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OKC mayor asks for 10 days to stem the COVID-19 tide

Mayor is encouraging a 10-day pause in activities contributing to spread of coronavirus.

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COVID-19 spike sends OKCFD to Level Red, highest alert level

The department fought off earlier cases but has been unable to withstand the latest surge.

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Oklahoma City mayor says he'll get COVID-19 vaccine, encourages others to do the same

Mayor says governor's steps Monday aimed at slowing spread of coronavirus are "welcome."

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Ice storm debris cleanup expected to begin next week, could take four months

Contracts with two disaster-response specialists were to be signed Tuesday.

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Mayor Holt would welcome statewide mask mandate by Gov. Kevin Stitt

Upward trend in new case counts persisted over the weekend.

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Pressure on hospitals intensifies as OKC reaches Tier 3 of COVID-19 surge plan

As the number of Oklahomans hospitalized due to COVID-19 continues to hit record highs, the Oklahoma City metro on Thursday...

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State Election Board says that, for the first time, Republicans are a majority of Oklahoma's voters

The pre-election tally is an official snapshot taken once every four years.

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Freezing rain chances, alerts raised for Oklahoma City metro

Wintry conditions are predicted beginning Sunday night.

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Q&A: What to know before voting on Oklahoma City's charter amendments

The proposals update and clarify the charter. Outdated provisions are aligned with state law.

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Core-to-shore within reach with favorable lower park construction bids

City council could authorize construction early next month.

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Safety, security, health shortcomings plague Oklahoma City Streetcar system, union press release says

Five streetcar employees have active COVID-19 infections; unsafe working conditions and retaliation alleged.

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OKC mask giveaways continue throughout October, 144,000 already handed out

October giveaways will be Thursdays at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Alert Level Yellow declared at Oklahoma City Fire Department

Most of those off work are in quarantine and are not infected.

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Marijuana sales tax revenues multiply in Oklahoma City

Collections are up 38% with three months left in the year.

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Voter-approved police-fire training center moves ahead in Oklahoma City

The complex will be the new headquarters for police and fire academies.

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Oklahoma City Council seeks policing reforms consultant

Mayor's task force and city manager's working group are working on having reports together by spring.

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Oklahoma City reports city manager has tested positive for COVID-19

Craig Freeman began feeling ill over the weekend.

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Jim Couch, former city manager, named to Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust

Tribal water issues are the topic of a virtual conference next week.

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Oklahoma City Council extends COVID-19 mask ordinance after public health officials say it is working

City council backed away from extension until Nov. 30 and likely will revisit the ordinance in about a month.

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Oklahoma City panhandling ordinance violates free-speech rights, federal appeals court rules

Originally passed in 2015, the measure was promoted as a traffic-median safety measure.

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"Core-to-shore" corridor comes into focus with architects' final plans for lower section of MAPS 3 downtown park

Construction estimate to complete park is $20.5 million with $4.5 million in proposed enhancements.

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Construction set to begin soon on MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center expansion projects

Experience at the first two senior health and wellness centers demonstrated the need for expanded locker rooms. Those lessons...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mask extension through Nov. 30 proposed in OKC

Data shows ordinance adopted a month ago has slowed COVID-19, mayor says.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City's downtown New Year's Eve celebration moving to Bricktown ballpark

Revamped annual celebration will include pandemic precautions this year.

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OKC Council will meet to vote on mask ordinance

Meeting notice comes as governor announces he has tested positive.

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Professor: U.S. Supreme Court's ruling affects the water future that is vital to Oklahoma City

While focused on criminal law the decision's reach extends to other areas, a water law expert says.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City sales tax surprises

Budget director says hiring freeze will continue amid pandemic uncertainty.

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June brings another double-digit decline in Oklahoma City sales tax revenue

Spending reductions projected for the new budget year beginning July 1.

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Holt cautious as 'reboot' begins, his complete remarks

Mayor David Holt says creating a sense of safety is necessary for an economic recovery.

