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Construction starts on Heartland headquarters

Civic and business leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the start of construction for a $40 million headquarters that will...

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Rapid transit bus line to link downtown with northwest OKC

A federal grant will help connect key parts of Oklahoma City with rapid bus transit.

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Scooters bring new life to quiet downtown OKC

The late, great Jane Jacobs, the patron saint of urbanists worldwide, achieved such acclaim with fundamental truths, foremost...

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E-scooter crashes could carry legal risks

E-scooter crashes could carry legal risks Q: If you ride an e-scooter and injure a pedestrian, are you liable for medical...

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Options abound for getting around downtown

This is not your father's downtown Oklahoma City. Scooters and streetcars and buses, oh my!

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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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OKC transportation to expand with bus route

The announcement of Oklahoma City winning a $14.3 million federal grant for bus rapid transit (BRT) was the major topic of...

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OKC City Council candidate's residency challenged

The Oklahoma County Election Board will decide whether a candidate for city council in southwest Oklahoma City's Ward 5 meets...

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#OKC Civic Life, a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Elk Valley Brewing to open in Midtown this month

Hudson Avenue in Midtown, long a sleeper stretch of an otherwise vibrant Midtown, is set to start coming back to life with the...

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OKC wins federal grant for bus rapid transit

Oklahoma City won a federal grant this week for a bus rapid transit line, a new option for commuters between northwest-side...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Read a full transcript of this week's OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer.

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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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13 file for Oklahoma City Council seats

Thirteen candidates filed this week for Oklahoma City Council seats in the Feb. 12 primary election. Ward 2 in inner-northwest...

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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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Options for getting around OKC set to grow

Elected leaders are determined that options for getting around Oklahoma City include more than cars. Among the city council's...

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Classen 16 Construction Delays Over, Construction Set to Start

 A three-year delay is over for a mixed-use development will transform the gateway to the Plaza District. Plans were...

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Eight file for city council

Eight candidates filed Monday for Oklahoma City Council seats in the Feb. 12 primary election. Ward 2 in inner-northwest...

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Downtown momentum includes sales, redevelopment of long dormant properties

By Jonathan Russell's own admission, plans are still very much undecided for the former downtown Holiday Inn, but the...

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Oklahoma Scene: OKC Dodgers named finalist for Copa de le Diversión award

The Oklahoma City Dodgers have been named one of five finalists to be awarded the inaugural Copa de le Diversión, or Fun Cup,...

Grapevine Amazon facility provides glimpse of OKC future

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There are a lot of moving parts inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center, and a lot of those parts move on their own. The retail giant is busy constructing such a facility near the Will Rogers World Airport, but it won't open until 2019. The...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Streetcar emergency drill finds faults

Emergency medical response earned the worst marks in a disaster drill conducted in advance of the start of streetcar service...

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Development continues at old Classen Inn

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on...

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Former downtown Holiday Inn sold, to reopen as housing or hotel

The 10-story former Holiday Inn at 520 W Main, largely dormant for years as a training center for the Character First...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

The live chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m., but feel free to submit questions now!

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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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Holly Jolly Shops coming to Bricktown

Oh by golly there are Holly Jolly Shops for Christmas, in Bricktown, this year. The Bricktown Ballpark will host Revolve...

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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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Interviews and photos: Myriad Gardens' new Crystal Bridge light show 'Illuminations' setting downtown OKC aglow for the holidays

Open Tuesday through Sunday nights through Jan. 1, “Illuminations” loops through a 30-minute program with about a half-dozen...

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Kitchen at Commonplace doesn't operate by the book

Something special is cooking at The Kitchen at Commonplace, 1325 N Walker Ave., but it isn't just food. What they do have to...

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City expects benefit in convention center parking shift

The city of Oklahoma City anticipates a net gain in revenue from the new convention center parking garage despite Omni Hotels...

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Illuminating the holidays: Myriad Gardens brighten the yuletide season with new Crystal Bridge light show

The little boy stopped abruptly on the Myriad Botanical Gardens' footbridge, pointing and exclaiming, ‘Look, that's so cool,'...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 27, 2018: Skate on the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens

Skate on the Devon Ice Rink from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno.

