Good morning. Below is a preview of the AP's expected report for Oklahoma for Saturday AMs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma releases July unemployment figures Friday. The state has consistently been well below the national unemployment rate, reporting 4.7 percent jobless in June compared to the national rate of more than 8 percent.


STILLWATER, Okla. — Researchers at Oklahoma State University say people shouldn't be shocked when they see fish floating belly-up at lakes in the Stillwater area. The Stillwater NewsPress reports ( ) that scientists are using a technology called electro-fishing to gather the fish for research. The researchers zap the fish with electricity then bring them into the laboratory.


— OKLAHOMA WILDFIRES — Authorities say they've identified suspects in the wildfires that burned more than 90 square miles in Creek County.

— UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA-ENROLLMENT — The University of Oklahoma is welcoming its largest freshman class in school history.

— PEPPER BALL LAWSUIT — The city of Tulsa has settled an excessive force lawsuit filed by a man who was shot repeatedly with a pepper-ball launcher by Tulsa police.

— STATE CAPITOL-ARTWORK — Customized acrylic storm windows similar to those used on U.S. space shuttles could help reduce harmful sunlight coming through Capitol dome windows and harming priceless artwork.

— WILDFIRE-MCINTOSH COUNTY — Firefighters in the air and on the ground have brought a wildfire that burned about a 1.5 square mile area in McIntosh County under control.



NORMAN, Okla. — When a persistent sore throat wouldn't go away during spring football, Austin Woods got it checked out and got a serious diagnosis: Hodgkin's lymphoma. But as Oklahoma gets ready for the season to begin, Woods is getting ready to play as the deep snapper and backup center, even as he continues chemotherapy treatments. By Jeff Latzke.

The AP, Oklahoma City.