BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, 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 Sunday, Dec. 23:
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Motions are pending to dismiss two federal human trafficking lawsuits against an Oklahoma couple and some companies they operate. 375 words.
WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:
FOR USE Sunday, Dec. 23, and thereafter:
OKLAHOMA CITY _ An Oklahoma City woman started a movement to embrace gay people. Sara Cunningham posted a message on Facebook offering to attend strangers’ same-sex marriages if their biological parents refused to. Cunningham then began Free Mom Hugs, a nonprofit for parents who love their LGBTQ kids unconditionally and are accepting of others and are dedicated to educating families, church and civic leaders about the gay community and celebrating the lives of all children. By Melissa Howell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 943 words.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. _ Hunter’s Home may have hosted its annual Christmas Open House under a new name, but there was no confusion, as indicated by the event’s popularity during its three-hour run. The stately antebellum home of the George Murrell family was adorned with holiday decor, and the scents of traditionally prepared foods and cider were in the air. Admission was free. Open house at Hunter’s Home went off without a hitch, despite scary forecasts of deep snow that did not materialize. By Sean Rowley, Tahlequah Daily Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 621 words.
FOR USE Monday, Dec. 24, and thereafter:
TULSA, Okla. _ A Tulsa company has worked with McDonald’s on a new pie recipe for the fast food chain. Working with McDonald’s, Bama Companies Inc. has removed artificial colors, preservatives and high fructose syrup from the pies. Officially relaunched in May, they now include a lattice top _ instead of a whole top with slits _ plus bigger chunks of apple and less juice, Bama CEO Paula Marshall said. By Rhett Morgan, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 422 words.
ENID, Okla. _ Participation in the Oklahoma Association of Middle and Junior High Student Councils has brought all three Enid Public Schools middle schools together to lead, compete, cooperate and achieve as a team for the first time. For 68 years, OAMJHSC has invited middle school and junior high student councils from all Oklahoma under one roof for two-day leadership conferences where they deliver speeches and presentations, and run short elections for public offices. By Mitchell Willetts, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 899 words.
^The AP, Oklahoma City