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The Tuesday Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report for the last 24 hours shows:-- 682 new cases-- 7 more death...
10/05/2021

The Tuesday Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report for the last 24 hours shows:
-- 682 new cases
-- 7 more deaths
For a quick check of COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

The Tuesday Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report for the last 24 hours shows:
-- 682 new cases
-- 7 more deaths
For a quick check of COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

In an effort to get relief for teachers who are having to take care of a whole other classroom that has no substitute fo...
10/05/2021
OKCPS Board of Ed hires temp service to provide substitute teachers

In an effort to get relief for teachers who are having to take care of a whole other classroom that has no substitute for the day, the district has turned to Kelly Education, a part of Kelly Services, Inc. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.

As of the OKCPS Board of Education meeting Monday, Kelly Education will be providing all substitute teachers to the district.

Several items of business were addressed in Monday's Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners meeting. But the one ...
10/04/2021
OK County Commissioners appoint new Jail Trustee over objections

Several items of business were addressed in Monday's Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners meeting. But the one that drew the most heat from several speakers was the appointment of Chad Alexander to the Jail Trust. The speakers criticized Calvey for appointing someone who had spent time in jail himself for drug abuse. There was an unexpected response from Commissioner Bumert about the criticisms, too. -- Marty Peercy reports.

The Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners met and took up a controversial nomination for the Oklahoma County Jail Trust Oct. 4, 2021.

The Las Fiestas de las Americas was back this year after having to go virtual last year. -- Pablo Angulo G was there Sat...
10/03/2021
Las Fiestas de las Americas returns to OKC with pride in Hispanic culture

The Las Fiestas de las Americas was back this year after having to go virtual last year. -- Pablo Angulo G was there Saturday and reports. He took plenty of photos, too!

More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday in the Historic Capitol Hill District to see the Fiestas de las Americas famous multicultural parade.

This is one of the regular places for Steve Gill and he gives us some insight into why it is.
10/01/2021
Flavor on Deck: The Season for Social in OKC

This is one of the regular places for Steve Gill and he gives us some insight into why it is.

If you’re anywhere near the OCU campus, this is an even better time than usual to hit up Social Deck + Dining.

Friday's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report shows over the last 24 hours:  + 1,452 new cases   + 46 new de...
10/01/2021

Friday's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report shows over the last 24 hours:

+ 1,452 new cases
+ 46 new deaths

For a quick check of the latest COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

Friday's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report shows over the last 24 hours:

+ 1,452 new cases
+ 46 new deaths

For a quick check of the latest COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

Thursday, (Sept. 30) Oklahoma COVID numbers from Oklahoma State Department of Health shows for the last 24 hours:  +1,88...
09/30/2021

Thursday, (Sept. 30) Oklahoma COVID numbers from Oklahoma State Department of Health shows for the last 24 hours:
+1,880 new cases
+78 deaths

For a quick check of the state's COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

Thursday, (Sept. 30) Oklahoma COVID numbers from Oklahoma State Department of Health shows for the last 24 hours:
+1,880 new cases
+78 deaths

For a quick check of the state's COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

Wednesday's @HealthyOklahoma COVID report shows:  +76 dead in the last 24 hours  +1,500 new cases in the last 24 hoursFo...
09/29/2021

Wednesday's @HealthyOklahoma COVID report shows:

+76 dead in the last 24 hours
+1,500 new cases in the last 24 hours

For a quick check of Oklahoma COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

Wednesday's @HealthyOklahoma COVID report shows:

+76 dead in the last 24 hours
+1,500 new cases in the last 24 hours

For a quick check of Oklahoma COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

How about this? Here's how to see the ten finalists for the film shorts awards on Oscar Night. Brett Fieldcamp reports o...
09/29/2021
“Manhattan Short Film Festival” at OKCMOA lets filmgoers be the judges

How about this? Here's how to see the ten finalists for the film shorts awards on Oscar Night. Brett Fieldcamp reports on how Oklahoma City Museum of Art is providing this shorts program.

