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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

May 24, 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 STORIES:

MOVING on Monday, May 27:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. _ A look at key players, allegations and what’s at stake as a legal fight pitting the state of Oklahoma against several drug companies that manufactured addictive painkillers is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Oklahoma’s lawsuit will draw global attention as the first in a recent barrage of opioid litigation to go to trial. By Sean Murphy. 650 words, with photos.

FOR USE Monday, May 27:

FLOOD BUYOUTS

MOSBY, Mo. _ The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Finally fed up, 83-year-old Elmer Sullivan and nearly half of the homeowners in Mosby signed up in 2016 for a program in which the government would buy and then demolish their properties rather than paying to rebuild them over and over. They’re still waiting for offers, joining thousands of others across the country in a slow-moving line to escape from flood-prone homes. By David A. Lieb. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,390 words, with photos.

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WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

FOR USE Sunday, May 26, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

TULSA, Okla. _ Of the nearly 1,300 students who graduated from Union High School May 13, Leo Johnson stood out. That’s because the longtime pastor of a small church in north Tulsa is 60 years older than the other graduates, who included two of his grandchildren. Johnson, 77, delighted in surprising the thousands of people watching the ceremony at the BOK Center. Only a handful knew Johnson’s secret before his name was called during the superintendent’s commencement speech. He kept it hidden from family members in the audience. He even kept it hidden from the graduating grandkids sitting within shouting distance of himBy Kyle Hinchey, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 778 words, with photo.

EXCHANGE-HOMELESSNESS-DONATION

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The nonprofit Inasmuch Foundation recently gave $100,000 to Oklahoma City Hall to create a comprehensive plan to deal with rising levels of homelessness in Oklahoma City, officials said. The municipality and other local nonprofit service providers have determined that an evaluation of current service needs and better targeting of resources is needed to address the issue of homelessness effectively, Assistant City Manager Aubrey McDermid told City Council members. According to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report published by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, more than 550,000 people experienced homelessness on a typical night in the United States of America that year. By Brian Brus, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 616 words.

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FOR USE Monday, May 27, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-HIP-HOP-DOCTORATE

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson wants to elevate the lives of young people of color, one beat, one rhyme and one doctorate degree at a time. A 29-year-old music producer from Longview, Texas, who put roots down in Oklahoma City with his wife and young son, Johnson recently earned his doctorate in adult and higher education administration from the University of Oklahoma. Listening is a key principle in Johnson’s work. His 250-page dissertation explores black experiences at historically white colleges. By Josh Dulaney, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 630 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-WIN A RESTAURANT

STILLWATER, Okla. _ For anyone who has a goal of owning their own business, the opportunity to actually do so can be challenging. From either not having the finances or not knowing how to get started, becoming self-employed can be a long process, which might never come to fruition for some. But an opportunity for someone to become the brand new owner of a restaurant has cropped up. 918 Bistro & Sports Bar in Stroud will become somebody’s new dream business as a contest for the giveaway of the restaurant on Route 66 can be entered by anyone who has always wanted their own business. By Tanner Holubar, Stillwater News Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 772 words.

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