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City government gets CARES Act funds, review of small-business relief applications has begun

Applications for the city's small-business relief program are being reviewed.

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Anticipating revenue shortfall, Oklahoma City will reduce spending

Sales tax is expected to lag for some time as the economy works its way back to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

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Mayor David Holt: Residents are abiding by shelter-in-place orders in Oklahoma City 'because they don't want to die'

Mayor David Holt and Dr. Patrick McGough are conducting weekly COVID-19 briefings.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Emergency orders' effects yet to show up in Oklahoma City sales, use tax revenue

For the fiscal year, Oklahoma City's general fund sales and use tax revenue is slightly ahead of projections, with two months...

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Health, schools, social agency representatives join OKC council members' town hall

Three council members arrange the virtual community meeting.

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, in Friday's COVID-19 briefing, implores residents to take pandemic seriously

Mayor asks residents to "stop trying to find loopholes" to emergency orders intended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends emergency through April 30

Mayor to hold news conference with Health Department director Friday.

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Stay off slides, swings, OKC says, to slow spread of coronavirus

City is receiving calls about orders being ignored and warning signs removed -- call police to report violations.

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Firefighters taking extraordinary steps to protect against coronavirus infection as safety equipment runs short

Oklahoma City firefighters are front-line medical responders, answering 60,000 calls annually.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council approves $5.5 million in small-business relief

Hope is to get assistance to small businesses that keep employees on the payroll through the crisis.

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Gun shops open as coronavirus business activity limits take hold

City maintains, updates comprehensive guide to coronavirus developments as they relate to local government services.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC formalizes 'shelter in place,' what it means for you

Latest orders bring Oklahoma City, Tulsa in line with the majority of the nation's 50 largest cities.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City debunks rumors

Oklahoma City compiles comprehensive list of resources in response to coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City limits public access to some offices

Adoption fees are lowered and volunteering suspended at animal shelter.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City relaxes employee leave policies

The city is one of the 10 largest employers in the metro area.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City Manager Craig Freeman says emergency closure orders will be enforced

Restrictions apply broadly to restaurants, breweries, bars, gyms, movie theaters and more.

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Mayor orders Oklahoma City bars to close, restaurants to limit service to takeout, delivery

Mandate takes effect almost immediately as city steps up effort to control spread of coronavirus.

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Census FAQ: What to know in Oklahoma City as the census begins

The Census Bureau is contacting every Oklahoma City household starting March 12.

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Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on idea of 'collaborative conversation' to improve public schools

Mayor's annual speech includes remembrance of April 19, 1995, Murrah building bombing as 25th anniversary approaches.

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Oklahoma City charter review committee looks at election requirements, state law

The seven-member panel will meet monthly and spend the year considering changes.

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Mayor aims to rally the community around the idea of better schools for Oklahoma City's children

Facilitating an effort to improve public schools was among Mayor David Holt's goals during his campaign two years ago.

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OKC Civic Life Journal: 'Citizens' sparks a debate

Catching up on Oklahoma City news.

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Charter review could lead to November vote

A seven-member committee will consider amendments to the city's "foundational governing document."

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MAPS 4 oversight to include 11-member volunteer advisory board

Council will vote on oversight plans Tuesday.

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Oklahoma City takes administrative role in Regional Transportation Authority

The RTA's role is to build a regional transportation network for metro Oklahoma City.

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Parks initiative, vetted: Questions and answers for voters ahead of the March 3 election

A citizens' initiative aims to insulate parks from some of the ups and downs as elected officials set priorities.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court hears challenges to independent redistricting petition

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday heard two legal challenges to an initiative petition seeking to implement a redistricting...

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After momentous 2019, Oklahoma City's LGBTQ community looks to future

After enduring decades of resistance, 2019 was a historic year for Oklahoma City’s LGBTQ community. In 2019, Mayor David Holt...

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Martinez-Brooks to seek Ward 3 city council seat in Oklahoma City

Current Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee is retiring when his term ends in 2021.

