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Federal grant helps fund disease research


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Tim Farley
A $20 million federal grant will help state medical professionals combine clinical data with ongoing scientific research in hopes of discovering new treatments for a multitude of diseases.
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Seeking shelters

Families endorse a petition drive that could ultimately put storm shelters into public schools without raising taxes to pay for them.


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Tim Farley
Three fathers — Scott McCabe, Rick Cole and Ross Legg — sat in the first row of chairs at the State Capitol’s Blue Room on Sept. 18, listening intently to plans that could bring storm shelters to every public school in Oklahoma.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Navigating the maze

For the poor and disabled — even for health care professionals — parsing Oklahoma’s new health insurance marketplace can get tricky.


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Angela Chambers
Parking at the Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled means finding a place in uneven, rigid red dirt. Inside the modest building, donations are piling up in the conference room, as there isn’t anyone available to organize.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Legislating fear?

A report released last week shows that mostly toothless laws bite back in sometimes-unexpected ways.


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Tim Farley
A majority of Oklahoma lawmakers have put themselves in an unflattering category with apparent prejudice toward Muslims and the Islam religion, according to a national report released last week.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Million-dollar members

OKC council chooses which projects are most important with $1 million discretionary spending programs.


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Tim Farley
If Oklahoma City Council members had a million bucks to spend any way they’d like, it turns most of them would (and will) improve public transit, roads and develop a needed “quiet zone” in downtown Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Streetcar route passes City Council vote after contentious debate


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Tim Farley
After a contentious meeting, a divided Oklahoma City Council approved a recommended framework of the MAPS 3 streetcar route. Five voted for and three against.
 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bottlenecked

Agreements are lagging, but proposed MAPS 3 senior wellness center development is slowly coming into focus.


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Tim Farley
City officials are playing catch-up after falling more than two years behind schedule on development of the MAPS 3 senior wellness centers.
 
Monday, September 23, 2013

Mayor Cornett wins top honor

Mick Cornett was selected as Oklahoma’s top mayor for cities over 5,000


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Tim Farley
Mick Cornett was selected as Oklahoma’s top mayor for cities with populations of 5,000 or more during a presentation in Tulsa Thursday night.
 
Friday, September 20, 2013

Bright future

Bethany Improvement Foundation members hope a billboard museum would spur tourism.


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Dawn Watson
At one time, billboards told stories. Now, a group in Bethany is working to capture those stories, along with the nostalgia of Route 66, and share them through a billboard museum.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

‘It’s a fairness issue’

A 9-year legal struggle involving LGBT rights might finally come to a conclusion


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Greg Horton
Gay Phillips and Sue Barton have been a couple for 29 years. For the past nine, they’ve been fighting the state of Oklahoma to recognize their marriage. They joined a federal lawsuit filed by Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin in 2004 after state voters passed a same-sex marriage ban.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Moving along

Mayor says controversial streetcar project will happen: “The citizens have tasked us with building it, not talking about it.”


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Tim Farley
Advocates of the MAPS 3 modern streetcar system will take a “huge step” forward if the Oklahoma City Council approves a recommended route next week.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Center stage

Vocal proponents of the vividly colored theater vow to save Stage Center with a variety of proposals.


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Tim Farley
Historic preservationists like Lisa Chronister and Catherine Montgomery don’t give up. Controversy over Stage Center, the former Mummers Theater in downtown Oklahoma City, built in 1970, is a classic example.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BREAKING: Petition drive seeks storm shelter funding

Victims of the May tornadoes, with Take Shelter Oklahoma, called this an apolitical effort


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Tim Farley
Supporters of school storm shelters are ready to work. That was the message conveyed by volunteers Wednesday at the State Capitol after it was announced an initiative petition seeking a statewide vote on building storm shelters in all public schools would be launched.


 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FOP endorses Shadid for OKC Mayor


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City’s police union cast a rare unanimous endorsement Thursday night for mayoral candidate Ed Shadid.
 
Friday, September 13, 2013

Stepping up

Oklahoma City’s walkability numbers are improving along with the development of its businesses, sidewalks, parks and plazas.


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Tim Farley
For decades, the twofold dilemma of urban sprawl and neglect of downtown Oklahoma City created a mess that current leaders still are working to unravel. Starting in the 1970s and continuing through the mid-1990s, “white flight” from innercity neighborhoods pushed residents and businesses to the outskirts of the city.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
 
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