BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, OK
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, Aug. 4:
OKLAHOMA CITY — A second federal lawsuit alleging human trafficking has been filed in Oklahoma against a couple who own businesses in western Oklahoma. The lawsuits are by immigrants who were in the United States legally on work visas. By Ken Miller. UPCOMING: 500 words.
FOR USE Sunday, Aug. 5 and thereafter:
ADA, Okla. — District 22 District Attorney Paul Smith’s recent work on complicated capital murder cases has garnered the attention of a national advocacy group representing government attorneys. The Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation is set to recognize Smith’s work Aug. 8 at the group’s 39th Annual Summer Conference in Washington D.C., where Smith will receive the 2017-2018 Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Capital Cases. By Carl Lewis, The Ada News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 327 words.
EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA CITY-HOMELESS OUTREACH
OKLAHOMA CITY — Sgt. Felix Valadez is one of two officers that work on the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, which rather than charging the homeless with petty crimes like public intoxication or trespassing, seeks to help connect them with resources. The hope is the program, now in its fourth year, will be more effective in the long-term reduction of homelessness, Valadez said. But, in the last two years, complaints about the homeless to the city’s Action Center have skyrocketed, from 36 in all of 2016 to 155 in just the first six months of this year. By Kayla Branch, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1009 words.
For use Monday, Aug. 6, and thereafter.
TULSA, Okla. — There was a time when virtually all of the food distributed by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma involved boxes. People in need could grab some sort of dried foods, such as macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles, from a huge warehouse of food. Now, upward of 41 percent of the food distributed by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is fresh: vegetables, fruits, meats. By John Klein, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 821 words.
DAVIS, Okla. — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has been installing half-mile marker signs along Interstate 35 from near Davis to the Oklahoma County line in a pilot project to better assist motorists and improve emergency services. The main purpose of the sequentially numbered signs is to help motorists involved in accidents or breakdowns along the interstate to quickly and precisely describe their locations to police or other emergency responders. By Randy Ellis, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVACE: 584 words.
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