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Court papers detail claims in dustup between public relations firms

Social welfare organizations may keep their donors' identities a secret.

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected city leaders invited back to campus

A partnership of the Oklahoma Municipal League and Oklahoma City University offers a "Learn to Govern" certificate.

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Oklahoma criminal justice reform task force requests extension

A governor-created task force charged with making criminal justice reform recommendations has asked for a one-year extension to...

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Metro-area residents needed for Oklahoma City's housing market and affordability survey

Oklahoma City is asking metro residents to fill out a housing market and affordability survey to help city planners identify...

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Oklahoma County jail to get extended commissary service, new staff meal plans

Starting in March, inmates at the Oklahoma County jail will see increased days of commissary service, and jail employees will...

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Greiner to step down from Oklahoma City Council seat in 2021

James Greiner first won election in 2013 and is in his second four-year term.

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Records show employee loss exaggerated at Oklahoma County jail

The number of Oklahoma County jail employees who have left their jobs because of management uncertainty seems to have been...

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Proposed by former Councilman Ed Shadid, the measure would dedicate funds to park programs and improvements

If approved by voters, the fund dedicated to parks would increase the parks and recreation budget by a third or more.

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The First Americans Museum highlighting Oklahoma's 39 tribal nations is to open within 18 months

Construction to finish the long-awaited Oklahoma City museum is well under way.

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After showing strong growth, use tax revenues in Oklahoma City have hit a wall

Sales tax posted solid growth in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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New bank account to speed up work of Oklahoma County Jail Trust

After several months of slow progress, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust can finally create its own bank account and take more...

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Forum tonight to cover future impact of MAPS 4

The Oklahoman will host a conversation with several local experts and Mayor David Holt from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Sheraton...

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Candidate filing period opens next week

Presidential candidate filing period approaching The three-day candidate filing period for Oklahoma’s presidential preference...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust selects DOC administrator Greg Williams to run county jail

In a unanimous vote Monday, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust selected Greg Williams to run the county jail starting next year....

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MAPS 4 would dedicate millions for youth and senior facilities

As MAPS 4 proposes a massive project to build youth facilities, the impact of youth investment is already visible at Oklahoma...

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Lanes approaching the airport will be further narrowed for road construction Thursday

The $4.5 million project began last month and will last through the spring.

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MAPS 4 includes $87 million for public transit, most of it for two bus rapid transit lines.

Voters will decide Dec. 10 on proposals reviewed Tuesday for the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.

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'We don't have a lot of time': Oklahoma County, jail trust officials begin speeding up transition process

To fully transition management of the Oklahoma County jail by Jan. 1, officials are beginning to address a long list of...

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State revokes permit for billboard at center of playground dispute

Permit was for billboard in what is now a billboard-free zone.

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Children in liquor stores, ballot selfies and more: New laws take effect Friday

Starting Friday, Oklahomans will be able to take their children into liquor stores, take ballot selfies on Election Day and...

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Supreme Court issues final word on MAPS 4 challenge

Court declines rehearing request by former Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid, who argued MAPS 4 was unconstitutional.

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Proposed OKC MAPS 4 will hit consumers differently

MAPS 4 projects are expected to cost taxpayers $978 million — a record amount for a MAPS initiative — and the total collections...

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Shadid to high court: Look again he asks, in appeal to rehear his arguments against MAPS 4

The former councilman says the Supreme Court should broaden its analysis of the constitutionality of the MAPS 4 ballot.

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MAPS 4 ordinance appears clear to go before voters Dec. 10 after high court's unanimous ruling

Former councilman had argued the city was subverting a requirement that laws deal only with a single subject.

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MAPS 4 awaits word from high court

The former councilman says the urgency of the matter, with an election scheduled in two months, justifies having the justices...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust to discuss jail administrator applications Oct. 18

The application period for the Oklahoma County jail administrator position is now closed. Oklahoma County Jail Trust...

