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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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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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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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OKC says test showed some weather sirens are

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Art would highlight new convention center's relationship to the natural environment

The Arts Commission recommended the $1.3 million proposal by a Los Angeles-based design team.

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Bombing reminder will occupy a prominent place in the MAPS 3 downtown park

Survivor Tree seedlings are propagated throughout the state and nation to preserve the tree's legacy.

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Fiscal picture brightens in Oklahoma City after sales tax decline raised doubts

Sales tax revenue had declined in March, interrupting nearly two years of sustained growth.

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Oklahoma City welcomes revisions to regulations that could restore beer sales at municipal golf courses

Changes that took effect last year limited options for selling beer at municipal golf course clubhouses for consumption by...

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Council gets first of what promises to be many briefings on streetlight repairs

Officials have promised to get streetlights back in service by the end of summer.

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City council closes the books on a major MAPS 3 project

The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board recommended the council accept the mainline, one of the biggest construction projects, in...

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Newest faces on the Oklahoma City Council take office

With goals to strengthen neighborhoods, newest council members hear briefings on street resurfacing, sidewalks and trails, and...

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With transportation a major obstacle, grant is aimed at helping families whose children are in foster care

United Way says transportation needs are among top three concerns for clients of its partner agencies.

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Fatal Bricktown Canal accident is the subject of efforts to keep the city of Oklahoma City from disclosing video obtained by police

An attorney says privacy rights of the dead man's mother and her family outweigh the public's interest in the video.

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Streetlights at scene of bicycle fatality repaired, city says

City officials release timeline, promise problem of widespread streetlight outages will be addressed by summer.

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MAPS for streets progress detailed in report for Oklahoma City Council

The report says the Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Board approved projects to resurface 90 miles of arterial...

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Streetlight outages become a political as well as an infrastructure problem

Utility executives blame vandalism and wire theft although some residents say response is slow when outages are reported.

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Study lays out options for Bricktown Canal lighting system safety improvements

Upgrades would incorporate safety features that an architectural firm's study says are missing from the current installation.

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Police union wins a victory in overtime dispute but questions remain

The city of Oklahoma City said it had been longstanding practice that high-ranking officers on salary were not among those...

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Oklahoma City Public Works crews replacing wind-damaged traffic signal

Wednesday's windy weather in central Oklahoma was part of a massive storm system that produced blizzard conditions in the High...

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Oklahoma City's monthly sales tax revenue is down from the same time a year ago

The March revenue decline raises questions about whether local economic activity is entering of a downward cycle.

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As pay raise proposal dies, outgoing councilman says he is charting a new course

Teachers, other state and federal employees could serve on the city council under a measure to be considered in April. It...

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OK, How? When OKC's streetcar breaks free from its wire

Welcome to a special multimedia series where I explain how things work in Oklahoma. Along with this column published in print...

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Airline passengers, airport visitors will start seeing construction as terminal expansion gets under way

The project includes a consolidated security checkpoint and an airfield observation deck for visitors.

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The MAPS 4 discussion with Oklahoma City voters is off to a fast start

With interest in addressing social ills and in stepping up neighborhood investment, MAPS 4 shapes up to have its own distinct...

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$1.7 million in taxpayer incentives OK'd for Amazon facility at Oklahoma City airport

Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid says the agreement is a giveaway to a hugely wealthy company, for a project that would have been...

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Streetcars see service gains with priority at more intersections

Average daily ridership has gone down since Embark began collecting fares Feb. 2.

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Voter participation varied across wards in the Feb. 12 city council elections

Elections were in four wards; results were outright wins and no runoffs will be held.

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Oklahoma City sees 22nd consecutive month of growth in primary revenue source

The city could soon learn whether taxes on marijuana sales are making a significant contribution to the bottom line.

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Council edges closer to representing the population as the city grows

Voters first elected Patience Latting, the first woman to serve on the city council and only woman to serve as mayor, in 1967.

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Gen X or millennial, Oklahoma City elected officers have a new look

It began with the election of James Greiner and John Pettis in 2013, and now the 40-and-under cohort will constitute a majority...

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Money's influence was insufficient to overcome Hamon's message of a 'city that works for everyone'

Grassroots campaigning and small-money donations translated to votes in Ward 6.

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Newly elected council members will bring their own point of view to governance

40-and-unders will constitute a majority of the city council.

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Newly constituted Oklahoma City Council will be seated in April

Mayor sees the value of new energy and new ideas coming to council with millennials' election.

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Aggravated assaults on the rise, OKC police chief says

Police Chief Bill Citty reviewed crime statistics for the city council.

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MAPS 4 discussion indicates highway cap and aquarium may have a shot at ballot

That Ward 6 seat is up for grabs with today’s elections, and the three candidates for Ward 6 joined with Nice and Greater...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: City council primaries

Election, city's bond rating lead news summary.

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Transparency, responsiveness are keys for council candidate

Durmus challenges Stonecipher for Ward 8 seat on the Oklahoma City Council.

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Volunteering led to interest in public service for Ward 6 candidate

JoBeth Hamon, Nathaniel Harding and Jim Holman are running for the open Ward 6 seat on the Oklahoma City Council.

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Streetlights out 'throughout the entire city'

Week in review, in civic news in Oklahoma City.

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Arbitration case resulted as city officials denied pay claim

Police chief discussed conflict in news conference announcing his retirement.

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Contributions to candidates in the Feb. 12 city council primary are focused on two races

The final pre-election campaign contribution and spending reports for the council races will be filed Monday.

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City council to renew discussion on resolution advocating Brockway Center preservation

The measure was brought forward by Councilwoman Nikki Nice.

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Civic leaders respond to State of the City address

Watch the speech and an interview with the mayor, who reviewed Oklahoma City's economic renaissance and said the city's newest...

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City staff will work in 'James D. Couch Municipal Office Building'

Couch, who retired this month, is the longest-serving city manager in Oklahoma City history.

