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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, […]

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” […]

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 […]

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, […]

WildCare Oklahoma is having a Baby Shower and you’re invited!

WildCare Oklahoma will host its annual Baby Shower on Saturday, April 29 from 2 – 5 p.m., which is free and open to the public.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter NOBLE, OK – WildCare Oklahoma only opens its doors to the public twice a year and one of those opportunities to visit will be Saturday, April 29. The much anticipated WildCare annual Baby Shower will be held from 2-5 p.m. and admission is free. The facility is located at […]

Oklahomans to ‘brave the shave’ at St. Baldrick’s OKC event to fight childhood cancer


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Report OKLAHOMA CITY – St. Baldrick’s OKC will hold its 2017 annual fundraiser in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Sunday, April 23. The event will be in the Western Avenue Corridor at NW 42nd and Western, adjacent to VZD’s Restaurant and Bar and Becks Garage. Registration will begin at noon, with […]

OCC Annual Benefit Breakfast set for April 20

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches Annual Benefit Breakfast will feature speakers Kim Moyer, state director of Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma, and the Rev. Dr. William Tebbernee, OCC executive director. Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Thursday, April 20, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches will host its annual Benefit Breakfast at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th St., in Oklahoma City. The free breakfast will be prepared by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.  Donations will be accepted to support OCC’s many ministry […]

Capitol Report for April 15: As the wind blows, hope for criminal justice reform, paying for success

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On Saturday’s News9 segment, “Capitol Report,” analyst Patrick B. McGuigan said the Legislature has begun to deal with revenue and policy challenges the state faces. The Legislature passed the proposal to accelerate the “sunset” for the zero-emissions credits that “incentivized” the state wind energy industry in recent years. The CapitolBeatOK editor pointed out the wind […]

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