OKC audiences will have the honor to see the ten Academy short film finalists for 2021 and vote for Best Film and Best Actor.

Tonight Brett Fieldcamp is at OKC Broadway 's My Fair Lady on Broadway national tour for Free Press. Watch for his write...
09/29/2021

Tonight Brett Fieldcamp is at OKC Broadway 's My Fair Lady on Broadway national tour for Free Press. Watch for his write-up later. #musicals Civic Center Music Hall

Tonight Brett Fieldcamp is at OKC Broadway 's My Fair Lady on Broadway national tour for Free Press. Watch for his write-up later. #musicals Civic Center Music Hall

The City of Oklahoma City Council heard a detailed report about strategies for addressing homelessness and decided to po...
09/28/2021
OKC Council hears strategies on homelessness, renews CJAC agreement

The City of Oklahoma City Council heard a detailed report about strategies for addressing homelessness and decided to postpone the vote on a resolution about the U.S. Constitution. -- Marty Peercy reports.

The OKC City Council heard strategies for dealing with homelessness, renewed the CJAC agreement, and postposed a resolution vote.

The @HealthyOklahoma COVID report for Tuesday shows five more deaths and 648 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.To ...
09/28/2021

The @HealthyOklahoma COVID report for Tuesday shows five more deaths and 648 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

To check the latest numbers anytime, visit freepressokc.com.

The @HealthyOklahoma COVID report for Tuesday shows five more deaths and 648 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

To check the latest numbers anytime, visit freepressokc.com.

We work hard to provide the most useful and informative truly-local gov/culture/entertainment news focused on the OKC me...
09/28/2021

We work hard to provide the most useful and informative truly-local gov/culture/entertainment news focused on the OKC metro.

Please join those who have made that possible by clicking on the blue bar at the top of any page at freepressokc.com.

We work hard to provide the most useful and informative truly-local gov/culture/entertainment news focused on the OKC metro.

Please join those who have made that possible by clicking on the blue bar at the top of any page at freepressokc.com.

There are big developments in services the Latino Agency is offering its southside constituent Hispanic community. -- Pa...
09/26/2021
Latino Community Development Agency expands services and locations

There are big developments in services the Latino Agency is offering its southside constituent Hispanic community. -- Pablo Angulo G reports.

The Latino Community Development Center is opening a new location in the Historic Capitol Hill District during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition - OVAC - was back with their ever popular 12x12 Art Fundraiser Friday and our Brett Field...
09/26/2021
OVAC’s “12x12” art fundraiser returns with fanfare, challenges

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition - OVAC - was back with their ever popular 12x12 Art Fundraiser Friday and our Brett Fieldcamp was there for it.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition - OVAC - brought back the ever-popular 12X12 Fundraiser Friday, Sept. 24 and Brett Fieldcamp was there.

How about this! Latino Agency is celebrating 30 years of service and leadership in Oklahoma City's Hispanic community. -...
09/23/2021
Latino Community Development Agency celebrates 30 years of service

How about this! Latino Agency is celebrating 30 years of service and leadership in Oklahoma City's Hispanic community. -- Pablo Angulo-Gonzalez, Pablo Angulo G, reports.

The Latino Community Development Agency celebrated its 30th anniversary with a recognition and awards luncheon Sept. 22.

St. Vincent is the focus of this week's Music and Film column by Brett Fieldcamp. He digs into two of her newest express...
09/22/2021
St. Vincent bridges mystery, music with 'The Nowhere Inn' - Criterion gig

St. Vincent is the focus of this week's Music and Film column by Brett Fieldcamp. He digs into two of her newest expressions, one film, and the other live performances.

Oklahoma-born singer, songwriter Annie Clark - known as “St. Vincent” - has a new film, “The Nowhere Inn,” and new album “Daddy’s Home."

Evictions are picking up and there are concerns that they will rapidly increase over the next year. Marty Peercy reports...
09/22/2021
With fears of eviction numbers swelling, prevention experts share insights

Evictions are picking up and there are concerns that they will rapidly increase over the next year. Marty Peercy reports an important session convened Tuesday by three OKC City Council members to address the problem.