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What could Oklahoma City buy for $5.7 billion

Comparing costs for Oklahoma City projects to the amount sought for a border wall.

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New mayor seeks broader audience for annual assessment of the 'state of the city'

Elected almost a year ago, Holt plans forward-looking remarks while assessing "where we are today in our city's journey."

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Record tax receipts extend a growth streak in Oklahoma City

General fund sales tax receipts are $1.8 million, or 1.2 percent, ahead of projections after the first seven months of the...

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Three outside candidates interviewed to be city manager

Three outside candidates were among the eight interviewed by the Oklahoma City Council as it searched for a successor to Jim...

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Ward 5 city council contest a two-person race after court decision

Steve Hunt was one of two candidates who filed to challenge Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell.

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Downtown traffic alert: Access will be disrupted as NW 10 Street shuts down

Railroad track repairs are expected to last a week.

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Free rides continue as streetcar enters post-holiday service

Streetcar reports ridership of 86,000 in first three weeks.

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Oklahoma City Streetcar extends free rides through January

Transit officials think offering additional time for free rides on the streetcar will give riders more time to see how the...

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Freezing rain affects service as streetcar endures its first winter weather event

Ice from the winter storm accumulated on overhead wires faster than it could be scraped away, so streetcars switched to...

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Embark transit has counted nearly 56,000 trips so far on the OKC Streetcar

Transit officials and City Hall are gauging support for regularly scheduled Sunday streetcar service.

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Lawsuit seeks reinstatement of billboard permit for site along Lake Hefner Parkway

This is the second lawsuit over plans for a highway sign in a largely advertising-free zone on the busy northwest Oklahoma City...

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Free speech challenge to Oklahoma City 'median-safety' ordinance is rebuffed

The measure was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which promised Wednesday to appeal.

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Oklahoma City Council adopts rental scooter regulations

Rules have been in the works several months and action was deferred as council members, companies worked out differences.

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Sales tax revenue exceeds projections for first two quarters of Oklahoma City's fiscal year

December results show economic activity in the weeks preceding the start of the holiday shopping season was robust.

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Will public embrace Sunday streetcar service? Seven-week trial will tell

Streetcar to operate first seven Sundays, through January, to see whether demand is sufficient to fund regular Sunday service;...

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Speeches, holiday carols, confetti usher in new era for Oklahoma City transit

Streetcar service will be free for the first three weeks; transit officials anticipate a busy opening weekend.

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Council candidate bumped from ballot, 12 remain for February primary

Steve Hunt, a candidate in Ward 5, has not been registered to vote in the ward long enough to qualify for the ballot, election...

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With service set to begin Friday, observations regarding the downtown streetcar

Streetcars will run seven days per week the first three weeks; check the info pylons at any of the 22 boarding platforms for...

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Commuter option for northwest Oklahoma City receives federal grant, mayor says

Bus rapid transit utilizes comfortable coaches and dedicated lanes to cut commute times.

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City council races attract 13 candidates in Oklahoma City

The 2019 city council primary for Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8 is Feb. 12.

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Oklahoma City Streetcar web site has information on how to ride, safety

Under construction nearly two years, the Oklahoma City Streetcar system will begin service in December.

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Parking changes downtown include development of new convention center municipal garage

Oklahoma City's parking system will get a cash infusion from sale of the Santa Fe garage.

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Stonecipher to seek second term representing northwest Oklahoma City

Councilman says Ward 8 has benefited from street projects, new soccer fields, planned park, popular MAPS 3 senior health and...

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New city manager is a longtime member of Jim Couch's leadership team

Craig Freeman says top priorities include meeting residents' expectations for city services and a commitment to staff...

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After almost two years of construction, Oklahoma City streetcar system is nearly finished

The city council will vote on an agreement that wraps up most financial dealings with the contractor.

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New contract wins support of Oklahoma City police union members

Council will vote on 2 percent raises for police officers.

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Airport expansion includes new east concourse, four new gates

Construction is expected to begin early next year and take about two years.

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Oklahoma City will dedicate its new downtown park with a wide range of activities and events

A major concert is planned to anchor a weekend of activities next September.

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New councilwoman sworn in

Interviews for city manager are Monday.

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High turnout in Ward 7 special election makes case for change in voting calendar

Observers say winner Nikki Nice got more votes than any council candidate.

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Online sales driving revenue growth as retail landscape evolves

Local economic activity may be slowing down after some heated growth.

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Oklahoma City files its own opioid lawsuit

The city of Oklahoma City filed suit Thursday against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, and several doctors,...

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Williamson made ambulance service "true partner" in emergency medicine

Top executive of public ambulance authority agreed to pay $80,000 over federal kickback allegations.

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City council lifts zoning restrictions on shops that agree to limit display space of 'adult novelties'

Businesses affected by the regulations indicated they would sue on constitutional grounds.

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Regular streetcar fares to take effect Jan. 5

The base fare for a one-hour pass on the Oklahoma City streetcar will be $1.

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Construction contract adjustments pave the way for operations flexibility, energy savings at convention center

Strengthening the foundation will prepare the building for an additional service elevator and enclosure of the loading dock.

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More than four dozen seek OKC city manager job

The council tentatively will meet Nov. 19 to discuss and possibly interview candidates.

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Board looks ahead to resumption of construction at the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is to open under terms of a partnership between the Chickasaw Nation and the...

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Could Oklahoma City-area roads actually be improving?

The report is by TRIP, a private nonprofit research organization promoting policies to relieve congestion, improve roads and...

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First MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center already looking at expansion

An advisory committee recommends the city council look at $3.5 million for expansion, as senior health and wellness center...

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Restructuring agreement for Boathouse Foundation progresses with $750,000 payment

The city council will discuss $7.9 million in whitewater park enhancements; aim is to save money on utilities, add features to...