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ICE, Oklahoma County sheriff's office at odds after inmate released

An unannounced and highly critical news release has stirred frustrations between the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office and the...

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Oklahoma governor's criminal justice task force to hold first public meeting this week

A governor-created criminal justice reform task force that faced early criticism over a lack of transparency will start opening...

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Former councilman awaits word on whether high court will hear MAPS 4 challenge

High court was asked to assume original jurisdiction; if it declines, the case would shift to Oklahoma County District Court.

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On grand opening weekend, Scissortail Park by the numbers

Last-minute attention to details readied the MAPS 3 park for its first visitors.

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OKC Mayor David Holt invites residents to enjoy their new park

Steve Jobs is credited with the modern version of this theory: Sometimes, we must offer the public a product that the public...

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With record month, Oklahoma City sales tax revenue closely tracks budget office's projections

All retail categories saw a jump in sales tax collections as families were doing their back-to-school shopping.

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Proposal would limit commissions' authority in historic preservation in Oklahoma City

Council members are proposing the unusual step of telling an advisory board that, if it votes the wrong way, its recommendation...

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Kings of Leon expected at street dedication ahead of concert for park's grand opening

Kings of Leon Lane joins other celebrity street names in the entertainment district.

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Council OKs MAPS 4, sets Dec. 10 vote

The vote was unanimous though two council members expressed misgivings, for different reasons.

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MAPS 4 marks a shift away from large downtown construction projects to neighborhood, 'human' needs

The city council is to review Mayor David Holt's recommendations for MAPS 4 on Tuesday with an eye toward a December election.

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Budget managers look to sort out trends as Oklahoma City sales tax misses projections for August

Figures indicate shift to online shopping could be more pronounced than expected.

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Free bus routes, extra food offered after Smart Saver closes in northeast Oklahoma City

To help ease the blow of the Smart Saver grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City closing this week, community partners will...

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Use tax growth continues trend of double-digit growth as budget managers monitor sales tax trends

Sales tax is projected to grow 2.3% overall in fiscal 2020 in Oklahoma City; August results will be reported next week.

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Chief: Hands-off immigration enforcement policy will continue in Oklahoma City

Former Chief Bill Citty said immigration enforcement was a federal responsibility but was careful to point out Oklahoma City is...

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Wade Gourley named Oklahoma City police chief

Gourley was promoted from deputy chief.

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Signatures will be collected with the goal of putting a park enhancements proposal before voters

Former councilman is leading a "Basics First" initiative drive this summer for parks and transit funding.

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Ideas for MAPS 4 put an emphasis on projects popular with voters such as sidewalks and senior health and wellness centers

Presentations on selected proposals for MAPS 4 will be reviewed in public hearings in July and August, if the city council...

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With the June sales tax check, results are above target as OKC closes out the fiscal year

Sales tax ends the year up 3.4%; budget planners expect slowing growth in the fiscal year starting July 1 and project sales tax...

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Clock has begun running on MAPS 4 as city council prepares to develop a plan for voters

Presentations will give the city council details on ideas as it develops a projects list.

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Out-of-order warning sirens are back online and set to be tested Saturday

Recent storms may have affected 18 of the city's 182 warning sirens.

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Repairs will shore up a dam threatened by erosion from a leaking spillway pipe

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board took emergency action last week after being notified of the potential danger.

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Storm debris stacked at the curb will be picked up over the next three weeks; pickup is limited to residences only

Severe weather last Saturday left damage along a path several miles long, from west to east.

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18 warning sirens being checked

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

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Board orders emergency action to lessen danger from compromised private dam in NE Oklahoma City

Officials said several dozen homes were at risk should the dam fail.

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No timeline given for reopening West River Trail; access blocked due to high water in North Canadian River

Erosion along the riverbank had damaged or was threatening to damage sections of the trail, a MAPS 3 project.

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Efforts to protect First Christian Church from demolition, meet Crossings Community Church's needs to grow anchor agreement

Iconic domed sanctuary near downtown Oklahoma City will be protected from demolition while churches negotiate a real estate...

