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  • Oklahoma City municipal court director, assistant investigated

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The top administrators in Oklahoma City’s municipal court have been put on leave over what city officials describe as a “personnel matter.” Stacey Davis, the municipal court director, and assistant director Mike Baskin were relieved of their duties last Thursday pending the outcome of an...

  • Oklahoma City authorities warn residents to beware of burglars posing as city utility workers

    William Crum | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Authorities say 911 is the best call residents can make to avoid a scam being pulled by criminals posing as Oklahoma City employees. Police say people posing as Oklahoma City utility workers have burglarized at least three homes in recent days.   City employees wear an identification badge...

  • Oklahoma City to open construction bids for first MAPS 3 senior center next month

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Architects hope favorable construction bids allow for add-ons that will reduce wear-and-tear at the first MAPS 3 senior center. An advisory committee voted Wednesday to approve final plans for the long-delayed 40,000-square-foot fitness and social center, to be built near NW 112 Street and...

  • Will Rogers water park opening delayed a week

    William Crum | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Summer fun will have to wait a bit at the Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center in Oklahoma City. This weekend’s planned opening of the water park, at 3201 N Grand Blvd., has been delayed a week. The aquatic center was set to open for the season at noon Saturday before it was discovered that lines […]

  • Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner nearly full after past month's rains

    William Crum | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Down more than 12 feet a month ago, Lake Hefner is nearly full. The northwest Oklahoma City reservoir was 1.3 feet below capacity on Monday, said Debbie Ragan, spokeswoman for the city Utilities Department. The turnaround follows a month that saw about 12 inches of rain fall in northwest Oklahoma...

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett appoints Donelson, Cooper to oversight boards

    William Crum | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Mayor Mick Cornett made two appointments that relate back to the March 3 city council election, filling seats on the Board of Adjustment and a transportation board. Kevin Donelson will take over Mark Stonecipher’s seat on the Board of Adjustment. Stonecipher was elected to represent Ward 8 on the...

  • Oklahoma City storm debris pickup deadline set next week

    William Crum | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Residents in areas that sustained damage in the May 6 storms can put debris on the curb for pickup through May 22, Oklahoma City officials said. Storm-damaged neighborhoods eligible for pickup are between S Western Avenue and S Sunnylane Road, south of SW/SE 15 Street and north of SW/SE 59...

  • High water poses hazards at Oklahoma City's Lake Draper

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    High water is prompting safety warnings for boaters at Lake Stanley Draper in southeast Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City officials say the reservoir’s level has risen a foot above full as a result of heavy spring rains. Boaters are being warned that the high water has submerged trees and brush,...

  • Convention center would diminish park, architect says

    William Crum | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    A landscape architect says the MAPS 3 downtown park — which is becoming known as Oklahoma City’s “central park” as the groundbreaking approaches — would be sorely diminished if a portion is taken for the MAPS 3 convention center. An advisory committee included part of the upper park among five...

  • Trial date set in Shadid's lawsuit over Oklahoma City's Union Bus Station

    William Crum | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    A trial has been set for June 24 in the lawsuit seeking a new review of a development proposal that includes demolishing downtown Oklahoma City’s historic Union Bus Station. Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid filed the lawsuit after the city’s five-member Board of Adjustment voted...

  • Sales taxes rally in Oklahoma City

    William Crum | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Sales taxes gained ground with the report released on Friday, an indication that Oklahoma City’s economy may be holding its own despite the downturn in oil and gas. The Oklahoma Tax Commission sent the city a check for nearly $35.8 million, up from $35.2 million in May 2014. The May sales tax...

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law wins 2015 mayor's development award

    William Crum | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma City University School of Law won the annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Development for renovation of the former Central High School in downtown Oklahoma City. Mayor Mick Cornett presented the award to OCU President Robert Henry at Wednesday’s Mayor’s Development...

  • Oklahoma City plans for slow growth in 2015-16

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    City manager Jim Couch says his 2015-16 budget proposal balances the likelihood of slower growth against population increases and residents’ rising expectations of government. Couch is proposing a record $1.248 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The city’s...

  • Oklahoma City's Myriad Gardens receives state award for excellence among nonprofits

    William Crum | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens has won the 2015 Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence as the state’s top nonprofit organization. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits recognized 24 nonprofits last month for service to their communities, and Myriad Gardens was judged best among the...

  • Mayor Mick Cornett appoints Pettis, Stonecipher to Oklahoma City development boards

    William Crum | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Mayor Mick Cornett has filled two posts formerly occupied by Pat Ryan, who retired last month after 10 years on the city council. Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis will succeed Ryan on the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. Mark Stonecipher, who succeeded Ryan as the Ward 8 councilman, will...

  • Arts Commission undecided on fate of mural inside Oklahoma City's historic Santa Fe Station

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City Arts Commission members decided to go see a mural in Santa Fe Station for themselves before deciding whether to endorse a recommendation that it be preserved. The mural, “Going Places,” depicts scenes from early day Oklahoma City. It is among the few examples in Oklahoma City’s...

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett's mother, Nona Cornett, dies at age 93

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s mother, Nona Cornett, died Saturday. She was 93. Nona Cornett was the seventh of nine children born to Mary Ferguson Sweeney and Cornelius Sweeney, who farmed wheat near Thomas in western Oklahoma. The mayor’s grandfather died when his mother was 14. The...

  • Author, urban affairs expert to deliver keynote at this spring's Oklahoma City Mayor's Development Roundtable

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Aaron M. Renn will deliver the keynote address, “The Urban State of Mind,” at this spring’s Mayor’s Development Roundtable in Oklahoma City. Renn, who grew up in small-town Indiana and lives in New York, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He created Urbanophile and...

  • Oklahoma City issues statement on legislative proposal to limit cities' authority to regulate oil and gas drilling

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s community and government affairs manager says it’s difficult to predict how residents will be affected if the Legislature approves a bill limiting cities’ authority to regulate oil and gas drilling. The bill, Senate Bill 809, is awaiting final action. Cities would retain authority...

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts has never seen the need for a policy on guns, spokeswoman says

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Guns have never been an issue for Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts, and sponsors have never seen the need to develop a policy, a spokeswoman said Friday. But the festival’s home base, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, does forbid firearms on the grounds and in its conservatory. Gun rights...

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Reporter William Crum covers Oklahoma City Council meetings, city budgets and community affairs.