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Oklahoma City seeks comments, ideas for MAPS 4

Oklahoma City's mayor asked for a conversation among residents on the shape of MAPS 4 and, judging from the response on social...

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Mayor urges residents to "Dream Big," opens door for MAPS 4 ideas

Voters most likely will decide a little more than a year from now whether they want to write a new chapter in the highly...

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Fine to be set at $10 for skipping out on streetcar fare

The city council had considered a fine of $500.

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City manager search has begun in Oklahoma City

Applications to succeed Jim Couch as city manager in Oklahoma City are due by Nov. 1. The city council will hire the new city...

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Buckling issues prompt plans to replace Skydance bridge's wooden deck

The pedestrian and bicycling span is central to the $138 million MAPS 3 downtown park, connecting the upper and lower sections....

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Oklahoma City Streetcar service to kick off with weekend-long celebration in December

Streetcar track installation is coming to an end and intensive testing of the downtown loop will begin this month as the $136...

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Indigenous Peoples Day to be observed Oct. 8 in Oklahoma City

David Holt acknowledged his Osage heritage in remarks after taking office and in choices to emphasize the vibrancy Oklahoma's...

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Jim Couch to retire in January after 18 years as Oklahoma City's city manager

Couch was instrumental in negotiating the 2016 water settlement among tribes, the city and state that governs management of...

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MAPS 3 park's lower section to include soccer field, basketball courts

Plans for the lower section of the MAPS 3 downtown park are coming into focus. The more intensively developed upper park opens...

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Oklahoma City Boulevard open from Gaylord to Hudson; a break for commuters

The new road is opening in stages but lots of construction headaches will continue through mid-2019.

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Do you have what it takes to drive OKC's new streetcars?

Sixteen people are training to pilot the city's new streetcars

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Commuters catch a break downtown as OKC Boulevard construction progresses

Section adjacent to the OKC Streetcar tracks could be open by the time streetcar service begins.

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Airport Authority gives final approval to plans for Will Rogers terminal expansion.

The terminal expansion includes a new security checkpoint and a visitors' observation deck.

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Oklahoma City issues rental location permits to scooter service

Bird Ride Inc. started renting scooters in Midtown, the central business district and Bricktown on Aug. 1; threat of...

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Online flood reports will help city assess damage from Tuesday's heavy rains

Reports help with evaluation of drainage infrastructure and assessment of the extent of damage.

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Boil order was lifted but cause of water contamination in Jones remains unclear, DEQ says

E. coli was found in the Jones public water supply in early August.

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Permit requirement for rental scooters to take effect Monday in Oklahoma City

Rental scooters quickly proved popular after Bird.co dropped its app-activated, electric models in Midtown, the central...

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OKC mayor addresses downtown scooters

The city council could authorize an immediate crackdown on the latest tech-oriented disruptor to plant its flag downtown.

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City proposes impounding rental scooters left in the public right of way

Bird.co is part of a "ride-share" trend that is accelerating thanks to the convenience of smartphone apps.

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Sales tax for August extends trend of monthly increases

Sales tax results show underlying growth in metro-area economic activity remains strong.

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"Adult novelty" stores ordinance snares second Oklahoma City sex shop

The city acted under a 1997 ordinance in response to complaints to code enforcement.

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Pedestrian link between garages, shielding parkers from weather, comes with initial price tag of $1.6 million

Sale of the Santa Fe garage will reduce debt being taken on by Oklahoma City to develop the new convention center garage, and...

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Oklahoma City incurs costs to defend panhandling ordinance

A trial is set in September in federal court on claims Oklahoma City's panhandling ordinance unconstitutionally abridges free...

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City council agrees to proceed with sale of downtown parking garage

Transactions would produce a net gain in downtown parking as needs evolve.

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Tickets on sale for September's 2018 Oklahoma State Fair

The Oklahoma State Fair is annually one of the best-attended state fairs in the country.

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Economy humming as city of Oklahoma City enters new fiscal year, sales tax continues win streak

New sales tax results indicate late-spring growth in economic activity continued at a healthy pace in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma City pushes zoning dispute with sex shop

Code enforcement officers said they were acting on a complaint when they notified two Oklahoma City businessmen that their Adam...

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City council agrees to cash infusion to offset Boathouse Foundation's whitewater park expenses

City officials say the whitewater park is an economic development tool that figures in decisions of companies looking at...

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First candidate for open Ward 2 council seat is a teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools

Cooper is making his second bid to represent Ward 2, which includes close-in urban neighborhoods as well as suburban sections...

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Democrats Blumert, McAffrey headed for runoff in Oklahoma County commissioner primary

Reeves wins GOP nomination in District 1, while Calvey wins race for GOP nomination in District 3.

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MAPS 3 advisory committees to review progress on whitewater park, downtown park and streetcar

Advisory committees meet this week to review requests for ongoing spending for MAPS 3 construction projects, including the...

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Cooper sworn in as councilman for Ward 7

Whoops and hollers resounded off the marble walls of city hall Tuesday morning as a vacant seat was filled on the Oklahoma City...

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MAPS 3 advisory board member Nathaniel Harding says he is running for city council

Ward 6 will be an open seat, as Councilwoman Meg Salyer has announced she is retiring when her current term ends next year.

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Oklahoma City sales tax surges more than 16 percent

Budget director says June results reflect momentum in metro economy.

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Oklahoma City asks residents to report flood damage from Thursday morning's stormy weather

The city's Office of Emergency Management staff will use the information to do a preliminary damage assessment.

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Three-term Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer plans to retire when her current term ends next year

Salyer leads a finance and accounting staffing firm and is active in many civic organizations.

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Construction will ramp up along S Robinson Avenue with approval of convention center construction contract

The convention center is the most expensive of the projects promised to voters who approved MAPS 3 in 2009.

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Oklahoma City budget for 2018-19 sails through on unanimous council vote, takes effect July 1

Budget includes police, fire funding, other enhancements in anticipation of continued metro economic growth, steady growth in...

