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Save a life with free dog and cat from the OKC Animal Shelter this Saturday 

The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter will hold Free Adoptions Saturday this weekend from noon to 7 p.m.  OKC Animal Welfare Website Photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Free Adoption Saturday is the perfect time to save the life of a homeless pet and add a grateful dog or cat to your family.  The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter will hold Free Adoptions Saturday this weekend from noon to 7 p.m. All dog and […]

Sen. AJ Griffin, Rep. Tim Downing praised for school choice leadership

From left, State Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, Robert Ruiz, president of ChoiceMatters, and state Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie. Downing and Griffin were presented “Champions of Choice” awards from Ruiz’s organization for their roles in advancing educational options for special needs students under state care, focused on children in foster care settings. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Republican legislators who managed historic reforms in Oklahoma’s school choice program for special needs children have received recognition for their work from an advocate for parental choice in education. State Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, were named “Champions of Children” by Oklahoma’s ChoiceMatters group. Robert […]

Report shows Oklahoma City’s homeless numbers are down, but “it’s complicated”

According to a “Point in Time” report based on a one-day census that happens each January, there were 1,368 people who were homeless in Oklahoma City, down from 1,511 in 2016. Homeless Alliance Facebook Photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper OKLAHOMA CITY – According to the latest Point in Time annual report, released by the City of Oklahoma City, the number of Oklahoma City’s homeless people has decreased by nearly 10 percent. However, advocates say the number alone isn’t statistically significant enough to celebrate. According to the report, which is […]

Sonja Martinez dons rainbow colors as 2017 OKC Pride Parade Grand Marshall

The 2017 OKC Pride Parade Grand Marshall was longtime AIDS activist and Oklahoma City performance artist Sonja Martinez.  She is accompanied by her wife Dee Goodwin red Thunderbird owner Harold Watson. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The OKC Pride Parade was deemed another huge success as it closed a weekend of festivities celebrating diversity and equality in the metro.  The 2017 OKC Pride Weekend was themed “OKC Pride, 30 Years of Resistance,” The month of June is recognized across America and around […]

Capitol Report for July 1: U.S. Supreme Court green lights church access to safety grants, and honoring Reagan’s eloquence at Normandy

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

In this week’s “Capitol Report” segment on News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, journalist Pat McGuigan analyzed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a Missouri case. The High Court, in a 7-2 vote, agreed that a Missouri church can participate in state-run playground safety programs on the same basis as other non-profits. In some […]

Gary Richardson, Republican candidate for governor, files lawsuit to stop revenue boosts, defend State Question 640

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Gary Richardson, a Republican candidate for governor and an attorney known for his ability as a litigator, has filed a lawsuit defending State Question 640, the historic ballot proposition limiting state government’s ability to increase taxes in the absence of a legislative “super-majority.” Richardson, a former U.S. Attorney and 2002 […]

A Soldier’s Story: Combat, Life in Service, a Kiss

The people of Pilsen, Czech Republic, cheer on May 7, 2017, as a Jeep passes by bearing World War II combat veteran Hall Duncan. Every year, the people of Pilsen celebrate the liberation of their town by the U.S. Third Army. Photo Provided by Yankee Division Veterans Association.

Patrick B. McGuigan Edmond, Oklahoma – Hall Duncan has had many successes in a long career in art, journalism, education and other fields. Now retired from the University of Central Oklahoma, he still draws and is working on a new children’s book. At 93, he has no intention of slowing down. In 1944-45, as an […]

Capitol Report for June 24: Education leader moves to Oklahoma City … and Pat’s story about an American hero

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

In the Capitol Report for Saturday, June 24, Patrick B. McGuigan reported that leaders of Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School have hired Cody Yocom, an acclaimed educator with success in public charter schools in Texas and Louisiana. He moved to the Sooner State to administer Cristo Rey, opening Fall 2018, to “offer families with […]

Immigrant Heritage Month provides time to recognize the abundance newcomers bring

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A Report of The City Sentinel, adapted from press releases and referenced data Today, Oklahoma is home to nearly 220,000 immigrants. These new Americans work in every industry, including college administration, construction and healthcare. June is Immigrant Heritage Month, promoting the success stories of hard-working people. Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates the abundance of knowledge and […]

Joel Sartore to preview PBS series “Rare – Creatures Of The Photo Ark” at OKC Zoo

Seen taking a selfie with Monarch butterflies in the Sierra Chincua, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore will discuss his documentary “Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark” at the OKC Zoo on July 15.  Photo provded.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) have joined to present a public preview of the upcoming, PBS series, “Rare – Creatures of the Photo Ark.”  The two local organizations have similar missions to provide life-enriching educational opportunities […]

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