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Workers construct new homes at 12th Avenue NW and Tecumseh Road in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Home Construction Slows Despite Site Boom; Why Rentals Near Military Bases Make Good Investments

National figures out this week from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development showed sales of new single-family homes rose more than 12 percent between June and July. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000 units is the highest since October 2007 - right around the time the housing bubble burst. But home construction is showing in the U.S., according to the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB economist Robert Dietz said home construction is...
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Gov. Mary Fallin speaking during an August 22, 2016 news conference to reveal a new design for the state license plate in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahomans caught a sneak peek of the state’s new license plates Monday afternoon. Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled the new design, which features a large outline of the state’s bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The plate also displays a backdrop of lakes, mesas and mountains along with the address of the state tourism department’s website.

 

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety chief Ricky Adams says the new tags will be easier to read and will help law enforcement crackdown on uninsured drivers.

 

Summerlinn Muhammad, right, elections assistant, checks in Jason Soper, right, for early voting in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The lineup for November’s general election ballot will be settled after candidates in one congressional and 13 legislative races face off Tuesday.

The run-off elections will feature the top two vote earners from the June primaries in races where no candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes.

Districts in much of the state won’t vote because their legislative and congressional match-ups for the general election have already been set.

University of Oklahoma Vice President of the University Community Jabar Shumate.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

 

 

The University of Oklahoma made national headlines in March 2015 when members of a the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus while traveling to an event. Immediately following the spread of the video, the university expelled two students and shut down the SAE fraternity’s chapter on campus.

Oklahoma state Capitol
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin signed election proclamations Monday for five state questions that will now be on November’s general election ballot.

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it's been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country.

Today, the vast majority of these programs are in public schools. The rest are run by child-care centers or Head Start, the federally funded early-childhood education program.

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.

Karen Holp, KGOU General Manager, standing next to a part of the broadcast antenna for KROU was that installed in 2011.
KGOU Staff

August 21, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

A couple of weeks ago, I said I was going to retire later this fall after 28 years at KGOU.

But there is something I want to get started before I go.

I want to start a small, informal fundraising effort to help pay for the replacement of the KROU transmitter and related equipment.

KROU at 105.7 FM serves Oklahoma County and went on the air in June of 1993. That makes the transmitter 23 years old, and it is going to need replacing soon.

Erielle Reshef reports from an Iron Dome missile defense site in Ashkelon during a 2012 rocket barrage.
Erielle Reshef / Facebook

Editor's Note: This conversation originally aired Sept. 13, 2013.

Between 2010 and 2012, Oklahoma City native Erielle Reshef reported twice from Gaza during instances of cross-border violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

An Edmond Postal employee is consoled following a shooting spree that left 15 people, including the shooter, dead at the Edmond Post Office, Wednesday, August 20, 1986 in Edmond. An additional six people were injured in the shooting.
David Longstreath / AP

Saturday marks 30 years since a disgruntled former employee shot 20 of his colleagues at the U.S. Post Office in Edmond, killing 14.

Three decades later, gun deaths in Oklahoma are still higher than the national average, and University of Oklahoma College of Public Health Dean Gary Raskob told The Journal Record's Sarah Terry-Cobo scientific research should play a role in crafting laws to address gun violence:

The Wheeler Ferris Wheel is shown behind signage at Oklahoma City’s Wheeler District.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

On Tuesday the Oklahoma City Council took another step toward creating a tax increment financing, or TIF, district for the Wheeler neighborhood near downtown, just south of the Oklahoma River.

The area on either side of Western Ave. north of SW 20th Street will eventually have housing, offices, retail, and the centerpiece has already gone up - a 100-foot tall Ferris wheel.

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