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Auditor Gary Jones reports “numerous issues” and unorthodox accounting at state Department of Health

Gary Jones, Oklahoma State Auditor.  Photo rovided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones released on May 17 the much-anticipated Special Audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). “This report identifies numerous issues at the Health Department regarding its internal accounting processes and procedures,” Jones said. “Among our findings is that the agency did not need the […]

A.G. Mike Hunter’s grand jury issues no indictments, blames mismanagement for Health Department crisis

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter (left) and Gary Jones, OK State Auditor.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter on May 17 released the multicounty grand jury report and the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s investigative performance audit, closing the state’s investigation into the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The overarching conclusions of both the grand jury report and the audit are widespread mismanagement, […]

Cushing baseball coach out as police investigation continues


Stacy Martin Independent Journalist The embattled baseball coach at Cushing High School is no longer coaching according to Cushing Superintendent Koln Knight. “He’s still working here just not as baseball coach,” Knight said. Jon Yates had coached baseball for four years at the school, but every year had drawn criticism for his coaching style even […]

Oklahoma father donates lifesaving kidney to son

Seen together atop Mount Evans in Colorado, George Schroeder made a lifesaving kidney donation to his son Christopher when he was two. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Norman resident George Schroeder shares an inseparable bond with his now eight year old son, Christopher. They spend time watching sports, playing basketball and enjoying life together. After a fragile beginning, Christopher needed a kidney transplant at the age of only two years old.  George had the opportunity […]

State Rep. Kevin Calvey reflects on Oklahoma Health Department scandal

Kevin Calvey

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Kevin Calvey released the following response about findings announced Thursday (May 17) by the grand jury investigating the state Health Department scandal, which confirmed that wasteful spending is rampant in state government and that tax increases were unnecessary to boost important functions of government like raising teacher pay. […]

OKC Beautiful hosts Mayors’ Golf Tournament to benefit environmental programs

The 19th annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament, sponsored by OKC Beautiful, will be held on Monday, June 4 at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 19th annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament, sponsored by OKC Beautiful, will be held on Monday, June 4 at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Boulevard.  Lunch and registration will begin at 11 a.m. with a Shotgun Start at 1 p.m. The tournament is […]

Rep. Tammy West praises signing of legislation to promote accountability and transparency

Oklahoma state Rep. Tammy West, a Republican, represents parts of Bethany, Warr Aces and northwest Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

Staff Report State Rep. Tammy West, R-Bethany and Warr Acres, on Friday, May 11. praised Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law House Bill 2860, which requires the State Department of Education to make a link to school district financial data available to the public on the front page of the department’s website. The bill […]

ABC documentary “The Last Defense” to air June 12 spotlighting death row inmates Julius Jones and Darlie Routier

“The Last Defense” executive producers (L-R) Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Christine Connor and Julius Jones’ lawyer, Dale Baich, discuss the case at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  Twitter photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –  A new documentary series, titled “The Last Defense,” executive produced by actress Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, will begin airing on Tuesday, June 12 on the ABC Television Network at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). The program takes an in-depth look at the cases […]

Latest Chickasaw ‘land fix’ attempt came in federal measure, and fell barely short of passage


Patrick B. McGuigan A long-anticipated attempt to “fix” dubious federal trust land decisions, advocated for the Chickasaw Nation’s leadership, fell barely short of passage this past month. With both of the Sooner State’s U.S. Senators in support of a procedural move, the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act” was only five votes short of the 60 needed […]

Oklahoma Governor’s International Team selects Brenda Barwick as 2018 chair

Brenda Barwick, of Jones PR.  Photo provided.

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Governor’s International Team (OKGIT) has elected its executive committee for 2018. Brenda Barwick, of Jones PR, will chair the panel. Also elected 2018 officers are Douglas Price, of Tulsa Community College, as Vice Chair; Randy Kellogg, of Prosperity Bank, as Treasurer; Bob Lieser, of Tulsa Global Alliance, […]

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