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Retired Oklahoma City assistant fire chief and spokesman Jon Hansen.
Oklahoma Watch

Retired Oklahoma City assistant fire chief Jon Hansen died Friday morning at his home in Oklahoma City after a battle with cancer.

Hansen served as the public information officer for the department on April 19, 1995. 168 people died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Tulsa-based Williams Companies is housed in the BOK Tower in downtown.
Caleb Long / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Mary Fallin, Mayor Dewey Barlett and Tulsa Chamber of Commerce officials are in New York Friday, trying to stop Tulsa-based Williams Companies from moving 1,000 jobs out of the state as part of its merger with Energy Transfer Equity.

The group is meeting with Williams board chair Mike Neal. Fallin said they’re trying to convince him they want those jobs in Oklahoma.

The neon sign still stands outside the Sunshine Cleaners building at 1012 NW First St. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City continues to move west, and developers are always looking for ways to offset or subsidize the costs of their projects.

Oklahoma City’s water treatment facility at Lake Stanley Draper.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma City Council approved contracts Tuesday that could help bring more water to the metro from southeast Oklahoma.

The council approved seven separate construction design contracts worth more than #13 million, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

Nathan and Brooke Hall.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Brooke Hall has lived in the Parkway Mobile Home Park most of her life. She’s never really liked the taste of the water that comes from the park’s wells, but she didn’t think it could be dangerous until she was in the hospital giving birth to her son.

“Doctors and nurses told me I needed to stop breastfeeding while they did blood work and tested for lead because they were afraid that, because I was drinking the water, that it would be passed through to him,” she says.

Mike Carter, CEO of the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, during an April 13, 2016 press conference at the state Capitol.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Hospital and nursing home administrators urged the Oklahoma legislature Wednesday to increase the tobacco tax by $1.50 per pack of cigarettes as way to stave off a proposed 25 percent cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate.

They also announced support for a plan to expand the state’s Insure Oklahoma program and accept federal healthcare dollars.

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center CEO Mike Carter says a cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate would devastate his hospital.

Emails obtained by Buzzfeed death penalty reporter and public radio veteran Chris McDaniel indicate the Oklahoma Department of Corrections received executed inmate Clayton Lockett's autopsy months before it was made public.

Gov. Mary Fallin addresses the media at the state capitol on April 13, 2016.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin outlined a draft plan Wednesday to help plug the state’s projected $1.3 billion dollars budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year and avoid major cuts to education, health, mental health, corrections and other services.

Fallin would bond $450 million of transportation projects to free up that money for other purposes.  She also proposed nearly $238.9 million in new revenue through tax reform measures, such as eliminating certain sales tax exemptions and getting rid of the state’s personal income tax double deduction.

Homeowners near the intersection of Alameda Street and 24th Ave. SE could be on the hook for expensive repairs if the earthen dam in their subdivision fails.

Panhandlers sit in a median at NW 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma City’s new anti-panhandling ordinance faces a legal challenge after the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed suit Wednesday against the Oklahoma City government and police chief Bill Citty.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of several residents includes a formerly homeless person who sells the Curbside Chronicle newspaper. It says rules restricting the use of street medians violate the constitution.

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