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Cover Teaser: Recent special election victories by Democratic party candidates could be indicative of a shift in the electorate

Cover Teaser: Recent special election victories by Democratic party candidates could be indicative of a shift in the electorate

P.4 Recent special election victories by Democratic party candidates could be indicative of a shift in the electorate, one that state Democratic Party officials hope will translate into more wins in 2018. By Laura Eastes Cover by Jim Masarra

Oklahoma City voters passed two sales tax proposals, including a permanent quarter-cent hike to fund city operations, specifically the salaries of new police officers and fire fighters. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Oklahoma City voters set a course for infrastructure development over the next decade with the passage of two sales tax initiatives and a bond issue

Oklahoma City voters set a course for infrastructure development over the next decade with the passage of two sales tax initiatives and a bond issue.

Dan Staughan and Jerod Shadid at the Homeless Alliance, Thursday, June 22, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

The number of homeless families in Oklahoma has gone up

The 2017 Point-in-Time study showed that 118 families in Oklahoma City have no permanent place of residence.

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Integris joins a public-private initiative to better serve patients and cut costs

“From a funding standpoint, the fundamental difference is [medical providers] receive a care management fee,” said Sunnie Glover, Integris’ vice president of professional services and development.

OK County Commissioner Brian Maughan poses for a photo, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Mayoral candidates have begun to emerge after Mick Cornett announced he’s not seeking reelection

The race for Oklahoma City’s next mayor began to take shape after Mayor Mick Cornett’s February announcement that he would not seek a fifth term in office. Within days, State Sen. David Holt, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan and political newcomer Marina Mangiaracina declared their interest. Those three remain as the field’s only public entrants

Councilman Todd Stone talks about his new position at his office, Friday, May 19, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Todd Stone joins OKC Council, weighs in on bonds, MAPS, other city initiatives

“I am really interested in seeing streets get a shot in the arm,” Stone told Oklahoma Gazette during a recent interview in his office at City Hall.

Aundria Goree, administrator of community health, talks about a grand the OCCHD has recently received, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

OCCHD, others receive a federal grant to bridge gap between social, medical care

“Unmet health needs like food insecurity, transportation issues and unstable housing can lead to developing risks for chronic diseases,” she said. “We want to combat individuals increasing their risks of developing chronic diseases through traditional health care with preventable care.”

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Crime victims, domestic violence groups, others advocate for Marsy’s Law

“Victims can be taken to court over and over, sometimes over a period of years,” Peery said. “The right to a speedy trial doesn’t happen for victims. … The process of the court just re-traumatizes victims.”

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