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OKC council candidates oppose cuts to police funding

A USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll published Friday shows Americans, by an 18-point margin, say it is more important to ensure law and...

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Creamery, brewery, bakery, restaurants and shops to anchor downtown Edmond ice house development

A dairy to market creamery, brewery, urban farming and fruit trees will be showcased at the century-old former home of the...

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Health official: Model predicts herd immunity likely with mask ordinance extension in Oklahoma City

A public health official said predictive modeling shows local herd immunity to COVID-19 could be achieved in June. The...

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COVID-19 claims life of pioneering downtown OKC developer, civic leader

Mark Ruffin, a pioneering downtown developer and supporter of Catholic Charities, Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School, the...

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Police reform: Candidates' views in Oklahoma City Council runoffs

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 planned a forum Monday night carried on Facebook Live with the city council candidates in...

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OKC officials object to measure weakening local health department

Mayor's experience shows Having a mayor with state legislative experience has its advantages. Mayor David Holt, a former state...

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Popular skywalk used to go to Thunder games closes, may not reopen

A popular skywalk used by thousands of fans to travel between the Santa Fe garage and the Chesapeake Energy Arena is closed and...

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OKC police surprised by local unrest after George Floyd death

Police were caught off guard when a racial-justice demonstration escalated into an hours-long confrontation in front of police...

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New owner of former Bricktown Chelinos faces challenges

Marcelino Garcia spent 25 years operating what was the flagship of his Chelino’s chain in Bricktown and has fond memories of...

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Prosecutor warned OKC mayor, police chief about terrorism suspect amid summer unrest

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater warned Mayor David Holt against appearing at racial unity events last year with...

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Real estate agents or rock stars? This office has a design that sings

The Flaming Lips come to mind. And Factory Obscura, the funky artist collective in the Lips' former haunt in Automobile Alley....

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Oklahoma City works to stop water leaks, curb demand

Oklahoma City had crews running "every which way" Monday to stop leaks contributing to unrelenting water demand despite the...

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The potholes are coming to OKC. Here's what to do about it.

After last week's freezing weather, potholes are inevitable. The city relies on residents' reports to stay ahead of street and...

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Oklahomans urged to conserve power as state drops below energy emergency status

Oklahoma dropped from energy emergency status Friday as temperatures warmed up to just above the freezing level. The Southwest...

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Former Chelino Mexican Restaurant building sells in OKC's Bricktown, plus more real estate transactions from The Oklahoman

The former Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant building in Bricktown — a victim of the coronavirus and related business shutdowns and...

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Oklahoma City issues voluntary boil order through weekend

The city of Oklahoma City has issued a voluntary boil advisory, following a statewide Oklahoma DEQ recommendation for municipal...

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5 things to know about Oklahoma City's weekend water advisory

A voluntary boil advisory is in effect through the weekend in Oklahoma City based on a recommendation, issued statewide, by the...

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Black art and resilience celebrated in downtown OKC with 'Still Here' exhibit

About a dozen Black artists are featured in the new interdisciplinary art exhibition "Still Here: The Cosmology of Black...

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Oklahoma power grid avoids crisis still hitting Texas

The Southwest Power Pool, the electrical grid operator for 14 states including Oklahoma, dropped its energy emergency alert...

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By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Oklahoma City councilman apologizes for 'fried foods' remark

Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell apologized Wednesday for a remark about "fried foods," made during a discussion of taxpayer...

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Drew Barrymore and Ayesha Curry show love for Curbside Flowers and 5 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines with Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood,...

Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill was among the country music stars - along with Maren Morris, Ryan...

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City rejects request for police body-worn camera recordings of Rodriguez killing

Police officers’ body-worn camera recordings of the Nov. 23 killing of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez won't be released “at this...

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OKC sales tax revenue slumps

Amy Simpson was sworn in Friday as the city of Oklahoma City's new city clerk. Simpson is the 17th city clerk since 1890 and...

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5 takeaways from Tuesday's Oklahoma City Council primary elections

Runoffs for two city council seats representing Oklahoma City's far western border are set for April 6. A candidate needed 50%...

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Dreams are being realized along once forgotten corridor in OKC's Midtown

The crumbling foundation of the old Mercy hospital remained a large eyesore and the restaurant scene was just getting started...

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Stone re-elected in Ward 4, runoffs set in western OKC's Wards 1 and 3

Todd Stone won a second term Tuesday on the Oklahoma City Council, taking 64.3% of the vote in a three-way race to represent...

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Council member creates map of where pedestrians, cyclists have been killed on OKC streets

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon has compiled police department data to produce a map detailing the deaths of 66 pedestrians...

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Fully funding police popular with OKC council candidates, mask mandate not so much

Oklahoma City's pandemic-fighting mask mandate generally was panned by candidates in Tuesday's city council primaries. One...

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Meet the candidates: Oklahoma City council

The Oklahoman asked candidates in Tuesday's city council primaries their views on issues that, if elected, they are likely to...

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Holt: Voters will weigh in on regional transit, eventually

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt joined The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer during Friday's OKC Central live chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and OKC Mayor David Holt

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt joined The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer during this morning's OKC Central live chat. See below...

