Dividing city funds pushes sidewalks aside
Norman needs sidewalks for its children to walk to school, for persons with disabilities to have access around town and for connectivity to other trails throughout the city, but even with the city investing $220,000 for sidewalk programs ...
Former commissioner George Skinner dies
Former District 2 Cleveland County Commissioner George Skinner, 77, died Monday. Skinner served the county for 22 years before retiring last year. He battled illness during the last year of his life, but those who knew him said he never ...
County officials mourn George Skinner
County officials were somber Monday in response to the news of former County Commissioner George Skinner’s death....
Utility rate charter provision reviewed
A Norman charter provision that prohibits utility rate increases without a popular vote could hamper attempts to partner with other cities to bring water out of southeast Oklahoma, Charter Review Committee members said this week....
Protecting wells is no easy task
Groundwater supplies nearly 40 percent of all water used in Oklahoma, according to John Harrington, director of Water Resources, Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, but people don’t always know whether that water is drinkable ...
Gov. signs smoking control bill
Legislation giving communities local control over smoking in public parks and municipal facilities has been signed into law. Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 501, by Sen. Frank Simpson and Rep. Pat Ownbey, on Monday. The measure also ...
Workers’ comp. overhaul advances
The state Senate moved Tuesday to abolish Oklahoma’s judicial workers’ compensation system. Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman’s Senate Bill 1062, the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act, replaces Oklahoma’s adversarial court ...
Bill to help save lives of young binge drinkers wins final Senate approval
Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk is the next stop for legislation meant to encourage underage drinkers to call for help if one of their friends becomes unresponsive. Senate Bill 1, by Sen. Cliff Branan and Rep. Mike Jackson, was given final ...
Rural Water District 1 wants to identify rights of way and boundaries via GPS coordinates
Cleveland County commissioners denied a request by Cleveland County Rural Water District 1 to waive a survey that would identify rights of way and boundaries. The 2-1 vote came at Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Chair Rod ...
Fallin approves Senate bill, to take effect Nov. 1
A measure to help better address suicide in the state will soon be law. Gov. Fallin signed Senate Bill 181 last week. The measure, by Sen. Kim David, will extend the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council until 2020 as well as increase the ...
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