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Newly appointed Oklahoma City councilman to be sworn in June 19, serve until voters make a permanent choice

Appointment is effective until voters select a permanent replacement for John Pettis, who resigned.

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Convention center construction slated to begin within weeks

Thursday’s action sets up final cIty council vote on June 5.

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Councilman facing embezzlement, tax case will resign effective May 31

Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis was one year into his second term on the council.

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Attorney says councilman will plead not guilty to embezzlement charges

Ward 7 councilman was charged in Oklahoma County District Court on Friday.

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Differences over acquisition of land for the MAPS 3 downtown park prompted a claim against the city of Oklahoma City

A business says it should be compensated for costs it incurred in anticipation of Oklahoma City acquiring its land for the MAPS...

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Oklahoma City receives favorable construction bids for MAPS 3 convention center

The new convention center is the most expensive of the MAPS 3 projects, with a total budget of nearly $300 million.

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Pat Ryan, who served 10 years on the Oklahoma City Council, dies at 79

Pat Ryan played many roles in civic life in Oklahoma City.

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Consumer spending as measured by sales tax fell back in line with trends in April

Sales tax was up 10.9 percent overall including the increase that took effect on Jan. 1.

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$4 million in new annual revenue expected by city under state law aimed at boosting school funding

State law aimed at collecting additional tax on online sales will produce more revenue for cities.

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Holt sworn in as mayor, ceremony precedes council meeting

Holt succeeds Mick Cornett, who served as mayor for 14 years.

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Nearby park property was renamed to honor Manuel Perez, opening the way to sell small neighborhood park

The park property recommended for sale is across the street from the much larger MAPS 3 downtown park.

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Top Oklahoma City managers' raises OK'd by council

City employees got across-the-board salary hikes after most were held without raises a year ago.

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Reservoirs in southeastern Oklahoma that supply Oklahoma City drinking water are in counties that are now drought-free

Parts of northwestern Oklahoma have slipped into the most severe category of drought.

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Recreation centers, zoo plan activities, camps, extended hours for youth if teachers shut down schools

Oklahoma City Parks and Zoo plan activities, camps and extended hours for youth if public school teachers go on strike.

Council leaves Oklahoma City sex shops ordinance in place

City received complaint about new business, prompting review.

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The pace of streetcar testing is picking up as more of the nearly $5 million vehicles are delivered to Oklahoma City

Pallets of bottled water will be loaded onto streetcars to simulate passenger loads during testing.

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Video: Streetcar testing moves onto the tracks after inspections, preparation in new maintenance garage

Streetcars will be thoroughly tested before service begins in December.

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Oklahoma City's sales tax win streak shows no sign of retreat

Oklahoma City relies on sales tax as its single-largest revenue source.

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Downtown businesses, residences warned of low water pressure due to water main break

Water main break repairs by city Utilities Department crews continued into the evening hours.

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Convention center designs receive OK from Oklahoma City Council, clearing the way for construction to begin this summer

Conventions and meetings would begin filling the building after two years of construction.

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Salary hikes approved by council for Oklahoma City employees

Wage hikes are approved for the first time in two years.

Oklahoma City reschedules trash pickup for Saturday due to Thursday’s icy weather

Residents who normally have Thursday trash, recycling pickup will see trucks in their neighborhoods on Saturday this week....

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Designers are presenting final plans for Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 convention center. It could open in 2020.

Bids to construct the MAPS 3 convention center are due April 25. City officials will be watching to see how close they come to...

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Flaming Lips star's jingle helps propel OKC's new mayor into office

Throwback with a twist as an old-time campaign staple gets a 21st century workout.

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I-40 lighting to be restored

The Oklahoma City Boulevard will complete the downtown connection to I-40.

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Chickasaw Nation says finalizing land deal paves the way for development of land around American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Clearing title to the land and completing the transfer is a major step toward restarting construction on the long-dormant...

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A look ahead to the tenure of Oklahoma City's next mayor, David Holt, who takes office April 10

The new mayor will step down from his state Senate seat to lead Oklahoma City.

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An introduction to the Oklahoma City streetcar

Now that the first streetcar has arrived in Oklahoma City, additional vehicles in the fleet are expected to arrive every three...

The streetcar was taken into the MAPS 3 streetcar system maintenance garage in preparation for testing

Seven streetcars will be delivered between now and July. After several months of testing, streetcar service is to begin in...

Oklahoma City Council will conduct a public hearing on measure to rescind sex shops ordinance

Entrepreneurs who opened an Adam & Eve franchise say they were unfairly singled out by code enforcement.

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Common purpose

Mayoral candidate David Holt says Oklahoma City's next mayor has to foster the city's spirit of spirit of cooperation and...

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City reservoirs maintain levels as drought deepens across Oklahoma

Severe drought last week shot up to 38 percent statewide and is set to spread across the Oklahoma City metro area.

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Oklahoma City's mayoral primary on Tuesday raises 3 issues that bear watching

Early in-person voting begins Thursday in the 2018 mayoral primary.

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A downtown resident mapped nonworking streetlights with his iPhone, prompting action by the city of Oklahoma City

The city released a phone number to submit reports of nonworking streetlights, and says its contract crews are working to...

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Supporting school programs, Allied Arts been a presence in Oklahoma City since 1971.

Allied Arts supports a wide range of arts programs. This year's fund-raising goal is $3.125 million.

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Randall Smith says he's running for mayor to promote millennial-friendly, citizen-friendly government policies

Candidate says city council ought to meet in the evening once a month so more residents can attend.

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Nearly half of Oklahoma City's 195,000 trash, recycling and bulk waste customers will have a new pickup day starting next week

Changes were announced six weeks ago and will consolidate routes that had become fragmented.

