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What we know, and what we still don't, about the Devon Energy, WPX Energy merger

On Monday, Tulsa-based WPX Energy and Oklahoma City-headquartered Devon Energy announced a plan to merge in an all-stock deal...

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OKC mask giveaways continue throughout October, 144,000 already handed out

October giveaways will be Thursdays at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

OKCFD COVID-19 alert rises The Oklahoma City Fire Department's COVID-19 alert level rose over the weekend to yellow, the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Alert Level Yellow declared at Oklahoma City Fire Department

Most of those off work are in quarantine and are not infected.

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Street by convention center to be named for Cornett

A street adjacent to the new Oklahoma City Convention Center is to be named Mick Cornett Drive after the former mayor. The city...

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Downtown OKC's Scissortail Park celebrating first anniversary today with John Fullbright concert, afternoon activities

Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. on the Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn and include live mural painting, a birthday...

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Tribes spend pandemic aid on projects, jobs, services

Tribes across Oklahoma are pumping millions back into the economy with CARES Act allocations being used to build emergency...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Artist collective Factory Obscura lights up downtown OKC with mobile attraction Downtown Starlight

Since debuting its latest artistic creation last month at the Scissortail Park Night Market, Factory Obscura has been using the...

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Theater review: Lyric Theatre puts on entertaining outdoor shows with 'Lyric Kids’ Clubhouse Cabaret' and 'Lyric’s Moonlight Cabaret' at downtown OKC's...

Among the first professional theaters in the country to resume live performances, Lyric is strictly limiting capacity,...

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Marijuana sales tax revenues multiply in Oklahoma City

Collections are up 38% with three months left in the year.

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Food in a desert: new grocer set to ease east side grocery woes

East Oklahoma City will see a supermarket return to the community as construction begins next month on a new Homeland. A...

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Eastside OKC Homeland deal rivals complexity of Skirvin restoration

The impending construction of a Homeland grocery store on the east side of Oklahoma City is the culmination of a years-long...

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Citizens not entitled to receive public records by email, judge rules

A Custer County judge says Oklahoma's Open Records Act needs a legislative fix to account for modern communication styles, i.e....

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Marijuana sales tax revenues grow greener in OKC

Marijuana sales tax revenues multiply Marijuana sales tax revenues more than doubled in July from the same month a year earlier...

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OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chats about Oklahoma City issues Friday mornings.

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Interviews and images: OKC's Civic Center Music Hall to undergo major renovations

Originally envisioned as part of the original 1993 Metropolitan Area Projects but ultimately left out, the Freede Little...

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TAKING THE STAGE: Civic Center's historic Freede Little Theatre to get full remodel

Donald Jordan was directing Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's 2007 production of "Moonlight and Magnolias" when the ceiling...

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Construction set to begin on new apartments adjacent to Omni Hotel, across from Chesapeake Energy Arena

Boulevard Place, a mix of housing and retail, is set for a construction start by next spring as design work proceeds on the...

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Oklahoma City Council seeks policing reforms consultant

A consultant will be hired to assist two groups tasked with recommending policing reforms to the Oklahoma City Council....

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OKC City Council approves marketing Cox Convention Center as a film studio

Downtown is set to get tested as a new film production hub after the Oklahoma City Council unanimously approved an agreement...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Oklahoma City reports city manager has tested positive for COVID-19

City Manager Craig Freeman tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine Monday, the city of Oklahoma City said. "The...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City mask giveaways a success, more planned this weekend

Public health officials gave away almost 50,000 masks over the weekend at events sponsored by the city of Oklahoma City. More...

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Oklahoma City reports city manager has tested positive for COVID-19

Craig Freeman began feeling ill over the weekend.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

Calendar: Voter countdown • For voters who sign up, absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election will be mailed out the first week...

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Profit cap no longer a 'side deal' at EMSA

A whistleblower's assessment of past misdeeds could be worth more than $16 million to EMSA, Oklahoma City's public ambulance...

