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William Crum
William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 27, 2020

Northeast senior center advances Architects expect the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center at NE 36 and Lincoln Boulevard,...

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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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Ferry to museum receives grant

A ferry landing linking the First Americans Museum to other Oklahoma River attractions earned federal funding Friday. A $4...

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Airport OnCue to open

OnCue will open a new store near the Amazon warehouses in Lariat Landing at Will Rogers World Airport. The Oklahoma City...

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Council approves police contract

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday ratified a new one-year contract with the Fraternal Order of Police, despite objections of...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 20, 2020

OKCFD COVID-19 alert eased The Oklahoma City Fire Department's pandemic alert is now at Level Yellow, down from Level Red and...

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OKC Council: Masks required for indoor public spaces

The Oklahoma City Council on Friday approved a mask ordinance to fight a COVID-19 surge. The council voted 6-3 for the...

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OKC mask ordinance hanging by a thread

Prospects for an Oklahoma City mask ordinance to turn back surging COVID-19 numbers were unclear after a four-hour city council...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Vote set on OKC mask ordinance

The Oklahoma City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Friday to vote on a mask ordinance to fight COVID-19. The decision came as new...

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OKC Council will meet to vote on mask ordinance

Meeting notice comes as governor announces he has tested positive.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 summit to be virtual

The city council and public health board backtracked Monday on holding a COVID-19 summit in person, announcing instead that...

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Professor: U.S. Supreme Court's ruling affects the water future that is vital to Oklahoma City

While focused on criminal law the decision's reach extends to other areas, a water law expert says.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 13, 2020

OKC water future muddy Eastern Oklahoma's water resources are vital to Oklahoma City's prospects for growth and prosperity....

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Is Oklahoma City under-policed?

Is Oklahoma City underpoliced? By some measures, the answer is yes, despite critics’ calls for the city council to defund...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City sales tax surprises

Reopening in Oklahoma City appears to have gone better than some expected. COVID-19 emergency orders first took effect in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City sales tax surprises

Budget director says hiring freeze will continue amid pandemic uncertainty.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC resource center to help with bills, rent, food

Residents behind on bills and rent will be able to seek assistance by early next week from a $12.5 million fund authorized by...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 6, 2020

Firefighters union President Cameron Weems was optimistic Sunday the Oklahoma City Fire Department would see progress this week...

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MAPS 4 board goes to work

The MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board met for the first time Thursday, kicking off a decade or more of oversight of the $988...

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OKC reinstating some restrictions in response to spike

Mayor David Holt is issuing emergency orders, purposely ahead of the July Fourth holiday, in an attempt to short-circuit a...

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Oklahoma City lays off eight employees

The city of Oklahoma City laid off eight employees as measures took effect to counter the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on city...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 29, 2020

'Level Red' effects worsen at Fire Department Some Oklahoma City fire rigs are being idled due to staffing shortages as...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 22, 2020

OKCFD at 'Level Red' The Oklahoma City Fire Department has instituted "Level Red" measures as pressure on manpower escalates...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC testing, tracing plan advances

Oklahoma City is about to embark on an aggressive coronavirus testing and tracing program devised to keep COVID-19 in check...

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City budget approved by OKC council

The Oklahoma City Council approved a $1.66 billion budget for fiscal 2021 on Tuesday, ending an emotional chapter in city...

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June brings another double-digit decline in Oklahoma City sales tax revenue

Spending reductions projected for the new budget year beginning July 1.

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OKC Civic Life for June 15, 2020

Councilman seeks to study police violence Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper will seek the city council's approval Tuesday...

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Judge rules in OKC's favor in lawsuit over Kiamichi Basin water

The city of Oklahoma City's claim on "generational water" to sustain economic growth was strengthened by a judge who...

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Task force to study human rights commission

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said Thursday that Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice would co-chair a task force to develop a...

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Riversport promises outreach initiatives

Outgoing Riversport Foundation board Chairman Ronnie Irani has pledged $25,000 toward developing Riversport Adventures programs...

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Councilman proposes police budget changes

A city councilman on Tuesday proposed policing changes to adjust officers' responsibilities in areas more suited to other...

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Some desire to have councilwoman killed, her husband says

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon's husband, Marty Peercy, said on Twitter Saturday that people want his wife "killed because...

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A breakdown of OKC's budget challenges

Budget reflects uncertainty The Oklahoma City Council reviewed major budgets dependent upon the general fund, the primary...

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Chief rejects notion that police should 'dominate the streets'

Oklahoma City police Chief Wade Gourley says the notion of dominating the streets is a losing strategy for law enforcement. "If...

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Downtown OKC curfew lifted

Mayor David Holt lifted a downtown curfew Tuesday shortly before it was to take effect for a third consecutive night. In an...

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OKC residents call for police change during hours-long hearing

Residents demanding "defunding" and "demilitarizing" of the Oklahoma City police dominated an hours-long teleconferenced public...

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Curfew limits access to neighborhood around downtown OKC police headquarters

Mayor David Holt ordered a dark to dawn curfew in the neighborhood around downtown Oklahoma City's public safety campus after...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 1, 2020

Thunder getting new floor The Oklahoma City Council agreed to pay an estimated $143,700 for a new wooden basketball floor for...

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'It is the national softball mecca': Women's College World Series' return to OKC will be bigger than ever

COVID-19 closed the road to Oklahoma City for the 2020 Women's College World Series but, with stadium improvements done, next...

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End in sight for OKC's pandemic emergency orders

Oklahoma City is on a path to emerging from beneath the COVID-19 state of emergency in mid June, three months after it began....

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Airport expects sharp revenue dropoff

Federal pandemic-relief funds will offset airport revenue shortfalls in fiscal 2021 but aviation is expected to take time to...

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Pandemic behind proposed city budget cuts

Oklahoma City will try to minimize layoffs while cutting jobs in the upcoming fiscal year to make up for the COVID-19...

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Oklahoma City Council considers police, fire cuts

Larry McAtee says budget-cutting comes down to needs and wants. Prioritize needs, says the Ward 3 councilman and public safety...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 25, 2020

Quote of the week "Since the south side has historically had so little representation, I was interested in recommending...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Individual, small-business relief proposed

City Manager Craig Freeman will propose Tuesday that the city council add $5 million to the small-business COVID-19 relief...

