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With transportation a major obstacle, grant is aimed at helping families

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization has been selected to lead a four-year pilot project geared toward reuniting...

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Renovations begin at historic Walcourt building

The Walcourt, an almost century-old landmark just east of downtown, is getting its first new roof in decades with long-awaited...

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Oklahoma City panel takes step to preserve First Christian Church

Oklahoma City’s Historic Preservation Commission agreed Wednesday to begin a process, known as a proposal for designation, that...

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Thunder Alley entertainment complex proposed for downtown OKC

The Oklahoma City Thunder is teaming up with Hogan Property Co., developer of Lower Bricktown, to build Thunder Alley, an...

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Readers raise questions about proposed Thunder Alley

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday morning.

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Enable Midstream Partners pays to equip innovation space at John Rex Charter School with STEM gear, curriculum

Enable Midstream Partners’ CEO joined students at John Rex Charter School on Wednesday to unveil the Enable Innovation Space...

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Order sought to block release of canal accident video

An attorney is seeking a court order to block the city of Oklahoma City from releasing video of a fatal accident last fall on...

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Downtown blooms in April

For a moment, let’s step back, take a breath, and maybe celebrate our community. It’s not to say we’re done discussing serious...

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Shadid tells council, 'Do better going forward'

Ed Shadid says city government is failing those who need it most. Shadid, in departing remarks before he retires next week from...

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SUV hits St. Anthony Hospital emergency room entrance Monday in downtown Oklahoma City

The driver of a sport utility vehicle slammed into the front entrance of the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital downtown...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 1, 2019

Streetcar mainline done Doug Smith deserves a medal. Smith was project manager for JACOBS engineering, the lead consultant...

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OKC airport art evokes culture, history, weather

Matt Goad hopes his art makes your trip a little better. Goad is doing the art for the $89.8 million Will Rogers World Airport...

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Roads, railroads and sidewalks lead chat discussion

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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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.

Life

Interviews and video: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center hosts last exhibit at State Fair Park with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s 'Oklahoma Is Black'

Titled “Oklahoma Is Black,” Fazlalizadeh’s new body of large-scale wheatpaste posters and vivid oil paintings is the last...

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MercyMe returns to OKC for March 30 concert

Contemporary Christian band MercyMe will perform in concert at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed questions about downtown Oklahoma City from readers today.

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Bricktown hotel scrapped in favor of assisted living center

Texas developer Joshua Joseph is switching his plans for a fourth hotel just east of Bricktown and instead is preparing to...

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Integris, YMCA, MAPS to partner on senior center

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and Integris Medical Group are in line to manage the fourth MAPS 3 senior health and wellness...

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OKC council approves $26M for First National

With demolition set to wrap up and construction to start at First National Center, the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday...

'Safety-sensitive' medical marijuana changes may be delayed

HealthApr 4, 2019

Gov. Kevin Stitt recently signed the “Unity Bill” into law, but a new lawsuit could delay its effective date. What is the Unity Bill? The Unity Bill became law after House Bill 2612 was signed by Gov. Stitt on March 14. This new law provides...

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OKC streetlight outages are a political as well as an infrastructure problem

Oklahoma City officials on Tuesday promised progress by summer on out-of-order streetlights, addressing an infrastructure...

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Hospitality at its finest: Industry remembers Vast chef for passion and kindness

If Oscar Wilde's words about sorrow being sacred ground's active ingredient are to believed, the city's restaurant in the...

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Reader response: Should OKC be more bike friendly?

Oklahoma City's limited bicycling infrastructure around downtown has received heightened attention after a cyclist was killed...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 25, 2019

Street repairs progressing Smoother streets are ahead, according to volunteers overseeing street repairs and related...

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Bower designed for families desiring urban living

The largest single influx of for-sale housing in Midtown now looms over NW 4 with a new approach that is designed to appeal to...

Life

Pink visits Oklahoma City National Memorial ahead of her OKC concert

The three-time Grammy Award winner posted on Instagram Friday a photo of her 7-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, looking at...

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Downtown housing expands, some affordable housing planned

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers this morning.

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Midtown tower approved

A proposed eight-story Midtown condominium tower is clear to proceed after the city’s Downtown Design Review Committee voted...

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What to do in Oklahoma on March 21, 2019: Celebrate the past during the OKC Museum of Art's Third Thursday

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, is celebrating decades past with its monthly Third Thursday event from 5 to 9...

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New boutique hotel planned for OKC's Midtown

Pivot Project, which is wrapping up redevelopment of a brewery, food hall and offices in Midtown, is set to start a second...

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More Infill on Uptown 23rd

It wasn't that long ago that NW 23 between Broadway and Western - Uptown - was littered with empty and boarded up buildings and...

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In response to fatal accident, city weighs options for Bricktown Canal lighting system safety upgrades

Recommendations for a new Bricktown Canal lighting system include safety features that were missing last fall, when a man fell...

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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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Actions could turn Bricktown into another 'Times Square'

Is Bricktown an entertainment district, or is it a historic district? More than a quarter century has passed since Bricktown...

