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Oklahoma City chooses developer for downtown housing and retail project

The largest of four housing projects proposed to be built next to the future Omni Hotel was chosen Wednesday by the Oklahoma...

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Recap: OKC Central chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Read a transcript of Friday's chat with The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer.

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Carousel set to spin again at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City

Mall owners donate carousel to Myriad Gardens.

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Stars and Stripes River Festival set Saturday

Waves of people are expected to descend upon the Oklahoma City Boathouse District this weekend for the Stars and Stripes River...

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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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Enable moving forward with move into BOK Park Plaza

Enable Midstream notified employees Tuesday the company is proceeding with a move from Leadership Square to BOK Park Plaza...

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This week is a glimpse of downtown OKC, version 3.0

At Sweets & Eats, 110 N Robinson Ave., regulars were disappointed Monday to find the restaurant's lasagna blue plate...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, June 18, 2018

William Crum: #OKC Boxscore is weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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What to do in Oklahoma on June 16, 2018: Catch the final day of the Native American New Play Festival at Civic Center Music Hall

Catch the final day of the ninth annual Native American New Play Festival, with staged readings, a Native flute performance and...

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Ceremony marks start of construction of OKC's $288 million convention center

Dozens of civic, business and hospitality leaders gathered Friday to mark the start of construction of the biggest single civic...

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Boulevard on schedule, on budget

Construction of the Oklahoma City Boulevard, the last phase of a 20-year relocation of Interstate 40 south of downtown, is on...

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MAPS 3 advisory board member to run for OKC City Council

Nathaniel Harding said he is running "because everyone deserves to live, work, and raise their family in a safe, inclusive, and...

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Photos and video: deadCenter awards 'Jurassic Games,' 'You People,' 'Hal' and more

An estimated 33,000 film fans flocked to downtown Oklahoma City over four days for this year’s deadCenter Film Festival.

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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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Enable Midstream considering move to BOK Park Plaza

Enable Midstream, which employs about 480 people downtown, is considering a move from Leadership Square to the recently opened...

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One neglected Bricktown building getting a face-lift

For the first time in decades, windows are bringing daylight into the upper floors of the former Spaghetti Warehouse, a...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, June 11, 2018

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

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Oklahoma City sees strong finish to fiscal year as sales tax outpaces projections

Sales tax results for June capped a strong year for Oklahoma City's finances and the metro economy.

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OKC parks director believes everybody deserves a chance to play

In four years as Oklahoma City's parks director, Doug Kupper has made a point of expanding opportunities for residents at...

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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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Interviews, video and photos: From newcomers to longtime favorites, Red Earth Festival brings people to downtown OKC to celebrate Native American culture

The thumping of drums, clopping of horses’ hooves and revving of motorcycle engines were among the clues Friday morning that...

These Oklahoma jobs are disappearing

BusinessJun 10, 2018

Employment in Oklahoma’s information industry sank to its lowest point since before 1990 this April, while U.S. employment in the industry grew slightly.

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Regular Sunday service not planned for streetcars

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

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Career fair held for job seekers

The JobsOK.com Career Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in the Centennial Building.

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Heart of Red Earth: From newcomers to longtime favorites, festival's Art Market continues to thrive

Mary Aitson only uses two manmade tools when she creates one of her traditional Cherokee baskets: an awl and wire cutters. “The...

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Made in Oklahoma and beyond: Here are some of the highlights of the 2018 deadCenter Film Festival

Lance McDaniel likes to say that this year’s deadCenter Film Festival will feature 135 films made by moviemakers from Alva to...

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Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Serenity of Madness' experimental short film exhibit at OKC Museum of Art closing Sunday with deadCenter Film...

“The Serenity of Madness,” an exhibition featuring about a dozen experimental short films and video installations by acclaimed...

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OKC Central chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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

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Myriad Gardens turning into 100 Acre Wood for annual Children’s Garden Festival, opening Friday

The Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno, will be transformed into the 100 Acre Wood with a Winnie the Pooh theme for its fifth annual...

