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Archive for: April, 2014

Central OK Labor Federation partners with community organizations and activists to support working people

The Central OK Labor Federation each year supports the NALC Letter Carriers Food Drive, which will take place on May 10. Pictured are: (L-R) Rodney Bivens, Ex Dir Regional Food Bank of OK; Bob Bearden, Co-Chair Letter Carriers Food Drive (State Secretary OK NALC - Trustee Central OK Labor Federation); David Miller, Co-Chair Letter Carriers Food Drive (President NALC 458); Breck Farrell, Co-Chair Feeding Hope/Letter Carriers Food Drive Committee (Lopez Foods); Angie Gaines, Director of Marketing Regional Food Bank of OK; Steve Riggs Co-Chair Letter Carriers Food Drive - State Coordinator NALC Food Drive (Recording-Secretary NALC 458); Phil Cook, Chair Feeding Hope/Letter Carriers Food Drive Committee (Devon Energy). Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, partners with faith-based and community organizations on issues such as raising the minimum wage, immigration reform, the expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma, and other issues of social justice that affect working families. COLF represents affiliated Local Unions in Canadian, Cleveland, Garvin, Grady, McClain, […]

Measure to combat domestic violence heads to Gov. Fallin’s desk

Rep Kay Floyd

Staff Report A bill to expand the use of an important domestic violence intervention tool is now at the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin. “I am honored to help bring this additional assistance to victims of domestic violence and our law enforcement community,” stated the bill’s author Rep. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, upon final passage. […]

ThunderKatz presents “Extreme Makeover, Rescue Addition” cat show at State Fairgrounds

ThunderKatz, an Oklahoma City based cat club, will host their 18th Annual Championship AllBreed and Household Pet Cat Show on the weekend of April 26-27 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, in Oklahoma City featuring creatures like this feline owned by Cheryl Hogan.  Photo by Preston Smith

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter ThunderKatz, an Oklahoma City based cat club, will host their 18th Annual Championship AllBreed and Household Pet Cat Show on the weekend of April 26 – 27. This year’s theme is “Extreme Makeover, Rescue Addition.” Nearly 200 cats will compete for titles awarded by The International Cat Association […]

‘South Pacific’ peformance is powerful, authentic, emotional and uplifting

Cutline: Tiffan Borreli as Nellie and Christopher Carl as Emile are entirely believable as the romantic leading characters in “South Pacific” – but there is a lot more going on in this story than deft writing and music in a classic collaboration between Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo by Wendy Mutz, Mutz Photography

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Christopher Carl as Emile de Becque and Tiffan Borelli as Nellie Forbush bring believable vunerability to “South Pacific,” the award-winning musical based on James Michener’s novel. The CityRep/Oklahoma City University joint production continues through Sunday. These performers shine bright, yet unselfishly, as they share the stage, including in their […]

Could managed care offset OK’s surge in Medicaid spending for Emergency Room visits?

Sen. Kim David

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Medicaid-financed emergency room costs statewide grew nearly $10 million to $178.3 million in fiscal year 2013. The increase, from $169.6 million in 2012, came as SoonerCare, the state Medicaid system, expanded to cover for the first time ever more than a quarter of the state’s 3.8 million […]

Rob Warden, co-founder of Center on Wrongful Convictions, believes death penalty abolition is possible

Rob Warden, executive director and co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law was the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Coalition’s 23rd Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner. Photo by Darla Shelden.

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) and the University of Central Oklahoma’s American Democracy Project recently co-hosted two events on the UCO campus in Edmond. The Coalition’s 23rd Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner featured guest speaker Rob Warden, executive director and co-founder of the […]

Green Connections plans 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Turtle Rock Farm

Green Connections, a non-profit organization dedicated to education about sustaining the health of the planet, will hold their Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 19 at Turtle Rock Farm, east of Billings, Oklahoma. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Green Connections, a non-profit organization dedicated to education about sustaining the health of the planet, will hold its Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday, April 19 at Turtle Rock Farm, east of Billings, OK. Turtle Rock Farm is a retreat for sustainability, […]

Sounds, sights, silence: Memories of the Bombing

SILENCE IN THE MORNING: The field of chairs, one for each person who died at the A.P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, where a bomb exploded the morning of April 19,1995, at 9:02 a.m. Photo Courtesy Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – At 9:02 a.m. on a bright and sunny day, a car bomb exploded, destroying the A.P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Bill Liedtke, a local businessman, was driving south on Interstate 235 (Centennial Expressway). He does not remember hearing anything — but just after the explosion […]

Oklahoma’s economic outlook slips from 14th to 21st, in ‘Rich States, Poor States’ Assessment

Arthur Laffer

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Is Oklahoma in the midst of good times, headed for better? Or, is the state more accurately characterized as having a strong economy, while standing on the verge of retrograde motion in competitiveness? In the seventh annual assessment of economic competitiveness from the American Legislative […]

Innovative, unique, even revolutionary: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY — A free market alternative for public employees begun here has the potential to save taxpayers billions of dollars nationwide and revolutionize the way Americans pay for their health care. The City Sentinel’s online edition reported April 5 on the agreement (http://city-sentinel.com/2014/04/surgery-center-of-ok-saving-taxpayers-real-money-in-real-time/). Since then the story has appeared on […]

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