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Better buses

More frequent bus stops and less wait time are planned for Metro Transit buses.


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Tim Farley
More frequent stops will be implemented in the Metro Transit bus system starting in January pending formal approval. Based on recommendations from Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates, a transportation planning firm, the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) intends to eliminate neighborhood bus stops and keep the routes on major streets.
 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Making connections

State transportation officials hold public meetings as part of the long process toward an OKC-to-Tulsa passenger rail line.


News

Tim Farley
Passenger rail public meeting
5:30 p.m. Thursday
Metro Technology Center
1901 Springlake Drive
tulsaokcrailcorridor.com
 
Monday, August 12, 2013

Wrangling over wellness

Debate over a church’s involvement is the latest battle surrounding MAPS 3 senior wellness centers.


News

Tim Farley
A First Amendment controversy over the MAPS 3 senior wellness centers has drawn the attention of a national nonprofit law firm.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Word on the street

The Curbside Chronicle aims to bring the homeless into your homes, one issue at a time.


News

Louis Fowler
A new newspaper has hit the streets of Oklahoma City, one that is made and sold by the people who live on the streets. The Curbside Chronicle is the metro’s attempt at a social enterprise magazine, also called a “street paper,” that provides an area’s homeless community with both a voice and a means of income.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Atheist

Atheism increasingly finds a home in the Bible Belt.


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Carmel Perez Snyder
Oklahoma is home to more than 6,500 churches. It’s also home to one of the largest atheist meet-up groups in the U.S.
 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The race is on

OKC Mayor Mick Cornett announces his re-election bid.


News

Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett announced today he will seek re-election next spring.
 
Monday, August 5, 2013

Unlikely allies

Facing criminal blackmail charges, a state Tea Party leader enlists the help of Oklahoma’s ACLU.


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Brendan Hoover
Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart has a surprising new ally in his defense against state blackmail charges stemming from a threatening email he sent to a state senator. Citing First Amendment concerns, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to aid the carpenter-turned-political-activist who pleaded not guilty.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Freshman class

The newest OKC city council members reflect on their first few months on the job.


News

Tim Farley
After 90 days on the job, Oklahoma City’s newest city councilmen have discovered change is slow and public accountability is high.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

An innocence question

In its first court action, OCU law school’s Oklahoma Innocence Project contends a Pontotoc County man was wrongly convicted of murder.


News

Tim Farley
Shoddy police work and prosecutorial misconduct resulted in the wrongful conviction of Karl Fontenot for murder, kidnapping and robbery. That’s the contention of the Oklahoma Innocence Project (OIP), an arm of Oklahoma City University School of Law, in a court filing that seeks Fontenot’s release from prison after 28 years behind bars.
 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mystery train

Officials in Oklahoma and Kansas are hopeful about eventual passenger-rail service between OKC and Wichita, Kan., but a host of factors must come together.


News

Jerry Bohnen
Proponents of a proposed extension of Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer between Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kan., say they are optimistic — somewhat — about the project’s future.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Back to class

Moore elementary school educators start over with the help of an adopt-a-teacher program.


News

Dean Anderson
Valerie Singleton has been a teacher at Moore’s Briarwood Elementary School for more than 25 years.

 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gotta have friends

A Norman activities center provides friendship and fun for adults with disabilities.


News

Kathleen Norris Park
Activity is the key word for Among Friends, a Norman facility where adults with disabilities and special needs find things to do, friendship and fun.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TV guider

Colleagues pay tribute to OETA station manager Bill Thrash, a legend in local television broadcasting.


News

Tim Farley
A veteran television broadcaster, OETA station manager and program director Bill Thrash passed away July 15 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 73.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Q-and-A question

A MAPS 3 streetcar meeting took a turn into controversial territory over its Q-and-A format.


News

Tim Farley
Feeling “muzzled” and “stifled,” several Oklahoma City residents walked out of a July 15 public hearing designed to inform them about four route options for the MAPS 3 streetcar project.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Of wellness and worship

Putnam City Baptist Church’s proposal to run a MAPS 3 senior wellness center raises concerns over First Amendment rights.


News

Tim Farley
Several parts of a MAPS 3 senior wellness center proposal by an Oklahoma City church could create a First Amendment controversy, a local civil liberties attorney said.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
 
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