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Lights, camera, action? City to consider conversion of Cox Convention Center for movie, TV production

The Cox Convention Center could be converted into a movie and television production studio as part of an agreement being...

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Jim Couch, former city manager, named to Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust

Tribal water issues are the topic of a virtual conference next week.

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5 historic OKC buildings once hidden but brought back to life

Like cities across the country, Oklahoma City showed little interest in historic preservation in the 1960s. Hundreds of...

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OKC ambulance service dispute spills over into court

Oklahoma City's ambulance service, EMSA, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking more than $16 million it claims is owed by the...

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Spending in OKC stronger than expected, sales tax results show

A better-than-expected economic rebound led Oklahoma City's city manager to lift the city's hiring freeze Tuesday. While sales...

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SandRidge closes deal to sell landmark tower, but future office location still in question

SandRidge Energy banked about $35.4 million through the sale of its corporate tower and associated annex to the state of...

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'Mask Up OKC' giveaways planned

Look for city-sponsored drive-thru mask giveaways on two upcoming Saturday mornings, Sept. 12 and 19, to encourage COVID-19...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lyric Theatre takes shows outdoors at Myriad Gardens with 'Lyric Kids’ Clubhouse Cabaret' and 'Lyric’s Moonlight Cabaret'

The nonprofit theater is taking musical programming for both adults and youngsters to downtown Oklahoma City with the Sept....

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OKC's Classen Inn reopens as an interactive, "funky" destination

Since opening on Aug. 14, the reopened 1963 motel has drawn more than three dozen Instagram posts by visitors attracted to the...

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Weekly festivals to include closing of NW 16 on Saturdays

Plaza District, a popular arts district west of downtown, will close NW 16 between Indiana and Gatewood avenues each Saturday...

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MAPS 4 board members: State Fair Arena's 'Big House' nickname is racist

MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board members said Thursday the nickname of State Fair Arena, the "Big House," is racist and should be...

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Humphreys Capital leadership changes announced

Kirk Humphreys, founder of Humphreys Capital, announced Tuesday a leadership transition that promotes his two sons, Blair...

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Native artists Jeri Redcorn and Joseph Erb to create large-scale works for OKC's First Americans Museum

First Americans Museum is slated to open in September 2021, celebrating a shared history of America through the lens and...

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OKC mask ordinance extended to Oct. 20

The Oklahoma City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to extend the city's mask ordinance, effective immediately, until Oct. 20. Public...

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Federal court overturns OKC's panhandling ordinance

A federal court says the record in the challenge to a 2015 Oklahoma City ordinance "reveals troubling evidence of animus...

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Oklahoma City panhandling ordinance violates free-speech rights, federal appeals court rules

Originally passed in 2015, the measure was promoted as a traffic-median safety measure.

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Oklahoma County's CARES Act funding decision could have lasting ramifications

In early May, Oklahoma County commissioners were debating how to spend their recently acquired $47 million in CARES Act...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

Q&A: Charter vote Oklahoma City voters will decide on nine charter amendments Nov. 3. Do I care? Yes, if you think it's...

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Millions of dollars in revenue lost in canceled events

Every Oklahoma City Thunder home basketball game at Chesapeake Energy Arena produces an estimated $1.4 million in direct...

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Lackmeyer: Union Station would make a good location for a John Rex expansion

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer visits with readers online about concerns and questions on Oklahoma City-related matters from...

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Waveriders of all ages can hit the water at Riversport's new Surf OKC

The Flowrider surfer was built with funds from MAPS 3, a 1-cent sales tax initiative to fund projects that enhance the quality...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers this morning. Read the transcript.

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Tesla preparing to open service garage along Automobile Alley

Electric car company Tesla is preparing to open a service garage in a former Volvo dealership along Automobile Alley....

