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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

February 21, 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 Sunday, Feb. 24, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-TULSA-OLDEST BLACK CHURCH

TULSA, Okla. _ Long before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights leaders exhorted the faithful from its pulpit, First Baptist Church North Tulsa had served as a beacon of hope and faith for Tulsa’s African-American community. It started nine years before Oklahoma became a state, when a group of 10 began meeting in a home, and officially became a church the next year in 1899. During the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, the church somehow was spared being burned like others and would go on to weather other challenges through the years. By Tim Stanley, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 138 words.

EXCHANGE-SUMMER SCHOOL-SHORTENED

ENID, Okla. _ To cut down on energy costs, Enid Public Schools is implementing a new summer operating schedule calling for most sites in the district to close on Fridays in June and July. The one exception is the Grizzly Den day care center at Glenwood Elementary School, which will not be affected. EPS estimates the measure to close on Fridays will save between $1,200 to $2,000 every week. By Mitchell Willetts, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 377 words.

For Monday, Feb. 25, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-ACTOR-BAD BREAK

OKLAHOMA CITY _ For Brennin Hunt, Fox’s live staging of “Rent” was supposed to be his big break. The Oklahoma native didn’t anticipate that his starring role in the national televised production of the groundbreaking musical would give him his first broken bone, too. Still, the singer and actor, who hails from Harrah, made international entertainment headlines after he broke his foot during the final dress rehearsal the night before the recent broadcast. By Brandy Mcdonnell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 993 words.

EXCHANGE-VETERAN-BIRTHDAY-STUDENTS

LAWTON, Okla. _ Eisenhower Elementary students want to ensure a Marlow World War II veteran receives plenty of cards for his birthday. Recil Troxel will turn 93 years-old on April 17 and he asked for nothing more on his birthday than as many birthday cards as he could receive. A World War II veteran who fought in the Philippines and Saipan and served as a combat engineer in the Army, Troxel now battles a new enemy _ cancer. By Josh Rouse, The Lawton Constitution. SENT IN ADVANCE: 640 words.

^The AP, Oklahoma City