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State briefs for May 2

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 2:29pm

OKLAHOMA CITY

Initiative aims to support cancer research led by women

The American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City announced Wednesday a new initiative to engage women of influence to raise funds directly supporting cancer research led by women.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Journalist Soledad O'Brien to speak at OU Commencement

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 8:20pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien is set to deliver the commencement address at the University of Oklahoma next week.

O'Brien, who hosts "Matter of Fact" on ABC and is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Hispanic Journalists, will speak at OU’s university-wide commencement address at 7 p.m.

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Norman police recommend charges against ‘Murder Money Gang’

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:36am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police are recommending racketeering charges for a group of people who identified themselves as being part of the “Murder Money Gang.”

Investigators working cases involving armed robberies, vehicle thefts, drive-by-shootings and drug related crimes in Norman identified the people behind the crimes as members of the gang, according to a news release.

The Norman Police Department recommended Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, also known as RICO, charges to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office.

Police said the members of the gang went on a crime spree that lasted from June through December and that they also committed crimes in jurisdictions outside Norman.

The people involved with the Murder Money Gang are currently in custody at various detention centers.

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Norman police to hold Coffee with a Cop on Thursday

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will hold its next Coffee with a Cop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Senior Center public input session planned Tuesday in Norman

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — After Tuesday's Norman City Council study session, residents will be invited to provide input on several site location options for the proposed Norman Forward Senior Center.

City staff will present a summarized review of the Senior Citizens Center site options during the 5:30 p.m.

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City of Norman to host 18th annual Earth Day Festival April 28

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman and the Cleveland County Conservation District will host the 18th Annual Earth Day Festival from noon to 5 p.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Oklahoma Legislature approves ban on taxing plastic bags

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:16am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags and it will now proceed to the governor's office.

The measure aims to bar local governments from prohibiting or taxing "auxiliary containers" used for carrying groceries, carryout and other bought items.

The Journal Record reports that the Oklahoma House passed Sen.

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Achievers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:32am

The Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals and the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association have announced Scott Beck, of Norman High School, as the 2019 High School Principal of the Year and Kristy VanDorn, of Deer Creek Middle School, as the Middle School Principal of the Year.

Both will be recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Summer Leadership Conference in June.

To be considered for this column, please email achievement announcements and photos to LLynn@Oklahoman.com.



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Citywide sign sweep scheduled April 18 in Norman

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:29am

Staff reports

Norman code compliance inspectors will perform a sweep of Norman's city rights-of-way on Thursday to remove any illegally placed signage.

Under city ordinance, signs are not permitted in city-owned rights-of-way without a limited license, which is generally given for community awareness-oriented signs.

Here are facts regarding placing signs in Norman:

• Business signs are not allowed in the right-of-way, regardless of the level of establishment.

• Temporary business signs are allowed on private property with a permit, and some restrictions apply.

• Political or election signs are not allowed in the rights-of-way except in front of a residential dwelling.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Achievers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00am

A flag disposal box has been installed at the Cleveland County Courthouse just inside the west entrance and across from the County Treasurer’s Office.

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Governor appoints Gary Pierson to OU Regents

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 8:19pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that businessman Gary Pierson is his choice for the remaining open spot on the University of Oklahoma board of regents.

Pierson, will fill the remainder of Bill Burgess' term for the regents.

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New OU Regent Eric Stevenson eager to listen to student's calls for change

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 8:37pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Strolling through Beaird Lounge inside the University of Oklahoma Student Union, Eric Stevenson was quickly surrounded by a group of students eager to meet him.

The space is dubbed the “living room” of OU and Stevenson was making himself at home.

He met with more than 30 students earlier this month to shake hands, answer questions and listen to the concerns of the Sooner student body.

“I want to hear,” Stevenson said.

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OU business school dean leaves for TCU

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 8:20pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma announced on Thursday that the dean of the business school and a one-time candidate to become president is leaving for another college.

Daniel Pullin, who had been dean of the Price College of Business at OU since 2014, will become the next dean of the business school at Texas Christian University next month.

“We are grateful for Dean Pullin’s service to OU and to Price College,” said Kyle Harper, senior vice president and provost at OU. “Under his leadership, Price College has enjoyed a period of dynamism and growth, and he leaves us poised to achieve even higher levels in the future.”

During the search for the next university president last year, Pullin was the only one to publicly disclose he was a finalist to succeed David Boren as OU’s 14th president.

The position eventually went to James Gallogly, who began officially on July 1.

Pullin will head TCU’s diversity and inclusion initiatives while also serving as a liaison between TCU and its business community partners.

Pullin is an OU graduate and he also received an MBA from Harvard Business School before returning to OU for a law degree.

During his tenure at OU, Pullin was credited with boosting graduate program enrollment by 50 percent in five years and helping create entrepreneurship initiatives and established an innovation center on campus.

Pullin also served on many community boards and committees, including the Norman Economic Development Coalition.

Price College of Business is OU’s second-largest college and one of the university’s most well regarded as U.S. News and World Report recently ranked OU’s MBA program at No.

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Maj. Kevin Foster appointed Norman's interim chief of police

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 7:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Maj. Kevin Foster has been appointed interim police chief of the Norman Police Department.

Interim City Manager Mary Rupp made the appointment after the resignation of Police Chief Keith Humphrey.

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Truman Elementary students win parade float design competition

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — A Truman Elementary School team won the Design+Do competition at the University of Oklahoma Tom Love Innovation Hub.

The students won the competition with their Sooner Slide concept, a parade float design that would allow people in a crowd to use mini footballs to send someone down a slide.

Design+Do, sponsored by Devon Energy, allowed students at eight Norman Public Schools to use their ingenuity and the latest tools to create never-before-seen projects.

For five weeks, the fifth-graders put their ideas for parade floats on paper.

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Norman Cultural Center to present lecture on weather, climate change

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — In anticipation of Earth Day, Norman Cultural Connection will host an evening with Robert Rabin, who will present a lecture on "The Value of Indigenous Science: Inupiaq Insights on Weather and Climate Change.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

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

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