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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

January 4, 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, Jan. 6, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-RECORD STORE-SIGNING DAY

NORMAN, Okla. _ The University of Oklahoma incorporated a local record store and other businesses to help announce their football signees. This year, videos for the 2019 class had a music theme, showing people searching for a player’s record and placing it on a turntable as clips their high school highlights begin rolling. It was made possible by a recruiting staff Lincoln Riley has increased in size after becoming OU head coach nearly two years ago. By Tyler Palmateer, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 601 words.

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA CITY-CHURCH

OKLAHOMA CITY _ One church in northwest Oklahoma City has some politically powerful parishioners. David Holt was elected mayor and Kendra Horn was elected the city’s congresswoman this year. Both are parishioners at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. St. Augustine is in an area that is home to large churches popular with prominent politicians. By Justin Wingerter, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1008 words.

EXCHANGE-COWBOY-CHURCH

BRONTE, Texas _ Just after sunset on a chilly December night, a stranger rides into town. The Dallas Morning News reports Jerry Andrews coaxes his bay gelding, Speck, to a left turn at the only stoplight and down Main Street toward the old Texas Theater. He has been riding for days from his home in Oklahoma to San Angelo, nearly 300 miles, because God told him to deliver a Christmas gift to a friend in need. It would have been quicker to take a bus, but Andrews had no one to take care of Speck. Now, just starting his long trek back home, Andrews decides to stop at the only cowboy church in Coke County. By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 1,520 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.

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FOR USE Monday, Jan. 7, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA TEACHERS-ALTERNATIVE PATHS

TULSA, Okla. _ A Tulsa World analysis of state teacher certification data found that nontraditional paths are becoming increasingly common amid Oklahoma’s teacher shortage. State leaders have zeroed in on the spike of nonaccredited teachers being hired across the state with emergency certificates _ up from 34 in all of 2012-13 to nearly 2,900 for only the first half of 2018-19. By Andrea Eger, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1151 words.

EXCHANGE-PILLARS-PLAINS

ENID, Okla. _ Enid Mayor Bill Shewey has been named one of three 2018 Pillar of the Plains honorees. The others are Cheri Ezzell and Michael Wright. The Enid News & Eagle, along with community partners, created the Pillar of the Plains in 2003 to honor local people who have been active in the community, improved the quality of life and made Enid a better place. By Ryan Miller, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1023 words.

^The AP, Oklahoma City

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