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Archive for: April, 2017

ANALYSIS: Death Penalty Review Commission issues sweeping, transformative recommendations

Former Gov. Brad Henry delivers the findings of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission report at the Oklahoma state Capitol.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, April 25, 2017 –  A startling recommendation to maintain – perhaps indefinitely — the existing moratorium on capital punishment in Oklahoma is getting the most attention after release of the final report of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission. However, many of the panel’s other recommendations, if put into effect, […]

In major report, Death Penalty Review Commission recommends extension of execution moratorium

The OK Death Pealty Review Commission led by former Gov. Brad Henry(  at podium).   Photo by Darla Shelden

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY, April 25, 2017  – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission issued a unanimous recommendation that the state extend the moratorium on the death penalty which has been in place for more than two years. In a state Capitol press conference, former Governor Brad Henry, commission co-chair, told reporters, “The […]

Governor Mary Fallin issues official commendation to state Rep. Brian Renegar for life-saving maneuver

House Speaker Charles McCall, right, reads a commendation issued by Gov. Mary Fallin to state Rep. Brian Renegar, left, of McAlester, during a ceremony Tuesday in the House of Representatives chamber. Oklahoma state Capitol Photo.

Staff Report Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, read a commendation issued by Gov. Mary Fallin to state Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, during a recent ceremony in the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol. Reading of the commendation came on April 19. The commendation praised Renegar for “service above and beyond” […]

Largest-ever Brightmusic ensemble to perform Mozart, Dvořák on May 2 at St. Paul’s

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Staff Report The largest-ever Brightmusic wind ensemble and a guest conductor are featured in Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble’s fifth and final regular-season concert, “Grand Night for Winds,” on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm.  A grand night indeed, fourteen musicians will appear under the baton of guest conductor Michael Haithcock performing a pair of serenades by […]

Oklahoma City’s Church of the Open Arms celebrates 20th anniversary

Oklahoma City’s Church of the Open Arms celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, April 22.  COA website photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – in 1997, the Church of the Open Arms was founded to offer full participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This year, Open Arms invited the public to help celebrate its 20th anniversary with a ceremony and supper on Saturday, April 22 at the church. […]

Capitol Report for April 22: McGuigan issues “budget challenge” – and praises documentary on Glossip

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In this week’s “Capitol Report” segment on News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, commentator Patrick B. McGuigan called for economists, advocates and government officials to provide “what-if” numbers for Governor Mary Fallin’s executive budgets over the past six years, and for the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) market-oriented alternative budgets. The CapitolBeatOK […]

Summary of four-part documentary on Richard Glossip case, fifth segment announced

Award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger obtained unprecedented access to interview Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, the subject of his latest documentary.  Killing Richard Glossip Screenshot

Compiled by Patrick B. McGuigan Investigation Discovery (ID) will encore all four episodes of the series, “Killing Richard Glossip” on Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.  The ID channel has announced a new fifth segment is in production. “This documentary makes the case for Richard Glossip’s actual innocence. 

It does so powerfully and persuasively. […]

Bipartisan Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission to release highly anticipated findings April 25


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission will release its highly anticipated report on Tuesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at a press conference in the State Capitol press room #432B. The “first of its kind” commission was announced in March 2016. The report has involved […]

Former Governor David Walters keynotes 2017 ‘Labor & Friends’ event in Oklahoma City

Smiling for The City Sentinel at Thursday’s Labor & Friends 2017 Banquet were, from left: State Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha, Former Gov. David Walters, Oklahoma Observer publisher Arnold Hamilton and Central Oklahoma Labor Federation President Tim O'Connor. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, held the 2017 Labor & Friends banquet on Thursday (April 20) at The Centre on N.W. 50. Tim O’Connor, president of the federation and a member of OPEIU Local 277 and AFM Local 375-703, presided over the gathering. Introducing keynote speaker David Walters, […]

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads is site of 2017 OKC Cinco de Mayo celebration

Sister Cities Oklahoma City. Scissortail Community Development Corporation and others are partnering to host the 2017 Oklahoma City Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday, May 7 at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads.  Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the biggest Hispanic Festivals in Oklahoma, OKC Cinco de Mayo, will take place on May 7, from 12 – 9 p.m. at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, 7000 Crossroads Blvd. The free family-friendly outdoor festival will celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, […]

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