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Bricktown hit hard by pandemic, but new restaurants are coming

Life is set to return to the heart of Bricktown following the closings of several long-time anchors. The warehouse district...

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OKC mayor counsels vigilance, says his father is recovering from COVID-19 after 11 days in ICU

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said Thursday that his father was recovering after spending 11 days in intensive care at the OU...

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COVID continues to change Oklahoma's 2021 event calendar

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announced today that it is postponing its 60th anniversary Western Heritage...

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Vaccine supply expected to increase in Oklahoma; pharmacies to begin vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccine supplies are expected to increase about 5% next week in Oklahoma. The 5% increase is in addition to an...

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I-235/I-44 junction racing toward fall finish with opening of second flyover

The second of two Dallas-style flyover ramps connecting Interstate 235 and Interstate 44 opens Thursday with reconstruction of...

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Lawsuit seeks OKC police body-cam footage in teenager's shooting death

An attorney for the mother of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez wrote in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the city is violating state...

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COVID keeps shifting Oklahoma event plans - here's the latest on Heard on Hurd and Chocolate Decadence

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, though, isn't going to be able to save all the Oklahoma events we know and love.

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Some OKC council members take COVID-19 vaccine; others defer

Nobody could fault Larry McAtee, despite his ardent opposition to a mask ordinance, for taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The...

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With COVID-19 pandemic lingering, OKC theaters continue to adapt their storytelling options

How Lyric Theatre, Carpenter Square Theatre and 3rd Act Theatre Company are continuing to pivot through the pandemic.

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Costco savings: Office space for the bulk retailer helped keep the OKC office market from tanking

Oklahoma City has another reason to love Costco: If not for the warehouse club's purchase of the former Hertz Corp. office...

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Deaths underscore urgency of vaccination effort for Oklahoma City employees

Hundreds of firefighters and police officers have received the second of the two COVID-19 shots as the city of Oklahoma City...

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Scissortail Park 7-ton sculpture to be 'light as a feather'

A sculpture long planned for Scissortail Park is set to be “light as a feather” after artists agreed with the city to scrap the...

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Oklahoma City asks Supreme Court to review 2015 panhandling ordinance

A controversial Oklahoma City panhandling ordinance thrown out by a Denver court would have “withstood constitutional scrutiny”...

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Community rallies to save OKC's only Black-owned bookstore

Oklahoma City’s only Black-owned bookstore is in a fight to survive the economic turmoil triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Festival of the Arts returning to downtown OKC this summer

Downtown Oklahoma City's long-running Festival of the Arts will return this year after it was canceled in 2020 due to the...

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How campaign cash is flowing in OKC council races

Who's up, who's down financially Several of the 18 candidates running for Oklahoma City Council in the Feb. 9 primaries entered...

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Who's up, who's down: How campaign cash is flowing in Oklahoma City Council races

More campaign finance reporting deadlines are coming up in the next week.

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Sales tax receipts show Oklahoma City's marijuana business is doing better than ever

Revenue collected by the city more than doubled in 2020.

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New Oklahoma City Omni opens Tuesday with an eye on 'staycations' while convention business rebounds

Oklahoma City’s largest hotel, the Omni, opens Tuesday with the task of drawing locals while the convention market recovers...

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt forms campaign committee for 2022 re-election bid

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt this week registered a campaign committee for his re-election bid. He filed a statement of...

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt forms campaign committee for 2022 re-election bid

The mayor's 2018 committee transferred leftover cash to the re-election effort.

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Shade structures to light way for convention visitors

Shade structures that will light up at night are being installed along a walkway that runs between the new Oklahoma City...

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Skydance bridge in Oklahoma City glows red, white and blue, honoring inauguration

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt congratulated President Joseph Biden on his inauguration Wednesday and said on Twitter that...

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Downtown Renaissance Hotel flag set to travel one block east

The Renaissance Hotel flag is set to travel one block east as the former host is turned into a Wyndham Grand and the new...

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In time for MLK Day, a new OKC interdisciplinary art exhibit showcases Black resilience

The exhibit is on view free to view at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory in the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

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Shalynne Jackson named city of Oklahoma City's first diversity officer

Shalynne Jackson, a University of Oklahoma graduate, has been named the city of Oklahoma City's first Chief Diversity and...

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Downtown tract could be developed for MAPS 4 Diversion Hub

Philanthropist Sue Ann Arnall intends to donate a 1.6-acre tract downtown for the MAPS 4 Diversion Hub, a gift that could be...

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After COVID closure, downtown OKC's Carpenter Square Theatre opens Season 37 with comedy

"From Door to Door" is the first in-person show Carpenter Square has staged since its Feb. 21-March 14 production of Scott Z....

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Navy names ship for Muscogee (Creek) Nation

A new Navy vessel will be named for Oklahoma's Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Acting Under Secretary of the Navy Greg Slavonic, an...

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BancFirst making move to new downtown tower

The fencing is down and blue lanterns rise up from a rebuilt plaza surrounding the BancFirst Tower main entrance welcoming...