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Field trip

OKC’s municipal leaders visit Arkansas to get ideas for the MAPS 3 senior wellness centers.


News

Tim Farley
Oklahoma City leaders last week received a heavy dose of best practices and innovative ideas for the planned MAPS 3 senior wellness centers during a day-long visit to North Little Rock, Ark.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Prisoners and pooches

A new documentary, "The Dogs of Lexington," chronicles a unique program involving inmates and dogs.


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Nicole Hill
Half scruff, half scrap, Sarge drapes his small frame over the right leg of Bill Miller as the man, with concerted tenderness, rubs circles in Sarge's black-and-white coat.
 
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Walking Western

A plan to transform the Western Avenue corridor into a walkable destination draws scrutiny from residents and business owners.


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Brendan Hoover
The Western Avenue corridor between N.W. 41st and 46th streets could become a more vibrant, walkable and economically viable destination if a new streetscape project is executed, city officials say, but the plan is drawing a close look from area business owners and residents.
 
Saturday, July 13, 2013

TEEM effort

A local nonprofit aims to help with hygiene.


News

Gazette staff
The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) this week launches its annual Summer Breeze Hygiene Drive, a community-wide event aiming to provide personal hygiene items to students without the financial means to purchase them. In light of May's severe weather disasters, say TEEM organizers, the cause has become more crucial.
 
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Darts at arts

Grant requests to Oklahoma Arts Council are on the rise, but the agency faces having nearly 7 percent fewer dollars to give in 2014.


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Molly Evans
The Oklahoma Arts Council is expected to face nearly a 7-percent reduction in federal funding in fiscal year 2014, escalating the agency’s two-year losses to almost $100,000.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Left and right

A state lawmaker wants to unite Oklahoma’s conservative and liberal factions for a Friday rally opposing U.S. involvement in Syria.


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Molly Evans
Syria Not Our War Rally
7 p.m. Friday
State Capitol,
South Plaza
2300 N. Lincoln

 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

About a route

OKC residents are invited to voice opinions at a Monday public meeting on proposed routes for the MAPS 3 streetcar.


News

Tim Farley
MAPS 3 streetcar public meeting
6 p.m. Monday
Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library,
Fourth floor
300 Park Ave.
okc.gov/MAPS3
297-4561

 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The road ahead

OKC’s Hispanic business leaders aim to renovate their community one street at a time — starting with S.W. 29th.


News

Tim Farley
Transforming S.W. 29th Street from an ugly and outdated area into an attractive and thriving business district will be a challenge for community leaders.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Plane gain

OSU researchers are working on unmanned aircraft with the potential of accumulating data on tornadoes.


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Moose Tyler
Oklahoma State University student research teams are designing and building unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that might someday be used in everything from agriculture to disaster relief and rescue operations.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Getting testy

A state law that screens welfare applicants for drugs found only 29 out of 1,300 people tested positive.


News

Peter Wright
A state law requiring a drug test as a condition for receiving welfare benefits has resulted in only 29 people being denied the assistance, although Oklahoma tested more than 1,000 applicants during the four-month period after the law took effect.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

One at a time

OKC officials appear to make headway with one senior wellness center — with three more to go.


News

Tim Farley
Controversy surrounding a potential religious conflict with the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers has put the issue in the Oklahoma City Council’s court.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ban on the run?

Oklahomans ponder how the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will impact same-sex couples in the Sooner State.


News

Greg Horton
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last week energized both opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage in Oklahoma.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Booking it to Moore

Residents of a Texas retirement community contribute to a local book drive for Moore schoolchildren.


News

Molly Evans
Residents of a senior living community in East Texas were deeply touched by news reports of the May 20 tornado that devastated Moore. The seniors — some of them retired teachers, some grandparents and great-grandparents — were especially concerned about the young students of Plaza Towers and Briarwood, the two elementary schools demolished by that EF5 twister.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Saving Gold

An Edmond engineering firm buys the Gold Dome, preserving the iconic OKC building from demolition.


News

Tim Farley
One of Oklahoma City’s most recognizable and talked-about buildings is safe once more.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kid stuff

While the well-being of Oklahoma children has improved, according to a national study, childhood poverty remains a problem.


News

Peter Wright
A new report by a national children’s watchdog group found mixed signals for the well-being of kids in Oklahoma. The state has shown improvement in some health and education categories, while failing to buck a national trend of increasing childhood poverty.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
 
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