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Healthy debate

Faced with a shortage of mental health access, Oklahoma City Council approves adult patient beds for an eastside facility.


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As the Oklahoma City Council considered whether or not to close beds at an eastside mental health facility, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty not only argued in favor of the facility but said more beds were needed across the city.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Power shift?

Oklahoma is one of the lowest-ranked states in the nation when it comes to its male-to-female ratio of lawmakers.


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While she appreciated the compliment, Cyndi Munson didn’t always appreciate that her looks were what some noticed first about her photo on a campaign flyer.
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Final act

The polarizing piece of architecture and history known as Stage Center plays out its last act — demolition.


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William Menking believes there is a lot to like in Oklahoma City. But the planned demolition of Stage Center has him questioning the city’s priorities.
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stage Center material to be donated to artists


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Stage Center is coming down, most likely this month. But some of the material from the downtown theater will be donated to local artists.
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VIDEO + Council Report: Guyutes gets greenlight from council


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An agenda item before the Oklahoma City council Tuesday titled “BS,” which Councilman Ed Shadid said was “appropriately labeled,” included a $3.5 million tax incentive package for the nationwide chain Cabela’s.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

REACTION: Grassroot education groups flex muscle with Hofmeister win


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The anonymous author of the popular education blog OK Education Truths has been openly opposed to State Superintendent Janet Barresi, and there was plenty to write about following Tuesday’s primary election.
 
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Empty promises

Lobbyists and big money might contribute to the growing number of abandoned properties across the city.


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Banks and realtors successfully convinced the state Legislature this year to halt Oklahoma City’s effort to control the growing number of abandoned properties.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Conventional wisdom

A new MAPS 3 convention center can likely be built for comparatively less than in other cities, but its success isn’t promised.


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Ben Felder

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one in a two-part story taking a closer look at a convention center project in OKC. Next week’s issue will include a look at a possible convention center hotel project.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Website hopes to shame people into voting


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Toby Keith, the country music star who regularly sings about America’s greatness, has been less than patriotic when comes to voting.
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

One street, one city

OKC’s “second main street” is a journey into the heart of the city’s complicated patchwork of culture, race and income.


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Editor’s note: Oklahoma Gazette reporter Ben Felder recently walked a 10-mile stretch of 23rd Street to learn more about the residents and businesses along the corridor.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Women, power

One-third of Oklahoma City's department heads are female.


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Ben Felder
Compared to other city halls in the region, Oklahoma City’s has the most cracks in its glass ceiling.
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Demise of death penalty?

A botched execution creates a new chapter in the capital punishment debate.


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In the end, Clayton Derrell Lockett’s botched execution was still quicker and less violent than that of Stephanie Neiman, the 19-year-old girl he himself executed in 1999.
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Johnson 'happy to take up the fight' on capital punishment


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Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, says she is happy to take up the fight against Oklahoma’s use of the death penalty.
 
Monday, May 5, 2014

Thunder players remain focused on Memphis as league reviews racist remarks


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Ben Felder
Racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling cast a shadow over the NBA this weekend, but players with the Oklahoma City Thunder — which is deadlocked with Memphis in the opening round of the playoffs — say they are focused on the court.
 
Monday, April 28, 2014

Murder on the rise

Oklahoma City homicide rates show a steady increase in recent years.


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Yellow police tape fluttered in the spring wind as homicide detectives filed into a south Oklahoma City home.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
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