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MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named

Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will lead the volunteer MAPS 4 Citizens...

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OKC municipal pools could get budget reprieve

Once proposed for cuts, the aquatics centers at Earlywine and Will Rogers parks could still open this summer but not before...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City offices remain mostly closed to public

City government's downtown buildings, including City Hall, will remain mostly closed to the public as executives institute a...

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Cash held by Oklahoma City police is missing, audit finds

An Oklahoma City Police Department office that handles millions of dollars in cash lacked adequate controls to prevent theft,...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 18, 2020

'Billion-dollar stimulus' MAPS 4 generated an estimated $3.3 million in revenue in the first two weeks after the 1-cent sales...

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Olympic trials will be back in OKC in 2021

Olympic competition is returning to Oklahoma City in 2021, and 2020 MAPS 3 whitewater park activities are shifting into high...

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OK to return to bars, playgrounds, mayor says

Mayor David Holt has released Oklahoma City's latest COVID-19 emergency order, allowing bars to reopen and lifting the...

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OKC official stresses COVID-19 testing and tracing

Testing and contact tracing will be essential in managing COVID-19 as the pandemic unfolds, Oklahoma City's emergency...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 11, 2020

Sales tax falls Sales tax results document the beating retail took as COVID-19 emergency orders took effect in mid-March....

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 4, 2020

Convention center delay Coronavirus-related issues have added 14 days to the MAPS 3 convention center construction schedule, as...

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Mayor urges caution as emergency orders are relaxed

Mayor David Holt urged caution Friday as Oklahoma City began relaxing COVID-19 emergency orders. "Today is the start of a new...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Holt cautious as 'reboot' begins, his complete remarks

Mayor David Holt says creating a sense of safety is necessary for an economic recovery.

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Mayor revises OKC emergency orders effective Friday

Social gatherings of 10 or more people are still prohibited in Oklahoma City under revised COVID-19 emergency orders taking...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Overdue utility bills stacking up in OKC

The good news is Oklahoma City has abundant water this spring. The bad news is an alarming and growing number of residents...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: $20M sought from small-business relief fund

Applications for Oklahoma City's small-business relief fund show there is "obviously … a need out there," an economic...

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City government gets CARES Act funds, review of small-business relief applications has begun

Applications for the city's small-business relief program are being reviewed.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 27, 2020

They said it "We definitely need money." — Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of the Oklahoma City-County Health...

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Outlook 2020: 'I hope my journey helps your journey,' Martinez-Brooks says

Name: Jessica Martinez-Brooks, 43, interim Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Oklahoma City University. Career Highlights: "At...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City to ease 'shelter-in-place' starting May 1

Mayor David Holt's intent is to let Oklahoma City's shelter-in-place emergency order expire May 1 but conditions for reopening...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Air travel near standstill

If you were anticipating the shiny new signs to go with the shiny new roadway at Will Rogers World Airport, you'll have to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Riversport gets stimulus funds

The Riversport Foundation, Oklahoma City's operating partner for the MAPS 3 whitewater park, has received $750,000 in federal...

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OKC to reduce spending against revenue shortfall

Oklahoma City is reducing general fund spending for fiscal 2021, with police and fire ordered to cut 3.3% from their adjusted...

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Anticipating revenue shortfall, Oklahoma City will reduce spending

Sales tax is expected to lag for some time as the economy works its way back to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 20, 2020

Court upholds zoning The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the Oklahoma City Council’s decision to rezone property at...

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Outlook 2020: For Susan Chambers, success took hard work, taking risks

Name: Dr. Susan Louise Chambers, 63, co-founder of Lakeside Women's Hospital and chair of the World Neighbors Board of...

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Outlook 2020: 'Take up your God-given space,' Rachel Freeman says

Name: Rachel Freeman, 40, chief operations officer of City Care. Career highlights: "In 2002, Jeffri-Lynn Dyer took a chance on...

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Outlook 2020: 'Invest in people who will help others,' Teresa Moisant says

Name: Teresa Moisant, 70, co-founder Moisant Promotional Products. Career highlights and community impact: Moisant Promotional...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 13, 2020

Hiring freeze ordered The COVID-19 pandemic "will have a significant negative impact on city revenues in the months ahead."...

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'Always find ways to refine your skills, improve your game,' Elaine Lyons says

Name: Elaine Lyons, 55, president, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Career highlights/community impact: Eighteen years...

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Mayor David Holt: Residents are abiding by shelter-in-place orders in Oklahoma City 'because they don't want to die'

Mayor David Holt and Dr. Patrick McGough are conducting weekly COVID-19 briefings.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Availability of tests improving

Prospects are improving for testing individuals who think they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Oklahoma County's top...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Emergency orders' effects yet to show up in Oklahoma City sales, use tax revenue

For the fiscal year, Oklahoma City's general fund sales and use tax revenue is slightly ahead of projections, with two months...

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OKC committee dismisses city election changes

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt's Charter Review Committee on Tuesday dismissed the idea of aligning the municipal election...

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Health, schools, social agency representatives join OKC council members' town hall

Three council members arrange the virtual community meeting.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 6, 2020

Reviewing election dates Mayoral and city council election dates would coincide with statewide election dates under a proposal...

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Outlook 2020: Rachel Holt ensuring juveniles get on the right track

Name: Rachel Holt, 40, chief operating officer and senior general counsel, state Office of Juvenile Affairs. Career highlights...

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Outlook 2020: Council chief of staff wants to remembered for making a difference

Name: Debi Martin, 74, Oklahoma City Council chief of staff. Community impact: Debi Martin keeps the north wing of City Hall's...

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Outlook 2020: 'Everything is yours to obtain,' fire Cpl. Evelyn Taylor said

Cpl. Evelyn Taylor joined the Oklahoma City Fire Department on Sept. 13, 2013. Taylor, 33, is one of about two dozen women...

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Outlook 2020: 'Know your community and actively participate in it,' Aubrey McDermid says

Aubrey McDermid has achieved firsts in her career — Oklahoma City's first female planning director, the first certified planner...