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Construction company transforms its image with Monarch Building

Stan Lingo is still proud of the reputation his construction company has earned bringing historic buildings back to life,...

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Inaugural Oklahoma Film Festival planned for December

Oklahoma Film Society, a long-running film exhibition group, will be hosting its inaugural Oklahoma Film Festival over three...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Former 'skid row' comes into its own

The $80 million West Village apartments and retail are starting to open around the 21c Museum Hotel and the Jones Assembly

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OKC Museum of Art taking votes for upcoming sculpture exhibit 'Off the Wall'

Opening Dec. 22 on the museum’s first floor, the exhibition will feature many of the museum’s sculptural highlights, according...

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Retailers value remaining shopping days

Black Friday has wrapped, but there are several more days of themed shopping ahead. Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and...

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Stonecipher to seek re-election

Filing for February's city council elections is next week.

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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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What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 23, 2018: Check out the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival, kicking off OKC's Downtown in December

As previously reported, the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival officially launches Downtown in December in Oklahoma City. In its...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

Steve's chat begins at 9:30 a.m., but you can submit your questions and comments now.

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Shopping traditions move to Thanksgiving Day

Peter Rodriguez, his mother, Nubia Almonte, and his aunt Ally Chisum showed up to J.C. Penney on Thursday, looking to do a...

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Black Friday starts early in OKC

Black Friday can no longer be contained to just Friday. The holidays are accompanied by some of the busiest shopping days of...

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OKC Museum of Art closing Sunday its 'The New Art' exhibit celebrating a landmark collection

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is winding down its anniversary special exhibition celebrating the 1968 acquisition of the...

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Paseo school offers rich arts education

A once run-down apartment building in Paseo is now a thriving art and sustainability community center, a dream come true for...

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City council chooses new city manager

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday named Finance Director Craig Freeman to succeed Jim Couch as city manager. The vote was...

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Interviews and photos: Diverse Downtown in December activities make the holidays merry and bright in OKC

The series officially launches from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival, where Mayor David Holt and...

OU working on MBA for aerospace, defense contractors

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University staff have engaged the local defense industry about how the program should be designed.

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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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New OKC councilwoman formally takes her seat

Nikki Nice formally took her seat as Oklahoma City's new Ward 7 councilwoman Monday. The council then voted to go into...

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Lights on Broadway show the way to boost downtown retail

A trip to New York City ranks among my favorite Christmas memories, but other visions are pure fiction, created by Hollywood...

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Festive favorites: Downtown in December offers an array of holiday activities

From a traditional Indian dance performance and Native American Christmas trees to a holiday hip-hop showcase and a...

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#OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Region is closer to commuter rail

Some Oklahoma City commuters could be parking their cars and boarding the train before long. The Oklahoma City Council votes...

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Streetcar promotions underway with Lights on Broadway

Jane Jenkins and Jill DeLozier with Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership and Michael Scroggins with EMBARK joined The Oklahoman's...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join Steve Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss all things Oklahoma City.

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Airport Trust approves contract to build four new gates at Will Rogers World Airport

The Airport Trust on Thursday awarded a $61.9 million contract to Timberlake Construction Co. to build the new east concourse...

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Cranes Rising over Core to Shore

Cranes are sprouting up throughout the area known as Core to Shore with construction well underway on the convention center and...

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

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

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Sitting this one out: Some Oklahoma City area businesses to remain closed on Black Friday

Thanksgiving and shopping go together these days like peas and carrots. The unofficial start to holiday shopping for years has...

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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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Defense contractor set to add 130 OKC jobs

Booz Allen Hamilton, an international technology consulting company, is set to add 130 new jobs at its downtown Oklahoma City...

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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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OKC sales tax growth slows, online surges to record

Local economic activity appeared to take a slight dip as summer turned to fall in Oklahoma City. Sales tax results for November...

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Developer unlocks deals for downtown properties

David Box just wanted to buy the Momentum Building, which at 1111 N Harrison is a prominent connection between Deep Deuce and...

