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Our reporters have been connecting with our readers using live chats quite a bit lately. So I’ll take this oportunity to highlight some of the excellent content that has resulted from this effort:

Reporters Paul Monies and Bryan Dean joined Oklahoma State University professor Joey Senat for a chat about open records and public records in Oklahoma.

From the chat:

But our open government laws are toothless and easily ignored unless the district attorneys will enforce them. - Joey Senat

OKC Central blogger and business development reporter Steve Lackmeyer did a chat last week with readers about all things downtown. We learned, among other things, what would happen if Steve were king of the world.

If I were king of the world, I would have looked at the Stage Center site and adjoining properties to the west of the gardens and future park.

On Tuesday, reporter Michael Kimball chatted with readers about the latest developments at the Oklahoma City Council and other city and county government issues. Mostly, the chat was about the controversy surrounding the proposed elevated Oklahoma City boulevard.

The city says ODOT has the final decision but has been amenable to everything the city has asked for so far. But ODOT has still said that the city has final word. They have not yet given a united and clear answer. I suspect ODOT truly does have the final say, but they wouldn’t do anything the city doesn’t approve of unless there was a really compelling reason.

We will continue these types of chats in the future. Let us know what you think and what types of chats we should include in the future.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›