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Outlook 2020: 'Don’t try to be something that you’re not,' Christy Zelley says

Name: Christy Zelley, 61, executive director, Leadership Oklahoma City. Career highlights: My first "real job" out of college...

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Outlook 2020: 'Face-to-face time with people who live in the communities is important,' Willa Johnson says

Willa Johnson's slogan for her 1993 Oklahoma City Council race was, "Where there's a Willa, there's a way." She won that year,...

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Outlook 2020: OKC Council progressives are women

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon and Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice are two-thirds of the Oklahoma City Council's progressive...

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Outlook 2020: 'Make building relationships with people a prime activity of your life,' Beth Shortt says

Beth Shortt, 66, is the former executive director of Leadership Oklahoma City. "As executive director of Leadership Oklahoma...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Public's 'buy-in' needed to fight pandemic, mayor says

Mayor David Holt deflected questions Friday about whether an arrest for ignoring coronavirus emergency orders is necessary...

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, in Friday's COVID-19 briefing, implores residents to take pandemic seriously

Mayor asks residents to "stop trying to find loopholes" to emergency orders intended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stay off swings, slides, OKC says

Oklahoma City doubled down on emergency orders to keep off playground equipment, citing multiple reports of residents ignoring...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends emergency through April 30

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt says emergency measures in place to slow the spread of coronavirus would be extended through...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends emergency through April 30

Mayor to hold news conference with Health Department director Friday.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKCFD short of masks, other gear

Oklahoma City firefighters are using sophisticated breathing apparatus on medical calls due to a shortage of common safety...

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Stay off slides, swings, OKC says, to slow spread of coronavirus

City is receiving calls about orders being ignored and warning signs removed -- call police to report violations.

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Firefighters taking extraordinary steps to protect against coronavirus infection as safety equipment runs short

Oklahoma City firefighters are front-line medical responders, answering 60,000 calls annually.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council approves $5.5 million in small-business relief

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved $5.5 million in assistance to help small businesses weather the coronavirus...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council approves $5.5 million in small-business relief

Hope is to get assistance to small businesses that keep employees on the payroll through the crisis.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 30, 2020

MAPS 4 begins MAPS 4 sales tax collections begin Wednesday after the Better Streets Safer City sales tax, approved by voters in...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Gun shops open as coronavirus business activity limits take hold

City maintains, updates comprehensive guide to coronavirus developments as they relate to local government services.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC formalizes 'shelter in place,' what it means for you

Latest orders bring Oklahoma City, Tulsa in line with the majority of the nation's 50 largest cities.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council to vote on small-business relief proposal

The Oklahoma City Council will consider a $5.5 million relief package for small businesses hardest hit by interruptions due to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Camps help city employees stay on the job

Day camps for school-age children are helping city of Oklahoma City employees stay on the job. With schools closed during the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC issues revised emergency declaration

Oklahoma City on Wednesday issued the latest revision of Mayor David Holt's coronavirus emergency declaration, extending...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City mayor commends state order that, while limited, broadens metro-area restrictions

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt on Tuesday commended Gov. Kevin Stitt for an order that closes "non-essential" businesses and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City debunks rumors

Oklahoma City compiles comprehensive list of resources in response to coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City limits public access to some offices

Adoption fees are lowered and volunteering suspended at animal shelter.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City warns against flushing wipes

Oklahoma City says all those wipes being used to disinfect surfaces are trouble waiting to happen if they are flushed down the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Masks concern firefighters Deputy Chief of Operations Mike Walker of the Oklahoma City Fire Department said over...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How to cope with the 'new normal'

"New normal" can be less ominous than it sounds, if we let it be. A week after the novel coronavirus' abrupt intrusion on...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofits won't be left behind by Congress, Lankford says

Sen. James Lankford assured nonprofit leaders Friday that stimulus measures include provisions to keep them afloat through the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City relaxes employee leave policies

The city is one of the 10 largest employers in the metro area.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City Manager Craig Freeman says emergency closure orders will be enforced

Restrictions apply broadly to restaurants, breweries, bars, gyms, movie theaters and more.

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Mayor orders Oklahoma City bars to close, restaurants to limit service to takeout, delivery

Mandate takes effect almost immediately as city steps up effort to control spread of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofits navigate unknown territory

Needed now more than ever, many Oklahoma City nonprofits are in a bind. Coronavirus has interrupted the spring calendar, a...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 16, 2020

Water shutoff policies may be adjusted Oklahoma City is working on policy changes to help residential water customers retain...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City 'paying close attention' to coronavirus developments

Mayor David Holt on Thursday encouraged Oklahoma City residents to be proactive in adopting habits to limit the spread of...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 9, 2020

Q&A: Census OKC begins The 2020 U.S. Census begins contacting Oklahoma City residents this week. Here's what to know: What...

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Census FAQ: What to know in Oklahoma City as the census begins

The Census Bureau is contacting every Oklahoma City household starting March 12.

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OKC parks tax fails

Oklahoma City voters rejected a citizens' initiative for a dedicated parks sales tax Tuesday, largely on the strength of...

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Voters decide Tuesday on parks initiative

Five times in the past, Oklahoma City voters have approved citizens' initiatives. On Tuesday, voters could approve a sixth....

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 2, 2020

Parks vote Tuesday Advocates say a dedicated sales tax would benefit neighborhood parks throughout Oklahoma City. A citizens'...

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Oklahoma City voters to decide parks initiative

Sparrow Park in near-northwest Oklahoma City has a few pieces of playground equipment, a faux Route 66 picnic shelter, a...

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Coliseum could get MAPS 3 boost

The MAPS 4 fairgrounds coliseum is in line to receive $9 million from MAPS 3. The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board on Tuesday...

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Oklahoma City charter review committee studies election requirements, state law

A charter review committee named by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt has begun its work with a review of qualifications to hold...

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Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on idea of 'collaborative conversation' to improve public schools

Mayor David Holt said Wednesday he would be gathering city, business, educational and philanthropic leaders together with the...

