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Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller reports gross receipts to state Treasury for Fiscal Year 2017 demonstrate that economic recovery is underway

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller, after a press conference on July 10, 2017. The two-term incumbent is term-limited in the elective position. He said is not yet decided on returning to the private sector, or seeking another political office. Photo by Pat McGuigan.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gross Receipts to the Treasury for Fiscal Year 2017 indicate the state’s treasury (reflective of the broader economy) began recovery at the midpoint of the fiscal year and continued through June, lagging slightly behind state gross domestic product figures (GDP), State Treasurer Ken Miller said Monday (July 10) during […]

Western Avenue to host 3rd Annual WestFest Street Festival on August 29

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The historic Western Avenue, in partnership with New Belgium Brewing, will host its third annual street festival, WestFest, on Saturday, August 19. The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. featuring live music, food trucks, Fat Tire beer, a local vendor market and […]

Global Citizen Awards scheduled for September 9 gala in Oklahoma City

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Staff Report World Experiences Foundation’s Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 6.30 pm at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City. In addition to the honors presented, the evening’s entertainment will showcase a variety of special cultural performances from around the world. The Foundation will honor Governor Bill […]

Gary Richardson is focused on making 2018 the year voters choose a change agent – him

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Gary Richardson, the former U.S. Attorney in Tulsa who in 2002 ran for governor of Oklahoma as an independent, is running this time as a Republican. He says he believes the GOP base is ready for a change agent, and that he is the agent. Asked to give a […]

Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission worked dutifully for one year – Read the Report!

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  Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – When former Governor Brad Henry, a Democrat, and members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission – the first of its kind nationally – convened last year — they quickly settled on a few things. First, they would study the entire process of capital punishment in Oklahoma, from […]

OK-CADP Announces New Board Officers

OK-CADP vice chair Don Heath, the 2017 Phil Wahl Abolitionist of the Year Award winner, holds “A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World” by Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has announced the election of its 2017-2018 board officers.  Rev. Don Heath will become the organization’s chair after holding office as vice chair for two years. Heath has served as pastor of Edmond Trinity Christian Church since 2007. He received his Masters of […]

Diversity Center to hold “Strengthening Families” Symposium

The Diversity Center of Oklahoma 3rd Annual Mental Health, Prevention & Education Symposium - “Strengthening Families” will feature keynote speakers Susan Cottrell (left) and Dr. Laura Arrowsmith on June 15 and 16 in Oklahoma City.  Facebook photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Diversity Center of Oklahoma will hold its 3rd Annual Mental Health, Prevention & Education Symposium – “Strengthening Families’ on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16. It will address best practices for supporting families of Gender Diverse and LGBTQ communities. The event will be […]

ANALYSIS: The Legislature’s Lost Weekend, and the storm ahead

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislators came to the state Capitol Saturday (May 20) for an unusual weekend work session, with an expectation or hope that some progress toward resolution of the state budget might be forthcoming. That, in turn, could possibly trigger a Sunday work day. Instead, it became a lost weekend. That […]

Group of state leaders call for passage of a budget

A group of prominent Oklahomans called for approval of a state budget in a timely manner. In this photo, former state Rep. Joe Dorman, who now runs the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, speaks at a state Capitol press conference. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — On Friday (May 19) at the state capitol, leaders of Oklahoma’s healthcare, education, oil & natural gas, and business communities gathered to call on legislators to approve a revenue package that has been discussed.  The package — $1.50 per pack tax on cigarettes, a 6 cent per gallon increase in […]

Titanic Thursday: Dueling Descriptions of budget talks yield a day of deadlock

Workers from the state’s oil and gas business gathered at the Capitol on Thursday (May 18, 2017) to oppose proposed tax hikes on their industry. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Early on Thursday afternoon (May 18) Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, walked into the Capitol print news room for an unscheduled session with reporters. In the course of that conversation, he replied to a question from this reporter, speculating that loss of work time due to bad […]

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