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Archive for: January, 2016

OCC’s Day at the Legislature attendees will be “Advocating for Justice”

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches 2016 Annual Day at the Legislature will feature keynote speaker Bryan Welch, CEO of B the Change Media, who will address participants on Environmental Concerns that face Oklahomans. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The public is invited to attend the 33rd Annual Day at the Legislature (DAL) on Monday, February 29. This year’s event is themed, “Advocating for Justice:  Environmental and Criminal.” Hosted by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, the morning session will be held at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. […]

Republican House members envision education-related policy changes for upcoming session

Oklahoma State Rep. Bobby Cleveland.  File photo.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With the 2016 session of the Oklahoma Legislature slated to start on February 1, a trio of Republican legislators are submitting measures addressing education policy. Members of the state House are under a Thursday (January 21) deadline to submit proposals for consideration this year. As the state deals with a […]

VOICE OKC to hold Restorative Justice Sunday presentation

Sundra Flansburg, co-chair of VOICE's Restorative Justice Team. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Sunday, January 24, members of the VOICE OKC (Voices Organized in Civic Engagement) will host a Restorative Justice Sunday presentation. The program titled “Public Safety at Risk: Fines and Fees and the Oklahoma Criminal Justice System” will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, […]

ANALYSIS – Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Clinton & Sanders: An election, now a law firm

From left: Repubican Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Mark Rubio

By Patrick B. McGuigan The Iowa Caucus for Republicans and Democrats will take place on February 1, a Monday. Just eight days later, New Hampshire will vote, and thereafter a slew of mostly southern states. Among those, on March 1, Oklahomans in both parties will have their say in what will likely still be a […]

House Democrats press measures on voting rights, education proceeds from lottery, long-range plans for veteran health care

From left: State Representatives Mike Shelton, Claudia Griffin and Regina Goodwin

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – As the annual deadline for bill filings comes this week, members of the House Democratic caucus advanced ideas they hope to enact, despite minority position in the Legislature. State Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa, will press legislation to clarify state law pertaining to restoration of a convict’s voting rights. Rep. Goodwin […]

OK Humane receives significant grant from Watershed Animal Fund to help save homeless animals

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) has received a special grant from the Watershed Animal Fund in the amount of $329,000, which will increase the number of homeless dogs and cats saved in Oklahoma City and surrounding rural areas.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) has received a special grant from the Watershed Animal Fund, in the amount of $329,000. The grant will increase the number of homeless dogs and cats rescued in Oklahoma City and surrounding rural areas by the thousands with new programs and improvements […]

United Way to celebrate campaign wrap up at Snowflake Gala


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The 14th Annual United Way of Central Oklahoma Snowflake Gala will be held on Friday, January 22, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street in Oklahoma City. The gala will celebrate of the generosity of the central Oklahoma community. The Volunteer Awards Reception begins […]

Pastor Saeed Abedini among prisoners released from Iran


Staff Report Over the past three years, has joined with millions of Christians across the country in lobbying the US State Department to intervene on behalf of Saeed Abedini, a Muslim-American convert to Christianity and pastor who was being held in an Iranian prison. On Saturday, January 16 it was announced Saeed and four […]

Capitol Report ( Jan 16) – A penny taxed, presidential voting starts soon

News9 Alex Cameron (left) and Pat McGuigan, The City Sentinel editor.

Pat McGuigan and Alex Cameron on News9 On News9’s Capitol Report, Pat McGuigan reported on the impact of a one cent sales tax increase – one enacted in Arkansas in the early 1980s under then-Governor Bill Clinton. Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton pushed for the tax hike for education, saying it would improve schools, boost the […]

ACLU Executive Director Kiesel encourages Oklahoma Legislature to expand Medicaid

Ryan Kiesel, executive director of ACLU Oklahoma.  Photo by Rena Guay.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Legislature should move quickly to expand Medicaid, using the extra funds for health care coverage and to address criminal justice issues, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma said last week. By expanding Medicaid coverage ACLU Oklahoma leader Ryan Kiesel said the state would […]

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