BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, OK
The AP’s updated plan for the weekend:
FOR USE Saturday, June 16, after 2:01 a.m. CDT:
ALTOONA, Pa. — When Altoona native Darlie Lynn Routier was convicted by a Texas jury in February 1997 of stabbing to death her young son, Damon, 5, and by implication, her other son, Devon, 6, she reportedly cried out, “I did not kill my babies.” The Altoona Mirror reports both boys were murdered on June 6, 1996, as they were sleeping with their mother in the downstairs television room of the family’s Rowlett, Texas, home, while her husband, Darin, was in an upstairs bedroom with their 18-month-old son Drake. The Routier case continues to gain national attention and will be the premiere case in a new TV series called “The Last Defense,” airing on ABC. The seven-week docu-series explores the flaws in the American justice system through the Routier case and that of another death row inmate, Julius Jones, who was convicted of a car-jacking murder in Oklahoma. By Phil Ray, The Altoona Mirror. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,620 words.
FOR USE Sunday, June 17 and thereafter:
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A Muskogee businessman is doing his part in keeping history alive — one soda bottle at a time. That may be unusual, but it’s part of the way that Robert Lawson and his wife Angie are keeping the history of their building alive ever since Robert learned the Port City Body Shop he owns used to be location of the Grapette Soda bottling company from 1946 to 1966. Grapette Soda was a popular drink the 1950s and 1960s. By KENTON BROOKS, The Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 468 words.
EXCHANGE-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS-BLACK STUDENTS
OKLAHOMA CITY — While Oklahoma City schools have significantly reduced the number of students it suspends each year, the disproportionate suspension rate of black students remains high. Of the 3,382 students suspended during the 2016-17 school year, 44 percent were black, despite the fact that black students make up just 24 percent of district enrollment. However, district officials hope a boost in mental health support services next school year will address the disproportionate rates. By Ben Felder, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1014 words.
FOR USE Monday, June 18 and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-BROKEN ARROW-MOST LIVABLE
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow was named the “most livable” small city in the country during the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 86th annual meeting in Boston. The 2018 City Livability Awards Program recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve quality of life. Tampa, Florida (large city), and Broken Arrow were selected as first-place winners by former mayors from more than 150 applicants. Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 343 words.
NORMAN, Okla. — The fourth annual International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization Conference was held at the University of Oklahoma College of Law recently. Tribal business leaders spoke about how Canadian and Oklahoma tribes could promote trade across international borders. By Molly Fleming, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 786 words.
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Cody Emerson, who piddled around the high school rodeo scene in Jonesboro, riding calves and steers, was in Fort Smith recently as part of the 85th Old Fort Days Rodeo helping keep bull riding cowboys safe. The bullfighter’s job is to keep the bull rider out of harm’s way in the rodeo arena and put his life on the line for a fallen cowboy. By Kevin Taylor, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 638 words.
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