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OCCHD launches ‘Crush the Curve’ COVID-19 testing platform

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) is launching a new online testing platform, Crush the Curve, powered by Qualtrics, which focuses on three steps: assess, test and contact trace.  The assessment, testing and contact tracing solution will streamline OCCHD’s COVID-19 testing process. Beginning September 1, individuals can access […]

ANALYSIS IN BRIEF: The most important decision in Oklahoma history, ‘McGirt v. Oklahoma’

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher  NOTE: This is adapted from a longer essay which appeared in The August print edition and last month at City-Sentinel.com, and CapitolBeatOK.com.  In July, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the most significant legal decision in Oklahoma’s history. Here is a distilled analysis of this historic case.  Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the majority: “On the […]

Teacher numbers decline despite pay raises

Ray Carter, OCPAThink.org In 2018, lawmakers voted to raise taxes by roughly $600 million with a significant share of that money going to teacher pay raises, and then voted to raise teacher pay again in 2019. Over those two years, teacher salaries increased by an average $7,400 apiece. Lawmakers argued the pay raises would eliminate […]

Virtual Capital City Black Film Festival will spotlight mental health

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) will host its eighth annual film competition December 4-6 in Austin, Texas. This year’s virtual event will deliver a “best-in-class experience with thought-provoking programming, virtual networking opportunities, and films and music videos presented by talented filmmakers from across the globe,” […]

Federal government approves new state-tribal compacts

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has allowed two new state-tribal gaming compacts to take effect, a move that could result in greater competition in Oklahoma’s casino market and provide a higher share of gaming revenue to state government. The compact agreements were announced earlier this year thanks to […]

Oklahoma Commission on Status for Women welcomes newly elected officers

Staff Report  The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) a state commission, has elected its officers for the 2020-21 year. The commission informs the legislature and executive branch on issues impacting improvement of opportunities and quality of life for Oklahoma women. “The new officers will continue guiding the commission on its mission of […]

Stephanie Bice secures Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police support as she seeks GOP nod to challenge Kendra Horn

Staff Report Stephanie Bice, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth  Congressional District, has earned the endorsement of the Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police. “I am grateful to have the support and endorsement of the Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police,” Bice said. “The hardworking men and women of Oklahoma’s law enforcement put their lives […]

Runoff Race News: Stephanie Bice outraises Terry Neese for seventh straight reporting period

The City Sentinel Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Stephanie Bice, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, outraised Terry Neese in the most recent fundraising period, campaign finance records show. This is the seventh consecutive fundraising period that Bice has bested Neese, a businesswoman, in dollars raised and Bice has outraised Neese […]

Slave-owning past remains problem for Choctaws

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, whose members owned Black slaves and fought on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War, is now opposing federal efforts to require that descendants of the tribe’s former slaves, called Freedmen, be given promised rights before the tribe can receive federal […]

Oklahoma Senate District 17 Republican Primary: For Shane Jett

The City Sentinel Runoff Endorsement OKLAHOMA CITY – In the June primary, Shane Jett garnered an impressive 44 percent of, blowing past incumbent Ron Sharp, who had only 33 percent . A third candidate secured the balance – hence, Jett and Sharp face each other in the August 25 primary. A former member of the […]

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