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

May 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ A judge in Oklahoma has rejected opioid makers’ requests to dismiss the state’s multibillion dollar lawsuit, keeping it on track to go to trial later this month. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

PENNSYLVANIA-PAINKILLER LAWSUIT

PHILADELPHIA _ Pennsylvania’s state attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the company that makes OxyContin of fueling the opioid epidemic, making it at least the 39th state to make such a claim against Purdue Pharma. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue. Purdue, a privately held company based in Stamford, Connecticut, earlier this year publicly threatened bankruptcy as the litigation mounts. Some states have also started suing members of the Sackler family, which includes prominent philanthropists and owns the firm. In March, the company and the Sacklers settled a case with Oklahoma for $270 million. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PLANT EXPLOSION-OKLAHOMA _ Officials say a fire and subsequent explosion at a Georgia-Pacific paper mill in eastern Oklahoma injured at least five people. With photos.

_ WIFE’S BODY IN CAR _ Police in Arizona say a detective making a traffic stop on Interstate 10 was speaking to a driver from Oklahoma when he noticed the man’s dead wife in the passenger seat and the driver said the 70-year-old woman had died in Texas.

_ PITTSBURG COUNTY-EXHUMANTION _ Investigators in rural Pittsburg County in southeastern Oklahoma have exhumed the bodies of two people found dead more than 20 years ago in hopes that DNA testing will identify the pair.

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