Posts by Gaylord College/Oklahoma Watch

Bilingual Storm Alerts

Oklahoma’s Hispanic population is growing. Isis Palomino said that means more work is needed to ensure storm alerts are available in Spanish for those who can’t speak English.

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Overgrown Brush

Linda Campbell’s concern may seem mundane on the surface: untrimmed brush and weeds that creep out and smother roadsides. But Campbell sees higher stakes: safety and a symbol of neglect.

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Graffiti

As a librarian, Gloria Melchor is devoted to the value of reading and writing. That’s one reason she views the excessive graffiti on library walls and other structures in neighborhoods as an affront.

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Community Centers

Keeping kids out of trouble means keeping them active outside of school hours. Everett Johnson wants to see more community centers to provide activities that keep students off the streets and away from gangs.

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Police Presence

Oklahoma City’s police department is already spread thin, but residents like Nora Avalos want to see more police patrols to crack down on neighborhood crime.

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Speeding In Neighborhoods

The cars barrel down the hill past Kristy Trejo’s home and her children playing in the front yard. With modest means, she wonders what she could do to cause police to target the lead-footed drivers.

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Open Carry Gun Law

Oklahoma implemented open carry gun laws in 2012. Alvin Smith, who supports concealed carry laws, said he has concerns about openly carrying a gun as a black man in Oklahoma.

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Traffic Near Schools

Traffic near urban schools can be be horrible at the beginning and end of the day. Justin Hunt said it needs to be easier for schools to work with the city to alleviate traffic jams while improving safety.

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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is a common concern in many low-income neighborhoods. Beth Thomas said her home has been burglarized by people looking for quick cash to buy methamphetamine.

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