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Lower park will complete downtown Oklahoma City's "core-to-shore" corridor

Construction bids will be due Oct. 7 for the lower section of Scissortail Park, the MAPS 3 project intended to complete the...

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"Core-to-shore" corridor comes into focus with architects' final plans for lower section of MAPS 3 downtown park

Construction estimate to complete park is $20.5 million with $4.5 million in proposed enhancements.

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Construction set to begin soon on MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center expansion projects

Expansion projects at the first two MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers are expected to be completed next year. Both...

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Downtown OKC's Scissortail Park to host second Night Market

Vendors will be set up along the Promenade and across the entire Love’s Travel Stops Great Lawn to provide additional space for...

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Riversport Rapids puts off new zip line

As one new attraction opens at Riversport Rapids, another addition to the MAPS 3 whitewater park is on hold. Surf OKC...

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Brown's Bakery closed for two weeks after Camry crashes into storefront

Brown’s Bakery, a Midtown landmark, is closing for two weeks for repairs after a 2006 Toyota Camry crashed into the front of...

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Lackmeyer: EMSA leaving Midtown unlocks array of development possibilities

If only everyone could share the disappointment voiced by Clay Farha last week when he was informed EMSA is going ahead with...

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Peek inside new Oklahoma City Convention Center shows site's advantages, agility

Barbara Beaton had a nervous customer on the phone. The customer, an event planner, was afraid the new Oklahoma City Convention...

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First National restoration continues with work on lighting fixtures in Great Banking Hall

Ornate lights not seen up close in almost 90 years are being taken down in the Great Banking Hall at First National Center as...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Myriad Gardens cancels Pumpkinville, to offer Great Pumpkin Patch instead

Myriad Gardens' staffers will channel the creativity they usually put into decorating the Children's Garden for Pumpkinville...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

Belle Isle Library renovation begins The $5.5 million renovation of the Belle Isle Library, opened in 1963, is expected to be...

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Corner grocery opens in Midtown

Downtown once again has a neighborhood corner grocery whose owners believe will match the needs and wants of residents in...

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Crystal Bridge to receive complete makeover

The Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Gardens is closing next spring for the first complete makeover of the botanical garden since...

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Incentives offered to aerospace innovator

The Economic Development Trust has agreed to $275,000 in job-creation incentives for an aerospace company planning to set up...

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Retro arcade, bar and pizzeria to open Friday in Plaza District

A two-year wait is over and Up-Down, a vintage arcade bar and pizzeria, is set to open as a new anchor for the Plaza District....

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Construction of Hope Lodge for cancer patients to start this fall with $5 million gift

Construction is set to start this fall on an American Cancer Society Chad Richison Hope Lodge that will provide free lodging to...

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art announces 75th anniversary exhibitions slate

In honor of the museum’s 75th anniversary in May, the museum has already received 289 gifts or promised gifts of artworks from...

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EMSA set to move out of Midtown, leaving a prime block open for development

EMSA plans to move its headquarters and garage to a former GE Oil & Gas complex in east Oklahoma City, freeing up a...

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Mask extension appears likely in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Council will conduct a public hearing Sept. 1 on a proposed three-month extension of the city’s COVID-19 mask...

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American Cancer Society plans to build Hope Lodge providing free lodging for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is preparing to build a Hope Lodge at the Oklahoma Health Center to provide a “free home away from...

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Community Foundation aids nonprofits

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation says its annual autumn-season checks for nonprofits are going out early this year to...

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Protests force Oklahoma County Jail Trust to delay vote on COVID-19 relief funds

Protesters shut down an Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting Monday so they could express concerns over the potential for nearly...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

Masks: Three views The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic mask ordinance should be...

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Hotel development halted by pandemic, but not dead

The latest hotel addition to Bricktown, the 10-story Renaissance, is the largest yet for the entertainment district, but what...

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Major downtown projects still moving forward

Q: What is the status of the Urban Renewal request for development proposals for the corner of NW 4 and Broadway? A: It looks...

