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Tear it up

Project 180 improvements enter a new phase, and with that comes new road closures. But, construction will be more city friendly than it has been, officials promise.


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Tim Farley
Downtown Oklahoma City streets are about to be ripped apart again, but fortunately for motorists and pedestrians, lessons were learned from the last round of road construction.
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Popularity contest

In the race toward election day, mayoral candidates trumpet their endorsements. But how important are they, really?


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City mayoral candidates already have received major endorsements from public safety unions and neighborhood groups, but those alliances may not be as significant as years past, according to a group of independent political consultants.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fire department gets 'cost-of-living' adjustment

Fire dept. gets raise, health benefit approval


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City firefighters received a wage increase and increased health benefits as part of a union agreement approved by the city council Tuesday.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hunkered down

Parents who lost children in May 20 tornadoes are fighting mad about what they feel are attempts to sabotage their attempt to get storm shelters built in schools.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are trying to sabotage a citizen-led effort to place storm shelters in every public school, say two mothers whose children perished in the May 20 tornado.
 
Friday, October 18, 2013

Glorious resurrection

Local attorney restores Calvary Baptist Church and turns it into the home of his business while keeping its civil rights history intact.


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Tim Farley
But that was more than half a century ago, when the church was a key part of the Oklahoma City black community and the civil rights movement. There, King preached a sermon as an audition to be the church’s full-time pastor. Ironically, church leaders thought King was too young to lead a congregation of that size.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Never again

October is domestic violence awareness month, and several organizations are helping educate against and prevent it.


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Dawn Watson
After seven years of mental and physical abuse, Ann wasn’t the same person anymore. “It tore me down. It made me think that I wasn’t worthy. I could do nothing right in his eyes,” she said.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Forced out

A local ministry for sex offenders feels it’s being forced out of business due to constrictive laws, and its president has sued the city.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City police and state lawmakers have conspired to shut down a nonprofit sex offender program that provides housing and treatment for ex-convicts, claims Hand Up Ministry President David Nichols.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Big hurt

Last week, a security guard filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against four Oklahoma City policemen.


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Tim Farley
Security specialist Antjuan Martin didn’t expect to wind up in jail for doing his job, but that’s what happened Oct. 8, 2011.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dissenter sandman

According to a recent study, Oklahomans are having a harder time getting a good night’s sleep.


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Louis Fowler
There are few things worse in life than not getting a good night's sleep.
 
Friday, October 11, 2013

Stuck in the middle

Women with jobs, education and children find it difficult to afford healthcare for themselves.


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Angela Chambers
Pursuing higher education while raising children undoubtedly takes dedication and persistence. But not having adequate health care coverage can add an additional burden to young mothers.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Together again

Since the May 20 tornadoes, pets, owners and rescue organizations are slowly moving on.


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Gina A. Dabney
Natural disasters are unkind. They tear people and pets apart. Moore resident Brenda Beaty, who lived three blocks from Plaza Towers Elementary School, was at work when the tornado hit on May 20. Immediately, the search began for the family pets. Her daughter’s two dogs were found, one still in the carrier. However, Beaty’s beloved dog, Tinker, was missing.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hunger pains

Most of Oklahoma’s hungriest are the working poor, the elderly and families.


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Tim Farley
Ardyn Graham is a college-educated woman who once owned a business, taught English overseas for years and worked in the state’s corrections and social service agencies.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

White magic

The MAPS 3 whitewater superpark promises world-class size, technology and allure.


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Tim Farley
When world-class kayaker Scott Shipley was preparing for the Olympics in the 1990s, he was forced to travel overseas because proper training facilities were not available in the United States.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ministry leader, sex offender file lawsuit against city

Lawsuit filed hopes to stop police from arresting sex offenders who live together. An attorney says it could force offenders 'underground.'


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Tim Farley
Police should not be allowed to retroactively enforce a 2012 law that prevents two convicted sex offenders from living together, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OKC Regional Food Bank, governor launch food drive


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Tim Farley
Hungry children and adults are hoping this year’s annual Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive is as successful as the 2012 effort.
 
Thursday, October 3, 2013
 
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