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Shelton appointed

to wildlife board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Country singer and “The Voice” star Blake Shelton has been appointed to the board of a foundation that will raise money for wildlife conservation in his home state of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation spokesman Micah Holmes said Shelton was appointed Tuesday to the newly formed board of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. The foundation will fundraise for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The state agency doesn’t receive appropriated money from the Legislature and operates off revenue from hunting and fishing licenses and federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.

Holmes said the foundation was formed this year and is awaiting federal approval of nonprofit status.

Holmes said it’s important for people to see hunting and fishing as mainstream and that Shelton’s status will help that mission.

Fox cuts scene over actor’s background

TORONTO (AP) — Twentieth Century Fox has cut a scene from “The Predator’ featuring actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender.

Just hours before the film was to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, a spokesperson for Fox said Striegel’s single scene in the film was removed immediately after the studio learned of Striegel’s background. Fox said it wasn’t aware of the actor’s history because of legal imitations on running background checks on actors.

The film’s director, Shane Black, has long been a friend of Striegel’s and has frequently cast him in his films. Black didn’t immediately comment Thursday.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the reediting of “The Predator” to remove Striegel.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.