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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

April 11, 2019

Editors,

Wire Editors,

Photo Editors,

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.

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WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

FOR USE Sunday, April 14, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CREATOR-TULSA

TULSA, Okla. _ Strawberry Shortcake — the character, not the dessert — is 40. Unveiled in 1979, Strawberry Shortcake has a local connection. Artist Muriel Fahrion, who created Strawberry Shortcake, is an Ohio transplant who has lived in Tulsa for three years. Then Fahrion began to hear stories from adults who grew up with Strawberry Shortcake as a companion. Some told Fahrion she “saved” their childhood because Strawberry Shortcake and her pals provided an escape from a bad family life or struggles at home. By Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1728 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-FAMILY RANCH

FAIRMONT, Okla. _ Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from “Wa,” which means Japanese, and “Gyu,” which means cow. Silverwood also is a hybrid name, as Woodruff’s son, Jeremy, manages the farm’s website and her daughter, Stacey Silver, and Stacey’s husband, Justin, manage the day-to-day operation of the farm. By Cass Rains, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 923 words. Pursuing photos.

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FOR USE Monday, April 15, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA CITY-CURIOUS GIFT SHOP

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Walk long enough with Craig Travis among the voodoo skulls, mermaids and Mother Mary figurines, and he will tell you about the dozen Buddhas he once brought back from Tucson. The 48-year-old owner of Craig’s Curious Emporium stood in his shop on a recent afternoon and surveyed his stock of spiritual tools and trinkets, from gargoyles and healing stones to tarot cards and little Egyptian pyramids. His humor travels with his inventory. Craig’s Curious Emporium thrived for nearly 25 years in the Paseo, but recently moved. In the process, the store grew from 1,500 square feet to more than 6,000. By Josh Dulaney, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 532 words. Pursuing photos.

EXCHANGE-TEACHER SHORTAGE-SMALLER DISTRICTS

LAWTON, Okla. _ Across Oklahoma, superintendents from the smallest districts to the largest continue to contend with an ongoing teacher shortage that shows no signs of slowing. More than 30,000 teachers have left the profession in Oklahoma since 2013, according to the 2018 Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Teacher Supply and Demand report. That’s an average loss of 10 percent of the state teacher workforce. To help combat that loss, district administrators have had to increasingly turn to alternative and emergency certification options in order to put teachers in the classroom. By Josh Rouse, The Lawton Constitution. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1397 words.

^The AP, Oklahoma City