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.
Monday, Sept. 24:
OKLAHOMA CITY — The top two candidates for Oklahoma governor on Monday night will present their case for voters in their first televised forum since Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt secured the GOP nomination last month. The Oklahoman is hosting a conversation with gubernatorial candidates Drew Edmondson and Stitt. By Sean Murphy. UPCOMING: 400 words.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Each night, hundreds of people sleep under bridges, on city streets and in homeless encampments throughout Oklahoma City. Although unsheltered homelessness, also called street homelessness, isn’t a new phenomenon in Oklahoma City, a recent report suggests it’s on the rise. Some advocates say that uptick is due in part to a shift in priorities at two of the largest organizations that serve the city’s homeless population. By Silas Allen, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1406 words.
OKLAHOMA CITY — As football stadiums and other sports venues have expanded their food offerings, Amundsen Commercial Kitchens has seen its business grow to keep up with demand. The company, which sells restaurant-grade kitchen equipment including refrigeration units and large ovens and grills, owns two buildings in Oklahoma City and is looking to open a permanent space in the Dallas metro. Amundsen’s stadium kitchen work started in 2002 when the city of Oklahoma City built Chesapeake Energy Arena. By Molly M. Fleming, Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 735 words.
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TULSA, Okla. — In the future, Bob Wills will have a presence on both sides of Tulsa’s Main Street. The Tulsa World reports that groundbreaking is expected to occur this fall for the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP), which will be across the street from Cain’s Ballroom. Thousands of Wills-related items will be on display because a Texas filmmaker donated one of the world’s largest Wills collections to OKPOP. Wills transformed Cain’s Ballroom decades ago into the Carnegie Hall of Western swing. By Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1576 words, with photos.
EXCHANGE-NEW DEAL-OKLAHOMA WRITERS
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs to promote and provide work for visual artists may be better known, but its Federal Writers’ Project stimulated research and produced a body of literature that illuminates the American experience. In Oklahoma, the FWP left a legacy for those interested in the state’s past. The problems caused by internal dissension within the Oklahoma FWP were compounded by federal guidelines requiring 90 percent of personnel come from the work-relief rolls. By Brad Agnew, Tahlequah Daily Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1452 words.
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