Executive leadership institute on the Oklahoma River could be a global draw, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation executive director says

Plan calls for finishing the upper level of the Aubrey K. McClendon Whitewater Center.at Riversport Rapids as a hub for...

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Oklahoma City voters must be registered by Friday to vote in the mayoral primary election next month

Three candidates will be on the primary ballot for mayor. The race is nonpartisan and the new mayor takes office in April.

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The Police Association appeals denial of its application to build a parking garage across the street from Civic Center Music Hall

Review panels had rejected the effort to build a garage overlooking the park in front of the Civic Center.

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Oklahoma City's Car No. 1 has passed final testing at the Pennsylvania manufacturing plant and will be shipped soon

Oklahoma City’s first two streetcars in the “redbud” color scheme are depicted in new photographs released Tuesday.

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Holiday shopping added up to increased sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue increase of 7.8 percent indicates Oklahoma City's rebound from the oil-and-gas slump is gaining strength.

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The updated electronic parking meters in downtown Oklahoma City are supposed to simplify parking.

Sidewalks decals explain how to use the new meters. Mechanical meters are being retired and all of downtown will be in one...

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The quarter-cent sales tax increase that took effect Jan. 1 will appear in next month's check from the Oklahoma Tax Commission

Voters approved a sales tax increase in September to hire more police officers and firefighters.

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Oklahoma City trash pickup days are changing as routes are consolidated

The weekly trash pickup day is changing for about 90,000 Oklahoma City households.

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Consultants who conducted comprehensive review recommend $1 streetcar fare

Plan is to review recommendations and make a decision in April.

Oklahoma City is acquiring OG&E's

The utility will receive compensation from the city for costs associated with relocating its control center for electric power...

Animal Welfare is offering holiday season pet adoptions for $30, half the regular amount

"Feline Navidad" and "Hounds for the Holidays" continues through Dec. 23 at the shelter.

Oklahoma City sales tax rises for the eighth consecutive month

Revenue for the December reporting period is up is 7.5 percent from this time last year.

Candidates for mayor to meet in three-way February primary

Mayoral candidates had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file for office. The winner will succeed the city's longest-serving mayor,...

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City council will consider plan for MAPS 3 convention center's parking garage on Tuesday

City government leaders are proposing to buy property for the garage for $14 million from OG&E.

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State senator who formerly was mayor's chief of staff aspires to lead city

Primary election for mayor is Feb. 13; David Holt is the only announced candidate.

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Discussions set on land acquisition

City council is to consider plans for a new downtown parking garage on Tuesday.

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Deal set for convention center/hotel parking garage in downtown Oklahoma City

The parking garage is the third and final piece of the complex that will include the MAPS 3 convention center and a high-rise,...

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A review reversed earlier findings on some teacher pay raise initiative signatures

While a review produced 1,731 additional valid signatures, advocates of a vote on teacher pay raises in Oklahoma City still...

Council authorizes design of skyway linking convention center, parking garage

The skyway will be longer than a football field and will connect the convention center and a new parking garage.

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Preliminary review complete

The city clerk's office will review the preliminary results and have a final determination on Thursday, but initial count shows...

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Households will see $3.36 hike

New revenue will finance $2.5 billion in water and sewer improvements, including a second pipeline from reservoirs in southeast...

Positive outlook seen

Freeze was imposed in response to slowdown attributed primarily to oil-and-gas slump; trend toward more online shopping also...

Art Deco style preserved

Built in the 1930s, the Santa Fe Station railroad depot is being converted into a multi-modal transportation hub, serving...

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Streetcar testing to begin

Oklahoma City's first streetcar is expected to arrive from the western Pennsylvania manufacturing plant in January. It will go...

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Council will vote next month

The city assembled an unorthodox financing package that includes a 20-year interest-free loan to acquire the land and build the...

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Price tag is $40 million

Oklahoma City could capture $9 million from MAPS 3 to construct the parking garage required for the downtown convention center...

Offers to buy municipal garage

The oil-and-gas company's downtown headquarters is across the street from the Santa Fe parking garage.

Outside counsel assists city

The ACLU of Oklahoma sued over the ordinance and says changes are insufficient to resolve the legal dispute.

Will review projects, budgets

The 27-month, 1-cent MAPS sales tax extension will fund neighborhood enhancements, including street resurfacing and...

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Retail rebound appears strong

Ahead of the holiday shopping season, sales tax collections for the November reporting period - the month ending in mid-October...

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One soldier's story

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is on display through Veterans Day weekend at the Oklahoma History Center, where a...

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Seek election on income tax hike

Coalition leaders say they collected more than enough signatures to call a vote. Proposed is a temporary income tax hike aimed...

Council reviews offer behind closed doors

The ACLU of Oklahoma sued over the December 2015 ordinance. Amendments were adopted Tuesday but appeared unlikely to lead to an...

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Former Oklahoma City Councilwoman Frances Lowrey dies

Lowrey served two terms from Ward 4 in southeast Oklahoma City.

High-rise blackened

The former bank headquarters is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Fire trucks filled downtown streets near the...

Financial implications analyzed

The Santa Fe garage is one of five municipal parking garages.

Crime

Jail a top priority, candidate says

Two candidates, both Democrats, have announced plans to run for commissioner in District 1 in Oklahoma County.

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Ordinance is subject of federal lawsuit

Changes would alter "median safety rules" that are at the heart of the controversy over the current ordinance.

Public hearing set Nov. 7

Utility rates are expected to rise in Oklahoma City to meet obligations through 2021, as work on system improvements moves ahead.

Ambulance availability troubles persist in Oklahoma City, but have eased since 2015

The Emergency Medical Services Authority's president and chief executive officer, Stephen Williamson, notified trustees at a...

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Oklahoma City councilman seeks to succeed Willa Johnson, who is retiring

Elected earlier this year to his second term on the Oklahoma City Council, Pettis says he hopes to expand his efforts to...