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Second of two claims filed against Oklahoma City in fatal canal accident is resolved

An attorney claimed the city was negligent after a light bollard broke, leading to the accident.

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Council approves agreement to save First Christian from demolition

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement bestowing a reprieve from demolition on First Christian Church....

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Streetcar route resumes after weeklong interruption

Oklahoma City's downtown streetcar reopened a route near the Devon Tower Tuesday after an incident last week closed nearby...

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Underground command center coordinates disaster response when storms strike Oklahoma City

Forecasters warned of flooding in Oklahoma City from the heavy rainfall expected to accompany the storms.

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Central city church at center of preservation campaign could be protected while sale to northwest-side megachurch is under consideration

The First Christian Church domed sanctuary would be protected from demolition as Crossings Community Church negotiates...

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Marijuana-related business constitutes a small but growing share of Oklahoma City's sales tax base

Overall sales tax collections for May were up 1.5% from May 2018, a slowing of growth but in line with projections.

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Councilwoman seeks public forum for community to gauge police chief candidates

City Manager Craig Freeman will select the new police chief; Bill Citty, who retired this month, was chief for 15 years.

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With new service to Miami, American Airlines will fly direct to eight cities from Will Rogers World Airport

The new service will expand options for reaching Caribbean, Latin American locations from Oklahoma City.

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Ridership statistics show the Oklahoma City Streetcar is busiest on Saturdays

As expected, streetcar ridership is showing gains with the arrival of warmer weather.

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Council votes convenience store moratorium, responding to northeast-side 'food desert'

Councilwoman says a majority of residents in a study said inner-northeast Oklahoma City is not a healthy environment.

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Review of church’s eligibility for historic status would be halted if council goes ahead on May 21

The council has been threatened with litigation over the fate of the church.

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Would-be rescuer, wife are to receive nearly $170,000; claim on behalf of dead man’s estate still pending

One man died and a second man was hospitalized as a result of the accident last Sept. 30.

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With MAPS 3 waning, OKC budget drops

Oklahoma City’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year is $1.55 billion, a slight and expected decrease, as the MAPS 3...

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Oklahoma City would add 20 positions in public safety, 15 of them in police.

The Police Department proposes adding 15 positions.

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Airport Trust OKs parking rate increases; new premium parking offers convenience for busy travelers

Rates for some of the highest-demand parking at Will Rogers World Airport are slated to increase 33 percent.

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City says attorney Chad Moody relied on the wrong law in appealing a city council decision that scuttled his plans for a marijuana business

Unless there is a "material change in the character and use of surrounding properties," Moody must wait at least six months...

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Assistant city manager posts filled, as shape of executive leadership under Craig Freeman comes into focus

The new city manager, Craig Freeman, made his first major personnel decisions since taking over in January.

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Letter states church's property rights are threatened, asks city council to short-circuit historic landmark designation process

Neighbors worry the church could be demolished to clear the property for commercial development.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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City council closes the books on a major MAPS 3 project

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

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Newest faces on the Oklahoma City Council take office

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

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

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

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

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

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Streetlights at scene of bicycle fatality repaired, city says

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

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MAPS for streets progress detailed in report for Oklahoma City Council

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

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Streetlight outages become a political as well as an infrastructure problem

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

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Study lays out options for Bricktown Canal lighting system safety improvements

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

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Police union wins a victory in overtime dispute but questions remain

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

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Oklahoma City Public Works crews replacing wind-damaged traffic signal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Streetcars see service gains with priority at more intersections

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

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

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

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

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

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Council edges closer to representing the population as the city grows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newly constituted Oklahoma City Council will be seated in April

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

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Aggravated assaults on the rise, OKC police chief says

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

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

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

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OKC Civic Life Journal: City council primaries

Election, city's bond rating lead news summary.

