BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, 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.
OKLAHOMA STAFF/MEMBER STORIES:
MOVING ON Saturday, Jan. 26:
Following a record-setting election for women, state legislatures across the country are convening this year with women expected to hold at least 17 top leadership roles. But those gains are offset by another reality: At least a dozen women who led their legislative chambers or caucuses last year will no longer be doing so because of term-limits and decisions to seek higher office or retire. The bottom line is that women made only modest gains in legislative leadership positions despite the wave of successful female candidates last November. By David A. Lieb. 1,000 words. Photos. Graphic.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma has traditionally ranked among the states with the fewest women in elected office, but the state made huge gains in November and several top leadership posts are now held by female lawmakers. By Sean Murphy. 500 words, with photos.
WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:
FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 27, and thereafter:
MUSKOGEE, Okla. _ Money through the Education Foundation of Muskogee can help welding students land area jobs, said Muskogee High welding teacher Jason McPeak. The Work Ready grant helped McPeak buy two TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding units. The Exchange Club of Muskogee grant was awarded in April by the Education Foundation. McPeak said the units enable students to weld a wider variety of metals, beyond iron and steel. By Cathy Spaulding, Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 371 words.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Every January, a New Orleans native brings one of her favorite traditions from The Big Easy to life. The custom connects Jenifer Cameron to her Louisiana home and raises money for Mobile Meals, which, she said, is icing on the cake. The King Cake. Cameron has been baking and selling the sweet treat to aid her church’s Mobile Meals program since 2011. By Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 713 words.
FOR USE Monday, Jan. 28, and thereafter:
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Pierre Liebenberg of Norman knew his son was having trouble reading. He started switching letters and words around, dreaded having to get up in front of the class to read aloud and lost his confidence. As a software designer and a former English teacher, Liebenberg came up with an idea to create an app based on the flashcards. However, he needed to learn iOS programming and other skills in order to create the app. By Heide Brandes, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1027 words.
TULSA, Okla. _ City leaders gathered at Centennial Park recently to break ground on Tulsa’s new Aero Bus Rapid Transit system. The ceremony marked the end of years of planning and the beginning of months of construction that will culminate in late summer with what is being described as a game-changer in the city’s transportation system. The BRT system will run along Peoria Avenue from 54th Street North to 81st Street South. By Kevin Canfield, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 678 words.
^The AP, Oklahoma City