Sixth consecutive monthly increase

Sales tax bumps up 4.5 percent in Oklahoma City, reflecting a general strengthening of the economy.

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Follows sales tax extension approval last month

Use taxes are levied on goods purchased elsewhere and shipped into Oklahoma.

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Raising city's innovation profile

Unique aspects of the MAPS 3 streetcar project provide an opportunity to create an Automated Streetcar Test Laboratory in...

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Kiamichi River diversion is at heart of city, state, tribal settlement

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will make a determination.

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Sales tax increase approved

Voters approved a slate of bond propositions that will guide development for the next decade.

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Voters cast ballots on two sales tax proposals, 13 bond propositions

Top vote-getters were bond propositions for police-fire training facilities, for streets and bridges, and for drainage projects.

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Friday is the autumn equinox

Most reservoirs are at 95 percent of capacity or above, Draper Lake is down some from the start of summer.

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City manager, Chickasaw Nation governor and others

They said it: Observations on development, transit, public schools and elections from inside and outside City Hall.

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City seeks to hire more police, firefighters

Measures on Tuesday's ballot in Oklahoma City would raise $785 million over 10 years for streets. Thirteen bond propositions...

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Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City leaders look for bond measures to pass, securing financing for improvements to be completed over the next decade.

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5th consecutive monthly increase

While revenue is on the rebound, the latest figures run slightly behind the amount received in the same month four years ago.

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Focus is on troubled jail

Business, municipal, justice system leaders are teaming up to find alternatives to a system many agree is failing.

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Chief reviews reforms for council

Statistics show police, court send fewer offenders to jail.

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Community outreach coordinator

Manuel Hernandez is helping those cited for minor offenses understand the workings of Municipal Court and stay out of jail.

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Development, cooperation agreements are OK'd

Plans are to resume construction on the long-stalled project near downtown, and open by spring 2021.

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Turnaround appears to be taking hold after oil-and-gas slump.

Growth in August pushes city government's single-largest revenue source onto positive ground, exceeding projections two months...

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Election day is Sept. 12; voters will decide on sales tax hike for public safety.

Voter registration application forms must be filled our and postmarked no later than midnight on Aug. 18.

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Public hearing set Aug. 15

Downtown parking to get more expensive as parking meter zones are consolidated, rates are raised. Effort to discourage circling...

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Oklahoma City Council agrees to public financing for convention center hotel

Omni is to develop a $235.5 million, 600-room luxury hotel as part of the MAPS 3 convention center complex.

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Oklahoma City to pay more to keep the lights on

Higher electricity costs will be absorbed through savings elsewhere in the budget and/or tapping reserves.

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Traffic Commission OKs higher rates for downtown parking meters

The city council will make the final decision on raising hourly rates 33 percent from the current top rate of $1.50; other...

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Mayor pitches street rehab proposals going before Oklahoma City voters in September

Cornett asks Rotary Club audience to put in a good word with friends, neighbors and business associates for the sales tax and...

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Oklahoma City sales tax posts third consecutive monthly increase

Budget officials are cautiously optimistic a turnaround is taking hold, after a lengthy slide in collections.

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Free-roaming cats' numbers could see reduction with Oklahoma City policy change

Memo says the city has 97,000 free-roaming cats being cared for in neighborhoods. The goal is to protect against rabies and...

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Transcript: Councilmen at odds over remarks directed at Oklahoma City School Board

Views on race drive back-and-forth over rescinded proposal to close elementary school. Word shared with the public last month...

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Oklahoma City streetcars to run every 12 minutes

Details are included in the operations contract with Herzog Transit Services.

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Oklahoma City streetcar stop names will reflect downtown districts, landmarks, likely also park

The Oklahoma City streetcar will have 22 stops along 6.9 miles of "service" track. The 22nd stop likely will be Scissortail...

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Scissortail Park is name given to downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 park

The name was selected by residents, who voted on six finalists after suggestions numbering in the thousands were submitted to...

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Paperwork filed to call Oklahoma City bond, sales tax election

Oklahoma City voters will cast ballots Sept. 12 on proposals to address dissatisfaction with the condition of city streets and...

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As Oklahoma City trails expand, recreation, functionality are served

Trail system is 80 miles and growing, with MAPS 3 building the newest trails, including at Lake Stanley Draper. With a proposed...

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Oklahoma City's reservoirs are in good shape as summer officially begins

Oklahoma City's reservoirs look good but the U.S. Drought Monitor says "abnormally dry" conditions are prevalent in central...

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Week in review: Oklahoma City Council sets sales tax, bond election; advocates propose schools initiative

City leaders scheduled an election on a sales tax increase and education advocates said they would launch an initiative drive,...

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Income tax: Here's how mayoral hopefuls see proposal for Oklahoma City income tax, to help prop up public schools

After education advocates announced an initiative drive for a local income tax, the two announced candidates for Oklahoma City...

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Education advocates plan initiative, seeking voters' approval for income tax for schools

Plan is for local income tax to pay teacher, staff bonuses and reduce class sizes in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma City voters to decide on sales tax increase in September election

The city council agreed to a revised sales tax plan that would pump $240 million into streets over 27 months and raise $26...

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Proposed sales tax increase to be aired in public hearing before Oklahoma City Council

Council to consider revised sales tax plan on Tuesday, and could take a final vote.

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Police union advocates for more officers, says patrol ranks haven't matched Oklahoma City's growth

Oklahoma City's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123, on its new website, includes information on current department staffing...

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Oklahoma City sees second consecutive monthly sales tax increase

Sales tax collections rose 3.7 percent in the final month of the fiscal year.

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Civic Affairs Chat with Bill Crum at 10 a.m. Wednesday

Join The Oklahoman's Bill Crum for his monthly chat to discuss OKC news and more.

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Expo center, arena plans raise State Fair Park's profile

State Fair Park is raising its game with the opening of the Bennett Event Center and plans for a new Fairgrounds Arena,...

