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OKC central live chat recap: Former Borden plant might be ideal for housing

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Work continues to shift management of Oklahoma County jail

The process of transitioning management of the Oklahoma County jail may not be on top of the public’s "most interesting" list,...

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United States of Oklahoma podcast: OKC Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice

The Oklahoman's Josh Dulaney chats with OKC Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice. Give it a spin. -DulaneyFollow Josh...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: 'Citizens' sparks a debate

Catching up on Oklahoma City news.

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Food Dude: As Edmond adds to food hall, subtraction continues downtown

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey covers the 405 diningscape with news about the ongoing food hall trend.

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed questions from readers about issues related to development in Oklahoma City.

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'It was his idea': Former city manager restructured MAPS, hired first black police chief

Glenn Deck, a former city manager and finance director for Oklahoma City, died Saturday. He was 67. Deck served for just two...

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Former Bricktown official to lead Chickasha economic development

Jim Cowan, former owner of the Bricktown Brewery and a longtime leader in the entertainment district, is returning to his...

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Slowdown in store for Oklahoma City?

Russell Evans sees 2020 as a year "on the brink" that will test Oklahoma City. Evans, city government's consulting economist,...

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Study suggests smarter parking needed downtown

To break it down, a six-story, 1,100-space garage owned by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) is...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

Little Rock eyes MAPS Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has proposed a one-cent sales tax to finance quality of life...

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In OKC rally, Mike Bloomberg vows to target states Trump won in 2016

As leading Democratic presidential contenders converged on New Hampshire just days before the nation's first presidential...

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Landing soon: Food, community to return to former Downtown Airpark Terminal

A step inside the former Downtown Airpark Terminal, now part of the Wheeler neighborhood, is a reflection of the past and a...

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Feed your fever downtown Feb. 14-16 at the OKC Spring Remodel and Landscape Show

Maybe home is where the heart is, but next weekend, fevered minds (early onset spring fever) will be downtown for the Oklahoma...

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OKC Central live chat: Community leaders recognized at Impact Awards

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

See what Steve Lackmeyer discussed this week with readers.

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Demolition permits issued for closed eastside OKC grocery

The former Buy for Less shopping center at NE 23 and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue appears to be targeted for demolition, with...

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Dustup over 'citizens' taints MAPS 4 board rollout

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon sought without success this week to remove the word "citizens" from the name of the MAPS 4...

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Neighbors object to 'pot farm' in west Oklahoma City

Neighbors on Tuesday protested in vain that a landowner’s plans to grow marijuana on a 10.8-acre tract in far west Oklahoma...

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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Pop-up from the past(a)

Chef Christine Dowd and partner Maggie Howell will resuscitate their Trattoria il Centro restaurant for a two-night pop-up to...

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Work to resume on The Hill in Deep Deuce

A developer declared in default of his agreement with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority to create a neighborhood in...

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Two downtown apartment projects to start in 2020

Two large-scale downtown apartment projects are cleared to move forward following approval Monday by the Oklahoma City Urban...

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Eyesore turned into gem wins at Impact Awards

It shouldn’t surprise regular followers of my weekly OKC Central Live Chat that occasionally questions pop up that I...

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Upgrade set for canal lights implicated in fatal accident

The light bollards implicated in a fatal accident along Oklahoma City's Bricktown Canal will be replaced by safer, pole-mounted...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Outlining MAPS 4 oversight The MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board will have six standing subcommittees to oversee the 16 projects....

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Farmers, customers dislocated by OSU-OKC are choosing Farmers Public Market over Scissortail Park

When Brad Williams, president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, announced in December his decision to close the...

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Interviews and photos: Arts collective Factory Obscura is expanding its home in OKC's Automobile Alley

The arts collective announced this week at a private event for passholders and supporters that it will open a unique...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 1, 2020: Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Myriad Gardens

The festivities will include face painting, music, cultural presentations crafts for children and a special performance by Lion...

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No delays, Oklahoma City's Wheeler District is coming in for a landing at 'urbanism at its best'

The Wheeler District took off on time and — five years in — is on schedule. Totally fitting for a neighborhood arising from...

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Mayor names charter review committee

Councilman Mark Stonecipher and Sharon Vorhees will co-chair a seven-member committee to review the Oklahoma City charter and...

