After extensive negotiations among the State of Oklahoma, the City of Oklahoma City and the Chickasaw Nation over the past year, construction is set to begin once again.

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Three community leaders receive awards from Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.

Jim Couch, Leslie Batchelor and Mark Beffort are being recognized for their work in the development of OKC.

Ralph Ellison Library, Thursday, April 20, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

OKC voters could go to the polls in September to vote on a bond referendum and a possible MAPS tax

The bond referendum and MAPS projects would fund further infrastructure and capital improvement projects in OKC.

The waters of Sardis Lake, located in southeastern Oklahoma, have been at the center of a federal lawsuit. | Photo State of Oklahoma / provided

State and Native tribes reach water source agreement

The agreement outlines rules including how much water Oklahoma City is allowed to take from the Sardis Lake annually.


News Briefs: streetcar maintenance facility, KD builds courts, Free Fare Friday and more

City council receives update on streetcar maintenance facility, Kevin Durant builds courts for kids, EMBARK offers Free Fare Fridays and more.

Jonathan Dodson speaks during a Better Classen presentation at City Pres Church in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  (Garett Fisbeck)

News Briefs: Classen Boulevard improvements, Wall of Fame, police body cameras and more

City officials look into improving Classen Boulevard for pedestrian and bike traffic, three OKCPS graduates are being inducted into the Wall of Fame and Oklahoma City Police should receive body cameras by the end of the year.

Captain Paco Balderrama's holster and gun with taser target in background, at the OKC Police Training Center.  mh

News briefs: BikePedOKC, city budget proposed and more

BikePed plan Last week’s Livable Streets Summit highlighted the demand in Oklahoma City for more bikeable and walkable streets and open and safe public spaces. The city has made some effort in recent years to expand its cycling infrastructure and is in the beginning stages of a bike/pedestrian master plan called BikePedOKC. “This plan will

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News briefs: Councilman Pat Ryan retires, school board rejects OKC Bounty Hunters and more

  So long “Your paper once called me a ‘grumpy old man,’” Councilman Pat Ryan (pictured) told the Oklahoma Gazette reporter in his office before a long pause. “That’s the only thing you’ve ever got right about me.” Ryan, a 10-year member of the Oklahoma City Council, often came across as a man with rough

Oklahoma City hires new parks and planning heads

Aubrey Hammontree Photo Provided Doug Kupper will become the city’s new parks and recreation director. Aubrey Hammontree, who is currently interim planning director, will assume that position permanently. Kupper is currently the parks and recreation director in Wichita, Kan., where he has served for 14 years. “Probably one of the best projects I managed to

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