OKGazette.com - News http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-10-1-news.html <![CDATA[Waste not - Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts takes on a major sustainability effort during this year’s event.]]> The inspiration to offer recycling and composting at the Festival of the Arts came several years ago, when volunteers noticed artists were taking their water bottles back to the hotel for recycling. ]]> <![CDATA[Growing pains - Commercial growth in the Uptown district has some residents concerned with parking, noise and historic preservation.]]> Residents of Heritage Hills, south of NW 23rd Street, successfully lobbied the Oklahoma City Council last week to deny a rezoning request for a new medical spa on Broadway. ]]> <![CDATA[Uphill battle - Democrats look for gains in urban districts and with progressive and Hispanic voters.]]>

Editor’s note: Oklahoma Gazette’s 2014 election coverage begins with a look at Oklahoma Democrats. Pick up next week’s issue for a preview of Republican races and strategy.

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<![CDATA[Same-sex showdown - The 10th Circuit Court hears arguments for and against gay marriage rights in Oklahoma.]]> Following last week’s 40-minute hearing in front of the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Oklahoma will now wait for a ruling on whether its ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.]]> <![CDATA[Walk this way - Sidewalks are some of earliest MAPS 3 projects to be completed and add 65 miles of pedestrian-friendly travel to the cityscape.]]> Sidewalks don’t grab the spotlight like convention centers and streetcars, but Mayor Mick Cornett called the planned addition of nearly 65 miles of new sidewalks across the city one of the most important parts of Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3.]]> <![CDATA[Metro briefs - Council moves forward on chickens ordinance ]]> The Oklahoma City Council is moving forward on a backyard chicken ordinance. A public hearing was held this week, and the council is expected to cast a final vote on May 13.]]> <![CDATA[Hear the music - Celebrations continue this month as OKC hits its 125th birthday. ]]> Sitting in the shadow of modern skyscrapers and the rise of a new Oklahoma City are four concrete buildings that contain nearly 80 years of OKC history.]]> <![CDATA[Nursing know-how - A U.S. Air Force veteran finds a second career in his 60s.]]> U.S. Air Force veteran Tim Mander didn’t want a second career as a Walmart greeter.]]> <![CDATA[Oklahoma City hires new parks and planning heads - One familiar face and one new arrival will take over top city positions.]]> <![CDATA[Sidewalks are some of earliest MAPS 3 projects to be complete - ]]> Sidewalks don’t grab the spotlight like convention centers and streetcars, but Mayor Mick Cornett called the planned addition of nearly 65 miles of new sidewalks across the city one of the most important parts of Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3.]]> <![CDATA[Circuit Court hears case for Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban - ]]> <![CDATA[Take a ride - Oklahoma City looks to return to its transit-rich past.]]> The history of public transportation in Oklahoma City shows a thriving system of buses and streetcars and an era to which today’s city leaders have talked about returning.]]> <![CDATA[Back to church - A downtown congregation bought a church built in 1920 and plans its first service for Easter.]]> Tucked into a lot on just under one acre between NW 13th Street and Classen Drive sits a long-neglected church built in 1920.]]> <![CDATA[Spokie dokie - A downtown bike share program offers free one-month memberships to celebrate Earth Day.]]> More motorists than bicyclists is a problem that Downtown OKC Inc. has been trying to rectify. Since the 2011 launch of the Spokies bike share program, which provides downtown residents, employees and visitors a healthy and economical way to get around the area, the number of people who are taking advantage of it continues to grow, according to Jill Brown DeLozier, marketing director at DOKC.]]> <![CDATA[Fowl play - The Oklahoma City Council will reconsider a measure to allow residents to keep chickens in residential areas.]]> In Oklahoma City, cock-a-doodle-do has been cock-adoodle-don’t for those who want to keep chickens in their yards. But that could change soon.]]> <![CDATA[Murder on the rise - Oklahoma City homicide rates show a steady increase in recent years.]]> Yellow police tape fluttered in the spring wind as homicide detectives filed into a south Oklahoma City home.]]> <![CDATA[Eminent development? - The city is expected to apply eminent domain in order to acquire the site of the proposed downtown convention center.]]> Oklahoma City is moving forward with eminent domain proceedings in order to acquire land for a proposed downtown convention center. ]]> <![CDATA[Biker life - Our city’s cycling community might be small, but it’s growing.]]> When Cassi Poor and her roommate go to the same event, it’s not uncommon for the two to race.]]> <![CDATA[MOB mentality - Young OKC Beautiful volunteers chip in to clean up the city. ]]> Shuffle over Baby Boomers and Generation Xers because OKC Beautiful is tapping a group of civic- and community-minded Millennials as volunteers through its Making Oklahoma City Beautiful (MOB) Young Professionals group. Membership is open to those 22 to 35 years old.]]> <![CDATA[Five things to know about Thursday’s same-sex marriage hearing - ]]>