• Midwest City council member leads effort to help youth

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Councilwoman Christine Price Allen was instrumental in getting a Boys & Girls Club opened in Midwest City at Telstar Elementary School.

  • Timeline for Oklahoma County jail

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A look back at the history of the beleaguered Oklahoma County jail.

  • Oklahoma business people

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Business people for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

  • Oklahoma researcher reports link between pharmacies' output, overdoses

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Medicaid program compared data from the state medical examiner’s office and its own system to look for any correlations.

  • Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The woman, barely 100 pounds, is the sickest patient Dr. Leland Dennis has ever seen in more than 20 years practicing psychiatry. “Have you ever had treatment?” Dennis, the Oklahoma County jail psychiatrist, asked the female inmate. “I tried to get it, and people told me I was crazy,” she said. Nestled in the corner of the women's mental health and pregnancy unit at the Oklahoma County jail, the woman lives in cell No. 12. A pink slip on the door signifies that she recently attacked someone. Jail likely marks the first time she has been under a psychiatrist's care. For the past 16 years, she has suffered from an untreated mental illness. She has listened to the roaring sound of incessant voices in her

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Rick M. Green: A look at what's happening at the Oklahoma Capitol for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

  • National expert points out jails weren’t built as mental health care facilities

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    As Oklahoma County's jail struggles with providing mental health care to patients, an expert from John Jay University offers insights into how the problem arose.

  • Parricide: High-profile killings in Oklahoma leaves experts searching for explanations

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    In nearly all parricide cases, a type of homicide in which a person kills a parent or other close family member, the perpetrators fall into one of three categories, said Howard Kurtz, a criminal justice professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

  • Diamond Ballroom’s memories will shine in new book

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City photographer Vernon L. Gowdy III, 60, is working on a book to save the stories and performers' photos from the Diamond Ballroom.

  • Oklahoma County jail has long history of woes

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Lack of mental health care isn't not the only problem at the Oklahoma County jail since it opened.

  • Republican accomplishments in Congress are worth noting

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    UNDER Republican control of Congress, lawmakers have advanced modest but sensible proposals that were previously stymied under Democratic control. Yet many conservative activists decry this as a do-nothing Congress. That conservatives hoped for more from a Republican Congress is understandable. But expectations must be tempered by political reality. So long as Barack Obama is president, progress on the nation's most pressing challenges will be exceedingly difficult. Many national policy failures originated with Obama, and he remains committed to preserving those mistakes regardless of the consequences to citizens. Nonetheless, this Congress has been far more productive than its predecessors.

  • Affirming a person's right to die

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying. Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed, knew her brain cancer would fill her final months with excruciating headaches, seizures, paralysis, loss of eyesight and the ability to speak. Radiation and chemotherapy would have purchased mere months. She would not put her loved ones through her cancer's depredations. Advances in public health and medical capabilities for prolonging life — and dying — intensify interest in

  • How does a child get kicked out of preschool?

    By Sarah Chacko CQ-Roll Call (TNS) | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Mental health consultant Wendy Jones is trying to explain how a 3-year-old child gets expelled from a preschool school class, and it's taking a long time. Her explanation includes cultural differences and parental struggles in the family that put pressure on children. It also involves teachers who lack consistent support and are more concerned with starting the day's lesson than exploring why four boys are feeling “mad,” “sad,” “angry,” and “upset.

  • Education briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Baptist church receives recognition for helping after Moore storms The Oklahoma State School Boards Association honored Emmaus Baptist Church on Saturday for its contribution to public education. The church at 16001 S Western Ave. twice provided a temporary home for elementary students in the Moore School District displaced by storms that damaged or destroyed their buildings. Emmaus took in Briarwood Elementary School students while that campus was rebuilt after the May 20, 2013, tornado. In March, when a powerful storm damaged the roof and several classrooms at Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary, the church provided a place for students to finish the year. The church also has provided counselors, test monitors and volunteers.

  • Oklahoma County jail: Timeline

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Almost from the moment it opened, the Oklahoma County jail has had issue after issue. Officials have commented for years that the jail is poorly designed and set up to create numerous safety issues. Over the years, county leaders have struggled to find a way to pay for construction of a new facility that they think voters would approve. Nov. 22, 1991 The doors of the newly completed Oklahoma County jail officially open, amid speeches and ceremony outside the $52 million structure at 201 N Shartel Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City. The jail was funded by a temporary 1-cent sales tax that ended Oct. 31, 1988. Jan.

  • Jail has long history of woes

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Chronic deficiencies at the Oklahoma County jail, including inadequate mental health treatment, have persisted for years despite efforts to find a resolution. A federal civil rights investigation begun more than 10 years ago documented 60 violations, leading to federal oversight beginning in 2009. The county agreed to make changes, and has, but Sheriff John Whetsel has said only major renovations or a new building can address remaining problems. News reports dating to 2002 have described the 13-story jail, opened in 1991 in downtown Oklahoma City at a cost of $52 million, as Oklahoma's largest mental health facility. Adjectives such as “beleaguered” have been used through the years to

  • 'They have to have a chance in life'

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Yesterday

    MIDWEST CITY — A Boys & Girls Club exists today in Midwest City, largely because of the efforts of a councilwoman who refuses to give up on needy children. The club opened last week at Telstar Elementary, an Oklahoma City District school located in Midwest City. Telstar has scored low on the state's A-F report card grading system, earning a 38 last year, for an ‘F.' That caught the attention of first-term Councilwoman Christine Price Allen. “Last year, I used to see all of these children hanging out a lot in the neighborhood,” Allen said. She knew something had to be done, and believed the answer was with the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

  • Mental health must stay on lawmakers' to-do list

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    THE death of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, allegedly at the hands of his son, shines a spotlight — yet again — on mental illness in Oklahoma and the need for policymakers to place the issue high on their list of priorities and keep it there. Costello was stabbed to death while meeting with his son, Christian, at an ice cream shop in northwest Oklahoma City. It was a stunning and tragic end for a man who, friends say, did all he could to help the young man who had struggled with mental illness for years. “He never gave up on Christian, when it would have been easier to do so,” said Jim Marshall, who was Costello's chief of staff and has known the family since 1992.

  • Forfeiture system must protect innocent

    BY STATE SEN. KYLE LOVELESS | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    In the history of the United States, we have had plenty of unjust, unconstitutional laws — Jim Crow, poll taxes, women being denied the right to vote. In years to come we will look back on this as an opportunity to end another unjust and un-American program: civil asset forfeiture. Simple concepts have profound effect; a person on the side of the road who is assumed to have drugs or to be affiliated with the drug cartels should never have to petition their government to get their lawfully gained property back, especially if they haven't been charged with or found guilty of a crime. In 2013, one Oklahoma county saw 42 forfeitures with only 29 of the property owners ever being charged with a crime. This is not justice.

  • #MyOklahoma

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 57,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.