Departures save four Norman police jobs

Local News 2 days 19 hours ago

By Tim Willert
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NORMAN — Four police officers facing layoffs will get to keep their jobs following the recent resignations of three officers and the retirement of two others, a Norman Police Department spokesman said Thursday.

The resignations — two are effective Monday — were unanticipated and the officers have been on the job for four years or less, Capt.

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Senate District 15 primary: Scott will face Standridge in general election

Local News 3 days 19 hours ago

By Tim Willert
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NORMAN — Absentee and early voters helped propel Norman City Council member Alex Scott to an easy win over Matt Hecox in the Democratic primary for Senate District 15 and a spot in the November general election.

With all 31 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Scott received 5,070 votes (61.17%) to 3,218 votes (38.83 percent) for Hecox, a middle school teacher with Norman roots.

Perhaps most impressive was the big lead Scott built on the strength of 1,894 mail-in votes and 246 early votes.

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OSBI takes over Norman sexual assault investigation

Local News 5 days 19 hours ago

By Tim Willert
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NORMAN —The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, at the request of the Norman Police Department, is taking over the investigation into an alleged sexual assault after allegations surfaced that officers may have publicly shared the address of a city council member who lives next door to the victim.

The council member is believed to be Alex Scott, though she was not named by Norman police in a news release Monday.

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Former state health commissioner Gary Cox returning to OU

Local News 5 days 19 hours ago

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
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A recently replaced commissioner of the Oklahoma Health Department is expected to become an associate dean at the University of Oklahoma.

The university announced on Monday that former Gary Cox has been appointed to the Hudson College of Public Health, pending approval from the OU Board of Regents.

“Gary Cox is a nationally recognized leader in public health practice with a track record of outstanding service at the city-county, state and national level,” said Gary Raskob, dean of the Hudson College of Public Health.

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Norman considering options as COVID-19 cases rise

Local News 1 week 2 days ago

By Tim Willert
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NORMAN — The City of Norman, in response to a spike in positive COVID 19 cases, is asking residents if they're willing to wear masks and social distance, and if they think business owners and patrons should do the same instead of re-implementing restrictions.

New confirmed cases in Norman doubled from 10 on Wednesday to 20 on Thursday, according to figures provided by the city.

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2020 Norman Music Festival canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Local News 1 week 3 days ago

By Brandy McDonnell
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NORMAN — The 2020 Norman Music Festival has been canceled in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"NMF is looking at new ways to support local music and engage Oklahoma music lovers in 2020, but it's become clear that — despite our initial hopes — our festival can't be a part of that this year," the Norman Music Festival team announced Wednesday on social media.

"Norman Music Festival has become a centerpiece of the city's cultural identity since starting in 2008, and we look forward to bringing the noise again, loud as ever, in 2021.

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OU, Cameron, Rogers State prepare for revenue shortfalls next year

Local News 2 weeks 2 days ago

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
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The “enormous challenge” of budget crafting during COVID-19 is now complete for the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University.

The OU Board of Regents approved Fiscal Year 2021 budgets for the three universities during a virtual meeting Thursday.

All three schools project deficits requiring cost-cutting measures and possible use of reserve funds.

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OKC schools must improve racial equity, leaders say

Local News 2 weeks 6 days ago

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
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Oklahoma City Public Schools publicly affirmed its support for Black Lives Matter last week, but district leaders say there’s more to do to back that up with action.

The district’s Board of Education passed a resolution on June 8 that supported the movement against racial injustice and honored George Floyd, a Black man killed by former Minneapolis police officers and whose death sparked international protests.

Board of Education member Ruth Veales said she refused to sign the resolution unless the school district examined its own role in systemic racism.

“I will not be a prop,” Veales said.

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