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Transit front-and-center as OKC City Council adopts budget

Addition of Sunday bus service drew enthusiastic reviews Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Council adopted a record $1.57 billion...

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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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Fourth OKC streetcar delivered Monday

Oklahoma City took delivery Monday of the fourth of its seven "Liberty" model streetcars, trucked from the Brookville Equipment...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, June 4, 2018: Action set on Ward 7 appointment

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

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Historic designation recommended for Freedom Center in Oklahoma City

An advisory commission has recommended the Freedom Center n Oklahoma City be designated a historic landmark.

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Interviews and photos: Downtown OKC's Red Earth Festival expanding its venerable celebration of Native American culture into the outdoors

The 32nd Annual Red Earth Festival will celebrate American Indian art, dance and culture Friday through June 10 at its longtime...

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App allows users to look back in Oklahoma history, and win money

Trifecta Communications is unveiling an augmented-reality treasure hunt, to take place across the Oklahoma City metro and...

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Red Earth Festival expands into the Myriad Gardens

The 32nd Annual Red Earth Festival will celebrate American Indian art, dance and culture Friday through June 10 at its longtime...

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Interviews and video: New programming director Sara Thompson prepares for next week's deadCenter Film Festival

This summer, Sara Thompson is the new head counselor at the state’s largest film festival, after she was hired late last year...

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3 honored for contributions to downtown Oklahoma City

Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., honored three local business and civic leaders Thursday for their contributions to the downtown...

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New programming director readies for 2018 deadCenter Film Festival

The 18th Annual deadCenter Film Festival opens Thursday and rolls through June 10 at various locations in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Alfre Woodard, Ryan Merriman and VR filmmaker Kim Voynar to be honored as Icon Award winners at 2018 deadCenter Film Festival

Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard, Disney star Ryan Merriman and virtual reality filmmaker Kim Voynar have been selected as the...

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Father and son team building custom woodworking business

Zachary Hammack and his father, Dusty Hammack, co-own Marking Tree Design, a woodworking business specializing in unique...

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Oklahoma business briefs for May 31

Oklahoma business briefs for May 31.

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One More Question to Answer about that Automobile Alley Headquarters

As I reported on Wednesday, the seven-story proposed for at NW 6 and Broadway along Automobile Alley is set to be the North...

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Plant shop, cafe will expand with market at new Film Row home, second location in Bricktown in Oklahoma City

Owners of Okay Yeah and the Plant Shoppe, a business that turned a metal warehouse into a popular Film Row venue, are set to...

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Michel Buthion of La Baguette partners with Lindsey Ocker to convert McClintock Boots and Western Wear into an old-fashioned saloon and modern chophouse.

Michel Buthion of La Baguette partners with Lindsey Ocker to convert McClintock Boots and Western Wear into an old-fashioned...

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18 apply for OKC Ward 7 council seat

The search for an interim Ward 7 city council member will be conducted largely out of public view. Under the city charter, the...

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Payment processor firm could bring more than 600 jobs to planned downtown OKC office

A seven-story office building proposed along Automobile Alley, first reported by The Oklahoman, is tentatively set to become...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, May 28, 2018

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

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Carnegie-based Farmers Bank expands

Carnegie-based Farmers Bank expands into the heart of Oklahoma City’s Midtown district.

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Amazon acknowledges Oklahoma City fulfillment center plans

Amazon.com released a statement late Friday acknowledging plans to build a fulfillment center in Oklahoma City near the Will...

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OKC Central Chat: Still looking for a new Oklahoma City downtown grocer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions Friday during his weekly OKC Central chat.

Agencies express confusion about reporting process for statewide audit of untested rape kits

NewsJun 3, 2018

Close to 125 law enforcement agencies across the state have failed to report their number of untested rape kits as ordered by the governor. Some agencies have expressed confusion about the reporting process.