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Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on idea of 'collaborative conversation' to improve public schools

Mayor's annual speech includes remembrance of April 19, 1995, Murrah building bombing as 25th anniversary approaches.

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Oklahoma City charter review committee looks at election requirements, state law

The seven-member panel will meet monthly and spend the year considering changes.

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Mayor aims to rally the community around the idea of better schools for Oklahoma City's children

Facilitating an effort to improve public schools was among Mayor David Holt's goals during his campaign two years ago.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Parks initiative voting set Early in-person voting at county election boards begins Wednesday for the March 3 election....

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Initiative would elevate parks, park programs

Pete White says a stream of cash dedicated to parks would assure kids get the greatest possible value from the investments...

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OKC police union leader challenges cutting funds for officers

Oklahoma City's police union president says the optics of cutting funds for five officers "are not good." The Police...

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OKC civic life: What do police reports detail about Scissortail Park?

Voters have returned 1,869 absentee ballots for the March 3 election to the Oklahoma County Election Board as of Friday...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: 'Citizens' sparks a debate

Catching up on Oklahoma City news.

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Slowdown in store for Oklahoma City?

Russell Evans sees 2020 as a year "on the brink" that will test Oklahoma City. Evans, city government's consulting economist,...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

Little Rock eyes MAPS Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has proposed a one-cent sales tax to finance quality of life...

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Dustup over 'citizens' taints MAPS 4 board rollout

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon sought without success this week to remove the word "citizens" from the name of the MAPS 4...

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Neighbors object to 'pot farm' in west Oklahoma City

Neighbors on Tuesday protested in vain that a landowner’s plans to grow marijuana on a 10.8-acre tract in far west Oklahoma...

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Upgrade set for canal lights implicated in fatal accident

The light bollards implicated in a fatal accident along Oklahoma City's Bricktown Canal will be replaced by safer, pole-mounted...

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Charter review could lead to November vote

A seven-member committee will consider amendments to the city's "foundational governing document."

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Outlining MAPS 4 oversight The MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board will have six standing subcommittees to oversee the 16 projects....

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Mayor names charter review committee

Councilman Mark Stonecipher and Sharon Vorhees will co-chair a seven-member committee to review the Oklahoma City charter and...

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MAPS 4 oversight to include 11-member volunteer advisory board

Council will vote on oversight plans Tuesday.

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Oklahoma City takes administrative role in Regional Transportation Authority

The RTA's role is to build a regional transportation network for metro Oklahoma City.

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Parks initiative, vetted: Questions and answers for voters ahead of the March 3 election

A citizens' initiative aims to insulate parks from some of the ups and downs as elected officials set priorities.

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City budget envisions parks cuts

A proposed budget cut shows why Oklahoma City parks need dedicated funding insulated from turf battles when revenue slips, a...

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Oklahoma City civic life for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

RTA duties shift Oklahoma City's transit board agreed to provide administrative services on an interim basis for the Regional...

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City's partners eye increased budgets for MAPS 3 wellness centers

More lockers. Not enough changing space. Not enough showers. More privacy. Those have been the greatest concerns for men and...

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Zoo admission price hike OK'd

Willing to part with your smartphone for a few hours? Groundhog Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo may be for you. While the zoo's...

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Oklahoma City civic life for Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

They said it "There’s no wasted time in my day." — Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, commenting on his social media profile and...

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Red Cross director comes full circle

Growing up in Okeene, Sid Ellington remembers going with his mother, a Red Cross nurse, to the local hospital where she taught...

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Martinez-Brooks to seek council seat

Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who serves as a volunteer on several city boards and as interim diversity officer at Oklahoma City...

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected municipal officers invited back to campus

Civics lessons for elected city officers and those thinking about running for office begin Saturday at Oklahoma City University...

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Martinez-Brooks to seek Ward 3 city council seat in Oklahoma City

Current Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee is retiring when his term ends in 2021.

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Court papers detail claims in dustup between public relations firms

Social welfare organizations may keep their donors' identities a secret.

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected city leaders invited back to campus

A partnership of the Oklahoma Municipal League and Oklahoma City University offers a "Learn to Govern" certificate.

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Former OKC elementary to be converted to a film studio

A former elementary school in far east Oklahoma City may find itself at the center of a pivot in the film and television...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

They said it "I'll bet you never thought you'd see me humbled enough to cry." — Longtime Oklahoma City Councilwoman and...

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Councilman James Greiner won't seek re-election in 2021

James Greiner says he will not seek election to a third term on the Oklahoma City Council. Greiner, 38, has represented...

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Council OKs zoning to fight 'food desert'

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved "food desert" zoning to combat poor health outcomes in northeast Oklahoma City....

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Greiner to step down from Oklahoma City Council seat in 2021

James Greiner first won election in 2013 and is in his second four-year term.

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Council OKs wage hikes City employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

Marijuana taxes show gains Sales taxes on products sold at medical marijuana dispensaries in Oklahoma City grew throughout...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

City revenue outlook darkens Oklahoma City may be seeing the first indications that oil-field reductions are negatively...

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Oklahoma City Council sets March 3 election on parks initiative

Oklahoma City voters will decide March 3 whether to increase the sales tax by one-eighth of a cent with proceeds dedicated to...

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Proposed by former Councilman Ed Shadid, the measure would dedicate funds to park programs and improvements

If approved by voters, the fund dedicated to parks would increase the parks and recreation budget by a third or more.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Initiative signatures verified Signatures have been verified on an initiative petition proposing an eighth-cent sales tax...

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MAPS rewind: A vote for neighborhoods

MAPS 4's focus on residents' daily lives was a winning strategy in last week's election. "MAPS 4 struck at the heart of what...

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New name for cultural center: First Americans Museum

The repository for history, stories and traditions of Oklahoma's 39 tribal nations has a new name to match its aspirations....

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The First Americans Museum highlighting Oklahoma's 39 tribal nations is to open within 18 months

Construction to finish the long-awaited Oklahoma City museum is well under way.