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Sonic slashes jobs in Bricktown, won't say how many losses to expect

Sonic Drive-In is slashing a significant number of its corporate jobs in Oklahoma City, laying off some, while asking others to...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Construction continues on BancFirst Tower

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Artistic expansion: Factory Obscura is growing its home on Automobile Alley

A giant paper airplane flies over Kelsey Karper's head in a yellow room devoted to exploring the emotion of angst. The new...

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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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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

See what Steve Lackmeyer discussed with readers.

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Week Ahead: Oklahoma concerts and shows for Jan. 31

ON PARADE: Canadian indie rock bands Wolf Parade and Land of Talk will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Tower Theatre, 425 NW...

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What was at the bottom of Bricktown Canal?

Electric scooters were the theme of this year’s cleaning of the Bricktown Canal. After draining 3 million gallons of water from...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2020: Skate at the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens before it closes Sunday

Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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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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OKC restaurant review: Mary Eddy's mostly hits the mark

Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge pleases the senses and has solid service, but falls short of hitting the mark when it comes to a...

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Colorful first impression will greet new OKC convention center visitors

As president of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, Mike Carrier may be among the most vested in the new convention...

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City budget envisions parks cuts

A proposed budget cut shows why Oklahoma City parks need dedicated funding insulated from turf battles when revenue slips, a...

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Oklahoma City civic life for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

RTA duties shift Oklahoma City's transit board agreed to provide administrative services on an interim basis for the Regional...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Restaurants added downtown, in Bricktown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Burger Pig is makin' bacon, and Chinese New Year celebrations begin

The Oklahoman's Food Dude Dave Cathey has the latest news from the 405 diningsphere, including a partial tasting tour of Parlor...

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City's partners eye increased budgets for MAPS 3 wellness centers

More lockers. Not enough changing space. Not enough showers. More privacy. Those have been the greatest concerns for men and...

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Season preview: Oklahoma Shakespeare's expanded 2020 season to include 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'As You Like It,' free Myriad Gardens production of 'Midsummer...

For the second year, Oklahoma Shakespeare is offering a year-round slate of shows, starting with one of William Shakespeare’s...

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Bookings underway for new convention center and hotel

National and international conferences are booking the new Oklahoma City Convention Center for visits going through 2024 while...

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Zoo admission price hike OK'd

Willing to part with your smartphone for a few hours? Groundhog Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo may be for you. While the zoo's...

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Drain game: OKC drains Bricktown Canal in prep for cleaning

Treasure abounds in the Bricktown Canal. Beer bottles and golf balls. Coins and cocktail menus. Sunglasses and action figures....

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Trolley car Italian dining to return to Bricktown

Bricktown visitors soon will be able once again to enjoy a plate of spaghetti while dining in an old-fashioned trolley car....

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West rent out OKC theaters so fans can see 'Just Mercy' for free

In "Just Mercy," Michael B. Jordan portrays renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he works to free a...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 20, 2020: Check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade in downtown OKC

Organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition, the 2020 parade theme is "40 Years - Better Together."

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Oklahoma City civic life for Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

They said it "There’s no wasted time in my day." — Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, commenting on his social media profile and...

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Red Cross director comes full circle

Growing up in Okeene, Sid Ellington remembers going with his mother, a Red Cross nurse, to the local hospital where she taught...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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

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Martinez-Brooks to seek council seat

Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who serves as a volunteer on several city boards and as interim diversity officer at Oklahoma City...

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected municipal officers invited back to campus

Civics lessons for elected city officers and those thinking about running for office begin Saturday at Oklahoma City University...

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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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Avana Apartments sale sets record for downtown OKC

A new record sale price has been set for downtown rental properties with the recent purchase of the Avana Arts Apartments....

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Former OKC elementary to be converted to a film studio

A former elementary school in far east Oklahoma City may find itself at the center of a pivot in the film and television...

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OnCue set for site of former Founders Bank in OKC

OnCue is set to build a new station on the block that was once home to the midcentury landmark Founders Bank building. The...

