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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Gov. Mary Fallin responds to a question during an interview in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Fallin says she's had no direct contact with Donald Trump's presidential campaign about serving as his vice president.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, and anyone currently in public service, should relay a message of equal justice.

Fallin told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday’s State of the Union she believes Donald Trump is trying to campaign as a racial healer in the aftermath of violence last week in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.

More than 1,000 demonstrators march down the Walnut Ave. bridge in Bricktown during Sunday evening's Black Lives Matter protest.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement marched in downtown Oklahoma City on Sunday to call for policing reform.

Protesters chanted “We come in peace,” “What do we want? Justice,” and “Black lives matter,” as they filled up the pavilion in front of the Harkins Theatre in Bricktown. Along the way, some stopped to share a hug or handshake with on duty Oklahoma City police officers. The demonstration was peaceful, and speakers called for systemic changes for how police interact with minority communities.

Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

More than one thousand people marched through downtown Oklahoma City for a protest against the treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement, and to honor the five officers killed Thursday in Dallas.

The group gathered just north of Bricktown and marched down the Walnut Ave. bridge past the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and assembled near the fountain in front of the Harkins Theatre.

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July 10, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

There are a few tickets left for the Oklahoma City performance of the Capitol Steps, this Saturday at 8pm at the OCCC Performing Arts Center. There’s a link to the tickets on the KGOU web page, and I hope to see you in the audience.

We're still waiting for the full picture of what happened in Dallas, Texas — and in Baton Rouge, La., and in Falcon Ridge, Minn., for that matter — to emerge. But what we know so far is this: In Dallas on Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered for what had been a peaceful protest over the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, two black men who were killed by police officers earlier in the week.

Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered Oklahoma and American flags flown at half-staff on all state property through Wednesday morning.

Oklahoma's elected officials and city leaders were quick to condemn Thursday night's sniper attacks in its southern neighbor. Dallas is just over a three hours drive south of Oklahoma City. U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who grew up in Dallas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, met with police officers in Guthrie Friday afternoon.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma City Chief of Police Bill Citty offered his condolences to Dallas police following the deadly attack that killed five officers and injured several others at a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration Thursday.

 

Speaking in front of a wall honoring fallen officers at the Oklahoma City Police Department Headquarters, Citty said the department has not received any specific threats ahead of a Black Lives Matter protest in Oklahoma City Sunday evening. 

 

Women hold posters during a protest opposing Britain's exit from the European Union in Berlin, Saturday, July 2, 2016. About 50 people staged a protest Saturday in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate against the recent British referendum to leave the EU.
Markus Schreiber / AP

Two weeks after a majority of British voters declared they wanted to leave the European Union, there’s still a tremendous amount of uncertainty about how exactly that’s going to happen.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, center, speaks as coach Steve Kerr, left and general manager Bob Myers listen during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
Beck Diefenbach / AP

The Golden State Warriors formally announced the signing of former Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant on Thursday. Durant publicized his decision Monday, but Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals. He agreed to a two-year contract worth more than $54 million.

During a news conference at the team's practice facility in downtown Oakland, Durant said the relationships he built in Oklahoma City made the decision to leave difficult.

Dr. Scott Dellinger talks with a patient at Willowood at Mustang senior living center in Mustang.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Last week the insurance industry group Genworth released an annual report that showed returns for home health care in Oklahoma fell in 2015 compared to previous years. But the costs for all healthcare segments in Oklahoma are going up, and the price of home healthcare rose 2.5 percent over last year.

That’s related to a nationwide trend of rising home care costs as Medicare providers try to keep chronically ill patients out of hospitals, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

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