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After showing strong growth, use tax revenues in Oklahoma City have hit a wall

Sales tax posted solid growth in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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Streets still lag, MAPS 4 voters say

Southwest Oklahoma City voters who favored MAPS 4 nevertheless had a message for city leadership — keep street repairs front...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 10, 2019

MAPS 4: Polls open Tuesday Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the MAPS 4 election. Voters are deciding whether to...

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Election day arrives: Voters to have their say on MAPS 4

Oklahoma City voters will decide Tuesday whether to extend the 1-cent MAPS sales tax to finance a decade of investments heavily...

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Q&A: Mayor Holt fields MAPS 4 questions

Ahead of Tuesday's MAPS 4 election, The Oklahoman wondered what questions were on voters' minds. Here are questions collected...

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Closing arguments, MAPS 4 voting begins

Oklahoma City police officers and firefighters are watching as closely as anyone for a win at the polls in Tuesday's MAPS 4...

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City council sets hearing on food desert ordinance

The city council plans a public hearing Dec. 17 on a "healthy neighborhoods” zoning ordinance to fight junk-food proliferation...

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Signatures to be counted for Shadid's parks initiative

A former councilman turned in petition signatures for his parks initiative Monday at the Oklahoma City Clerk’s office. Ed...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Linwood Place rezoning OK'd The Oklahoma City Council approved a controversial request to rezone property at NW 18 Street and...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Quotable: MAPS 3 whitewater park finances "As you all know, the long-term plan out there is that we're trying to have more...

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Crum: A pilgrim's journey ends, but not his work

Bob Waldrop had a way of making you laugh even as he twisted the knife. “The executive summary of my opinion is: ‘This is...

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MAPS 4 puts focus on neighborhoods

"You cannot be a suburb of nothing," then-Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett told Edmond Rotarians six years ago, touting the...

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OKC councilman second guesses earlier vote

Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell says he opposes MAPS 4, citing a lack of data on how success of most projects will be...

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Playground equipment returned

The play structure for hearing-impaired children that figures in a Lake Hefner Parkway billboard dispute was returned over the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday Nov. 18, 2019

Firefighters back contract Oklahoma City firefighters unanimously backed a new one-year contract in voting last week,...

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Norman, Cleveland County voters approve sales tax measures

NORMAN —Voters in Norman and in Cleveland County on Tuesday approved sales tax measures to replace an expiring county tax,...

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Q&A: Holt, others host Civic Saturday

This weekend's Civic Saturday gathering on Film Row in Oklahoma City will feature music, poetry readings and remarks by Eric...

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Lanes approaching the airport will be further narrowed for road construction Thursday

Additional road construction delays are expected Thursday for motorists going to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City....

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Lanes approaching the airport will be further narrowed for road construction Thursday

The $4.5 million project began last month and will last through the spring.

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Rotary hears MAPS 4 transit proposals

More people will have more reasons to ride the bus if voters approve MAPS 4, Embark transit Director Jason Ferbrache said...

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MAPS 4 includes $87 million for public transit, most of it for two bus rapid transit lines.

Voters will decide Dec. 10 on proposals reviewed Tuesday for the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Quotable: Holt on MAPS 4 "My view of MAPS is that one of its strengths has been that it a meets a broad spectrum of...

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OKC billboard nixed as playground mystery remains

Why a play structure for hearing-impaired children disappeared once it became key to a long legal fight over a controversial...

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Playground vanishes as billboard dispute grows heated

A $6,500 play structure for children with hearing impairments has disappeared as a dispute over plans for an electronic...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

Hefner Parkway sign disputed The Oklahoma City Council could vote Tuesday to impose a six-month moratorium on any official...

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Streetcars could be available for parties

Want to get married on a streetcar? Oklahoma City streetcars could soon be available for rolling weddings, receptions and other...

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High court won't reconsider MAPS 4 decision

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday denied former Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid's request that it reconsider his...

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Supreme Court issues final word on MAPS 4 challenge

Court declines rehearing request by former Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid, who argued MAPS 4 was unconstitutional.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Residents: Generally satisfied Police, fire and ambulance services got high marks in Oklahoma City's latest residents' survey;...

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OKC historic preservation divide persists

Mayor David Holt forged a compromise Tuesday over an ordinance that alarmed historic preservation advocates — but could not win...

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Oklahoma City plans for preserving heritage

When a taco stand jump-started the revival of a commercial district, it showed the power of the past to shape the future. That...

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Historic OKC neighborhoods see themselves playing defense

Neighborhoods are on edge in Oklahoma City. An existential crisis is brewing for residents who have invested sweat and savings,...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Vote set on preservation ordinance An amended version of an ordinance relating to historic preservation goes before the...

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Shadid to high court: Look again

Former Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid on Friday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reconsider its rejection of Shadid's challenge...

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Shadid to high court: Look again he asks, in appeal to rehear his arguments against MAPS 4

The former councilman says the Supreme Court should broaden its analysis of the constitutionality of the MAPS 4 ballot.

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Court upholds MAPS 4 ballot

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid's bid to scuttle MAPS 4.In a unanimous 10-page...

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MAPS 4 ordinance appears clear to go before voters Dec. 10 after high court's unanimous ruling

Former councilman had argued the city was subverting a requirement that laws deal only with a single subject.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

Bad airport traffic ahead Reconstruction of Terminal Drive at Will Rogers World Airport begins Monday. Project managers expect...

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MAPS 4 awaits word from high court

The former councilman says the urgency of the matter, with an election scheduled in two months, justifies having the justices...

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Former councilman makes new filing in bid to block MAPS measure

A bid to block enactment of MAPS 4 may come down to a determination of whether assembly of the 16 projects was a case of...

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Oklahoma City's proposed Historic Preservation ordinance advances

An attorney for a historic neighborhood said Tuesday more work is needed on a measure that has alarmed advocates of historic...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

Airport on record pace Will Rogers World Airport had counted nearly 1.5 million boarding passengers through August, up 3% from...

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Road construction means changes in getting to and from Will Rogers World Airport

Driving to the airport will mean negotiating lane closures and detours this fall and winter. Will Rogers World Airport is...

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Agreement settles police pay dispute

The highest-ranking Oklahoma City police commanders will get cash payouts as part of the settlement of a dispute over overtime...

