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  • Challenged by ex-ballet dancer who exercised in high heels, Oklahoma City's disorderly conduct ordinance is upheld by federal judge

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A federal judge has upheld Oklahoma City’s disorderly conduct ordinance, which was challenged by an ex-ballet dancer arrested after police got a call about a man carrying a stick and wearing high heels at a park. Allen Galbreath said he had a bad hip and simply was exercising with his cane. A...

  • Oklahoma City Council election: Deadlines coming up this week

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Deadlines are coming up this week for early voting in Oklahoma City’s city council election. Wednesday is the deadline to request an absentee ballot to return by mail. Registered voters can cast absentee ballots in person at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., on Thursday...

  • Oklahoma City's Cimarron Alliance adjusts mission

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s advocacy organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents, the Cimarron Alliance, has a new name after merging with the statewide Equality Network. The new organization is known as Freedom Oklahoma. Executive Director Troy Stevenson said Freedom Oklahoma would...

  • Oklahoma City pension plan posts strong earnings

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s Employee Retirement System earned 17 percent on its investments in fiscal 2014 The system has earned average annual returns of 6.9 percent over the past 10 years, according to the latest comprehensive annual financial report. As of June 30, the pension plan was 110 percent funded.

  • Oklahoma City's Martin Park to host reading event

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer will be part of a Read Across America event for children Feb. 28 at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road. The event honors author Theodor Geisel, who wrote and illustrated children’s classics under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Salyer will be on hand for a...

  • 4 things to know about downtown Oklahoma City

    William Crum | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Here are four numbers to know about downtown Oklahoma City and the way it’s expected to change by 2018. 5,264: Population of “greater” downtown Oklahoma City in 2010. 5,547: Expected downtown population by 2018 778: Downtown households (estimated, 2013) with incomes of less than $15,000. 34:...

  • Oklahoma City Council agrees Czech Hall deserves historic designation

    William Crum | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    An Oklahoma City social hall that was a center of activity for Czechoslovakian immigrants could find its way onto the National Register of Historic Places. The city council agreed Tuesday that the building was worthy of preservation and authorized the mayor to formally nominate it for inclusion...

  • No penalty for leaving trash carts at curb; Oklahoma City crews are delayed but will be by

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    The city of Oklahoma City says slick roads slowed Monday’s trash collection — but carts will be emptied and no notices for leaving them at the curb will be issued. The main message: be safe on the ice. The city says road conditions may prevent trash trucks from safely...

  • Oklahoma City Council approves top administrators’ raises

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    City Manager Jim Couch will earn just over $242,000 this year, along with a $7,000 automobile allowance and other benefits. Council members agreed to raises for Oklahoma City’s top three administrators after settling contracts with police and general employee unions. Couch received a 3.5 percent...

  • Oklahoma City sales tax collections up, but increase tempered by expectations of slowdown in growth

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s sales tax for February was up 7.9 percent over the same month in 2014, putting collections above the city’s target through the first eight months of the fiscal year. The report was tempered by expectations economic activity will slow in coming months in response to falling oil...

  • 5 bills coming due in Oklahoma City

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Tax and fee increases or benefit cuts could be needed as the Oklahoma City Council considers how to handle increasing costs for public services over the next several years. Here are some of the issues as outlined Tuesday by budget officials: • $5 million per year in supplemental funding for...

  • Railroad “quiet zone” could be done this year

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Train whistles sounding through downtown Oklahoma City could be a thing of the past by the end of this year. Public Works Director Eric Wenger said the city is in the final stages of working out an agreement with BNSF Railway for a downtown “quiet zone.” Engineers will no longer have to blow...

  • Oklahoma City mayor appears in video on behalf of campaign to slow childhood obesity

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is featured in a video promoting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s decision to double-down on its efforts to reverse childhood obesity. The foundation announced plans to spend $500 million over 10 years to ensure all children in the United States can grow up at...

  • Deadline is Friday to register to vote in Oklahoma City Council election

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    The deadline to register to vote in the March 3 city council election is Friday. Four candidates are on the ballot in Ward 2, three in Ward 6 and three in Ward 8. Incumbents Ed Shadid in Ward 2 and Meg Salyer in Ward 6 are seeking re-election. Ward 8 is an open seat as […]

  • In Oklahoma City, words matter to seniors

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Architects learned words matter to residents age 50 and older who will use the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers. In describing the range of activities planned for the Capitol Hill senior center, designers used the word “shuffling” for those who walk slowly due to age or infirmity. The...

  • On the money trail: Oklahoma City airport expansion plans progress

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Airport Trust has approved spending on two major expansion projects at Will Rogers World Airport. $287,990.43: Latest additions to construction and construction administration contracts for the off-site rental car center at Will Rogers World Airport. Construction and...

  • New drawings show renovation plans for Oklahoma City's historic Santa Fe Station

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

      A railroading term with a history to fit the mission figures in the renovation — and future — of downtown Oklahoma City’s Santa Fe Station. Plans include laying track for a bypass — a “shoefly” or “shoofly,” depending on your source — so trains can move while construction workers tunnel...

  • Oklahoma City to seek new construction bids for municipal courts building

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council is expected to vote in March on bringing costs for building the new municipal courts building in line with the construction market. Bids to build the municipal courts building came in about $4 million above estimates in December, leading to a decision to seek...

  • Time matters at Oklahoma County elections office

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma County elections officials take time seriously. A radio-controlled atomic clock serves as the official time-keeper at the Election Board office on Lincoln Boulevard north of the state Capitol. Candidates must meet deadlines to file for office, voters must meet deadlines to cast ballots,...

  • Oklahoma City councilman fights demolition of downtown Union Bus Station

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid on Friday appealed an architectural review panel’s decision to approve demolition of the historic downtown Union Bus Station. A hearing was set before the city’s Board of Adjustment on March 5, two days after Shadid faces Ward 2 voters in his bid for...

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