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Downtown OKC garage, apartment plans presented

Development of an 1,100-space garage and an adjoining eight-story apartment and retail tower next to the future Omni continues...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 18, 2019

Study compares salaries Salaries for Oklahoma City's mayor and city council are on the low end in a study of 15 "peer" cities...

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Dueling developments proposed for triangle plot

A prominent triangular-shaped block that previously was envisioned for a new Greater Oklahoma Chamber headquarters and then a...

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Architecture tour, historic preservation workshops in OKC

Architecture tour scheduled in OKC The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter has announced locations for...

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Police supervisors entitled to overtime, but back pay denied

A union contract entitles deputy chiefs and majors in the Oklahoma City Police Department to overtime for hours worked outside...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday.

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Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's 'Momentum' moves into reborn Womb complex

Over the years, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s “Momentum” has spread over four Plaza District galleries, sprawled across...

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The Womb remixed: Flaming Lips' iconic Auto Alley art complex reborn with Factory Obscura's 'Mix-Tape'

Wayne Coyne likens The Flaming Lips and their crew to pirates voyaging with their otherworldly music to audiences around the...

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Preliminary plans approved for 1,100-space garage

Preliminary plans for an 1,100-space garage that is key to development of the convention center, Omni Hotel and a mix of...

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

Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid plans a move to outsider populism after eight largely frustrating years trying to effect change...

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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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Demolition set on former OGE data center

The former OGE Energy data center downtown is set to be razed within weeks with construction to start this summer on an...

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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...

Oklahoma bill challenges alcohol distribution model

BusinessApr 4, 2019

Alcohol distribution is a point of contention — again. Oklahomans voted to change a decades-old distribution model as part of sweeping changes to the state’s alcohol industry included in State Question 792. Now, nearly six months since...

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Renovation set for former Cain's Coffee building

A full renovation is starting up on the one-time downtown home of Cain’s Coffee with plans including conversion of the upper...

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Attorney: First Christian not under contract with any buyer

David Box, one of the city’s leading real estate attorneys, is going to fight an effort by Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid to...

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Bricktown festivities continue as parades find new homes

O’Brien’s, a decidedly Irish bar, has long disappeared from Bricktown, but for more than 25 years the district has hosted...

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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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Two Midtown properties under redevelopment

Shyon Keoppel, the developer who scrapped an apartment project at NW 13 and Western, is set to use the proceeds from selling...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 11, 2019

Council to debate pay raise Outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid is proposing a public vote on tripling the salaries of...

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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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Magasin Table nice add to local Asian fare and Vuong Nguyen is back and busier than ever with trio of concepts

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, reports on the sudden closing of ultra-popular Tsubaki Szechuan plus the return of chef...

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Oklahoma's most endangered places

Preservation Oklahoma on Monday released its updated list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places. The following seven buildings...

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Oklahoma City landmarks listed among most endangered

Two Oklahoma City landmarks worth worrying about are on the latest listing of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places and might just...

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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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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 4, 2019

Turning up the heat on MAPS 4 After Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid asked pointed questions last week about MAPS 4, Mayor David...

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Former Sonic CEO returns to practicing law

Most city residents know Cliff Hudson as the former CEO of Sonic Corp. — or as a former school board chairman for Oklahoma City...

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MAPS 4 possibilities led this week's OKC Central live chat

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Oklahoma City youth baseball moving to Wheeler Park

Two years ago, the number of children who wanted to play baseball in the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's youth...

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Third phase of development underway at the former Mercedes dealership

The Midtown Renaissance Group led by Bob Howard is moving forward with a third phase of redevelopment of the former Mercedes of...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

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

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Local business uses anniversary for charitable fundraising opportunity

It’s their birthday, and they’ll donate if they want to. Oklahoma City-based brewery COOP Ale Works is celebrating its 10th...

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Soccer stadium proposed for MAPS 4

A 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena is being pitched to be part of a MAPS 4 ballot, with backers including the owners of the...

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Union Station designs stress flexibility

Union Station renovations are intended, in part, to bring a building born in the age of segregation into the era of what the...

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Hotels canceled, others put on hold as development stalls in Bricktown

Three of several planned hotels in Bricktown are “officially dead,” while others are postponed and just one is set to move...

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Urban OnCue approved

Plans for the first urban core OnCue won final city council approval Tuesday after overcoming protests from some area residents...

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Marijuana dispensary request rejected by council

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday denied a rezoning request for law office and medical marijuana dispensary in northeast...

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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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Jury convicts Sayre man in OKC bomb plot

A federal jury on Monday convicted a Sayre man of trying to blow up a building in downtown Oklahoma City, rejecting his claim...

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Debate over Midtown tower is about far more than design

Architect Rand Elliott and developer Marva Ellard may be among the most recognizable people in the urban core when it comes to...

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Coliseum envisioned for State Fair Park

The new Fairgrounds Coliseum will continue "the mission of transforming State Fair Park into a 21st century tourism...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Courts for sports New basketball and futsal courts are expected to open downtown in May. Former OU and NBA basketball player...

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The old town of Britton is undergoing renovation and restoration through private investment

The old town of Britton, swallowed up by Oklahoma City in 1950, may be a distant memory, but its Main Street survives largely...