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Downtown to grow out, not up, in next decade

A couple of weeks ago I looked back at the last decade, and it was astounding to put together just a glimpse of all the...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

They said it "I'll bet you never thought you'd see me humbled enough to cry." — Longtime Oklahoma City Councilwoman and...

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Northwest hospitality: Two faded Northwest Expressway hotels get a fresh start

Two Northwest Expressway hotels, once top destinations for both visitors and locals, are being brought back to life under new...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

See what Steve Lackmeyer discussed with readers.

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Home for the holidays, celebrity chef holds pop-up at ChickNBeer

Danny Bowien cooks while home for the holidays, Rococo announces a pair of special events, The Railyard continues to add dining...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 9, 2020: Check out opening reception for Tulsa artist Whitney Forsyth's exhibit 'Re-New' at Artspace at Untitled

"Re-New," which will be on view through Feb. 29, features a series of mandalas. The mandala is a symbol of wholeness that is...

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Downtown Oklahoma City hotel opens, finally

After six years of delays prompted by a change in the location of the city's future convention center, the Fairfield Inn and...

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Councilman James Greiner won't seek re-election in 2021

James Greiner says he will not seek election to a third term on the Oklahoma City Council. Greiner, 38, has represented...

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Council OKs zoning to fight 'food desert'

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved "food desert" zoning to combat poor health outcomes in northeast Oklahoma City....

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Design committee efforts result in history saved, restored

Looking back, Tim Johnson was right. Appearing before an agitated Downtown Design Review Committee a few years back, Johnson...

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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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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Council OKs wage hikes City employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Housing, sidewalk construction continues downtown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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

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Decade marks transformation downtown

The past decade for downtown Oklahoma City has been one of rapid transformation, disruption, loss and triumph. Ten years ago,...

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Downtown OKC ready to ring in 2020 with Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration

The long-running family-friendly downtown New Year’s Eve event is set for 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at Bicentennial Park and...

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Grand Opening: Arts Council Oklahoma City ready to ring in 2020 with Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration

The large, light-wrapped ball has been liberated from storage, the celebratory fireworks show has been devised, and a race...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

Marijuana taxes show gains Sales taxes on products sold at medical marijuana dispensaries in Oklahoma City grew throughout...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Wheeler set to add school, brewery, more

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Preview: Opening Night 2020 brings New Year's Eve entertainment to downtown OKC

Produced by the Arts Council Oklahoma City, the family-friendly downtown New Year’s Eve celebration is set for 7 p.m. to...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Read the recap of Dec. 27's OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Metro Tech moving, expanding downtown campus

Metro Technology Center has moved its downtown campus from BancFirst, which is undergoing a renovation, to Corporate Tower,...

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Walcourt renovations include new roof

The historic Walcourt Building just east of downtown has a new roof for the first time in at least a half century as...

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Lighthouse fitness complex renovation launched by new owners

The former Oklahoma City Tennis Center facing Lake Hefner, now known as Lighthouse Sports & Fitness Center, is set to...

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Why Oklahoma City as 'The Big Friendly' lacks a friendly embrace

While grabbing a quick breakfast Monday, I had a chance to overhear a familiar comment made by a customer while ordering. She...

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Beginning of Hanukkah celebrated with ceremony in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

A giant menorah lit up the night during a communitywide gathering Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah in Oklahoma City. The seventh...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

City revenue outlook darkens Oklahoma City may be seeing the first indications that oil-field reductions are negatively...

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Life returning to OKC's first high rise

Restoration of the Pioneer Building, the city’s first high-rise, is complete, and life is set to return with tenants to include...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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

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Plans progressing for Thunder Alley

Revised development plans for a proposed Thunder Alley south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena are being submitted to the Downtown...

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OKC apartments set to join hotel as next addition to Classen Curve

The long envisioned addition of housing into the Classen Curve is set to start in 2020 with construction of a 325-unit,...

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Bricktown developer Doc Blue dead at 88

Bricktown has lost another one of its colorful pioneering developers with the passing of French “Doc Blue” Hickman. Hickman was...

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#ThrowbackThursday: 1934 seasonal shoppers fill downtown OKC

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Oklahoma City Council sets March 3 election on parks initiative

Oklahoma City voters will decide March 3 whether to increase the sales tax by one-eighth of a cent with proceeds dedicated to...