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OKC police officers agree to new contract

Oklahoma City police officers have overwhelmingly approved a new one-year union contract anchored by a 2.1% pay raise. The...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

By the numbers: Scissortail park opens The new Scissortail Park downtown has a 3.7-acre lake, wetlands and a system to capture,...

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Former councilman awaits word on whether high court will hear MAPS 4 challenge

High court was asked to assume original jurisdiction; if it declines, the case would shift to Oklahoma County District Court.

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On grand opening weekend, Scissortail Park by the numbers

Last-minute attention to details readied the MAPS 3 park for its first visitors.

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Food trucks plentiful grand opening weekend

Friday, 5-11 p.m. • Savory • Mekong Spice • Murphy’s Cookshack • Phill Me Up Cheesesteak • Taco Plant • Taco Nation •...

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Staffing, funds in place to maintain Scissortail Park

Oklahoma City is ready to hand Scissortail Park over to Mother Nature for safekeeping, with a little help from her friends....

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Former councilman Shadid challenges MAPS 4

Former Ward 2 Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid on Wednesday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to scuttle MAPS 4, arguing the...

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MAPS 3 senior center sites chosen

The final two MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers will have addresses in southwest and northeast Oklahoma City. MAPS 4...

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Council gives MAPS 4 final OK

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday took the final step toward placing MAPS 4 before voters on Dec. 10, passing a sales tax...

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River seeks $1.5 million from council

Coming off an annual operating loss of $605,000 at the MAPS 3 whitewater park, the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation is once...

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OKC Civic Life for Sept. 23, 2019

Park ready for visitors The contractor turns the 36-acre upper section of the MAPS 3 downtown park over to the Scissortail Park...

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With record month, Oklahoma City sales tax revenue closely tracks budget office's projections

All retail categories saw a jump in sales tax collections as families were doing their back-to-school shopping.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

MAPS 4 campaign begins The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city's leading business organization, kicked off its campaign to...

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Public hearings set on food desert plan

Residents looking for alternatives to junk food in northeast Oklahoma City will be able to give their views on a "healthy...

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Setting it straight

Wednesday Judy Federa's last name was misspelled in a story on Page A2 of The Oklahoman.

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Proposal would limit commissions' authority in historic preservation in Oklahoma City

Council members are proposing the unusual step of telling an advisory board that, if it votes the wrong way, its recommendation...

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Council advances limits on commissions' authority over historic preservation

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt says the broad language in a proposal to consolidate authority over historic preservation...

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Kings of Leon expected at street dedication ahead of concert for park's grand opening

Kings of Leon Lane joins other celebrity street names in the entertainment district.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Kings expected at street dedication Members of the southern alternative rock band Kings of Leon are expected to attend the...

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Advocates for tax to aid parks start over with new initiative petition

Former Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid is restarting his signature drive seeking to call an election for a dedicated sales tax fund...

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Nationwide effort that motivates kids to help neighbors makes OKC stop, gets police support

Rodney Smith Jr. is scouring the country, looking for difference-makers. For Oklahoma City police Lt. Taylor Shaw, it's an...

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City opposes injunction in sign ordinance lawsuit

The city of Oklahoma City contends a resident who won a challenge to one provision of the city's sign code is over-reaching by...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

Rules due for concert-goers Concert-goers attending the free Kings of Leon show at the Scissortail Park grand opening later...

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Council OKs MAPS 4, sets Dec. 10 vote

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved sending MAPS 4 to voters, agreeing to a pivot from pricey downtown...

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Council OKs MAPS 4, sets Dec. 10 vote

The vote was unanimous though two council members expressed misgivings, for different reasons.

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Food desert zoning advances

The Oklahoma City council will be asked Tuesday to take a step toward limiting the proliferation of junk food in northeast...

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Legal risk with gun resolution, councilman says

A city councilman says Oklahoma City could face a lawsuit if the council adopts a resolution endorsing an effort to roll back...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

MAPS 4 set for vote The city council on Tuesday takes up Mayor David Holt's recommendations for MAPS 4. Holt estimates the...

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MAPS 4 goes to the council

Mayor David Holt says the outline for MAPS 4 he will present to the city council on Tuesday “takes MAPS and the power of MAPS...

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MAPS 4 marks a shift away from large downtown construction projects to neighborhood, 'human' needs

The city council is to review Mayor David Holt's recommendations for MAPS 4 on Tuesday with an eye toward a December election.

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Council asked to weigh in on gun law

Oklahoma City Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon is proposing a resolution that, if approved by the council, would demonstrate the city...

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MAPS prepares to go to the people

Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell wanted to know whether advocates going after MAPS 4 dollars would be held to account,...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Aero tradition ending Southwest Airlines began flying between Oklahoma City and Dallas on April 1, 1980. That ends in January,...

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Garbage workers' strike focused attention on city pay

The Rev. Lee Cooper Jr. says the legacy of the 1969 Oklahoma City sanitation workers’ strike is evident throughout city...

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Budget managers look to sort out trends as Oklahoma City sales tax misses projections for August

Figures indicate shift to online shopping could be more pronounced than expected.

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Old OKC police and jail building's fate still unresolved

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday moved ahead with plans to demolish the vacant 1968 police headquarters and the former...

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Side effects: City to inspect marijuana businesses under state law

The explosive growth in the number of marijuana businesses means more work for city code inspectors. A state law taking effect...

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Fourth day of MAPS 4 proposals includes soccer stadium, Innovation District, mental health services

The Energy FC professional soccer club would leave Oklahoma City if funding for a new stadium is left out of MAPS 4, a team...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

Board awards garage contract Manhattan Construction Co. won a $23.6 million contract to build the new convention center...

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Use tax growth continues trend of double-digit growth as budget managers monitor sales tax trends

Sales tax is projected to grow 2.3% overall in fiscal 2020 in Oklahoma City; August results will be reported next week.

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Arena figures in MAPS 4 plans

MAPS 4 could direct $120 million to $135 million toward upgrades and expansion of Chesapeake Energy Arena and improvements of...