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Safety concerns arise following restaurant violence

Oklahoma City restaurant owners and managers are reflecting on customer and employee safety following Thursday's shooting at...

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OKC Central Chat transcript, May 25, 2018

You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings around downtown OKC.

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Advisory board approves convention center construction contract

Construction is set to begin in a few weeks on Oklahoma City's new downtown convention center, the most expensive of the MAPS 3...

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Oklahoma researcher seeking way to improve flu vaccine

An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist, Dr. Jose Alberola-Ila, received a five-year grant from the National...

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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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Spectators get close to the action at OKC Whitewater Festival

The second annual OKC Whitewater Festival offered spectators a close sideline view of kayakers navigating the rapids.

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Oklahoma City Council advances Amazon proposal, sets Ward 7 election dates

The Oklahoma City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to authorize staff to negotiate a job-creation incentives agreement with online...

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Former downtown OKC parking garage to become office building

Those who lament the loss of historic downtown buildings during the Urban Renewal era of the 1970s may soon see some buildings...

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Smith brothers legacy evolves in Midtown

Time can do a lot to change perspective, and that is exactly what has happened over the past 20 years when it comes to the...

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One thing streetcar test crews will watch carefully is cars parked along the route.

Streetcar testing moved onto downtown Oklahoma City streets Monday, beginning six months of trials leading up to the start of...

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Two injured in downtown construction accident

Two men were injured in what is believed to be a fall from the third story of a downtown construction site in Oklahoma City....

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, May 21, 2018

#OKC Boxscore for Monday, May 21, 2018

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OKC council moving quickly to fill Pettis' seat

The Oklahoma City Council is moving quickly to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis....

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Ice cream shop latest addition to completing Midtown puzzle

Just three years after the closing of Midtown's Swanson's Tire, the maze of buildings at the corner of NW 9 and Hudson is...

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OKC Central Chat transcript, May 18, 2018

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

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Bricktown Canal gets new multipurpose directional signage

For the first time since the Bricktown Canal opened almost 20 years ago in Oklahoma City, it is set to get some directional...

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Headquarters mystery unfolds in Automobile Alley

New details emerged Thursday about a mystery company looking to build a headquarters along Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City.

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Facing criminal case, Pettis to leave OKC council

Facing a criminal charge that he converted charitable donations to his own use, Ward 7 Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. is...

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Advocate for arts, disabled to be honored at Pioneer Awards

The Plaza District Association will honor Douglas Sorocco, an attorney with Dunlap Codding along Film Row, as the recipient of...

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Redevelopment starts at closed Broadway dealership

Redevelopment of the former home of Mercedes of Oklahoma City along Automobile Alley is set to start with the oldest garage on...

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Volkswagen street festival turns back time along Automobile Alley

The VDubs on Auto Alley Street Festival was lined with Volkswagens Saturday along NW 8 in downtown Oklahoma City.

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OKC firefighters address fire deaths

Oklahoma City firefighters are attacking a spike in fire deaths with renewed vigor. "We want to be part of the solution," Scott...

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Beer hall, restaurants to overlook Scissortail Park

Owners of the popular Patriarch in downtown Edmond are set to open a beer garden and food hall that will overlook downtown’s...

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Trust approves incentive for Amazon

Approval to negotiate a $1.7 million economic incentive to help bring an Amazon fulfillment center to Oklahoma City was given...

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SandRidge sells Parkside Building for $10.75 million

SandRidge Energy has sold its Parkside Building, empty since it was completed two years ago, for $10.75 million to a limited...

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New owners plan to rehabilitate Classen Inn

Spinning glass globes once again will appear atop the Classen Inn sign almost 40 years after they were taken down as the area...

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Affordable dream: Four teams vying for downtown OKC housing project

The desire of the Urban Renewal Authority and developers of the Omni hotel to wrap an adjoining garage with a mix of market and...

