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Thunder owner Clayton Bennett is at the forefront of criminal justice reform: From his 31st-floor office, Clay Bennett has a bird’s eye view of the county jail. It seems to sit especially heavy on land, unlike the tower where Bennett spends his days, which rises upwards with an air of aspiration. After years of ignoring something in plain sight, hardly a day goes by in which Bennett doesn’t think about the men and women in that jail, what led them there, and how to change a system he believes wastes Oklahoma City’s most precious resource: its people [Vera Institute].
Mayors of Tulsa, Oklahoma City discuss their cities’ potential, and Amazon, over luncheon: The mayors of Tulsa and Oklahoma City met for lunch Tuesday to discuss the challenges their cities face, briefly focusing on internet giant Amazon’s continent-wide search for the site of its second headquarters. After Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Mick Cornett, his counterpart from Oklahoma City, gave stump speeches on the challenges their cities face, the first question from an audience member went directly to the topic of Amazon [Tulsa World].
Rural recovery still dependent on oil and gas industry: The downturn in Oklahoma’s economy hit small communities harder than the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metros, but those towns are turning around now, according to Federal Reserve Bank economist Chad Wilkerson. As oil prices stabilized in late 2016 and the first half of this year, rural towns across the state showed a strong rebound, said Wilkerson, vice president of the Oklahoma City branch of the Fed [Journal Record].
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