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Archive for: December, 2017

ANALYSIS -Economic Growth, Health Scandal, Cost Drivers, A Left Turn, Process Failures and More: Top 10 state government news stories for 2017

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – There’s good news and there’s bad news in Oklahoma.   The good news is that the year 2017 began with state Treasurer Ken Miller’s report that after a 20-month slide in gross tax receipts, Oklahoma government’s income (gross receipts, derived from the taxes paid by workers and businesses) had […]

OKC Bulky waste pickup shifts by 1 week in January; Curbside Christmas tree disposal included


Staff Report Oklahoma City’s bulky waste pickup service will shift by one week in January, with collection beginning Jan. 8. Residents can use the service to dispose of their Christmas trees by putting them on the curb. Residents who normally have bulky waste pickup on the first week of the month will have collection the […]

The OKCU “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” 2018 series spotlights war and peace

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! book discussion program begins its winter 2018 Pulitzer Centennial series on Tuesday, January 23 with “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.  The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Oklahoma City University’s Walker Center room 151. First published […]

The City Sentinel’s Top 10 Stories for 2017: Leadership stability, criminal justice reform, growing tax base, and the color purple


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher and Editor Submitted for your consideration, a listing of the Top 10 Stories in Oklahoma City during 2017, from The City Sentinel. First, stability in local municipal leadership seems assured with the rise of state Senator David Holt, an Oklahoma City Republican, to the city’s top job. He seems likely […]

Capitol Report for December 23: Top Oklahoma City stories of 2017, Health Department scandal is top state government story, and good wishes for Christmas …

News9 Alex Cameron (left0 and Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK editor, give the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this holiday weekend edition of Capitol Report Report for News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, journalist Patrick B. McGuigan surveyed the top Oklahoma City news stories for 2017, as reported in The City Sentinel newspaper. He said stability in local leadership was notable, as Mick Cornett ends the longest serving mayor in city […]

Meeting Jesus, Along the Way (2017)

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – I saw Him in the summer of 2014 at Lake Hefner, when our Jewish community and friends prayed for three young men, children of Abraham murdered in another spurt of violence aimed at the nation and people of Israel. We followed Rabbi Vered Harris that day, who prayed for […]

Predicted freezing temperatures can be hazardous for pets

Lucky the TurfMutt is a former street dog who spent cold days and nights without a home before he was rescued by Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI.  Now his new mission to teach kids and their families about the importance of living landscapes.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Meteorologists say that a dangerous cold front is expected this weekend in Oklahoma City sending temperatures plummeting, which can be deadly for pets without a warm place to take shelter. Whenever possible, it’s best for cats and dogs to be kept indoors during the winter […]

COMMENTARY – Government “right-sizing,” voter sentiment and the top state news story of 2017

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Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Suddenly – in a matter of weeks – Oklahoma’s case in point for bad government is the state Department of Health. Paul Monies at Oklahoma Watch, reporters for The Oklahoman, and other journalists have set the table with the depth of shocking issues of waste, fraud and abuse […]

“Don’t Shop, Adopt” and get pet pictures with Santa on Saturday at OKC Animal Welfare

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Help homeless pets in Oklahoma City find a home for the holidays with Santa pictures, free goodies and adoption discounts on Saturday, December 23, at OKC Animal Welfare. Saturday is the final day of the ongoing “Feline Navidad” and “Hounds for the Holidays” adoption events. […]

OKC Zoo saddened to announce death of Ursula, the oldest female giraffe in a United States zoo

OKC Zoo saddened by death of Ursula, the giraffe.  Facebook photo

Staff Report Born in 1985, Rothschild’s giraffe Ursula, 32, died at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Ursula spent 31 years at the OKC Zoo and was the oldest giraffe in a United States zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The median life […]

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