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4 takeaways from this week's Oklahoma City civic news summary

Summing up downtown park, neighborhood opportunities, and Atoka pipeline news.

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City's water pipeline from southeast Oklahoma could cross beneath South Canadian River

The Atoka pipeline currently rests above the riverbed, on piers, at the crossing near Byng; flooding damaged the supports in...

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Oklahoma City Council deflects stop signs appeal

The council deadlocked on a technical question regarding timeliness of the appeal.

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Partnerships help cities improve park scores

Neighborhoods around Bodine Elementary are slated to have a new schoolyard park this summer.

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Oklahoma City Zoo admission, membership rates going up

While daily admission for a child will jump 60 percent, to $8, officials say similar zoological parks around the nation charge...

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Oklahoma City Council sets public hearings on sales tax, bond proposals

Voters will make the final decision in an election to be held Sept. 12.

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Oklahoma City Council to weigh 'MAPS for Streets', bond proposal with eye toward Sept. 12 vote

The city council will review plans to ask voters to approve proposed bond projects and the successor to MAPS 3, both with a...

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Council to hear appeal of Oklahoma City neighborhoods' request for stop signs

City manager says restaurant owner's concerns will be reviewed at an upcoming meeting.

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City manager will name next Oklahoma City fire chief

City Manager Jim Couch has responsibility to select department heads, including police and fire chiefs.

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Limits to concerts at Lost Lake venue to be reviewed by Oklahoma City Planning Commission

Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis says neighbors near Lost Lakes, off NE 10 Street along the North Canadian River, have complained...

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Downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 streetcar project is moving along

Streetcar line construction is estimated to be about 10 percent complete.

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Children's summer reading gets a lift in Oklahoma City

Libraries, schools, others unveil a program to encourage schoolchildren to read 20 minutes per day over the break.

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Oklahoma City's downtown MAPS 3 park gets advisory board's OK to begin construction

Construction is to begin this summer in the upper park, above Skydance bridge, and be completed by 2019.

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Oklahoma City sales tax rebounds

After nearly two years of lagging results, budget officials anticipate growth in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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MAPS 3 downtown park construction bid comes in below estimate

The bid opened Tuesday is for construction of the highly developed upper park, including a lake, cafe, promenade and gardens.

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MAPS could finance an accelerated street resurfacing effort, Oklahoma City Public Works director says

A proposed extension of MAPS 3 -- 'MAPS 4 Streets' -- could finance 420 miles of street resurfacing projects over 27 months.

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Be wary of storm-related roofing, identity theft scams in Oklahoma City, authorities say

Oklahoma City’s emergency manager says any offer to get federal reimbursement for roof repairs following the April 29 storms is...

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Appeal delays Oklahoma City neighborhoods' stop signs

No date has been set for the city council to hear a request by near-northside residents for additional stop signs to slow...

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Five takeaways from Tuesday's city council meeting

The Oklahoma City Council heard reports on trees in parks and on economic activity, and authorized the next steps in design and...

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Oklahoma City expects MAPS 3 revenue to exceed projections

When sales tax collections end on Dec. 31, city officials expect to have $37 million in excess collections, interest and...

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Civic Affairs Chat Recap: Streets, park and theater

The Oklahoman's Bill Crum chatted with readers on Wednesday about OKC news and more. Below is a transcript from the chat.

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Destructive weekend storms produced winds of 80 to 90 mph in Oklahoma City

Saturday's early morning storms in Oklahoma City produced the kind of damage normally associated with ice storms.

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Oklahoma City sets debris pickup schedule, cleanup to be done by the end of May

Oklahoma City aims to complete debris cleanup from the weekend storm by the end of the month.

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First look: Oklahoma City streetcars on Pennsylvania assembly line

New photographs offer an inside view of the manufacturing process as Oklahoma City's streetcars are assembled.

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Streetcar, politics: 4 takeaways from the weekly Oklahoma City civic news summary

Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 streetcars take shape on the assembly line at Brookville Equipment Corp. in western Pennsylvania.

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Oklahoma City seniors show they are ready for new MAPS 3 center

Oklahoma City's first MAPS 3 senior health & wellness center has signed up 1,832 members after just one month.

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Oklahoma City Council OKs job incentives for plastics manufacturer

The company, McClarin Plastics, is expected to create 58 new jobs within five years.

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Upcoming vote ought to address sewage disposal, Oklahoma City mother says

Paula Yockel has been critical of practices she fears could be contaminating groundwater.

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Director chosen for American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City

James Pepper Henry most recently was executive director of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and previously led the Heard Museum in...

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10 Oklahoma college students named Newman Civic Fellows

Ten Oklahoma college students are among 273 honored for tackling community challenges.

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Mayor proposes path forward for MAPS, Oklahoma City's capital improvements sales tax

Mayor Mick Cornett has proposed making a fraction of the 1-cent MAPS capital improvements sales tax permanent, to be used...

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4 takeaways from Monday's Oklahoma City civic news summary

Election analysis and a vote to protect the city's tax base lead this week's civic news summary.

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Oklahoma City sales tax slide hits 12th month in a row

Sales tax revenue for day-to-day government services eroded as the economy endured the oil-and-gas slump. City leaders say...

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Oklahoma City Council rebuffs de-annexation proposal

The city council on Tuesday rejected a plan to allow Mustang to annex land within Oklahoma City's borders for a commercial...

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Civic Affairs Chat with Bill Crum

The Oklahoman's Bill Crum took questions from readers during his monthly civic affairs chat on Wednesday. Below is a transcript...

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New Ward 4 councilman says it is 'time to get to work'

New Ward 4 councilman promises effort to improve all of Oklahoma City, especially southeast side.

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Morrissette: Outside money 'major factor' in Ward 4 outcome

Richard Morrissette fell just short of a majority in the February primary and says a last-minute spending blitz leading up to...

