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Kickin’ it

Fields and Futures event gives OKC schools — and communities — a running start at bright futures. The Oct. 6 event welcomes sports stars and local celebrities to Webster Middle School opening.


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Giancarlo Gonzalez

Tim McLaughlin, founder of Fields and Futures, remembers taking a bus tour with the Wes Welker Foundation to see the athletic fields of the Oklahoma City School District in order to determine which ones would get funding.

 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Health kick

More than $20 million in federal grant money will help fund research and education programs across Oklahoma “immediately,” leaders say.


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Tim Farley
A $20.3 million federal grant announced last week will help state medical professionals combine clinical data with ongoing scientific research in hopes of discovering new treatments for a multitude of diseases.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Still fighting

The United States Supreme Court may hear Hobby Lobby’s argument against paying for “morning after” and “week after” contraception methods as part of its mandated employee healthcare.


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Greg Horton
The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to review Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nowhere to hide

A new report shows that nearly 140,000 metro public school students and workers are unprotected during severe weather.


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Tim Farley
More than 140,000 public school students, teachers and staff members in the Oklahoma City metro are unprotected from potential killer tornadoes, according to a survey commissioned by an Oklahoma lawmaker.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Railing cry

A contentious debate erupts around the approval of downtown’s new streetcar system.


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Tim Farley
Plans for the MAPS 3 streetcar project will now move forward after a close 5-3 vote and approval, but scars from the Sept. 24 Oklahoma City Council meeting remain.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Federal grant helps fund disease research


News

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
 
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