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Archive for: January, 2016

Capitol Report for Jan. 23: Asset forfeiture reform, Oklahoma Academy ideas, city town halls meetings

News9's Alex Cameron and Pat McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK

News9’s Alex Cameron and Pat McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK discussed a new civil asset forfeiture reform state Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, has introduced. The proposal would require a criminal conviction before government agencies can hang on to money, cars and other goods seized during investigations. The proposal has garnered a wide range of support from […]

Kris Steele leads Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, seeking to qualify prison reform ballot initiatives

Former Oklahoma Speaker of the House Kris Steele. Photo provided.

Staff Report Oklahoma City – On Wednesday (January 27), a coalition of community leaders and experts from across Oklahoma came to the state Capitol Blue Room formally to launch a new organization: Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform. Led by former Speaker of the House Kris Steele, the Coalition says it will take a “Smart on […]

Jones Public Relations launches “The Oklahoma 100” as online publishing platform

Brenda Jones

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – In celebration of Jones PR’s 15th anniversary in 2016, the national integrated communications agency launched on January 21 The Oklahoma 100 online publishing platform for Oklahomans. “We wanted to thank the many Oklahoma companies, associations and organizations who have allowed us to grow into one of the leading agencies in […]

Oklahoma Food Cooperative to host annual meeting and open house


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma Food Cooperative, Oklahoma’s only online farmer’s market, invites the public to its 2016 annual meeting and open house. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at Epiphany of the Lord Church, 7336 W. Britton Road in Oklahoma City. Members and […]

February events at Myriad Gardens include yoga, flowers, wine and chocolates

From February 14 though March 19, the Myriad Garden Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory will feature “Deceptive Orchids: Survival of the Trickiest.” The event is free with general admission. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma City’s Myriad Gardens will offer a variety of family fun events this month. Activities will feature orchids, chocolate, Valentines, wine and craft events – something for everyone. From February 14 though March 19, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory will feature “Deceptive Orchids: Survival of the Trickiest.” The exhibit […]

Oklahoma Academy recommendations include tax reform, budget transparency and Medicaid Expansion

Julie Knutson

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Academy has released policy recommendations and ideas for the Sooner State’s government. The resulting report was condensed from views of involved citizens, expressed at a series of town hall meetings across Oklahoma in the latter part of 2015. Recommendations from the organization include tax reform […]

Governor Fallin proclaims “School Choice Week” in Oklahoma

Balloons School Choice

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY–– National School Choice Week began Sunday in Oklahoma and across the country. There are 122 events planned in the Sooner State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, as well as 16,140 events nationwide. The events in Oklahoma, independently planned and independently funded, include information sessions and open houses at schools, […]

LGBT advocates criticize 26 measures introduced in Oklahoma Legislature

ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel speaks at a press conference Tuesday morning regarding proposed legislation that some groups say discriminates against the LGBTQ community. Courtesy/Freedom Oklahoma

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — In a state Capitol press conference held January 26, an advocacy group for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) causes said 26 measures introduced for consideration in the 2016 session of the Oklahoma Legislature are discriminatory. The Gayly website posted a detailed press release about the event, summarizing critiques of […]

Turtle Rock Farm offers retreats for self exploration and revitalization

On Wednesday, February 27, Turtle Rock Farm will host the “Creating Earth Mandalas—Inner and Outer Landscapes” retreat.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Located in north central Oklahoma, Turtle Rock Farm is a Center for Sustainability, Spirituality and Healing. In February it will offer a variety of retreats to the pubic. “A Turtle Rock Farm Retreat is a gift we want to share,” said TRF spiritual director Pat Hoerth.  “While it is […]

Oklahoma LifeShare Donor Services has another record breaking year


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter For the second year in a row, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, had a record breaking year saving 438 lives in 2015. LifeShare reached new all-time high records for the number of organ donors recovered, the number of organs transplanted, and the number of tissue donors recovered in a […]

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