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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

May 16, 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 USE Sunday, May 19, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA BEEKEEPERS

ORION, Okla. _ Despite rain and possible snow, some 35 people met recently at the Orion Volunteer Fire Department, tucked among the red cedars of western Oklahoma, to discuss the business of beekeeping. Led by 2018 Oklahoma Beekeeper of the Year Jimmy Shobert of Laverne, the group of prospective beekeepers wanted to know how to construct hives, maximize their profits and prevent their bees from dying. Shobert, who is beginning his fourth decade as a beekeeper and maintains between 30 and 50 hives each year, said there are a number of reasons that bees die. By Mike Coppock, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 646 words.

EXCHANGE-BILL HADER

TULSA, Okla. _ One minute, he’s talking on the phone from Los Angeles. Then, there’s a strange noise in the background. This interview is going to end prematurely. Maybe it wasn’t Hader’s day at that time, but what a year he’s been having the past 12 months. It was March 2018 that HBO premiered “Barry,” Hader’s dark comedy about a Midwestern hitman/former Marine sniper with PTSD who goes to Los Angeles for a hit and ends up trying to become an actor. By Michael Smith, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1117 words, with photo.

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FOR USE Monday, May 20, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA CITY-DESERT GARDENS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ In an urban park, surrounded by interstates and busy city streets, a sanctuary for cacti and other succulents can be found. On a recent spring day, on the grounds of the surrounding Will Rogers Gardens, the flowers were starting to bloom. In climate-controlled greenhouse is a display of the desert. The Ed Lycan Conservatory, full of rare cacti in desert landscape displays, was renovated and reopened in 2013. The original greenhouse had fallen into disrepair over the years and closed in 2011. By Robert Medley, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 311 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-VETERANS-FLIGHT

LAWTON, Okla. _ A group of veterans recently found their heads in the clouds for a short time as they flew in a restored World War II era Stearman airplane. Gagne was one of eight residents of the Lawton Veterans Center who enjoy the opportunity to take a 15-minute flight in the skies above Lawton-Fort Sill courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. The volunteer organization tours the country with a fleet of five Stearman airplanes, in which they offer veterans in assisted living centers a chance to fly — perhaps one last time — and relive their memories in the military service. By Josh Rouse, The Lawton Constitution. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1053 words, with photos.

^The AP, Oklahoma City