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Transparency, responsiveness are keys for council candidate

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

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Volunteering led to interest in public service for Ward 6 candidate

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

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

Week in review, in civic news in Oklahoma City.

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Arbitration case resulted as city officials denied pay claim

Police chief discussed conflict in news conference announcing his retirement.

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

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

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City council to renew discussion on resolution advocating Brockway Center preservation

The measure was brought forward by Councilwoman Nikki Nice.

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Civic leaders respond to State of the City address

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

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

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

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What could Oklahoma City buy for $5.7 billion

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

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

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

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Record tax receipts extend a growth streak in Oklahoma City

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

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Three outside candidates interviewed to be city manager

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

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

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

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

Railroad track repairs are expected to last a week.

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Free rides continue as streetcar enters post-holiday service

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

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Oklahoma City Streetcar extends free rides through January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City Council adopts rental scooter regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Council candidate bumped from ballot, 12 remain for February primary

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

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

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

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

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

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City council races attract 13 candidates in Oklahoma City

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

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

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

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Parking changes downtown include development of new convention center municipal garage

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

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Stonecipher to seek second term representing northwest Oklahoma City

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

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

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

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

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

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New contract wins support of Oklahoma City police union members

Council will vote on 2 percent raises for police officers.

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Airport expansion includes new east concourse, four new gates

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

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

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

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New councilwoman sworn in

Interviews for city manager are Monday.

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

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

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Online sales driving revenue growth as retail landscape evolves

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

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Oklahoma City files its own opioid lawsuit

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

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Williamson made ambulance service "true partner" in emergency medicine

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

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

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

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Regular streetcar fares to take effect Jan. 5

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

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

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

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More than four dozen seek OKC city manager job

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

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

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

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Could Oklahoma City-area roads actually be improving?

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City seeks comments, ideas for MAPS 4

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

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

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

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

The city council had considered a fine of $500.

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City manager search has begun in Oklahoma City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commuters catch a break downtown as OKC Boulevard construction progresses

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City issues rental location permits to scooter service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OKC mayor addresses downtown scooters

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

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

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

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Sales tax for August extends trend of monthly increases

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City incurs costs to defend panhandling ordinance

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

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City council agrees to proceed with sale of downtown parking garage

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

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Tickets on sale for September's 2018 Oklahoma State Fair

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City pushes zoning dispute with sex shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cooper sworn in as councilman for Ward 7

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City sales tax surges more than 16 percent

Budget director says June results reflect momentum in metro economy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Convention center construction slated to begin within weeks

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

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Councilman facing embezzlement, tax case will resign effective May 31

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

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Attorney says councilman will plead not guilty to embezzlement charges

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City receives favorable construction bids for MAPS 3 convention center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holt sworn in as mayor, ceremony precedes council meeting

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

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

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

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Top Oklahoma City managers' raises OK'd by council

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

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

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

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

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

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Council leaves Oklahoma City sex shops ordinance in place

City received complaint about new business, prompting review.

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

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

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

Streetcars will be thoroughly tested before service begins in December.

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

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

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

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

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Salary hikes approved by council for Oklahoma City employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I-40 lighting to be restored

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

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

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

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

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

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An introduction to the Oklahoma City streetcar

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

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

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

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

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

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Common purpose

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

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City reservoirs maintain levels as drought deepens across Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday shopping added up to increased sales tax revenue

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City trash pickup days are changing as routes are consolidated

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

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Consultants who conducted comprehensive review recommend $1 streetcar fare

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

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Oklahoma City is acquiring OG&E's

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

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

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

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Oklahoma City sales tax rises for the eighth consecutive month

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

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Candidates for mayor to meet in three-way February primary

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

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

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

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

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

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Discussions set on land acquisition

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

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

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

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

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

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Council authorizes design of skyway linking convention center, parking garage

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

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Preliminary review complete

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

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Households will see $3.36 hike

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

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Positive outlook seen

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

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Art Deco style preserved

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

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Streetcar testing to begin

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

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Council will vote next month

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