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Turnout improves as Stone tops Morrissette to win Ward 4 council seat

Voter participation was up significantly from the four-way February primary; school board elections and a county sheriff's...

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Stone defeats Morrissette in Oklahoma City's Ward 4 runoff

Developer and homebuilder Todd Stone took 58.1 percent of the vote in the race against former legislator Richard Morrissette....

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White's service to be noted in new south Oklahoma City health, wellness campus

The auditorium at the Southern Oaks Wellness and Education Center will be named for the longtime Ward 4 councilman.

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4 questions that will determine the outcome of the Ward 4 city council runoff

The winner of Tuesday's election will succeed longtime Councilman Pete White.

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5 takeaways from this week's civic news summary

Bodine elementary in southeast Oklahoma City will finally get a playground this summer, an improvement for neighborhoods that...

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Elected officials in Oklahoma City can receive health benefits upon retirement

Retiree health benefits are the same for retired employees and retired mayors and council members; retirees can use the city's...

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First MAPS 3 senior center sets opening

The first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center has a goal of signing up 600 members by its official opening on April 1.

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Shadid proposes MAPS sales tax cut, pivot to public safety

The Ward 2 councilman advocates giving a portion of the MAPS sales tax back to residents, focusing balance on police, fire and...

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Deadlines set in Oklahoma City panhandling lawsuit

A trial is tentatively set for March 2018; the court set a mid November deadline for motions for summary judgment, when each...

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Oklahoma City sales tax slide persists; end in sight, officials say

Sales tax was down in the March reporting period in Oklahoma City. Indicators watched by budget officials, though, are pointing...

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Oklahoma City convention center may go with solar energy

Architects will estimate the cost of studying options for a rooftop solar array.

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Meet four hopefuls who may be on the 2018 mayoral ballot

Oklahoma City voters will decide next year on a successor to longtime Mayor Mick Cornett.

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Online vote will settle name for MAPS 3 downtown park

Residents can submit suggestions for naming the $141.2 million MAPS 3 downtown park, then make the selection from a list of...

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5 takeaways from Monday's civic news summary

Updates on MAPS 3, city budget constraints and the Oklahoma City mayor's race.

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Oklahoma City conference to focus on social justice

The Second Annual Justice Conference, "Crossing the Bridge," is a two-day event at the Northeast Health and Wellness campus.

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Warren Theatres plans upscale Oklahoma City cinema

The Cineplex would be Warren's first in Oklahoma City and is to be included in a 110-acre commercial and office development off...

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Coming soon: A naming contest for the MAPS 3 downtown park

The Oklahoman's Bill Crum took questions from readers in today's Civic Affairs Chat. You can join Bill's chat on the first...

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Mick Cornett says he will not seek re-election as mayor of Oklahoma City

Cornett is Oklahoma City's longest-serving mayor, has been the face of the city's renaissance for the past decade, and played a...

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With EMSA under fire, memo outlines Oklahoma City ambulance service alternatives

The city council reviewed ambulance service models last year before deciding to remain within the Emergency Medical Services...

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Oklahoma City Council reclaims land annexed by Yukon; commercial development planned

Yukon has plans for a sports complex; Oklahoma City could benefit from growth expected when a new interchange opens on I-40.

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Airbnb says Oklahoma City is state's busiest market for its online overnight bookings

While online overnight stay site claims growth, city says neighborhoods are adversely affected, 'hosts' violate city ordinances...

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Council members hold seats, runoff set for open seat in Oklahoma City's Ward 4

Few voters cast ballots on a cold, rainy day and most who did opted to continue with their elected leaders. A runoff in April...

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5 things about Tuesday's Oklahoma City Council election

Oklahoma City voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote on four Oklahoma City Council seats.

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City council to hear whether Oklahoma City's economy is ready to shake off uncertainty

The Oklahoma City Council begins the 2017-18 budget discussions with a workshop Tuesday morning, Mayor Mick Cornett calls for a...

Suspension bridge? Reader explains Oklahoma River course shortcoming

After seeing a discussion about prospects for an Interstate 35 suspension bridge in Wednesday’s civic affairs chat on...

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Suspension bridge across Oklahoma River?

The Oklahoman's Bill Crum took questions from readers in today's Civic Affairs Chat. You can join Bill's chat on the first...

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Money in hand to trigger state match, resume Indian Cultural Center & Museum construction in Oklahoma City

Collection of $10 million was required to begin process of issuing bonds; state's eventual commitment is $25 million....

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Oklahoma City nonprofits recognized

OKC organizations are nominated for statewide excellence awards.

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Council settles lawsuit over Civic Center Music Hall's Broadway shows

The city council agreed to a $900,000 settlement with the former producer. A new producer working in concert with the Civic...

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Bond workshops begin, with eye on Sept. 12 election for street, drainage, other improvements

Workshops are being conducted for the public in every ward; residents also can go online to weigh in.

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"Compass Rose" sculptor installs new work near AT&T Stadium in Texas

Owen Morrel's latest work is called "Unity Arch."

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Cornett named to federal advisory committee on driver-less vehicles

The Oklahoma City mayor will serve on a panel including leading mayors, tech executives, engineering experts, delivery company...

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Mayor Cornett to lead D.C. conference in run-up to inauguration

Oklahoma City's mayor is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is holding its 85th Winter Meeting starting Tuesday...

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Oklahoma City records 3.5 percent dip in sales tax collections

Sales tax slips in the January reporting period, reflecting weak post-Thanksgiving results.

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Vietnam War memorial to be installed by Independence Day in Oklahoma City

A monument commemorating the service of American and South Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War is to be installed...

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Moving? Here's what surveys say you want in Oklahoma City

Growth is guided by planOKC, the city's comprehensive plan. The city is expected to add 300,000 residents by 2050.

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Council settles contract with Oklahoma City firefighters

The decision headed off an election that had been set for Jan. 10.