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

December 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TULSA, Okla. — Farmers in Oklahoma are producing less wheat because of a global surplus, low prices and the weather, turning instead to cotton, soybean and corn, according to state and federal agricultural officials. Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that Oklahoma farmers harvested 70 million wheat bushels this year, down from almost 99 million bushels in 2017, The Tulsa World reported. 240 words.



OMAHA, Neb. — An economist says a monthly survey suggests the economy continued to expand in nine Midwest and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers. A survey report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.1 in November from 54.9 in October. The September reading was 57.5. 370 words.




— INMATE ESCAPES-OKLAHOMA — The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man convicted of murder who escaped from an Oklahoma jail.

— WWII SAILOR-OKLAHOMA — The remains of a U.S. sailor from Oklahoma unaccounted for since the battleship USS Oklahoma was sunk at Pearl Harbor almost 77 years ago have been identified.





DETROIT — The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Detroit Pistons. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.DETROIT — Fresh off a victory over Golden State, the Pistons put their five-game winning streak on the line when they host the Thunder. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.



STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill will skip his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft. Coach Mike Gundy announced Monday that Hill will not play against Missouri in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31. Hill made his announcement in a thank you letter to fans, teammates and coaches on social media. SENT: 170 words.


Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team. No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the SEC’s defensive player of the year in linebacker Josh Allen and the coach of the year in Mark Stoops. Vanderbilt running back and Illinois transfer Ke’Shawn Vaughn was named newcomer of the year. SENT: 1,080 words, with photos.


UNDATED — Damien Harris thinks Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the best player in college football, and scoffs at the notion that he needs a so-called Heisman moment to prove it. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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