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

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

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Event center CEO facing SEC charges of fraud following collapse of Bricktown project

Steven Down, a Utah entrepreneur who once planned to develop a $10 million event center along the Bricktown Canal, is being hit...

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Councilman promoted northeastside economic development

John Pettis won his Oklahoma City Council seat by championing plans to bring jobs to predominantly African-American...

Oklahoma Baptists weigh in on beleaguered seminary leader

LifeMay 13, 2018

Oklahomans are among those weighing in for and against Southwest Baptist Theological President Paige Patterson, a prominent and influential Southern Baptist Convention leader who is currently embroiled in controversy surrounding past remarks he...

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OKC Central: Guests field questions on mobile online chat

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers Thursday while on a bus ride to Austin, Texas, along with a group of local...

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Long-sealed windows in Bricktown landmark soon will again be filled with glass

Transformation of the Bricktown landmark last home to Spaghetti Warehouse is underway with removal of bricks from windows...

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OKC Central Chat transcript, May 10, 2018

Today's special edition of Steve Lackmeyer's OKC Central Live Chat took place on a bus from Oklahoma City to Austin.

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With the end near for streetcar construction, traffic complications will shift gears

With the end of streetcar construction in sight, downtown Oklahoma City motorists might think things are coming up roses. Not...

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For OKC sales tax revenue, 'Another good month'

Strength in consumer spending is translating to consistently strong sales tax results for Oklahoma City. Figures for the May...

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Oklahoma City Council learns Amazon is eligible for job incentives

Amazon could qualify for a public payout as an incentive for jobs created at its still officially unannounced fulfillment...

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Why is it so hard to get to the Oklahoma River from the Bricktown Canal?

Oklahoma City spent millions turning the Oklahoma River from an ugly, rock-lined, often barren riverbed into a vibrant...

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Over the weekend, BOK Financial Corp. installed its logo on the newly erected BOK Park Plaza building the company recently...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, May 7, 2018.

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

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OKC school district works with city on sales of abandoned schools

In early January 2017, Rachel Freeman was looking at the John F. Kennedy neighborhood east of downtown to buy an empty lot and...

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Oklahoma River to feature new attractions

Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, fielded questions from online participants in...

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Dignitaries dedicate MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center in Capitol Hill

A health and wellness center designed for people 50 and older opened its doors Friday in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south...

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OKC Central Chat transcript, May 4, 2018 with special guest Mike Knopp

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

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Advisory committee reviews OKC convention center bids

Oklahoma City appears set to get all it needed in a convention center. It may even get some of things it wants, though details...

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Historic tax credits now deemed safe; threats put First National redevelopment at risk

Federal and state historic tax credits are seen as being safe following serious threats on the program last fall that could...

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Soon in OKC, you'll be able to ride the bus on Sundays.

OKC continues the trend of expanding bus service.

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Myriad Gardens unveils new playground equipment

The Myriad Botanical Gardens unveiled new playground equipment designed for children with special needs at 11 a.m. Monday in...

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OKC banker Thomas Rossiter works to build OKC while fighting a personal battle

It's a cold February afternoon and an ice storm is moving into Oklahoma City. I promise my wife I am on way home, but I am...

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art to introduce new Third Thursdays event series

A new Thursday evening program at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Third Thursdays presented by Love's Travel Stops &...

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Nathan Chamer wins Memorial Marathon in first attempt

Nathan Chamer has a history of just showing up. As the 40-year-old approached the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon finish line...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, April 30, 2018

William Crum: #OKC Boxscore is a weekly civic news summary for Oklahoma City

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EMSA treats 41 at Memorial Marathon

Heat related ailments and running related injuries kept staff busy.

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Public spaces: A yearlong effort to bring life back to downtown Oklahoma City's Kerr Park will be unveiled in June

Public spaces: A yearlong effort to bring life back to downtown Oklahoma City's Kerr Park will be unveiled in June

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Interviews, photos and video: Stunt comedian Matt Baker brings diverse act to OKC as official street performer of the Festival of the Arts

Stunt comedian Matt Baker is doing a variation on one of his record-setting tricks during his shows at downtown Oklahoma City’s...

