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Archive for: December, 2017

OCCDLA holiday event honors outstanding local attorneys

Billy Coyle, winner of the 2017 OCCDLA Barry Albert Award (second from left) is seen with his father John W. Coyle (left) Cherie Albert (Barry’s wife), and Major Doug Verblaauw, USMC Recruiting Station Oklahoma City commanding officer, at the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Christmas party. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCCDLA) recently held its 7th annual Christmas Party at the Coyle Law Firm in downtown Oklahoma City.  The event is held each year to celebrate the holiday season and to honor outstanding members of the Oklahoma legal community. The […]

Exclusive to The City Sentinel: Kirk Humphreys says ‘I failed to speak the truth in love’ and apologizes for ‘my failure’

Kirk Humphreys

By Stacy Martin and Patrick B. McGuigan In an exclusive interview with The City Sentinel, former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys said he regrets the remarks he made on KFOR’s television show, “Flashpoint” recently that hurt members of the community. The conversation that day touched on sexual misbehavior by public officials. They included Roy Moore, a former […]

Health Department records show allegations of deliberate deception

Paul Monies  File Photo

Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch Documents released Friday (December 15) by the state Department of Health include a summary of alleged deceptions within the agency that include fraudulent budget reports to state finance officials and omissions in reporting the agency’s financial position to the Legislature and the State Board of Health. The records, provided in response […]

State could lose $115 million in Medicaid funds for teaching hospitals


Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch Updated to reflect the governor’s executive order for a special session Oklahoma’s two largest safety-net hospitals could lose $115 million a year because the state spent Medicaid dollars on training doctors for well over a decade apparently without approval, Oklahoma Watch has learned. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University’s […]

Capitol Report for December 16: Peace is not breaking out at the state Capitol, but monthly treasurer’s report is upbeat

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

In this week’s segment of Capitol Report, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan again questioned the governor’s call for a special session, with the regular session just weeks away. Rep. Josh Cockroft, in charge of the special investigation committee in the Oklahoma House, has raised concerns the Gov. Fallin’s veto was improperly applied, potentially impacting many agencies. […]

Where were the Watchdogs in the Health Department Crisis?


Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch  Dec. 10, Updated Dec. 12 – The cash crisis at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which was years in the making, raises questions about which agencies and state officials could have caught the agency’s reported financial mismanagement. At first glance, state government appears to have the powers and expertise to […]

AAA’s free “Tipsy Tow” service available through Jan. 1


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – For the 28th year in a row, AAA Oklahoma will offer its free Tipsy Tow community service for year-end holiday partiers. The program gives intoxicated drivers a better option than getting behind the wheel and creating a danger for themselves and others. AAA is urging holiday […]

OK Sierra Club Green Country Group announces 2017 Environmental Award winners and losers

The Green Country Group of the Sierra Club (GCSC) has named President Donald Trump and EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt as their Environmental “EcoLosers” for 2017.  Wikipedia photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter TULSA, OK – The Green Country Group of the Sierra Club (GCSC) has announced the winners of its 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards. The honorees were recognized during their Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner, Auction & Awards of Excellence event held last month at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. The […]

OKC Zoo celebrates holiday birth of endangered Western Lowland Gorilla

Western lowland gorilla Mikella and her newborn are currently available for viewing at the OKC Zoot Great EscApe.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating a special holiday arrival, a critically endangered Western lowland gorilla newborn. The baby was born on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:57 p.m. inside the Zoo’s Great EscApe habitat to first-time mother Mikella, 14, and father Togo, […]

AAA’s zero proof ‘Mocktail’ recipes can be the life of the party

Local bartenders competed to produce original, festive recipes for zero-proof beverages during the AAA Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Tulsa. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper TULSA, OK – Last month AAA Oklahoma held its annual Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. Local bartenders competed to produce original, holiday recipes for zero-proof beverages. The winning drinks were selected by a panel of 5 local celebrity judges:  ABEL Commissioner […]

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