AP-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.
FROM AP MEMBERS:
MOVING on Saturday, Oct. 13
TULSA, Okla. — Officials say more than 300,000 people have visited Tulsa’s Gathering Place riverfront park since it opened last month. The Tulsa World reports that Gathering Place drew 55,000 visitors during its Sept. 8 opening weekend alone. UPCOMING: 130 words.
MOVING on Sunday, Oct. 14
OKLAHOMA CITY — The head of Oklahoma’s leading tobacco-cessation organization says there will be new opportunities to cut tobacco use when a new class of Oklahoma lawmakers takes office. The Oklahoman reports the changes include raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 and prohibiting smoking in cars when children are present. UPCOMING: 130 words.
FOR USE Sunday, Oct. 14 and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-GREAT AMERICAN LOOP
MOORE, Okla. — An Oklahoma couple’s retirement journey is taking them to waterways around the U.S. For over a year, Pat and Cathy Deadwiley weren’t residents of their Moore home. They were residents of the open seas. Well, it wasn’t always a sea. Often it was a river, a canal, an inlet or a bay. But it was always aboard their boat, the Southern Cross, and always on the Great American Loop. By Adam Troxtell, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1271 words.
EXCHANGE-HISTORIC MEDICINE PARK
MEDICINE PARK, Okla. — Oklahoma entrepreneurs have revitalized a historic resort town. Oklahoma’s only cobblestone village, tucked into the Wichita Mountains, is enjoying an economic revival. Medicine Park has seen new businesses pop up along Medicine Creek, like a miniature riverwalk that other riverside cities boast. Entrepreneurs across generations said they’re drawn to the small town for similar reasons. They don’t have a formal chamber of commerce to direct activity. By Mike Coppock, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 911 words.
FOR USE Monday, Oct. 15 and thereafter:
TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma football referee is retiring after more than 50 years. Dr. Robert Breedlove, a Stillwater physician, recently started his 52nd year of officiating high school football, believed to be the longest streak of any official in Oklahoma history. It’ll be his last, too. By John Klein, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1013 words.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials with a downtown Oklahoma City charter school are considering a new building as the school continues to grow. At a time when Oklahoma City Public Schools has faced significant budget cuts, dwindling classroom resources and discussed closing schools due to declining enrollment, John Rex charter school can seem like an outlier in the state’s largest school district. By Ben Felder, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 979 words.