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  • Putnam City Board of Education seat goes up for grabs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Residents of the Putnam City School District who are interested in running for Office No. 1 can file from 8 a.m. Dec. 7 through 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Oklahoma County Election Board.

  • Oklahoma City Council leaders worry about voter tax increases for MAPS, teacher pay

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Council members, who worry about any threat to the MAPS tax, are concerned about a proposed 1-cent sales tax for schools that could bump the statewide rate to 5.5 percent. The 1-cent tax would be used to fund $5,000 teacher pay raises, among other things. The MAPS 3 tax expires Dec....

  • Employees accept Oklahoma City's offer of 1 percent pay hike

    William Crum | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Members of Oklahoma City's largest employees' union have accepted the city's offer of a 1 percent pay hike. Employees represented by Local 2406 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted in favor of the one-year deal. The city council is expected to ratify...

  • Expanded smoking ban to get public hearing Dec. 8 before Oklahoma City Council

    William Crum | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council has set a public hearing for Dec. 8 on a proposal to expand smoking prohibitions on city property. The city already forbids smoking in municipal buildings. The new proposal would expand no-smoking areas to include the grounds around city buildings, city...

  • Pettis to seek re-election to Oklahoma City Council

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis says he will seek a second four-year term on the Oklahoma City Council. Pettis, 33, won office in 2013 becoming, at age 30, the youngest person elected to the council. Pettis has focused on economic development in struggling neighborhoods and says "there's...

  • MAPS 3: City reaches deals for convention center land sales

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City has reached its first two deals to buy land for the MAPS 3 convention center. The city has agreed to pay Hazel Roberson $1,046,544 for adjoining lots at 712 S Broadway and 1 SW 7 Street. The Broadway address is the old brick warehouse occupied by B&B...

  • Four-day school weeks: Districts weighing benefits, but Hofmeister says it's bad for kids

    BY ANDREA EGER and NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A sudden surge in public schools looking to entice teachers and squeeze more out of limited budgets by moving to a four-day week could change the way thousands of Oklahoma students learn. But State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister isn’t pulling punches on the subject — she says any benefits are...

  • OKC business presses against anti-refugee sentiment

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Pressing down on the blade, the ink spread over the white, cotton t-shirt, giving life to the simple design with a big message. Taylor McKenzie holds up the shirt to show it off and smiles. The shirt reads: "Refugees Are Welcome Here," with the shape of Oklahoma encapsulating the last...


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