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Record-setting comedy: Matt Baker goes for laughs and wows as the official street performer at the Festival of the Arts

Matt Baker holds three Guinness World Records that he has reasonably high expectations of keeping for a while. One is for most...

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OKC Central: Still work to be done in OKC's minority communities

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

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OKC's Artspace at Untitled's Steamroller Print Fest uses heavy machinery to showcase art of printmaking

Artspace at Untitled will host Saturday its second annual Steamroller Print Fest, where large-scale woodblocks intricately...

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OKC Central Chat transcript, April 27, 2018

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

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The Steamroller Print Fest is flat-out creative

If you’ve ever wanted to see a 5-ton steamroller make art, Artspace at Untitled has the event for you.

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Allow extra time when heading downtown for Sunday's marathon

Allow extra time. With downtown streets busy with construction, organizers of Sunday's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and...

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deadCenter Film Festival announces 2018 lineup - Check out trailers for some of the Oklahoma films that made the cut

The deadCenter Film Festival has selected 135 films to be screened at the 18th annual festival, scheduled for Thursday, June 7...

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Convention center construction bids beat estimate

Bids to build Oklahoma City's new MAPS 3 convention center came in substantially below budget Wednesday, clearing the way for...

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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.

Downtown Edmond gets ... cool?

Business5 days ago

A flurry of development and announcements of venues aimed at creating a nightlife are starting to come together in a way that might provide Edmond its own vibrant downtown.

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OKC's Myriad Gardens announces 2018 Sonic Summer Movie lineup

A downtown Oklahoma City tradition, Sonic Summer Movies will return to the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave., in June.

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Oklahoma business briefs for April 25.

Oklahoma business briefs for April 25.

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The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, visits the Festival of the Arts on opening day to find out what's cooking.

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, visits the Festival of the Arts on opening day to find something good to eat. The...

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More minorities and women needed on city council?

Residents from several corners of Oklahoma City appealed Tuesday to add four seats to the city council, a move they said would...

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Burger wars at Rococo make for exciting new menu items while lasagna war looms in Norman ...

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, shares the latest news from Oklahoma City's dining scene, including a new burger...

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What to do in Oklahoma on April 24, 2018: Check out the 52nd Annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City

Known as Oklahoma City’s “rite of spring,” the 52nd Annual Festival of the Arts will feature an array of visual, performing and...

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Federal Corporation celebrates 100 years in Oklahoma City

The last original industrial anchor oldest business in Bricktown, Federal Corporation, celebrates its 100th anniversary this...

Oklahoma doesn't apply new drug laws to old crimes, but some want it changed

NewsJun 10, 2018

Inmates are asking for Oklahoma's new drug possession laws to be applied retroactively.

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Scouting a new site

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Cookie sales are helping pay for construction and operation of a new $11.2 million Girl Scout camp on the edge of Zoo Lake in northeast Oklahoma City.

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The OK -- The Travel Issue

LifeMay 6, 2018

As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple. In a newsroom and state where the favored college colors tend to crimson and cream or orange and black, that can make a fella feel, well, let's just say...

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Overseas tourists get their kicks on Route 66

LifeJun 4, 2018

Up to 60 percent of tourists on Route 66 are from foreign countries, according to one person who has spent a lifetime promoting the Mother Road.

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Former councilman accused of pressuring businesses

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Former OKC councilman John Pettis is alleged to have attempted to extort money or improperly influence development decisions at least three times.

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Conflicting visions, lack of crosswalks complicate central Edmond plan

Business5 days ago

Analysis: Developers are looking at where the future of downtown Edmond will go and hurdles that will have to be overcome to lure people in and put in more appropriate high-density housing.

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