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young boy plugs his nose while learning to swim

Explaining water dangers and safety measures to avoid ‘brain-eating amoeba’

Explaining water dangers and safety measures to avoid ‘brain-eating amoeba’

It’s extremely rare but usually fatal as the infection rapidly develops into a form of bacterial meningitis, primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

(Design: Christopher Street / Photo: Emmy Verdin)

Cover Story: Our next steps in the march toward civil rights

Just as powerful reporting, photos and video did in the ’60s, today’s national media coverage mixed with social media engagement have again thrust the conversation of police brutality, racial discrimination and civil rights into the public consciousness.

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Cover Teaser: Our next steps in the march toward civil rights

It all comes down to fear and lives at risk. For some, a hasty or thoughtless gesture, hands hidden in pockets or a vocal pitch rising in uneasiness can lead to the loss of life at the hands of police. With each unarmed man or woman killed by police, protests in American cities erupt, posing

Clinical Director, Cindy Stober,  gives a tour of the Gateway Prevention and Recovery fitness room on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  (Emmy Verdin)

Federal and state officials fight against the opioid epidemic

Gateway to Prevention and Recovery in Shawnee serves people battling opioid addiction all over Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Melissa McLawhorn Houston poses for a photo in her office, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  (Garett FIsbeck)

Interim Labor Commissioner does good work for the community

Melissa McLawhorn Houston wants to help Oklahoma’s workers during her time in office, though she won’t seek reelection.

Jenny Archer packs condom kits to be distributed during OKC Pride Week. | Photo Laura Eastes

Community organizations stand up for HIV education and prevention

A 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation report shows 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV.

Paula Sophia Schonauer speaks at a protest for transgender rights at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Activist Paula Sophia Schonauer uses logic, compassion to confront intolerance

“The rhetoric of ISIS against the LGBT community isn’t much different from a lot of people on the Christian right,” Schonauer said.

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Freedom Oklahoma directs focus on municipalities and LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinances

“When you have a minority group who are targeted by hate crimes and violence, it is the duty of the government and elected officials to step up and show respect to that community,” Stevenson said.

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