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MAPS generation fulfilling vision

Ann Simank says the generational shift in Oklahoma City’s elected leadership fulfills the vision of leaders who initiated MAPS...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with special guest James Cooper

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

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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.

Senior centers' success has board in a quandary

BusinessDec 24, 2018

The surprising success of Oklahoma City's new senior centers has the voluntary MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board grappling with the question of how many centers to build, and where. "I think it's a mistake" not to build all the centers promised to...

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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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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Primary decides council races Voters elected two new city council members and returned two incumbents to office in Tuesday's...

Life

OKC church lights up cross for first time in more than 50 years

For several decades, large lightbulbs lit up a cross perched atop a downtown Oklahoma City church. However, the lights that...

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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.

Life

Interview, photos and video: Oklahoma comics artist Jerry Bennett encourages creativity through arts residency at historic Skirvin Hotel

In Jerry Bennett’s world, aliens from “War of the Worlds” might land in downtown Oklahoma City, “Star Wars” hero Admiral Ackbar...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

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

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Comics crossover: OKC artist Jerry Bennett takes pop culture art downtown for Skirvin residency

In Jerry Bennett’s world, aliens from “War of the Worlds” might land in downtown Oklahoma City, “Star Wars” hero Admiral Ackbar...

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FINAL: Pelicans 131, Thunder 122

Follow live updates from tonight's Thunder-Pelicans NBA game.

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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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Aggravated assaults on the rise, OKC police chief says

Serious assaults are on the rise, with little prospect for driving them below 2016 levels, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill...

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Food Dude: Banquet Cinema Pub is ready for its premiere

Hunter Wheat and Lacey Pritchard will try to build upon their success founding successful businesses on fellowship with a new...

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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.

Business

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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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Primaries set Tuesday Candidates for city council are on Tuesday's ballot in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8; Wards 2 and 6 are open seats....

Business

Urban revival leads to diverse mix of districts

Neal Horton saw the potential of historic urban districts in Oklahoma City, and he risked everything in launching Bricktown....

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Where is Park Union? New districts, boundary lines being formed amidst downtown growth

Some of the districts were simply formal acknowledgement of historic identities like Midtown, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Automobile...

Business

City office market racing in place

Oklahoma City’s office market is “stuck in neutral but racing its engine,” according to Price Edwards & Co.’s 2018 year-end...

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Recap: OKC Central chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Today's OKC Central chat with The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer has concluded. Thanks for your questions.

Life

Downtown spot reinvents dinner and a movie options

Bleu Garten owners seek to build its audience with a kitschy new movie house called Banquet Cinema Pub, featuring pizza, a full...

Business

Jury convicts man of cheating Chesapeake Energy out of $4.3 million

The former president of a now-defunct well servicing company was found guilty Tuesday of cheating Chesapeake Energy out of more...

Business

Development continues in Bricktown despite the loss of another early anchor

This week is one of those moments as yet another veteran anchor restaurant, Chelino’s, closed its doors Saturday. The debate...

Catholic Charities offers new employee loan program

BusinessApr 3, 2019

As executive director of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Patrick Raglow is all too familiar with the perils of payday loans. Many of the low-income families his nonprofit serves fall prey to the typical two-week, exorbitantly...

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Parkinson's patients find joy in dance

HealthApr 3, 2019

NORMAN — The dancers are seated in a large circle as the music begins, one in a wheelchair. Their movements are slow at first — deep breathing, stretching, reaching. As the dance class progresses, so does the energy in the room. Torsos twist;...

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Local storm chaser charged with child molestation

NewsApr 3, 2019

An Oklahoma storm chaser and photographer has been charged with inappropriately touching a 15-year-old boy. Lawrence Robert McEwen, 28, of Noble, is facing three counts of lewd molestation or indecent proposal to a child and one count of...

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Thunder’s success in halfcourt imperative to playoff success

SportsApr 4, 2019

The questions poured in about momentum, a galvanizing moment, an instance of joy that the Thunder could use as a springboard to consistency or a dream run in the playoffs. There were slivers of hope in the Thunder’s 119-103 win against the...

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Texas Tech's Final Four appearance the latest success for former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton

SportsApr 2, 2019

As Texas Tech players climbed the ladder and clipped the net Saturday afternoon, a photographer from the school’s athletic department snapped a photo of Sean Sutton. His brow was sweaty. His hair was mussed. Oklahoma State fans well...

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NCAA gymnastics: OU's Yul Moldauer soon to close college career almost as amazing as his personal journey

SportsApr 5, 2019

NORMAN — Peter and Orsa Moldauer’s young son would scream so loudly the folks next door could hear him. Those neighbors lived a quarter-mile away. The screaming happened pretty much all day. Pretty much every day, too. When the Moldauers...

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OSU football: Defensive ends forced to grow up quickly, but showing promise in spring

SportsMar 31, 2019

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy didn’t go into much detail in describing the performance of his defensive ends through the first few spring practices. It’s not that they’re playing poorly. Gundy feels comfortable with their progression. But he knows...

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