Oklahoma City

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahomans voted in 2016 to reduce penalties for drug possession and this year approved a state question welcoming medical marijuana into the state. Officials in two cities recently reacted to those decisions. 

Oklahoma City, the state’s largest municipality, has chosen to reduce fines and eliminate jail terms for marijuana possession. 

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Council heard public testimony Tuesday on an ordinance that would eliminate jail terms and reduce fines for possession of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia.

If the proposed ordinance is adopted, Oklahoma City’s punishments for marijuana possession would fall from a maximum $1,200 fine and up to six months in jail to a maximum fine of $400 with no jail time. Police would also cite people up to $200 for having some types of drug paraphernalia.

Oklahoma Historical Society

As Joyce Henderson and Joyce Jackson walk across the wooden floor of the refurbished Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Oklahoma City, they’re flooded with memories of what took place here nearly 60 years ago.

Calvary Baptist isn’t a church anymore; It’s now a law firm. But in the late ’50sit also served as a rallying point where Henderson and Jackson’s school teacher, and leader of the local sit-in movement, Clara Luper, prepared them for civil rights protests that could have left them humiliated, arrested or injured.

Kateleigh Mills / KOSU Radio

The Oklahoma City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday to impound the Bird electric scooters beginning Monday, August 20th,  if the company fails to file a revocable permit with the city. 

The rental service dropped off dozens of electric scooters in downtown OKC without notice two weeks ago. The scooters are being parked and rented on public right-of-ways, in violation of city ordinances.

Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Sue Campbell and her husband David stand under a tree at a dog park along a busy highway near Lake Hefner. Their dog is here, too — a 3-year-old ball of furry energy named Louie.

“Louie is a miniature schnauzer and Staffordshire terrier mix,” Sue said.

Kateleigh Mills / KOSU

The construction of the Oklahoma City Streetcar system is almost complete and testing on the cars has already begun.

 

On the corner of Sheridan and Hudson passing by rather quietly is one of the OKC Streetcars making its stop at the Myriad Gardens, one of 22 stops around the city.

 

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Oklahoma City in early 2018, and we're bringing you some of the stories that were recorded here. Locally recorded stories will air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KOSU.

A gunman who opened fire at an Oklahoma restaurant Thursday evening was confronted by two people who saw what was happening, got their guns and shot him dead, police said.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the teacher walkout to call for more funding for education enters week two at the State Capitol, candidate filing for the 2018 elections begins with record breaking numbers and Attorney General Mike Hunter releases an audit showing cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund site might have cost the state millions of dollars.

City of Oklahoma City

For the first time in 14 years, Oklahoma City has a new mayor.

On Tuesday morning, former state senator David Holt was sworn into office before his first city council meeting.

An Oklahoma City native, Holt is the 36th mayor and is also the first Native American to hold the title. At age 39, he’s also the youngest American leader of a city with more than 500,000 residents.

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