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Oklahoma City Council Comments Raise Questions About Race, Representation

A week ago, the so-called “panhandling ordinance” dominated the Oklahoma City Council meeting, with several residents taking advantage of the public comment period to voice their concerns. But during discussion of a separate item on the docket, one resident brought up broader issues of race and community in Oklahoma City. Item IX R would allocate about $2 million from the Northeast Renaissance tax increment finance (TIF) district to the Northeast Shopping Center project along NE 36th Street...
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Melike Yetken speaking at an April 23, 2015 policy forum at American University that looked at how NGOs and government agencies are collaborating with the private sector to help solve poverty and development-related public policy problems.
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Last year President Obama announced a National Action Plan that would follow United Nations guidelines to promote responsible business practices and human rights around the world.

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A week ago, the so-called “panhandling ordinance” dominated the Oklahoma City Council meeting, with several residents taking advantage of the public comment period to voice their concerns.

In Brussels today, NATO defense ministers urged Russia to stop backing Syrian President Bashar Assad. At the same time, Syria’s top general praised the Russians for their airstrikes, saying they have cleared the way for the new ground offensive that Syrian troops have mounted to eliminate terrorists – a term the Syrian government uses to refer to all armed opposition to Assad.

This post was updated at 4:25 p.m.

In a shocking move Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race for speaker of the House, throwing the GOP leadership race into chaos and confusion.

According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting — where lawmakers were expected to pick a successor to retiring House Speaker John Boehner — McCarthy told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory.

Texas Longhorns mascot BEVO XIV will not be attending this weekend's Texas-OU Red River Showdown, due to a life threatening condition. 

The University of Texas Silver Spurs Alumni Association, the organization that cares for BEVO, says he will stay in Austin to be monitored by veterinarians instead of making the trip to Dallas.

Downtown Tulsa from the banks of the Arkansas River.
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It’s been decades since Tulsa decided the portion of the Arkansas River that runs through the city was too dirty and dangerous to swim in. The river is much cleaner now, but convincing the public it’s OK to hop in won’t be easy.

The Arkansas River is an iconic feature of Tulsa, cutting across downtown and winding through the west side of the city. But it has a bad reputation.

Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart speaks to reporters during an April 14, 2010 rally.
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On Wednesday the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the felony blackmail conviction for Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart.

The court also reversed a $1,000 fine.

The Chisholm View wind farm near Hunter, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to remove an expired wind energy incentive from the federal tax code.

The federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy expired in December 2014, but since it’s part of the tax code, lawmakers can extend it by bundling it with legislation to extend other tax credits and incentives. That has happened as recently as July, when a Senate committee voted to extend the PTC as part of a $95 billion bundle of incentives.

Charles Frederick Warner
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Autopsy records show Oklahoma death row inmate Charles Warner received the wrong drug during his January lethal injection.

The death penalty reared its head again at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. It was the first time the court publicly considered a death case since last term, when a constitutional challenge to lethal injection procedures erupted into a rare, nasty and vituperative debate among the justices. This time, the issues were far more technical but still a matter of life and death.