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A scorecard for Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reform


Ben Botkin, Oklahoma Watch NOTE: This report is reposted, with permission, from Oklahoma Watch. About a dozen new and holdover bills that would overhaul Oklahoma’s criminal justice system are in the legislative pipeline. Although it’s too early to tell, there are indications the bills have momentum. In her State of the State address, Gov. Mary […]

Thursday trash pickup delayed until Saturday in Oklahoma City


Staff Report   Oklahoma City Trash and recycling collection scheduled for today (Thursday, February 22) has been postponed until Saturday, February 24 because of icy street conditions. Customers who normally have trash and recycling pickup on Thursdays should put their Big Blue trash carts and Little Blue recycling bins on the curb by 6 a.m. […]

House Democrats partner with Republican Auditor & Inspector on bipartisan revenue package

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Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House Democrats have partnered with state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones to create a revenue package to help end the state’s current budget crisis and provide teachers and state employees with a pay raise. “One of the primary issues we had with the Step Up Oklahoma plan was that […]

First Unitarian Church to host diversity focused book club

First Unitarian Church of OKC members Anne Murray (left) and Teresa Rendon invite the public to participant in the church's new Diversity Book Club discussions beginning in February.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City has announced its inaugural Diversity Book Club discussion group. It will be the start of a four-part series featuring discourse on books about a variety of topics involving diversity. The series will take place February through March at the First Unitarian Church […]

Share your love for all things wild during February at the OKC Zoo

Join the OKC Zoo on Friday, February 9 for a special Valentine's Day Enrichment event as select Zoo animals receive special enrichment treats made with love by their caretakers. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Come celebrate your love for all things wild this February with OKC Zoo animals.  ZOOfriends memberships provide free admission to the OKC Zoo all year plus additional perks and discounts. Memberships start at $35, which support the care of the Zoo’s animals, fund education programming […]

Tax Foundation critiques “Step Up Oklahoma” tax plan


Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Tax Foundation, a well-known nonprofit that studies fiscal policy across the United States, has issued a critical analysis of the combination of tax changes and tax increases advanced over the past two weeks by Step Up Oklahoma. The foundation said the envisioned changes would make the state tax […]

Capitol Report for January 13: State Chamber boosts trio of school choice ideas … and new concerns about the Julius Jones death sentence

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

The State Chamber of Oklahoma has included three important school choice reforms in the “OK2030” vision document, journalist Patrick B. McGuigan reported on this week’s Capitol Report segment for News9. The CapitolBeatOK editor reviewed the ideas in his weekly discussion with Alex Cameron, a veteran reporter for the CBS News affiliate in Oklahoma City. In […]

COMMENTARY (Part II): It didn’t start with County Commissioners, and didn’t end with the Health Department – Dealing with mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse in Oklahoma Government

From left:  Gov. Mary Fallin, Gary Jones and Jonathan Small.  Photos provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Part I of this commentary examined the current controversy centered on mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse at the Oklahoma Department of Health. That portion of this review of Oklahoma governance also touched on state government’s unwillingness to implement – either rapidly or incrementally – a broad bipartisan consensus on […]

Kick Off the New Year In Paseo: January First Friday hits on Jan. 5

On Jan. 5, the Paseo Paseo Arts District will feature the “Turn the Page” art exhibit   Photo provided.

Staff Report The Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk for January will take place on Friday, January. 5, from 6 – 10 p.m. In the Paseo Art Space will be the “Turn the Page” art exhibition by five Oklahoma artists who express what turning the page means to them through their art. Visual “pages” […]

Predicted freezing temperatures can be hazardous for pets

Lucky the TurfMutt is a former street dog who spent cold days and nights without a home before he was rescued by Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI.  Now his new mission to teach kids and their families about the importance of living landscapes.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Meteorologists say that a dangerous cold front is expected this weekend in Oklahoma City sending temperatures plummeting, which can be deadly for pets without a warm place to take shelter. Whenever possible, it’s best for cats and dogs to be kept indoors during the winter […]

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