Hugo, Okla., interim City Manager David Rawls.
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Why Hugo Hasn’t Seen One Cent Of Record Settlement Over Improperly Treated Drinking Water

Oklahoma’s primary environmental agency made a private contractor pay just under $1 million earlier in a settlement over improperly treated water in a small city in southern Oklahoma. But the state’s budget shortfall swallowed up the money before the city of Hugo had a chance to use it. By early 2015, the state Department of Environmental Quality had detected problems with the way UK-based Severn Trent was treating the water in Hugo. Later that year, a Journal Record report exposed the...
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A customer picks up her prescription at the pharmacy counter inside Walgreens at 1400 E. Second St. in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

In the first six months of 2016, a database helped block 20,000 sales of pseudoephedrine in Oklahoma.

The popular cold medicine is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and pharmacy counter sales are blocked if the buyer shows up on a national database. The National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx, includes names of people with methamphetamine-related convictions and buying histories, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Parents and teachers attending the July 25, 2016 Edmond City Council meeting to support State Question 779.
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The City of Edmond passed a resolution Monday night opposing a ballot initiative this fall that would raise Oklahoma’s sales tax by 1 percent to pay for education.

The tax hike would raise about $615 million per year for common and higher education in the state, but Edmond city leaders are worried it would hinder economic development. Oklahoma is the only state in the U.S. where cities and towns rely on local sales taxes as their primary source of revenue.

Counselor Donte Chattman stands outside the cabins at New Day Camp on Lake Texoma
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Kristen Harlin speeds a golf cart through the grassy fields overlooking Lake Texoma in Kingston. It’s muggy and hot and the sun is relentless. Harlin is the executive director of New Day Camp, a summer camp for children with incarcerated parents.

“All the campers here have the same, common thing going on in their life (sic). So if you get that stigma gone right away, they don't feel like they're the different person in the cabin,” Harlin says.

Leaders address incarceration as soon as kids step off the bus. Then it’s onto normal camp activities.

Demonstrators make their way around downtown, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
John Minchillo / AP

Oklahoma’s Democratic delegates are gathering in Philadelphia amid concern over leaked emails that show members of the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton over her rival, Bernie Sanders. Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign over the emails at the conclusion of this week’s convention.

Alera Henson, a Sanders delegate from Tulsa, says Wasserman Schultz’s decision to leave the post eased the concerns of her fellow Sanders supporters, but only momentarily.

A wind farm near Woodwoard and Harper Counties in northwestern Oklahoma.
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The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association might push Oklahoma legislators to extend some of the rights afforded oil and natural gas properties to alternative forms of energy like wind and solar, the Journal Record’Brian Brus reports:

Penny Reynolds, executive director of Sisu Youth, hopes to secure funding to open a 10-bed night shelter at Church of the Open Arms in Oklahoma City.
Trevor Brown / Oklahoma Watch

The five bunk beds, each with a white pillow and tightly fitted sheets, sit empty in the basement of the Church of the Open Arms in northwest Oklahoma City.

Nearby shelves hold donated clothing, cleaning products and young-adult novels.

All are waiting to be used by homeless teenagers. But for months, the beds and items have been sitting untouched by the young.

Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II, sustainment commander at Tinker Air Force Base, addresses the audience during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Tinker Leadership Community luncheon Friday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Tinker Air Force Base Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II says there aren’t enough computer scientists to meet workforce demands at either the base, or for private contractors like Boeing or Lockheed Martin.

Levy envisions the first signs of the next major war being electronic, when automatic teller machines suddenly don’t work, or the internet goes down, according to The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo:

Tracy McDaniel, principal and co-founder of KIPP Reach Academy in Oklahoma City, said the school has been working on increasing its retention rate of students.
Michael Willmus / Oklahoma Watch

A little-known trend in KIPP Reach Academy's school enrollment casts a new light on its achievement record – a record considered when the charter school’s expansionproposal went before the Oklahoma City school board Monday.

Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood fights back tears at a news conference in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, July 22, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

An Oklahoma State University men’s basketball player collapsed and died Thursday in Stillwater.

21-year-old forward Tyrek Coger was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center Thursday evening after a 40-minute team workout at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says Coger died due to an enlarged heart.

OSU head coach Brad Underwood, who was out of town at the time, said there is no worse feeling as a coach than getting the call he received Thursday.

A Turkish police officer patrols as pro-government supporters, gather on Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Turkish lawmakers approved a three-month state of emergency, endorsing new powers for Turkey's President Erdogan.
Petros Giannakouris / AP

A week after the beginning of a failed coup in Turkey, there are still so many unanswered questions about who was behind it and what’s next for the country that’s long walked a tightrope between religion and secularism.

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