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

Many Beds For Oklahoma's Homeless Youths Remain Empty

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. That is dismaying to Penny Reynolds, who heads a nonprofit youth-advocacy group, Sisu Youth, that set up the overnight shelter at the...
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Charmian Conrad writes the day’s specials on a chalkboard at Pump Bar in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission ruled Friday that bars and restaurants can infuse drinks with vegetables, fruits, spices, and even cured meats. Members reached the decision without much discussion.

The ruling came after the owner of The Pump in Oklahoma City asked for an ABLE ruling following the arrest of his bar manager for having bacon strips inside a vodka bottle.

Workers repair a road in Oklahoma City, July 9, 2014.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Mayor Mick Cornett says the next iteration of the MAPS sales tax could be used to repair crumbling infrastructure in Oklahoma City, but reiterated it likely won’t come this year.
Voters will consider renewing Oklahoma City's general obligation bond in 2017, and a street development impact fee will also take effect.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaking to thousands gathered at the Bandshell Stage on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on September 25, 2015.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Republican National Convention kicks off today in Ohio, and 43 delegates from Oklahoma are in Cleveland to select Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

Oklahoma’s Republican delegates are split proportionally. Ted Cruz received the most Super Tuesday primary votes, followed by Trump and Marco Rubio. Cruz earned 15 delegates, Trump has 13 and Rubio receives 12.

Hope Sutterfield is the Stephens County Republican Party chair and a bound Rubio delegate. Even though Trump wasn’t her first pick, she’s fine with supporting him as the nominee.

Nearly three years ago, Gov. Mary Fallin requested an investigation into allegations of fraud against the state’s largest virtual charter school.

State agents launched the probe of Epic Charter Schools and, about a year later, turned their findings over to the Attorney General’s Office.

Since then, no charges have been filed against Epic or its employees, and no announcement has been made about the case.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, talks with the media outside police headquarters in Guthrie, Okla, Friday, July 8, 2016. Lankford visited with police officers during a private meeting.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he thinks racial tension in this country could be improved if people intentionally spent more time with each other in their homes.

During a floor speech Thursday, the state's junior Republican Senator suggested what he called "Solution Sundays" – sharing a meal with a person or family of a different race once a week in order to have a greater dialogue about race in the country.

KGOU Is Everywhere!

Jul 17, 2016
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July 17, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

Every once in a while I like to look at the number of communities and zip codes of our members.  We have over three thousand members from two hundred zip codes within Oklahoma.

There are KGOU listeners in Woodward, Seiling and Moreland, listeners in Ada, Seminole, Wewoka, and Holdenville.  There listeners from Chickasha, Anadarko and Tuttle.  And I have to say there are some members so far away that they must be listening to the online audio stream.

Oklahoma state Capitol
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A panel established last year to study billions of dollars in tax credits and incentives met at the state Capitol Thursday to figure out what criteria they’ll use during their examination.

The Incentive Evaluation Commission will meet annually, and this year plan to look at a five-year property tax exemption for new and expanding manufacturing. The Associated Press says it costs about $67 million per year.

Customers pump gas at the OnCue Express at Interstate 35 and S. Fourth Street in Moore.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

A new study from JP Morgan Chase found that low gas prices led most consumers to spend their money on restaurants and retail, rather than increasing savings or paying down debt.

Oklahoma City’s drop - as a portion of income – was three or four times greater than many other large metro areas, even when regional price differences are factored in, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury has indicted a regent for the Regional University System of Oklahoma who’s also a former state lawmaker and rural electric cooperative CEO.

Terry Matlock faces 11 counts of embezzlement and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses. He’s accused of using Choctaw Electric Cooperative employees for work on his property, and using company funds for agriculture equipment, The Oklahoman’s Kyle Schwab reports:

A member of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 gestures while addressing a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign, at the university in Columbia, Mo. - Nov. 9, 2015
Jeff Roberson / AP

From South Africa, to Palestine, to Haiti, to a small college town in the middle of the United States, you’ll find injustice everywhere.

Clemson University women’s leadership lecturer Saadiqa Lundy has created empowerment and development programs in Africa and the Caribbean, But when Lundy met her husband Chenjerai Kumanyika, she became more of an activist and a protester. She says teaching a subject like that is completely different than actually being there.

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