Community support

In the wake of the shooting of a local black teenager, community members strive to provide support and foster conversation.
On May 29, the family of Isaiah Lewis, an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot in May, announced they have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Edmond.

Addressing homelessness

Oklahoma City Police Department officials organized a town hall to discuss neighborhood issues surrounding homelessness.
Community members gathered last week for an Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD) meeting to discuss homelessness.

Insufficient funds

Profligate spending and indiscriminate loan practices led to the downfall of a young Farmers Bank executive.
Less than a year after opening a branch in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district and reporting state-leading growth, Farmers Bank of Carnegie quietly removed its president after a bank examination resulted in a corrective order from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Oklahoma State Banking Department.

Charting education

Oklahoma Gazette looks at what exactly makes a charter school amid scandals surrounding one of the biggest in the state.
Charter schools were envisioned as institutions of innovation where teachers could have freedom to test new ways of educating students.

Chief enforcer

Former deputy chief Wade Gourley was promoted to Oklahoma City Police Department chief.
Oklahoma City Police Department’s (OKCPD) new police chief is a 30-year police veteran.

Project proposals

More than half of the MAPS 4 project proposals have been presented to Oklahoma City Council for consideration.
Members of Oklahoma City Council spent more than 10 hours hearing presentations on MAPS 4 proposals last week.

Cover: Paper cuts

The Oklahoman faces diminishing returns and logistical nightmares after its purchase by GateHouse Media.
The sound of folded copies of The Oklahoman slapping concrete in the pre-dawn hours was once familiar, but repeated cuts to the size, coverage, advertising and distribution have left many wondering not only if they will receive their newspaper that day but whether there soon will no longer be a daily newspaper at all.

Strong STEM

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools wants to place science, technology, engineering and mathematics centers in all 33 elementary schools.
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools (FOKCPS) is seeking community partners to help place science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centers in all of the district’s elementary schools before classes start Aug. 14.

Summer recreation

Jabee hosts a concert to raise money for Douglass Recreation Center.
Jabee Williams feels called to use his platform to stand up for issues when others might not be able to speak out.

Boulevard crossroads

An Oklahoma City Boulevard intersection is being moved, and city officials are seeking the most efficient way to reconfigure streets.
The Oklahoma City Boulevard intersection in lower Bricktown is being moved.

Park money

Oklahoma City voters could decide whether to pass a new excise tax to fund the city’s Parks & Recreation department.
An initiative petition to establish a dedicated fund for neighborhood parks was filed last week.

Open hearts

An Oklahoma City church is the latest to affirm its support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Crown Heights United Methodist Church is the latest Oklahoma church to join Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).

PRIDE Rainbow uprising

Oklahoma City’s LGBTQ+ community reckons with its past while dealing with modern concerns.
Much of the history of the LGBTQ+ community centers on its relationship with law enforcement.

Jail choice

The city council is set to decide whether to demolish three municipal buildings that have gone without use for years.
Oklahoma City Council deferred a resolution to demolish the old city jail, police headquarters and municipal court buildings.

Street life

Armed with statistics and trend analyses, various organizations are collaborating to tackle issues surrounding homelessness in Oklahoma.
Oklahomans in a packed Tower Theatre got a detailed look at homelessness statistics in Oklahoma City.

Public input

OKC residents favor voting for individual MAPS projects and allocating part of the penny tax for operations and maintenance.
A recent poll of likely Oklahoma City special elections voters shows many would like to see the MAPS vote done slightly differently moving forward.

Revitalizing Freedom

A new board of directors for Freedom Center has a long-term plan to restore the building and revitalize the civil rights landmark.
Efforts are underway to revitalize and repair one of Oklahoma’s most important civil rights landmarks into a community hub.

Food emergency

Councilwoman Nikki Nice aims to remedy northeast OKC’s lack of access to affordable, healthy foods.
Oklahoma City Council passed a 180-day moratorium on “small box discount stores” in the 73111 ZIP code.


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