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Banned?

City council member wants e-cigarettes banned.


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Tim Farley
Although e-cigarettes are promoted as a way to stop a bad habit, Oklahoma City Ward 4 Councilman Pete White wants them banned.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dotted line

The drive to put storm shelters into schools is quickly turning into a political fight, say some organizers.


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Tim Farley
Gov. Mary Fallin doesn’t intend to sign a petition that would allow voters to decide if they want to spend $500 million to build storm shelters in every public school.
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Taxing debate

Tax collection revenue, the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and the Marketplace Fairness Act top the list of legislative priorities.


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Tim Farley
Sales tax revenue is the largest source of income for any city in Oklahoma, and the money pot could get bigger if new legislation is passed next year.
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

No raises?

Pay increase decision put off until December.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch and two other high-level administrators will have to wait until mid- December to know if they’ll receive annual salary increases.
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Shelter battle

Lawsuit claims conflict of interest, Take Shelter Oklahoma wants state Attorney General removed from a storm shelter petition drive.


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Tim Farley
Thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from leading business executives could force Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to disqualify himself from a legal battle involving a statewide storm shelter petition drive.
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

No raises?

Pay increase decision put off until December.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch and two other high-level administrators will have to wait until mid-December to know if they’ll receive annual salary increases.
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Take a hike?

Proposed bus fare increases would hit hard those who most need public transportation.


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Tim Farley
Proposed fare increases for Oklahoma City’s mass transit service prompted Kimberly Mitchell to take action.
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Budding prospects

Oklahoma residents — and many law enforcement officials and other experts — increasingly support medical marijuana use and decriminalization of the drug.


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Tim Farley
Faced with some of the harshest marijuana laws in the nation, Oklahoma residents overwhelmingly favor its use for medical purposes while also endorsing decriminalization.
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Standing up for hope

Sooner Stand Down helps homeless veterans with everything, including backpacks, healthcare, sobriety and life skills.


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Tim Farley
Air Force veteran Rickey Bell doesn’t blame anyone except himself for being homeless and without a full-time job.
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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

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
 
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