City elected officials welcomed three guests to a forum who are local experts on the housing crisis and eviction prevention Tuesday.

The Jail Trust heard specific recommendations from the Detention Center Action Committee but took no action or even set ...
09/20/2021
Jail Trust faces naysayers, receives annual Jail report - recommendations

The Jail Trust heard specific recommendations from the Detention Center Action Committee but took no action or even set a timeline for making one. -- Marty Peercy reports.

The Jail Trust heard protesters' concerns about detainees' health and received reports from Jail Administrator Greg Williams.

You can count on Marty Peercy to keep us informed about things going on with Oklahoma County government even if one of t...
09/20/2021
Eastern Okla County Triple X Road project moves closer to completion

You can count on Marty Peercy to keep us informed about things going on with Oklahoma County government even if one of the projects is eight years and running. #TripleXRoad

The regular meeting of the Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners yielded yet another step forward in the Triple X Road project.

Free Press broke the story August 2019 about how the Oklahoma City Boulevard designers created a dangerous intersection ...
09/20/2021
Why State DOTs Keep Making the Same Mistakes... and How to Break That Cycle

Free Press broke the story August 2019 about how the Oklahoma City Boulevard designers created a dangerous intersection at Klein and OKC Boulevard. It took a lot of patience and perseverance to deal with flinty, abrasive spokespeople at the Oklahoma DOT, the agency that designed the boulevard, fought against safe integration with the surrounding neighborhood, and then turned it over to the City. But, once the City of OKC got it, they worked on fixes and achieved them.

State transportation departments are often maddeningly resistant to change, and can be the biggest obstacle facing safe-streets advocates. A new article series from Smart Growth America digs deep into what has to happen—and is happening—to reform these agencies from the inside.

A grim Monday report from @HealthyOklahoma: +144 deaths over the weekend from COVID.For a quick check of COVID numbers a...
09/20/2021

A grim Monday report from @HealthyOklahoma: +144 deaths over the weekend from COVID.

For a quick check of COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

A grim Monday report from @HealthyOklahoma: +144 deaths over the weekend from COVID.

For a quick check of COVID numbers anytime visit freepressokc.com.

In recounting the history of First Americans in the United States, there are some hard truths to be told and encountered...
09/20/2021
First Americans Museum offers honest history - hard truth at opening

In recounting the history of First Americans in the United States, there are some hard truths to be told and encountered. Brett Fieldcamp brings that aspect of the museum into sharp focus.

The First Americans Museum (FAM) opening overarching theme was openness and blunt honesty about the hardship of the Native people in history.

Paula Sophia continues her serial memoir. If you are just now discovering this series, look to the bottom of this post f...
09/18/2021
Manhood -- from the inside out -- part 28 -- Heroic

Paula Sophia continues her serial memoir. If you are just now discovering this series, look to the bottom of this post for a complete, linked list of previous episodes.

Paula Sophia continues her saga of life's experiences and influences that contributed to who she is today.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Friday report, 47 people in Oklahoma have died from COVID in the la...
09/17/2021

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Friday report, 47 people in Oklahoma have died from COVID in the last 24 hours period reported.

For a quick check of basic COVID numbers any time visit freepressokc.com.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Friday report, 47 people in Oklahoma have died from COVID in the last 24 hours period reported.

For a quick check of basic COVID numbers any time visit freepressokc.com.

Our newest reporter, Pablo Angulo-Gonzalez  tells us about a unique opportunity to learn about Guatemalan culture during...
09/17/2021
OKC hosting Native Mayan, Guatemalan Art for Hispanic Heritage Month

Our newest reporter, Pablo Angulo-Gonzalez tells us about a unique opportunity to learn about Guatemalan culture during Hispanic Heritage Month.

As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Mayan and Guatemalan Art Exhibit is on display at the Oklahoma History Center.

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