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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

Gimme shelter

May's deadly tornadoes have prompted a surge of interest in storm shelters.


News

Jerry Bohnen
In the wake of last month’s EF5 twisters, tornado shelter companies throughout the metro have been swamped with would-be customers ready to buy some peace of mind.
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Not business as usual

Two havens for entertainment are among scores of businesses impacted by the tornado.


News

Jerry Bohnen
Two iconic entertainment venues were among the scores of businesses hit hard by the May 20 tornado.
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Good humor

A metro radio station switches to round-the-clock comedy.


Features

Jerry Bohnen
Round-the-clock comedy is on Oklahoma City radio with a recent format change at 1560 AM KEBC.
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

No comment

Sen. Jim Inhofe has opposed China’s previous deal-cutting with U.S. energy companies, but has nothing to say about Chesapeake’s recent venture with a Chinese firm.


News

Jerry Bohnen
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, doesn’t lack an opinion on most topics, but there are exceptions.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

KKNG of kings

The transformation of KKNG to religious radio is just the latest gain for the Oklahoma Catholic Broadcasting Network.


Features

Jerry Bohnen
Larry Sousa had wanted to work in radio news since he was a child. Things didn’t work out that way for the 71-year-old — until now. Decades later, the Norman resident and devout Catholic isn’t just working in radio, but Catholic radio: Oklahoma City’s KKNG 97.3 FM.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

From board to booked

Controversy erupts after District Attorney David Prater files criminal charges against the state Pardon and Parole Board.


News

Jerry Bohnen
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has met a storm of criticism since his March 13 filing of criminal charges against the state Pardon and Parole Board. In the wake of an investigation that began last summer, Prater has accused the board’s five members of repeatedly violating the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prater files charges against the state's Pardon and Parole Board


News

Jerry Bohnen
Just as Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater vowed, he has filed misdemeanor charges against the five members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board, accusing them of violating Oklahoma’s Open Meeting Act.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Zoning out

OKC officials abruptly back off a controversial rezoning request for a historic neighborhood near the OU Health Sciences Center.


News

Jerry Bohnen
After nearly a year of efforts by Oklahoma City to rezone the historic John F. Kennedy residential neighborhood for the expansion of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, city officials are withdrawing their rezoning request.
 
Monday, February 11, 2013

The next move

Both sides in the abortion debate consider their options after recent rulings by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.


News

Jerry Bohnen
Commemorate, observe or celebrate the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme court decision, Roe v. Wade: It’s what millions of Americans have done over the past several weeks.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

School struggles

OKC school district officials continue to deal with problems involving required coursework at Douglass Mid-High.


News

Jerry Bohnen
Oklahoma City Public Schools officials made an embarrassing admission last November when they said an audit of Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School revealed that 81 percent of the seniors were not on track to graduate on time.
 
Monday, February 4, 2013

School daze

In the midst of scandal, an embattled OKC high school learns that 81 percent of its senior class is not on track to graduate next spring.


News

Jerry Bohnen
In the wake of scandal that has engulfed Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School, state officials found that 81 percent of its senior class does not meet the necessary criteria to graduate next spring. According to an audit conducted by the state Department of Education, 87 of 107 senior students need additional credits and/or state tests to graduate on time.
 
Friday, November 30, 2012

A tale of email

Questions arise from emails unearthed by a school district investigation into a former high school principal.


News

Jerry Bohnen
Documents obtained from Oklahoma City Public Schools show that former Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School Principal Brian Staples changed failing grades of some students, as alleged by teachers he had fired. Emails written by Staples suggest he improved Ds and Fs to Cs because some teachers had not complied with grade reporting standards created at the high school. Douglass’ standards were different from district policy due to a federal education improvement program.
 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Setting up camp

A Friday fundraiser benefits a foundation dedicated to camps for children with life-threatening illnesses.


Youth

Jerry Bohnen
Cavett Kids Foundation’s Got Talent
5:30 p.m. Friday
Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
cavettkids.org
271-2271
$125-$1,000

 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Killing fields

Metro police are baffled by an exceptionally bloody year in city homicides.


News

Jerry Bohnen
It would be easy to assume that this year’s spike in murders in Oklahoma City has been gang-related. But that might be the wrong conclusion based on a study of the 81 homicides recorded by Oklahoma City police as of Nov. 9. It appears probable the city’s murder list could creep into the 90s by year’s end.
 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
 
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