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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

April 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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STAFF/MEMBER STORIES:

MOVING ON Saturday, April 6:

OKLAHOMA-ESPORTS LEAGUE

SAPULPA, Okla. _ A handful of Oklahoma schools are trying out an esports league, where students can participate in gaming tournaments. 250 words, pursuing photos.

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WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

FOR USE Sunday, April 7, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-TEACHER PROTESTS-OKLAHOMA-ANNIVERSARY

TULSA, Okla. _ The response from his fellow teachers was exactly what Jim Douthat had been hoping for. Inspired by efforts in Bartlesville to spark a statewide teacher walkout, Douthat, an English teacher at Union High School, had been forced to move quickly the last week of March 2018, calling Union teachers together just days before the event to decide whether they would participate. The school board gave its approval and that very next Monday, April 2, 2018 — just like in Bartlesville and other districts across the state — the doors to Union High School and all other district school sites remained closed. By Tim Stanley, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1501 words. Pursuing photos.

EXCHANGE-SERVICE DOGS-INMATES

McAlester, Okla. _ A military veteran and former stray dog saw their lives turn for the better through a local service dog initiative. U.S. Army Veteran Kevin Watson struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts before he met Boots through the Paws for Patriots program. The initiative pairs military veterans and individuals who would benefit from service dogs trained by inmates at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison in McAlester. By Derrick James, McAlester News-Capital. SENT IN ADVANCE: 726 words. Pursuing photos.

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FOR USE Monday, April 8, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA CITY-DRIVE-IN THEATRE

OKLAHOMA CITY _ It was July 3, 1968, when the first car pulled up to the Winchester Drive-In movie ticket booth for the premiere show. Lindy Shanbour was there to greet the first customers. He was there almost every night until the end of last year’s season. By Robert Medley, The Oklahoman. In 2017, Shanbour, the longtime owner of the last drive-in theater in Oklahoma City, started having health problems and feared he wouldn’t make it to see the 50th anniversary in 2018, said Jeff Massad, Winchester manager. SENT IN ADVANCE: 351 words. Pursuing photos.

EXCHANGE-COMMAND VEHICLE

MOORE, Okla. _ City officials who recently congregated outside of Moore city hall came to see something they agree is good to have but hopefully never needed. Moore Emergency Management Department was there before the city council meeting to display its new Emergency Command Vehicle, a 40-foot Freightliner fitted with all the bells and whistles needed to coordinate emergency response. It had been under construction since June and was largely designed — with input from local officials and emergency response experts — by Director of Emergency Management Gayland Kitch. By Adam Troxtell, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 596 words. Pursuing photos.

^The AP, Oklahoma City