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OKC may extend mask ordinance

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will consider extending the city's mask ordinance through Nov. 30. With key measures of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mask extension through Nov. 30 proposed in OKC

Data shows ordinance adopted a month ago has slowed COVID-19, mayor says.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Arts Council OKC moves Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

For the past few years, the event's New Year's Eve finale - which draws thousands of celebrants - has been centered in...

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Shared workspace to open in Main Street Arcade

The Main Street Arcade, renovated three years ago after decades of neglect, is set to be turned into a shared workspace shaped...

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Myriad Gardens receives national honor for spring storybook festival

Local painters, sculptors and storytellers help transform the Children’s Garden the garden into a magical world based on a...

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Keep focus, Holt advises policing task force

Mayor David Holt on Tuesday urged members of his law enforcement task force to concentrate on the experiences, values and...

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Masks work for OKC Fire Department

Masks work for OKCFD After nearing a crisis as positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines escalated, Oklahoma City firefighters...

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14 big moments in history of OKC's Quail Springs Mall

Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City has had quite the history since ground broke on it in 1979. Here are 14 key moments of the...

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Quail Springs Mall reinvention tests chances at turning retail into entertainment

The 24-screen AMC theater at Quail Springs Mall is still closed due to the pandemic and J.C. Penney, one of three remaining...

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Quail Springs Mall then and now

When construction started on Quail Springs Mall in January 1979, the area was on the edge of town, surrounded by hundreds of...

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Shot in the arm: Tech jobs hold much of the post-pandemic future in Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Technological innovation alone can't save Oklahoma City from the economic ravages of the coronavirus, but the growing...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Today's chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Board reviews plans for center to honor local civil rights icon

MAPS 4's Clara Luper Civil Rights Center is envisioned as a campus dedicated to the legacy of the Oklahoma City civil rights...

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'Still in shock': Beirut explosion hits home for OKC restaurateur

Richard Moorad's family has lived through a lot in Beirut, but Tuesday's explosion that killed at least 137 and wounded 5,000...

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Scooters Coffee set for NW 13 and Classen

When OnCue successfully sought zoning to build a new station at NW 13 and Classen last year, those opposing it included Safdar...

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Applications open for second phase of small business assistance

The second phase of Oklahoma City’s Small Business Continuity Program is accepting applications for assistance from small...

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Deal could deepen Tinker-OKC ties

Aging water and sewer systems at Tinker Air Force Base would be modernized under an agreement Oklahoma City officials believe...

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Red Andrews Dinner organizer Betty McCord dies from COVID-19

For more than 30 years, Betty McCord spent her Christmas holidays making sure thousands of Oklahoma City’s less fortunate got a...

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Lackmeyer: Community rallies during tough times

Relationships matter, and we’re reminded of the importance of such ties as we all continue to struggle to survive in the worst...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

Rafting park bids exceed estimate The low bid to finish the second floor of the MAPS 3 whitewater rafting park's main building...

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City assistance sends millions to small businesses hit hard by pandemic

In just three months after being launched, the first phase of allocations from Oklahoma City’s Small Business Continuity...

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East Side, Capitol Hill scarce on applications for city small business assistance

The pandemic economic crash came quickly for Demetra Bailey’s catering business and event center. For the past 18 years Bailey...

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Coronavirus surging in Oklahoma City’s Hispanic community

Jess Olivo survived cancer twice. But it still didn’t prepare her for her family’s struggle with COVID-19. Olivo, 34, and...

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Deadline is Aug. 13 for OKC nonprofits to apply for grants

Reviews begin Aug. 13 of applications for federally funded COVID-19 relief for nonprofits that serve low- to moderate-income...

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Bank and restaurant latest additions to former downtown car dealership development

Stride Bank and a Hal Smith restaurant are set to join a mix of financial services, high tech and creative firms moving to the...