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Norman again at odds with state lawmakers after recommendation to become sanctuary city

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 12:18pm

By Kayla Branch
Staff writer
kbranch@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — As Norman residents push for increasingly progressive policies, conservative lawmakers continue attempts to shut down those efforts.

A subcommittee for Norman’s Human Rights Commission recently recommended, among many other things, that the city enact policies to become a sanctuary city.

But around the same time those recommendations became public, Sen.

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Norman student's 'Fortitude' in online poll to pick Mars rover name

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 7:23pm

By Dale Denwalt
Staff writer ddenwalt@oklahoman.com

A Norman High student has pitched one of nine names that are finalists for the next Mars rover.

Anthony Yoon suggested the rover be called Fortitude.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Norman Chocolate Festival is a day for the delectable

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 1:59pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer
akemp@oklahoman.com

Looking over his voting card for best dish, Cooper Hanchett asks if a vote for the Okie Baking Co.

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Norman Chocolate Festival a sweet deal for education

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 7:20pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

As if you needed any more reason to eat chocolate, this weekend it helps support education in Norman.

The 38th annual Norman Chocolate Festival is Saturday starting at noon and running until 4 p.m.

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Norman residents invited to annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast on Jan. 20

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:04pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark and the Norman Human Rights Commission are inviting the community to the annual Mayor's Interfaith Breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The breakfast will be Monday in Fenn Hall at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S University Blvd., and feature a keynote speech by Charles A. Kimball, as well as a presentation from the Inclusive Community Subcommittee.

Doors will open at 8 a.m.

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Norman Water Treatment Plant back online after water line repair

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:00pm

Staff reports

Norman’s Water Treatment plant is back online and producing drinking water for residents after water line repairs at the facility.

The plant was shut down Dec.

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The Oklahoman wants to share your news events, achievements

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:00pm

To have your metro-area community events and news considered for publication, please send details and contact information to Linda Lynn via email at LLynn@Oklahoman.com.

Please try to provide information at least two weeks in advance of events or registration deadlines.

We also are interested in stories about people who have been recently recognized or honored.

Help us share your news with our readers.



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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:00pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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'They want them gone': Norman parents complain of school devices

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 12:12pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer
nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Dozens of Norman parents said they were unhappy with technology use in the city's public school district, with fears of excessive screen time, lacking guidelines and exposure to inappropriate internet content.

About 100 parents packed a Norman School Board meeting Monday evening.

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Stitt wants state schools superintendent to be appointed, not elected

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 3:21pm

By Carmen Forman
Staff writer
cforman@oklahoman.com

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants Oklahoma's state schools chief to be appointed, a move that would give the governor more control over public education.

Under the current system, Oklahoma voters elect a superintendent of public instruction — the state's top public education official, who leads the state Department of Education and serves on the state Board of Education.

To change the current structure, legislators would have to refer to the ballot a constitutional amendment asking voters to decide whether Oklahoma’s state superintendent should be appointed instead of elected.

Riding high after the Legislature expanded his power last year, Stitt has shifted his focus to re-envisioning the state's education structure.

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Norman dispute headed to court

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 2:25pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Four former mayors on Friday asked a judge to block a citywide vote on the future of development at University North Park.

They told Cleveland County District Judge Jeff Virgin that petitioners did not follow the rules on what must be told the public when they gathered signatures to force a vote.

"There is thus vast potential for deceit and fraud," they complained in their protest to the legal sufficiency of the referendum petition.

A group called BetterDeal4Norman gathered more than 4,000 signatures for a vote in April.

The former mayors, Lynne Miller, Bob Thompson, Bill Nations and Dick Reynolds, further complain petitioners misled the public about when the election would be held.

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Woman pleads guilty to spray-painting racist graffiti

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:19pm

Judge sends her to mental health program for help
By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to spray-painting racist graffiti, telling a judge her actions were "out of character.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 11:06pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Share your good news with The Oklahoman

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 11:00pm

Staff reports

To have your metro-area community events and news considered for publication, please send details and contact information to Linda Lynn via email at LLynn@Oklahoman.com.

Please try to provide information at least two weeks in advance of events or registration deadlines.

We also are interested in stories about people who have been recently recognized or honored.

Help us share your news with our readers.



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Cleveland County 4-H Trailblazers Horse Club invites 4-H member to annual horse competition

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 11:00pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Cleveland County 4-H Trailblazers Horse Club is inviting fellow Oklahoma 4-H members to compete at the annual Shelly Smith Memorial — Wooly Fun Show on Jan.

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Third OU student alleges sexual misconduct by ex-official

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 5:42am

By SEAN MURPHY

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A third University of Oklahoma student has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against a former university administrator.

The 21-year-old student claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that former OU Vice President Jim “Tripp" Hall III performed a sex act on him last year without his consent.

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Public school reopenings vary across Oklahoma City metro area

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 7:16pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

Winter break is over, or about to be so, for public schools in the Oklahoma City metro area, as students and staff return after two weeks away from the classroom.

Several school districts will enjoy a shortened week to kick off 2020 while others resume with a full five days of classes.

Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, will reopen Monday.

The Putnam City school district is one of multiple districts to delay students’ return by a day.

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Oklahoma still well above earthquake average

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 7:16pm

By Corey Jones
Tulsa World

Earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater have dropped for the fourth straight year in Oklahoma.

There were 62 such quakes in 2019, down from 203 a year ago and the peak of 903 in 2015, according to Oklahoma Geological Survey data.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 11:12pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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