Coverage of Sunshine Week 2011 - an annual nationwide initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information

From Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
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  • Let the sun shine

    Bryan Dean | Updated: Thu, Jun 13, 2013

    Sunday begins Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote open government. You will see lots of stories in The Oklahoman about the topic, and we’ll be blogging about it as well. Throughout the week we’ll try to address why openness is so important and some of the issues on the front lines of...

  • Oklahoma panel talks revolve around birth dates

    By John Estus | Updated: Fri, Apr 2, 2010

    Whether the dates of birth of public employees should be an open record dominated discussion Saturday at the annual Okla-homa Sunshine Conference. The issue has become a hot topic in state and local governments lately because of legislation and legal rulings related to news reporters’...

  • Oklahoma juvenile agency seeks site for school

    BY VALLERY BROWN | Updated: Wed, Dec 1, 2010

    Office of Juvenile Affairs Executive Director Gene Christian informed about 50 employees at the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs last week they could lose their jobs by summer. But despite approaching layoffs, furloughs and cuts to nearly every service provided by the department, Christian is...

  • After Oologah outbreak, Oklahoma to give vaccinations

    BY SONYA COLBERG | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    OOLOGAH — Children and adults with Oologah-Talala Elementary School that experienced an outbreak of bacterial meningitis that killed two students will get vaccinations this week under a state Health Department plan. Doses of the vaccine have been ordered and are expected to arrive in...

  • Stone monument to move next door to Haskell County Courthouse

    BY RANDY ELLIS | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    STIGLER — A monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the Haskell County Courthouse in Stigler is scheduled to be transferred this morning to a new location in front of the adjacent American Legion building, officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month refused to...

  • Oklahoma lawmaker hangs picture switch on joke, beliefs

    BY MICHAEL MCNUTT | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    A freshman Republican lawmaker stepped forward Tuesday and said he moved the portrait of President Barack Obama that hangs in the House chamber "to bring levity to what was otherwise a very contentious day.” "Why are you guys making such a big deal about something that was just a...

  • Oklahoma lawmaker exemption keeps public in the dark on records

    BY JOHN ESTUS | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    Oklahoma’s open government laws shine light on local governments statewide but are noticeably dark when it comes to the state’s top public body — the Legislature. The Legislature years ago exempted itself from the state Open Records and Open Meeting acts. As a result, state...

  • Oologah-Talala public schools' students to receive meningitis vaccine

    BY SONYA COLBERG | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    In the wake of the deadly meningitis outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma, students attending Oologah-Talala public schools are scheduled to get vaccinated against meningococcal bacteria this week, the state Health Department announced. Students, along with faculty and staff, may get the free shots...

  • Ford Center projects to see design changes

    BY BYRAN DEAN | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    Budget constraints are causing the city to re-think the last phase of Ford Center renovations funded by a 1-cent sales tax approved in 2008. The city council voted Tuesday to pay architects Sink and Combs Dethlefts $100,000 to make changes to the designs for the project, including eliminating a...

  • Oklahoma City man arrested in slaying

    BY MICHAEL KIMBALL | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    The estranged husband of a woman found dead Saturday in the bedroom of her southwest Oklahoma City home was arrested Monday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. William M. Watson, 24, was being held without bail Tuesday in the Oklahoma County jail on a murder complaint, jail records...

  • Police pursuit in Norman lands woman behind bars

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON | Updated: Tue, Mar 16, 2010

    NORMAN — A Norman woman was arrested Tuesday after a police pursuit through a residential neighborhood that ended when she lost control of her pickup and struck another vehicle, officers said. Paige Whitlow, 20, was booked into the Cleveland County jail on complaints of attempting to...

  • Oklahoma City area projects benefit from stimulus

    BY BRYAN DEAN | Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

    Oklahoma City Council members got an update Tuesday on how the city is spending about $50 million it has received as part of last year’s package of federal stimulus funds. Mike Randall, a special projects coordinator in the city manager’s office, walked council members through all of...

  • Report studies Oklahoma health costs

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL | Updated: Tue, Mar 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Premiums for family health care policies in Oklahoma jumped 40 percent over the last decade, according to a new study that shows more middle-class Oklahomans are uninsured. The study, to be released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says employers that offer health...

  • Villa Teresa School reports series of vandalism

    BY CHRIS SCHULTZ | Updated: Tue, Mar 16, 2010

    Officials at Villa Teresa School hope the release of surveillance photos of two males will help solve a series of vandalism at the private school. The photos, taken at 3:17 a.m. Saturday, show two young men running across the property. The photos were released by the Oklahoma City Police...

  • ‘No good reason’ why rifle fired, Haileyville students report

    BY MICHAEL KIMBALL | Updated: Tue, Mar 16, 2010

    HAILEYVILLE — Two students who were investigated in an incident involving a rifle fired on a high school campus gave "no good reason” for why the gun was fired, according to a police report reviewed Tuesday by The Oklahoman. Haileyville High School Principal Roger Hemphill said...


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