host on Sept. 13, 2031. 130 words.

BASEBALL:

COLLEGE:

BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP

East Carolina is dominating the American Athletic Conference and attempting to earn one of the top eight seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament as the Pirates continue chasing the first College World Series berth in school history. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 750 words.

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