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Signs knocking city are protected speech, court finds

A southwest Oklahoma City landowner who irked neighbors and city officials with critical remarks painted on signs had every...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 29, 2019

Garage bids beat estimates The city of Oklahoma City got favorable responses last week on bids to build the new convention...

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Guns will be allowed at downtown park's grand opening concert

Concertgoers will be able to carry guns into the Sept. 27 Kings of Leon show at the grand opening of Scissortail Park. Plans...

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Promises are at the heart of MAPS

MAPS is built on promises. “MAPS is always about trust, trust in the council, trust in the people implementing it,” Randy...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 22, 2019

Present/absent The eight city council members attended last week's meeting. Mayor David Holt was in New York, attending the...

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Chief: Hands-off immigration enforcement policy will continue in Oklahoma City

Former Chief Bill Citty said immigration enforcement was a federal responsibility but was careful to point out Oklahoma City is...

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Old police HQ to get further look for new uses

Does Oklahoma City's 1935 police headquarters have a place in a modern public safety campus? The city council on Tuesday...

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Bryant named to finance post

Brent Bryant was named Oklahoma City's finance director, in City Manager Craig Freeman's second major executive move in a...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 15, 2019

ICE policy unchanged New Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley says the department's policy regarding immigration enforcement...

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Former Mayor Ron Norick leads MAPS 4 coliseum pitch

A significant share of Oklahoma City's economic well-being hinges on building a new Fairgrounds coliseum, former Mayor Ron...

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MAPS 4 reviews begin

Mayor David Holt promised transparency in developing MAPS 4 ideas and asked Oklahoma City residents to dream big. Tuesday he...

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30-year department veteran Gourley named Oklahoma City police chief

Wade Gourley says trust is “at the forefront” of everything the Oklahoma City Police Department does. Gourley was named police...

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Wade Gourley named Oklahoma City police chief

Gourley was promoted from deputy chief.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 8, 2019

Census is key, mayor says Mayor David Holt is encouraging "every single person" in Oklahoma City to participate in the 2020...

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Franchise, charter changes on ballot

Oklahoma Natural Gas bills would increase an estimated 0.1%, or 10 cents on a $100 monthly bill, if Oklahoma City voters...

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Historic preservation measure advances

The Oklahoma City Council wrestled Tuesday with the question of who should be answerable when, against the wishes of...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 1, 2019

Amnesty begins Monday A nine-month amnesty window opens Monday in Oklahoma City Municipal Court. Thousands of low-level...

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MAPS 3 board approves convention center contract

One year into construction, the architect reported this week that work on the MAPS 3 convention center, the biggest public...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 24, 2019

Dates set for MAPS 4 presentations The city council set dates in July and August for presentations on MAPS 4 proposals. The...

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Initiative aims at neighborhood park enhancements

An initiative drive to enact a dedicated sales tax fund for parks is to begin Thursday, seeking new money to benefit...

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Signatures will be collected with the goal of putting a park enhancements proposal before voters

Former councilman is leading a "Basics First" initiative drive this summer for parks and transit funding.

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Council approves amnesty program for thousands of traffic, other low-level offenses

Whether to offer amnesty to low-level offenders with unresolved fines and fees threatened to devolve Tuesday into a spat over...

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Amnesty would clear Oklahoma City municipal court dockets, relieve low-level offenders of burdensome costs

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon says the justice system's tendency to criminalize poverty would be lessened under a measure...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 17, 2019

Summer reading returns There's still time to get "Wild About Reading" with the Metropolitan Library System's 2019 summer...

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OKC leaders target transit for next MAPS

Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper entered office with a goal of restoring walkable neighborhoods and connecting districts with...

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MAPS 4 projects outlined

MAPS 4 will be about people as much as, or more than, it will be about buildings. That is the early takeaway from a list of...

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Ideas for MAPS 4 put an emphasis on projects popular with voters such as sidewalks and senior health and wellness centers

Presentations on selected proposals for MAPS 4 will be reviewed in public hearings in July and August, if the city council...

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With the June sales tax check, results are above target as OKC closes out the fiscal year

Sales tax ends the year up 3.4%; budget planners expect slowing growth in the fiscal year starting July 1 and project sales tax...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 10, 2019

Drive benefits charities City of Oklahoma City employees donated $612,663 to the city's 2018 Heart of the City campaign. The...

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West-side transit hub gets boost from land donation

Oklahoma City transit authority trustees on Friday endorsed plans to develop a transit center on W Reno Avenue that could...

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Canal accident video released

Video of a fatal accident on the Bricktown Canal shows a man reaching around a waist-high light bollard and leaning backwards...

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OKC City Council adds 65 positions, approves budget

People occupy a prominent place in Oklahoma City’s 2019-2020 budget, from bus riders to the homeless to the city workforce. The...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 3, 2019

Timeline set for Bricktown Canal lighting makeover Construction of a new Bricktown Canal lighting system could begin this fall....

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Clock has begun running on MAPS 4 as city council prepares to develop a plan for voters

Presentations will give the city council details on ideas as it develops a projects list.

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Out-of-order warning sirens are back online and set to be tested Saturday

Recent storms may have affected 18 of the city's 182 warning sirens.

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Dam repairs get go-ahead

A state agency has given the go-ahead to repair a leaking dam that threatened neighborhoods in northeast Oklahoma City. The...

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Repairs will shore up a dam threatened by erosion from a leaking spillway pipe

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board took emergency action last week after being notified of the potential danger.

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Storm debris will be picked up over the next three weeks, beginning Thursday.

The city of Oklahoma City will begin picking up storm debris on Thursday from parts of town affected by last weekend’s...

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Storm debris stacked at the curb will be picked up over the next three weeks; pickup is limited to residences only

Severe weather last Saturday left damage along a path several miles long, from west to east.

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Climate change figures in water management

Climate change is going to have a direct effect on the quality, quantity and price of drinking water in Oklahoma City....

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18 warning sirens being checked

Sirens are one of several ways emergency managers say can help residents stay weather aware.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 27, 2019

Arrive early for summer flights Construction, more daily flights and more people flying means Will Rogers World Airport is...

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Board orders emergency action to lessen danger from compromised private dam in NE Oklahoma City

A northeast Oklahoma City homeowners association was ordered Friday to take steps to minimize the risk that the dam holding...

