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Archive for: July, 2014

A.G. Scott Pruitt ‘hopes and prays’ a ‘consequential’ ruling hints at ACA’s demise

Scott Pruitt

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s been a rough week for defenders of the Affordable Care Act. A Government Accountability Office investigation found widespread fraud in the application process for premium subsidies under the program (, and public opinion polls continue to find the landmark legislation hugely unpopular ( The most serious […]

Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Savings to county government excellent $570,000 in five months


Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – In less than five months, an Oklahoma County health plan reform has saved several hundred thousand dollars in a program benefiting local employees, The City Sentinel has learned. In March, Jon Wilkerson implemented, after approval of elected county officials, a “stand-alone” benefit for government employees, authorizing use […]

Respect Diversity teaches tolerance and diversity through the arts

9th – 12th Grade students from Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City created 55 masks that individually reflect the Beauty of Diversity for the Respect Diversity Arts Exhibition.  Photo provided

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   The Respect Diversity Foundation (RDF) is an Oklahoma City 501(c)3 nonprofit promoting tolerance, acceptance and affinity through communication, education and the arts. For over a decade, students throughout Oklahoma have explored creative ways of addressing issues of cultural diversity, human rights, and global peace by participating in the annual Respect Diversity […]

An analysis: U.S. Interior Department rebuffs BIA meddling in OK Cheyenne & Arapaho governance

Amber Bighorse

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – A seemingly obscure administrative ruling could mean good times will return for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, benefitting the state and regional economy. A decision from the U.S. Interior Board of Indian Appeals gives hope to key Cheyenne and Arapaho leaders — including former Lt. […]

COMMENTARY: Remembering Currie Ballard: Inspiration to Oklahomans

cutline: Currie Ballard, speaking last year at a state Senate conference on economic policy co-hosted by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs at the Oklahoma Capitol. Ballard, an historian and journalist who influenced a generation of African-Americans in Oklahoma, died last week. 
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By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY — Currie Ballard, one of Oklahoma’s most respected historians, died last week at his home in Logan County. Ballard’s personal brand of political conservatism, including leadership among African-Americans in the Republican Party, influenced a generation of politicians and policymakers. In a statement, Gov. Mary Fallin described Ballard as […]

Inaugural Urban Ag Week set to include films, classes and garden tours


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma City’s first inaugural Urban Ag film series is now scheduled for August and September. The event will feature local gardens and farms and raise awareness about fall gardening with classes and garden tours. The OKC Urban Ag Coalition is a new group comprised of urban farms, community gardens, non-profits and supportive businesses. […]

Animal Resource Center forced to relocate due to construction on I-35

The Animal Resource Center, which is being relocated due to the widening of I-35, offers events such as he Burnin' Love Flyball Tournament. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Following one of the largest tornadoes to ever hit the metro area, many Moore families desperately looked for their lost pets. The New Leash Companion Animal Center, formerly known as the Animal Resource Center (ARC) located at 7949 S I-35 Service Rd at I-240, became an animal triage with […]

Oklahoma Family Bottles an Argentine Flavor

Carol Hefner, pictured here, works with her husband, Robert Hefner IV, to promote their new Made In Oklahoma (MIO) product -- Gaucho Argentine Chimmi-Churri steak sauce. Now in commercial production, it is highlighted in news from the Department of Agriculture. Photo provided

Staff Report   When Robert Hefner IV was younger you could always count on finding him hanging out in the barns working with polo horses. He loved to work alongside Cowboys from Argentina, known as gauchos. In the evening the gauchos would cook their meat over an open fire pit, but it was the accompanying […]

Oklahoma is America’s eleventh most corrupt state, study says


by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong ranked Oklahoma the eleventh most corrupt state in America. John L. Mikesell, of Indiana, and Cheol Liu of Hong Kong, studied 25,000 convictions of public officials for violations of federal anti-corruption laws nationwide between 1976 […]

Mourning and evening: Memories of Things Past, and reflections on the days to come

Patrick McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – We gathered July 1, a windy Wednesday at Lake Hefner in north Oklahoma City. Next to the curved walls of the Eisenhower Plaza there were perhaps 100 people, mostly Jews but a few others, like me. We remembered three Israeli boys who were kidnapped, their tortured […]

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