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Cutting Non-Teaching Personnel Could Mean Teacher Raises

Using the data that the Oklahoma State Department of Education reports to the U.S. Department of Education, Scafidi found that between fiscal years 1993 and 2014 enrollment in Oklahoma public schools increased by 14 percent.  File photo

Education resources questioned; experts recommend path to reform Stacy Martin, Investigative Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – Use of state education resources are being questioned amid findings that public school spending is nearing an all-time high. Public education revenues have risen from $7.40 billion in 2006 to $8.79 billion in 2016 fueled largely by increases in local […]

Thirteen activists to be honored at Human Rights Award ceremony

The annual Human Rights Awards are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Chapter of the United Nations Association and the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The public is invited to attend the presentation of the 2017 Human Rights Awards on Saturday, December 9, in the 4th Floor House Chamber of the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.  The program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.  The event is free. The […]

A, B, C, through the letter Z – David Holt amasses broad-based support in race for Mayor

David and Rachel Holt, with their children. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, the mayoral campaign of David Holt circulated to news organizations and via the Internet a long list of names of community leaders and grass-roots neighborhood activists from across the metropolitan area who support his campaign to lead the Sooner State’s capital city. This story reflects an edited compilation, […]

In Oklahoma State Senate District 45, For Steven Vincent

Steven Vincent, candidate for OK State Senate District 45.  Photo provided.

  The City Sentinel Endorsement In the Oklahoma state Senate District 45 special general election scheduled for Nov. 14, voters are encouraged to support Steven Vincent. He is a good fit for this district, which spreads across multiple jurisdictions in the southwest/south sections of the Sooner State’s capital city. Vincent is a man of character […]

Holt builds strong mayoral momentum, Maughan withdraws

State Sen. David Holt of Oklahoma City garnered the endorsement of the city laborers’ union in mid-October, sustaining his strong momentum toward election as mayor of Oklahoma City in February.
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Staff Report David Holt continues to build strong momentum in his race for mayor of Oklahoma City The Laborers International Union of North America, Local 107, is the latest major endorsement for Holt, a Republican. Holt said he was proud to have the support of “the men and women who build Oklahoma City.”  Local 107 […]

Fallin applauds after Senate passes measure to address ‘our $215 million budget hole,’ calls on House to follow

Governor Fallin on Monday signed legislation to provide $23 million for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Monday (November 6) issued the following statement after the state Senate in a bipartisan vote, 37-5, passed House Bill 1035X: “I want to applaud the Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate for passing this measure. We have been in special session six weeks now. […]

ANALYSIS – Capitol Review: Budget still murky, death penalty controversy deepens, Costello presses mental health policy reforms

Lethal Injection Chamber photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said on October 27 that House Republicans were ready to move on to alternative options for addressing the $215 million budget shortfall after a vote that day on a revenue package in a Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget (JCAB) meeting. Although the Legislature […]

Capitol Report for October 28: Consumers of American Journalism absorb two examples of why press freedom matters

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

On this week’s Capitol Report – the weekend segment broadcast on Oklahoma City’s News9 and Tulsa’s Newson6 — news analyst Patrick B. McGuigan focused on two widely covered stories illustrating the continuing importance of the protected liberties news reporters enjoy in the American legal system. First, he pointed to the work of two reporters for […]

Puggerfest 2017 becomes a disco scene with the “Village Pug” performers

Boo, a female pug available for adoption through Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, looks like she’s smiling during Puggerfest 2017.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On a perfect fall day Oklahoma City’s Stars & Stripes Park became the grooviest scene ever with cute snorts and curly tails all decked out in 60s and 70s garb. The 14th annual Puggerfest raises funds to benefit Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma. […]

Celebration of Life event will honor peace and justice activist Lydia Polley on Oct. 14

Lydia Polley speaking at the 2013 OK-CADP annual dinner.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden and Patrick B. McGuigan October 4, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Born Lydia Pfrimmer in Arkansas, Lydia Polley came to Crescent, Oklahoma, with her parents at the age of four. She proclaimed to be, “an Okie ever since.” Lydia was a lifelong advocate of “peace and justice for all.”  An unwavering anti-death […]

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