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A Sooner snubbing?

In his first presidential visit to Oklahoma, Barack Obama delivered a speech on energy to a crowd largely devoid of state officials.


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Clifton Adcock

A palpable energy ran through the crowd at the Ripley High School parking lot, despite the cold and rainy weather that hung overhead.

It was March 22, and several hundred people were waiting for a bus to take them to a muddy location in the Payne County countryside that soon would play host to the leader of the free world.

 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Drip, drip, drip

The slow-going battle for water rights in southeast Oklahoma now heads to the federal court system.


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Clifton Adcock

In the latest move over a fight about water, a lawsuit to determine water rights in southeast Oklahoma was removed from state court when the U.S. Department of Justice filed action March 12 to bring the case to federal court.

 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ledger report

Allegations of a ‘slush fund’ emerge when a state audit finds questionable accounting practices under the former state schools superintendent.


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Clifton Adcock
A recently released investigative report by state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones’ office accused the state Department of Education under former Superintendent Sandy Garrett of maintaining a secret “slush fund.”
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Presidential visit

Next week, Barack Obama will make his first presidential trip to Oklahoma.


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Clifton Adcock
The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will make the first visit of his term to Oklahoma next week.
 
Friday, March 16, 2012

Open books

The City Council passes symbolic support for increased transparency in campaign financing.


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Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma City Council passed a resolution March 6 supporting any effort by the Legislature or the state Ethics Commission requiring more disclosure in campaign financing.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking ahead

A temporary transformation of a city block seeks to make a lasting impression on residents and developers.


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Clifton Adcock
The Urban Land Institute wants to make a tactical strike on blight by introducing a vision that, if only briefly, will put people in an interactive rendering of what could be.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Conspiracy theory

Sen. Inhofe’s first book continues his attack on views of man-made climate change.


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Clifton Adcock
James Inhofe
4 p.m. Friday
Full Circle Bookstore
1900 NW Expressway
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fade out

A Senate bill phases out incentives that lure filmmakers to the state.


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Clifton Adcock
A plan to pay for income tax cuts by doing away with several tax credits and incentives is facing some push back from a group that contends the measure essentially would end moviemaking in Oklahoma.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dogged park

A pair of Oklahoma City Council members assail plans surrounding renovation of a downtown park.


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Clifton Adcock
Controversy over the city’s plans for Bicentennial Park erupted during the Feb. 28 Oklahoma City Council meeting, with some council members irked that the park had been prioritized over other projects, and wondering who had made that decision.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stunning discrepancy

OKC police dispute an Amnesty International report that the department leads the nation in stun-gun deaths.


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Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma City Police Department is taking issue with a recent report by Amnesty International listing the force as having the highest number of Taser-related deaths among U.S. law enforcement agencies.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

Drug-testing for dollars

A flurry of legislative proposals requires drug screening for public assistance.


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Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a number of bills this session to require drug-testing for applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Primary prepping

With recent visits from Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, all the GOP presidential hopefuls have visited the Sooner State.


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Clifton Adcock
The two Republican presidential candidates who had yet to come to the state finally made their way to Oklahoma, in preparation for the primary Tuesday.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lawn games

Plans for a downtown park redesign are amended with hopes of satisfying detractors.


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Clifton Adcock
Over the next few weeks the Oklahoma City Council will consider a redesign of a historic downtown park that has produced internal conflict at City Hall.
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rick’s their pick

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum champions domestic energy production during his visit to OKC.


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Clifton Adcock
The candidate was surrounded on stage by cameras and reporters, and just beyond the media crush, a throng of people waited for a chance to witness “Santorum’s momentum.”
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Next Stage

Could the playful nature of Stage Center be well-suited for a children’s museum?


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Clifton Adcock
The best neutral term to describe the design of downtown Oklahoma City’s Stage Center is “unique.” The building tends to elicit extreme responses.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
 
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