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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

May 9, 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 12, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-NAKED WORLD-OKLAHOMAN

TULSA, Okla. _ You’re going to be seeing a lot of Jeremy Upshaw on television. The Tulsa-born Upshaw, a Stillwater High School graduate who lives in Enid, will bare it all in an upcoming episode of “Naked and Afraid.” A Discovery Channel reality series, “Naked and Afraid” documents the experiences of a male and female who are plopped into the wilderness for 21 days, and they must scavenge for whatever resources they can find to survive. Per the series’ title, the survivalists tackle the challenge minus clothing. By Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1266 words. Pursuing photos.

EXCHANGE-VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL-REPAIRS

ENID, OKLA. _ Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park is raising funds to repair and restore the park’s scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The former American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall was welcomed to Enid in November 2012, and dedicated on Memorial Day in May 2013. An 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., the wall contains the names of more than 58,000 people who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Elaine Johns, executive director of Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, said the wall has attracted thousands of visitors since it was dedicated, many of them Vietnam veterans who’d never been able to visit the original memorial on the National Mall. By James Neal, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 418 words. Pursuing photos.

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FOR USE Monday, May 13, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-BRICKTOWN-20TH ANNIVERSARY

OKLAHOMA CITY _ A multi-year effort to spruce up and improve walkability along the Bricktown Canal will be on display this summer when the popular destination celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over the past few years the city, working with Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership, has refreshed landscaping, repainted railings and constructed ramps to replace wheelchair lifts that rarely worked in the years after the canal opened. The latest improvement, a mid-block crossing on Mickey Mantle Drive between the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and the Bricktown Canal overlook plaza, recently opened in time for the start of the new season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. By Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 588 words. Pursuing photos.

EXCHANGE-HELPING REFUGEES

MUSKOGEE, Okla. _ Myanmar native Yuree Lembke recalls seeing the sky through holes in her roof. She and her family, members of Myanmar’s Karen ethnic group moved into camps when she was 3. Lembke and her husband, assistant Bacone Chapel Pastor Eric Lembke, seek to help other refugees in her native country. The two are raising money for a May mission trip to the Ei Tu Hta refugee camp on Myanmar’s border with Thailand. By Cathy Spaulding, Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 651 words. Pursuing photos.

^The AP, Oklahoma City