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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, OK

May 17, 2018


Wire Editors,

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The AP’s updated plan for the weekend:



FOR USE Sunday, May 20 and thereafter:


OKLAHOMA CITY — A yearlong effort to bring life back to downtown’s rebuilt Kerr Park is set to debut in June thanks to a collaborative effort between Southwest Airlines, SandRidge Energy and Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership. The park, first opened in 1975 by Kerr-McGee Corp., was closed a few years ago as aging fountains and a crumbling plaza proved to be too costly to maintain. By Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 466 words.


TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma has its challenges in addressing cellphones in prison. In 2016 and 2017, nearly 17,000 contraband cellphones were seized in Oklahoma prisons. The phones are used for a variety of purposes, including coordinating illegal operations outside of prison walls. A months-long Tulsa World investigation into the problem with cellphone use by prisoners found that since 2014, over 160 individuals have been charged in connection with prison-based drug trafficking organizations. By Curtis Killman, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2169 words.


FOR USE Monday, May 21 and thereafter:


LAWTON, Okla. — The 14th annual Natural Resources Journey alongside Quanah Parker Lake was filled with eager children fresh off a collection of buses. They were the first group of more than 700 students from 12 schools from across Comanche County who participated in the outdoor event through May 4. D’Anna Laminack, acting visitor services manager, said the event is aimed at getting kids out into the environment, where they can gain a better appreciation of their natural surroundings. By John Rouse, The Lawton Constitution. SENT IN ADVANCE: 688 words.


SHAWNEE, Okla. — One of the best compliments a university can receive is when its alumni want to return to their alma mater to teach. That’s a reality for Oklahoma Baptist University’s Master of Science in Nursing program. By Michaela Marx Weatley, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 745 words.

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