city council

OKC City Council hears Costco Plans for 500 more jobs

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The City Council for the City of Oklahoma City plowed through over five hours of meeting details and discussion in a virtual meeting.
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Q&A with Jabee Williams at BLM protest against DA David Prater

The following is a short Q&A this reporter had with local rapper and eastside native Jabee Williams Thursday. He was attending a protest of DA David Prater.
Prater protest

Protesters focus criticism on DA David Prater at OKC rally

DA David Prater is now receiving criticism by Black Lives Matter OKC and allies after some of its teen members were charged with inciting to riot.
MAPS 4 passes

MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board swears in members in first meeting

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In a largely symbolic effort, the newly empaneled MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board met for the first time on Thursday. Members were sworn in and rules set.
unemployment

OESC convention center event draws 1,000+ jobless seeking relief

Wednesday over 1,000 came to the a convention center in Midwest City in hopes of moving their unemployment insurance cases along.
activists

Facing charges from street painting incident, activists turn themselves in

Sincere Terry and her mother gave each other a long hug as the 18-year-old reached out to hold the hand of her...
firefighters

OKC firefighters return from quarantine as one goes to hospital for COVID

Some OKC firefighters have returned to duty from quarantine as other continue to sit out their 14 days. But, one of the ten infected is now hospitalized.
ZIP code

OKC Public Schools to offer both in-person and virtual options in new year

Oklahoma City Public Schools will use a plan for the upcoming school year intended to provide maximum flexibility in a still highly-unpredictable pandemic.
protests

ACLU criticizes DA David Prater for charges against protesters

The Oklahoma ACLU criticized the Oklahoma County's District Attorney David Prater for charging some protesters under Oklahoma's anti-terrorism laws.
Unemployment

Over 200 waiting in line daily for Oklahoma unemployment help

A number of people are seeking help daily with unemployment claim problems by waiting in line at the main Oklahoma Employment Commission (OESC) offices.
Oklahoma State Fair

Oklahoma State Fair canceled as coronavirus spikes in state

The Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City has been cancelled for 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus in Oklahoma this summer.
Oklahoma City Hall

Oklahoma City has no health codes to respond to COVID-19 pandemic

The only health department codes The City of Oklahoma City has to work with are state-level health laws that were not written anticipating a pandemic.
shelter in place order

COVID-19: Holt not reversing opening yet – but watching numbers closely

Tuesday, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt strongly urged hand-washing, distancing, and wearing masks but stopped short of requiring masks in public places.
Douglass High School

OKCPS Douglass HS coach tests positive for COVID-19

Oklahoma City Public Schools now has a new positive COVID-19 test among its staff - this time a coach at Frederick A. Douglass High School in Oklahoma City.
Putnam City Public Schools

Putnam City Schools Board of Ed denies Sodexo contract by narrow vote

Sodexo, a facilities management service corporation, narrowly missed getting a contract for support and maintenance staffing at Putnam City Public Schools.
Criminal Justice Authority

Jail Trust debates City contract, approves Jail lease, hears COVID report

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The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority (Jail Trust) approved a slate of contracts and agreed to an historic lease of the Oklahoma County Jail.
Children's march

Black Lives Matter Children’s March for Justice points to next generation

For the BLM Children's March for Justice, grandparents all the way to babies in strollers massed to march to Moses F. Miller stadium at Douglass High.
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Torch passed from McDaniel to Picard Davis at 20th deadCenter Film Fest

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The 20th annual deadCenter Film Festival finished its first successful run at moving its content completely online and passed the torch of leadership.
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Pandemic already giving way to rising homelessness numbers in OKC

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The pandemic that has caused the greatest unemployment rate since the Great Depression is showing rising numbers of people experiencing homelessness.
DACA

OKC DACA recipients relieved as Supreme Court decision blocks Trump

The Supreme Court handed down a decision Thursday blocking the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.

Black Lives Matter Children’s March for Justice coming Sunday, June 21

Black Lives Matter OKC is organizing a youth and children's march on the east side of OKC Sunday, June 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
police protest

Council approves budget, passes police resolution as protesters gather

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In a nine-hour meeting Tuesday, the City Council adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 after hearing many public comments and passsed a policing resolution.

Supreme Court decision protecting gay, transgender workers celebrated

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Monday to protect workers under Title VII was a major surprise nationally and to local LGBTQ+ advocates.
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deadCenter roundup, day 5: GetAWAY, 1717 Primrose and Bastards’ Road

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Today’s roundup focuses on director Blayne Weaver’s revisionist slasher film GetAWAY, Jacob Snovel and Brooks Hall’s 1717 Primrose and Bastards’ Road.
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deadCenter Roundups: Robot Riot, Laura Hasn’t Slept, Parkland Rising

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Today’s roundup: sci-fi action film Robot Riot, short shocker Laura Hasn’t Slept and documentary about Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland Rising.

Opinion

Stitt’s “personal responsibility” mask policy is pushing us toward the abyss

Gov. Kevin Stitt is committing gubernatorial malpractice by refusing to mandate masks and it is driving Oklahoma toward the abyss.

We have a responsibility to challenge police when they kill

When police and prosecutors overstep their authority, all citizens have a responsibility to speak up White or Black.

Trump’s July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore attempts to divide country

Trump’s rabid demagoguery at his July 3 Mount Rushmore rally painted everyone who does not support him as less than American and less than human.

Rich become richer, poor become poorer under pandemic economy

Whenever President Donald Trump crows about his U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report, it is full of self-congratulations and empty of context.

Oklahoma’s unemployment crisis – direct result of Stitt’s COVID-19 policies

In Oklahoma and throughout the nation, coronavirus illuminated a deep divide in the rights and privileges of workers.

deadCenter Film Festival 2020

Torch passed from McDaniel to Picard Davis at 20th deadCenter Film Fest

The 20th annual deadCenter Film Festival finished its first successful run at moving its content completely online and passed the torch of leadership.

deadCenter roundup, day 5: GetAWAY, 1717 Primrose and Bastards’ Road

Today’s roundup focuses on director Blayne Weaver’s revisionist slasher film GetAWAY, Jacob Snovel and Brooks Hall’s 1717 Primrose and Bastards’ Road.

deadCenter Roundups: Robot Riot, Laura Hasn’t Slept, Parkland Rising

Today’s roundup: sci-fi action film Robot Riot, short shocker Laura Hasn’t Slept and documentary about Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland Rising.

“Revival” director, performers explain process of music video production

Reagan Elkins' skillful filmmaking coupled with Maggie McClure and Shane Henry's musical and acting skills came together to get the story told well.

deadCenter Roundups, Day 3 feature, short, documentary

Today’s roundup - director Scott Dow’s Breaking Them Up, Gina Marie Foxhoven’s EXI[S]T and Mike Plante’s Wyatt Earp documentary, And With Him Came the West.

deadCenter Roundups, Day 2: Shifter, Little Chief and Big Fur

Today’s roundup focuses on director Jacob Burns’ Shifter, Erica Tremblay’s Big Chief and Dan Wayne’s oddball taxidermy documentary Big Fur.

deadCenter roundups: Test Pattern, Feeling Through and Billie

Oklahoma City Free Press will feature three films from the deadCenter Film Festival each day: a feature-length narrative film, short film, and documentary.