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Board orders emergency action to lessen danger from compromised private dam in NE Oklahoma City

Officials said several dozen homes were at risk should the dam fail.

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No timeline given for reopening West River Trail; access blocked due to high water in North Canadian River

Erosion along the riverbank had damaged or was threatening to damage sections of the trail, a MAPS 3 project.

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Second of two claims filed against Oklahoma City in fatal canal accident is resolved

The Oklahoma City Council has settled a claim filed on behalf of the estate of Wesley W. Seeley, who died after an accident on...

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Efforts to protect First Christian Church from demolition, meet Crossings Community Church's needs to grow anchor agreement

Iconic domed sanctuary near downtown Oklahoma City will be protected from demolition while churches negotiate a real estate...

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Second of two claims filed against Oklahoma City in fatal canal accident is resolved

An attorney claimed the city was negligent after a light bollard broke, leading to the accident.

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Council approves agreement to save First Christian from demolition

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement bestowing a reprieve from demolition on First Christian Church....

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Streetcar route resumes after weeklong interruption

Oklahoma City's downtown streetcar reopened a route near the Devon Tower Tuesday after an incident last week closed nearby...

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Underground command center coordinates disaster response when storms strike Oklahoma City

Forecasters warned of flooding in Oklahoma City from the heavy rainfall expected to accompany the storms.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 20, 2019

Streetlight deal in the works An agreement with OG&E to facilitate conversion to LED streetlights is estimated eventually...

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Agreement would limit demolition threat to iconic Oklahoma City church

First Christian Church would get a reprieve from the threat of demolition under terms of an agreement to be considered Tuesday...

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Central city church at center of preservation campaign could be protected while sale to northwest-side megachurch is under consideration

The First Christian Church domed sanctuary would be protected from demolition as Crossings Community Church negotiates...

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Marijuana-related business constitutes a small but growing share of Oklahoma City's sales tax base

Overall sales tax collections for May were up 1.5% from May 2018, a slowing of growth but in line with projections.

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Councilwoman seeks public forum for community to gauge police chief candidates

City Manager Craig Freeman will select the new police chief; Bill Citty, who retired this month, was chief for 15 years.

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Oklahoma City Streetcar ridership improving this spring

Streetcar ridership has improved with the arrival of spring weather. Oklahoma City Streetcar counted 3,943 trips on March 16...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 13, 2019

Councilwoman seeks public forum for police chief candidates Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice is calling for an open forum for...

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American Airlines announces nonstop flights between OKC and Miami

Oklahoma City is getting a new option for air travel to south Florida, connecting to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin...

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With new service to Miami, American Airlines will fly direct to eight cities from Will Rogers World Airport

The new service will expand options for reaching Caribbean, Latin American locations from Oklahoma City.

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Ridership statistics show the Oklahoma City Streetcar is busiest on Saturdays

As expected, streetcar ridership is showing gains with the arrival of warmer weather.

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In OKC, reporting out-of-order streetlights gets easier

Reporting a streetlight outage in Oklahoma City is a little easier this month, after an update to electric utility OG&E’s...

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OKC council fights 'food desert' in northeast parts of city

The city council voted Tuesday to impose a six-month moratorium on development of discount and convenience stores in northeast...

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Council votes convenience store moratorium, responding to northeast-side 'food desert'

Councilwoman says a majority of residents in a study said inner-northeast Oklahoma City is not a healthy environment.

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Would-be rescuer, wife are to receive nearly $170,000; claim on behalf of dead man’s estate still pending

One man died and a second man was hospitalized as a result of the accident last Sept. 30.

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Review of church’s eligibility for historic status would be halted if council goes ahead on May 21

The council has been threatened with litigation over the fate of the church.

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Council to review historic designation for church

The Oklahoma City Council will consider Tuesday whether to reverse steps taken by the Historic Preservation Commission to...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 6, 2019

Canal claim settled The Oklahoma City Council was to vote Tuesday on a $169,650 settlement with Brandon and Taylor Gann,...

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Moments that mattered to Bill Citty

Bill Citty took time to reflect Thursday on his 15 years as Oklahoma City's chief of police. There were low points in those...

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With MAPS 3 waning, OKC budget drops

Oklahoma City’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year is $1.55 billion, a slight and expected decrease, as the MAPS 3...

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Oklahoma City would add 20 positions in public safety, 15 of them in police.

The Police Department proposes adding 15 positions.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 29, 2019

Airport parking to get facelift With parking rates set to rise, Will Rogers World Airport has released improvement plans for...

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More covered parking, easier access to cell phone lot planned at airport

Parking at Will Rogers World Airport? Expect more convenience and higher rates as the pace of upgrades and improvements picks...

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Airport Trust OKs parking rate increases; new premium parking offers convenience for busy travelers

Rates for some of the highest-demand parking at Will Rogers World Airport are slated to increase 33 percent.

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Grievance filed over police pay

Oklahoma City's police union has renewed a grievance seeking back pay for majors and deputy chiefs. The yearlong dispute over...

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City says attorney Chad Moody relied on the wrong law in appealing a city council decision that scuttled his plans for a marijuana business

Unless there is a "material change in the character and use of surrounding properties," Moody must wait at least six months...

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New OKC city manager makes first major personnel decisions

City Manager Craig Freeman named two new assistant city managers Monday, promoting candidates from within to join the next...

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Assistant city manager posts filled, as shape of executive leadership under Craig Freeman comes into focus

The new city manager, Craig Freeman, made his first major personnel decisions since taking over in January.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 22, 2019

First Christian opposes preservation action First Christian Church, through its attorney, is asking the city council to...

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Curtains of light comprise proposed convention center art installation, "Virtual Sky"

Art could make sunsets an event at the new Oklahoma City convention center. The Arts Commission is recommending a Los...

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Letter states church's property rights are threatened, asks city council to short-circuit historic landmark designation process

Neighbors worry the church could be demolished to clear the property for commercial development.

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OKC's Scissortail Park nears completion

MAPS 3 managers led a tour Thursday of the upper Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City. Construction is nearly done in the...