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Good news in City Tax Report; special election set on charter amendment , and on franchise agreement

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Staff Report   OKLAHOMA City – Sales Tax collections in Oklahoma City continue to grow, reflecting a strong local economy, and an important July 9 special election has been set to consider an important charter amendment and changes to the Oklahoma Natural Gas franchise agreement. The April sales tax report shows General Fund collections in […]

State Rep. Marcus McEntire discusses longstanding GOP effort to expand Medicaid

State Rep. Marcus McEntire.  Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY – A top House Republican told activists attending a Wednesday (April 24) rally that Republican leaders have been working on a plan to expand Medicaid for more than a year, a goal that has long been a top agenda item for Democrats. Speaking to a […]

2nd Youth Climate Strike Oklahoma scheduled for May 3

Youth Climate Strike Oklahoma activists Lanah Hinsdale and Luke Kerr.  Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — On Friday, May 3, dozens of Oklahoma students will go on strike from school to protest what they contend is the government’s failure to take action to stop climate change.  Deer Creek High School seniors Luke Kerr and Lanah Hinsdale are leading the Youth […]

McDermid, Tsoodle hired as Assistant Managers, Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman announces

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Staff Report   Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman on Monday (April 22) announced the selection of Aubrey McDermid and Kenton Tsoodle as the next Assistant City Managers. The City has three Assistant City Manager positions, the second-highest-ranking position on staff. McDermid is the City’s Planning Director and Tsoodle is the interim Finance Director. Their official […]

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett joins Jones PR as executive counsel

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Staff Report   Jones PR, a national integrated communications agency,  announced today (Monday, April 22) that former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has joined Jones PR as executive counsel. In this role, he will provide strategic and thought leadership counsel to Jones PR and its clients. “I am proud to join the very talented team […]

TSET putting nightclubs ahead of doctors?

Policy Analyst Curtis Shelton, pictured in the library at the Oklahoma Council of Policy Affairs, says it is time to ask whether TSET’s “spending practices are truly improving Oklahoma’s health statistics, or if it is time to reform the system and redirect future settlement payments to higher priorities such as rural healthcare.” Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY -– Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has spent as much, and sometimes more, promoting bars and nightclubs and a boathouse foundation than it has on recruiting rural doctors to Oklahoma, records show. Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a […]

Inaugural Storybook Ball to benefit children of incarcerated parents

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – OK Messages Project will host its inaugural Storybook Ball on Friday, May 10 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zudhi Drive, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The gala will feature Miss Mississippi, Aysa Branch, who will share her personal story of growing up with an incarcerated father […]

ACLU-OK Announces 2019 Award Recipients

The recipients of the prestigious 2019 ACLU-OK Angie Debo Awards are Allie Shinn, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC). Facebook photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma will honor several members of the community during their Annual Meeting and Reception, which will be held in the Forum Room of the Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno Avenue, on Saturday April 20 at 10 a.m. The […]

River Run & Dog Jog set to raise funds for A New Leash on Life, Inc at Wiley Post Park

The 3K Dog Jog at Wiley Post Park on May 27 is for runners and walkers of all ages, with or without their dog.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2019 Oklahoma River Run & Dog Jog will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, hosted by A New Leash On Life Inc. The event will take place at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S. Robinson Avenue, on the Oklahoma River Trails in Oklahoma […]

Letter Carriers’ Canned Food Drive set for May 11 to Stamp Out Hunger

The National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, will be collecting canned food donations from homes on their routes on Saturday, May 11.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As part of the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, letter carriers across Oklahoma will be collecting canned food donations from homes on their routes on Saturday, May 11. Donations collected in 53 counties across western and central Oklahoma […]

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