BC-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, Aug. 11:
ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma voters will see an unprecedented number of women on the state ballot when they head to the polls this fall. The Enid News & Eagle reports that 45 Democratic women and 10 Republican women have already made it to the Nov. 6 general election for state House and Senate seats. Another 30 women face runoffs later this month. 250 words.
MOVING on Sunday, Aug. 12:
OKLAHOMA CITY — A state investigation has concluded the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs did not violate privacy laws when it allowed medical aides to search patients’ records on their cellphones, according to The Oklahoman. 250 words.
FOR USE Sunday, Aug. 12 and thereafter:
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Children in the neighborhood run down the middle of the road with book bags slung over their shoulders. The well-choreographed routine happens every Wednesday about 16 times, as the new nonprofit Gaining Ground delivers books to Union Public Schools children. Students at those schools were given 10 books at the end of the school year. They are theirs to keep, but they can bring them and trade them in when the Gaining Ground Book Bus arrives in their neighborhood over the summer. By Mike Simons, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 683 words.
NORMAN, Okla. — Norman’s emerging arts district and Second Friday Art Walk are bringing out some creative concepts for the city’s near future, like Trailer Garden. It’s the concept and work-in-progress of Oklahoma native Noah Sanders, who will repurpose shipping containers into restrooms and is turning trailers into service stations to sell craft beer and other beverages. Repurposing shipping containers and old trailers as urban architecture isn’t new, but it may be new to Norman. By Joy Hampton, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 971 words.
For use Monday, Aug. 13, and thereafter.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Cameron Shores is one of about 4,000 active drug court participants in Oklahoma who receive treatment, counseling, drug testing and other services as an alternative to prison. Participants plead guilty to their cases to enter the program. Nearly 70 percent of participants successfully complete drug court. When participants graduate, their charges are dismissed. But failure means prison. By Kyle Schwab, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1491 words.
LAWTON, Okla. — A new generation of crocheters in Lawton is ensuring the crafting art does not fall by the wayside. Michell Rosario, activities coordinator at the Owens Multi-Purpose Center, has hosted a twice-weekly crocheting class since June. The class has attracted around a dozen participants — many of whom are teenagers and young adults — that have learned there’s so much you can do with a needle and a bundle of yarn. By Josh Rouse, The Lawton Constitution. SENT IN ADVANCE: 793 words.
The AP, Oklahoma City