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.
FOR USE Sunday, Nov. 25, and thereafter:
TULSA, Okla. — A retired Tulsa surgeon remembers working in a Dallas hospital when President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot. It has been 55 years since the trauma emergency room at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital became the center of the known universe. Retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson was among the small staff of doctors and others on duty at Parkland on Nov. 22, 1963. By John Klein, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1052 words. Pursuing photos.
EXCHANGE-OU INNOVATION HUB
NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma’s Tom Love Innovation Hub turned into a trade show floor recently, as the inaugural Entrepreneurship Expo brought out investors, onlookers and plenty of ideas. Some came with established ideas, such as Real Kitchen Salsa, the Loveworks, Inc. facilitated company run by middle schoolers. OU alumni living nearby brought their ideas and innovations to share. By Adam Troxtell, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 841 words. Pursuing photos.
FOR USE Monday, Nov. 26, and thereafter:
OKLAHOMA CITY — Camels are thriving in farms across Oklahoma. Since 1988, Pat and Don Bodkin have raised camels on their farm in northwest Oklahoma County. All of their camels have had names that start with a letter “C,” Pat Bodkin said. Today, Charlie, 10, is the only camel on the farm. By Robert Medley, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 892 words. Pursuing photos.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Oklahoma has been restored and rededicated. The ceremony comes on the heels of a $25,000 restoration project to clean and restore the statue, one of 143 existing “Doughboy” statues nationwide, according to a release from the event, and one of two memorializing Native American wartime service. By Chesley Oxendine, Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 379 words. Pursuing photos.
EXCHANGE-DRUG TAKE BACK
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Statewide participation in the last semiannual Drug Take Back Day differed heavily across the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in April and October each year, aims to lead people across the country to take unused prescription drugs to their nearest drop-off sites in hopes of combating opioid abuse. Arkansas during the last Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27 was 13th in the nation with 26,529 pounds of prescription drugs collected while Oklahoma was 49th with 717 pounds collected, according to DEA records. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 484 words.
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