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Texas concert operator invests in Tower Theatre

Tower Theatre, a music and movie venue in Uptown, is teaming up with Dallas-based The Granada Theater.

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#OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

#OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Bye Bye Cotter

James Cotter and his horse, or rather the sculpture of the pair erected years ago in front the renamed BancFirst Tower, were...

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Newly discovered photos show how original streetcars shaped Oklahoma City

After previously using the same limited number of images in presentations and writings about Oklahoma City's original...

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Residents to move into West Village as construction continues

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in Friday's OKC Central Live Chat with Congresswoman-elect Kendra...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join Steve Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss all things Oklahoma City.

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Sonic set for leadership change following sale

Sonic CEO Cliff Hudson is retiring, and the Oklahoma City-based drive-in chain will be under the leadership of President...

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OKC Sex shops rules relaxed

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to relax zoning regulations on stores carrying adult products, heading off a...

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Nikki Nice wins Ward 7 council seat

Radio personality Nikki Nice was elected Oklahoma City's Ward 7 councilwoman Tuesday, inheriting the seat formerly held by...

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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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Steve Lackmeyer: New approaches can make closed schools community assets

Steve Lackmeyer, OKC Central: New approaches can make closed schools community assets

Executive director of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission resigns after audit discussion

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The executive director of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission abruptly resigned Wednesday following a closed-door meeting between state auditors and commission members. The resignation of Executive Director Charla Slabotsky was confirmed...

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Contest opens for Paseo retail space

A local entrepreneur is hoping to give someone else a shot. 84 Hospitality Group founder and CEO Rachel Cope got her start when...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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For first 3 weeks, streetcar will be free

The Oklahoma City streetcar will be free to ride for the first three weeks of service, which is slated to begin next month. The...

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SHAPING UP: Oklahoma City's new convention center is about to erect steel

The four-level MAPS 3 convention center should begin rising from the ground this month. The Oklahoma City city council will...

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The Tale of JFK: How the plight of closed schools can make or break a neighborhood

With another round of Oklahoma City school closures being eyed amid shrinking enrollment, the John F. Kennedy neighborhood is...

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Council to take comments on public financing to support development of land around the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Development of property around the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is expected to produce 910 full-time jobs,...

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Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to anchor First National

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, an internationally top-rated chain, is set to anchor First National Center when it reopens in 2020 as...

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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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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

Join Steve Lackmeyer Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss all things Oklahoma City.

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OKC city manager search moves into next phase

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

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Landmark decision: Walcourt owner plans full restoration

Redevelopment of the historic Walcourt east of downtown is set to resume this winter with plans to convert the landmark into...

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The first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center is such a roaring success that it needs more room.

The first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center is such a roaring success that it needs more room.

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Bob Mills discusses business success

In a rapidly shifting retail environment, Bob Mills isn't sitting on the sidelines watching from one of many recliners he could...

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Photo discoveries may spark new round of preservation

Thousands of new vintage Oklahoma City photos and slides have hit the Gateway archive at the Oklahoma Historical Society...

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Devon Ice Rink opens for the season in November in downtown OKC's Myriad Gardens

Skaters will be able to partake in daily public skating, private parties and special events all winter long.

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#OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City news.

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City news.

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Taxpayers may pick up tab for dissolving of All Sports Association

Oklahoma taxpayers may be asked to help cover expenses related to the dissolving of the All Sports Association as its...

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Canal liability and MAPS 4 proposals lead OKC Central chat discussion

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions during his weekly OKC Central chat on Friday. This is an abridged transcript...

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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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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join Steve Lackmeyer Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss Oklahoma City development.

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City leaders mark the completion of streetcar track construction

Oklahoma City civic and business leaders and community members met Thursday to celebrate the end of rail construction for the...

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As OKC prepares for potential lawsuit, man shocked in Bricktown Canal struggles in recovery

Wife of man shocked in Bricktown Canal says her husband is struggling with cognitive issues, memory lapse

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Oklahomans play key roles in Amazon growth

While reading the newspaper on her phone earlier this year, Erica Stone learned that Amazon sought to hire local entrepreneurs...

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Costumed canines converge in OKC

Sunday's Spooky Pooch Parade brought creatures large and quite small to the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno.

