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Norman City Council members adopted an ordinance mandating face coverings. The council passed the ordinance 8 - 1 during a special session over Zoom videoconference on July 7, 2020.
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The Norman City Council adopted an ordinance Tuesday that mandates the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Celebrating "My Place"

Mar 8, 2020
KGOU - Dick Pryor

This is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU’s reaches more than one million Oklahomans in 36 counties.

We broadcast from eight cities – Oklahoma City, Norman, Ada, Seminole, Shawnee, Chickasha, Clinton and Woodward. To recognize the communities KGOU serves, we’ve started a new project called “My Place.”

And, we need your help.

Oklahoma Businesses Prepare For Permitless Carry

Oct 29, 2019
A sign on Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails in Norman asks patrons not to openly carry firearms.
Drew Hutchinson / KGOU

 

A new state law that allows nearly everyone 21 and older to carry a firearm without training is scheduled to take effect Nov. 1, causing Oklahoma business owners to  re-examine their gun policies. 

 

Norman Voters Reject Stormwater Improvements

Apr 10, 2019
Sandbags are placed in front of a stormwater drain near a construction site in Norman.
Journal Record

Norman voters rejected two propositions to improve stormwater drainage and water quality. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses a direct tie between water quality and the success of businesses and how the lack of investment in drainage systems and infrastructure could lead to serious public health problems. 

Taylyr Williams, 27, sits on her bed in Oxford House Elmhurst in Norman, where she has lived since January. Williams is one of only 40 Oxford House residents statewide taking medication prescribed to treat opioid addiction.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Addiction-recovery homes across Oklahoma are turning away people who are trying to escape opioid addiction by taking medications considered highly effective for recovery.

Norman City Council Checks Out Plastic Bag Fee

May 16, 2018
Storme Jones / KGOU

For many, a trip the the grocery store ends by walking out to the car with a basket full of food in plastic bags. And if you’ve tossed those bags into the recycling cart after you get home, you’re likely contributing to a problem for recycling facilities.  

Norman Students Walk Out To Protest Gun Violence

Mar 14, 2018
Storme Jones / KGOU

More than 400 students at Norman High School walked out of class to protest gun violence on Wednesday morning, joining thousands of young protesters from across the country, one month after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Nomin Ujiyediin / KGOU

In anticipation of a Norman City Council vote to rename a street named after a deceased Ku Klux Klan member, a city councilwoman says she’ll cover the costs of the renaming herself.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Breea Clark is planning to start a GoFundMe to pay for administrative fees associated with renaming DeBarr Avenue, as well as new street signs. She also hopes to pay for other costs, like updating residents’ driver’s licenses, legal documents and checkbooks, if she raises enough funds.

StickWare / Flickr

One week after federal Election Day, Oklahomans headed to the polls to vote in local races in more than 30 counties, including three special elections to fill vacant seats in the legislature.  The results came in late Tuesday night.

Republican Paul Rosino won the seat of former State Senator Kyle Loveless in District 45, which includes parts of Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties. Rosino beat Democrat Steven Vincent with 57 percent of the vote.

Nomin Ujiyediin / KGOU

The Norman City Council will consider renaming DeBarr Avenue, a street bearing the name of Ku Klux Klan member and former University of Oklahoma professor Edwin DeBarr.

 

At the end of a four-hour meeting on Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to pass a resolution condemning racism and agreeing to review the city’s street renaming procedure. The resolution was a response to the efforts of local activists calling for DeBarr Avenue to be renamed.

 

Norman water
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

Many Norman residents say they have noticed an earthy smell and taste in the city’s tap water. Ken Komiske, the city’s utilities director, explains the reasons for the change.

Trees
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

This week's summer sound features Tripp Hall. It was recorded in Norman. 

Tennis court at Lions Park in Norman, Oklahoma
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

This week's summer sound features tennis instructor Frank Berry. It was recorded at Lions Park in Norman. 

Enjoying Jazz in June

Jun 17, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

One of Oklahoma’s favorite musical events returns this week.

The hippest jazz festival around - Jazz in June - is back for three days of daytime clinics and evening concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Norman.

The first two nights begin at 7:30 at Brookhaven Village; the final night of the 34th annual event starts at 6:30 at Norman’s Andrews Park.

Among the standout acts are Mike Hosty and Jamie Oldaker, Victor and Penny, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Motorists travel past construction on Lindsey Street in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

 

The owners of some businesses in Norman have seen a decline in sales due to ongoing road and bridge construction along Lindsey Street.

International Pantry general manager Kristen McCall says sales have declined about 30 percent since the spring of 2016 when the I-35 exit closed. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is currently constructing a new bridge over I-35 at Lindsey.

The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming writes internet sales have also hurt the business.

Provided

The Norman Police Department is interested in buying a 20-foot-long, 17,000-pound armored vehicle.

It's called the Bearcat, which stands for "ballistic engineered armored response counter attack truck," but city says it expects to use it primarily during natural disasters.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump appears at a rally in Oklahoma City on February 26, 2016.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Norman Saturday afternoon for a fundraiser just a few blocks from the University of Oklahoma campus.

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is under construction at N. Perkins Road and W. Airport Road in Stillwater.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Building permit activity indicates Oklahoma's two major college towns are having a record year when it comes to commercial development.

Stillwater saw its property valuation more than double from $34 million to $84 million between 2014 and 2015, and the city is already only $6 million away from passing that mark.

Rural northeast Norman resident Leslie Rard at the end of her 500-foot gravel driveway. It's one of many hard surfaces on her five-acre property the city classifies as "impervious."
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Voters in Norman will decide on a stormwater plan Tuesday that would increase residents’ monthly utility bills. The city says the additional revenue will help deal with runoff created by heavy rainfall and property damage from flooding.

Legacy Trail Apartments, one of the complexes under development in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Permits to build apartments in Oklahoma are up 150 percent over last year.

That’s a stark contrast to national construction numbers, which Federal Reserve economist and Oklahoma City branch executive Chad Wilkerson says fell by almost 10 percent.

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