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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

September 7, 2018


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The AP’s updated plan for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 405-522-2121.



MOVING on Saturday, Sept. 8:


TULSA, Okla. — Phase 1 of what will be one of the biggest parks in the U.S. is set to open Saturday in Tulsa. The $465 million, 100-acre stretch along Tulsa’s riverfront known as Gathering Place will include bike and walking trails, sports courts and lawns for concerts. A parade is set for 8:30 a.m., and the park opens to the public at 10 a.m. About 130 words.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma voters wanting to switch parties or notify election officials about a change of address can soon do so online. The Oklahoman reports a new online form, courtesy of the Oklahoma State Election Board, will be available starting Monday. About 250 words.

MOVING on Sunday, Sept. 9:


OKLAHOMA CITY — An effort is underway for Oklahoma high school graduates who are proficient in two languages to have that noted on their diplomas. The Oklahoman reports a group of 26 students at Santa Fe High School South in Oklahoma City recently were awarded a Seal of Biliteracy certificate through a pilot program. 250 words.



FOR USE Sunday, Sept. 9 and thereafter:


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City is training operators to work the city’s new streetcars. There will be 16 streetcar operators when all those hired are fully trained to operate the system’s seven Brookville Liberty Modern Streetcars across 6.9 miles of track. The operators are employed by Herzog Transit Systems, a company that operates similar streetcar systems in Kansas City and heavier commuter rail systems like Texrail in Fort Worth, Texas. By Matt Patterson, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1218 words.


DURANT, Okla. — At Oklahoma’s Division II universities, affordability is a key factor in setting the ticket prices. While athletic directors are proud of the team on the field, they also recognize that on Saturdays in the fall, they are providing an entertainment option, and people only have so many dollars to spend. By Molly M. Fleming, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1406 words.


For use Monday, Sept. 10, and thereafter:


NORMAN, Okla. — The National Severe Storms Laboratory has appointed its first female division chief. Pamela Heinselman became the chief of the Forecast Research and Development Division last month. Heinselman said while her job is truly breaking a glass ceiling, those barriers seem to have been created more by cultural and social norms that kept women out of science, rather than by NSSL or meteorology in general. By Joy Hampton, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1516 words.


STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University recently held an event about Parkinson’s disease. The three-day boot camp included a variety of activities and informative presentations. It gave participants opportunities to socialize, gain confidence in their abilities and learn more about living with Parkinson’s disease. The event was funded through the Arts and Sciences Community Engagement Grant. By Hallie Hart, Stillwater News Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 677 words.

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