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OKC Council OKs millions in whitewater park improvements

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved $7.9 million for enhancements to the MAPS 3 whitewater rafting and kayaking park,...

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Four-alarm fowl

Nashbird features Nashville-style hot fried chicken and soon will open a second store in Edmond. The Oklahoman's Food Dude,...

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Report assesses Boathouse District challenges

A report on the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation's management shortcomings concludes former businessman and philanthropist...

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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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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

Boathouse Foundation receives $750,000 The Boathouse Foundation has received the second installment of a $2 million cash...

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deadCenter Film Festival opening new headquarters

Lance McDaniel is looking toward both the past and the future — and not just because he's eagerly peering through a virtual...

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'Whiteout' on Auto Alley: New installation illuminating future home of Oklahoma Contemporary

In the autumnal calm of late afternoon, the 550 transparent spheres suspended above Campbell Art Park shift in sync, propelled...

OKC homebuilder grows with market despite giving up Sundays

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Authentic Custom Homes' growth helped push construction up 4.9 percent through November in the Oklahoma City area compared with the same period last year.

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Ideas begin to emerge for Indian Cultural Center development

The old oil field east of downtown appears poised to become a showcase of Native American culture. Early ideas for development...

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Interviews and images: Oklahoma History Center photo exhibit leads into OKC's The Animal Conference

The Oklahoma History Center is eliciting oohs and ahhs with its new exhibit “‘Where They Went’: A Photographic History of...

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Body of homeless person found near downtown, police say no signs of foul play

Police said there are no signs of foul play after a homeless person was found dead near downtown.

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Changes underway at major downtown properties

Some of the last views from the sculpture of the late James Cotter are of a rapidly changing skyline that includes the...

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OKC airport finalizes expansion designs

Cities seldom have a second chance to make a good first impression. So the $89.8 million terminal expansion project set to...

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Last weld is a milestone for the Oklahoma City Streetcar

Workmen welded together the last two sections of rail for the Oklahoma City Streetcar on Wednesday afternoon, reaching a...

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Dispute over revenue split from softball championship cited in potential demise of All Sports Association

The All Sports Association, a nonprofit started in 1957 to promote amateur sports in Oklahoma City, is set to dissolve over the...

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Energy company latest to develop headquarters on Automobile Alley

Automobile Alley is set to see another headquarters added to the growing district with plans underway to redevelop two...

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Yearly earnings up, quarterly earnings down at Sonic

Sonic earnings were down in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year compared to the same period in 2017. The Oklahoma City-based...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 16, 2018: Check out the fall fun of Pumpkinville in the Myriad Gardens

Check out the fall festivities in Pumpkinville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday in the Children’s Garden at the...

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Union Train Station should be prime candidate for MAPS 3 surplus

After writing extensively over the years about once troubled landmarks like First National, the Skirvin and the Gold Dome, one...

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#OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

Employers must stay in compliance with FMLA during holidays, other closings

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Employers must stay in compliance with FMLA during holidays, other closings Q: How do employers calculate FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) days during holidays and other times when the business isn't operating? A: That depends upon whether...

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Press secretary shares anti-media tweet

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The press secretary for Oklahoma's Speaker of the House of Representatives shared a tweet on Sunday claiming the media should be treated like a “vipers nest.”

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OSU football: Jim Knowles has seen progress, but not a defense ready to win games

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Oklahoma State's defense showed progress in coordinator Jim Knowles' first season, even though it didn't always show up in statistics

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The right stuff

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Not all the good stuff is wrapped in holiday paper and placed under the tree. Sometimes it's slipped into a stocking. Beauty products make ideal stocking stuffers. Often, they're small. They come in all price ranges. They make the recipient...

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Will Rogers World Airport has second consecutive record-setting year

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For the second consecutive year, Will Rogers World Airport has set a record for passenger traffic.

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OKC district agrees to pay ex-teacher $400,000

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Oklahoma City Public Schools has agreed to pay $400,000 to a former teacher who complained in a lawsuit about being subjected to an "ongoing course of harassment" because of a disability. The school board approved the settlement Monday night....

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