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Taxis are parked outside Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The ride-sharing industry in Oklahoma has gone largely unregulated since Uber first arrived in Oklahoma City in 2013. The services have been challenged by limousine and taxi operators, but there’s little in the way of formal rules for how Uber, or its major competitor Lyft, can operate.

House Bill 1614 would change that. Whenever a driver turns on the app and are transporting or picking up passengers, a $1 million liability insurance policy would apply.

A sign along Oklahoma Highway 43 near Sardis Lake.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Moving water from where it’s plentiful to where it’s needed seems like a logical way to meet all Oklahomans’ future water needs. But water transfers are complicated, and not just because they’re expensive  but because communities with lots of water want to keep it. Nothing illustrates this tension better than Sardis Lake.

Jenks Mayor Lonnie Sims speaks during a press conference on the upcoming vote to renew the Vision 2025 sales tax.
Rip Stell / The Journal Record

A Tulsa tax package will be up for renewal by voters this fall, but with a new twist.

Vision2025, a Tulsa County tax plan similar to Oklahoma City’s MAPS project, is a 0.6 percent sales tax passed in 2003. Since then, it has raised over $600 million for various community projects.

But this year, cities affected by the tax plan have the chance to opt out, says Journal Record managing editor Adam Brooks.

Sue Wyglendowski grooms one of the 16 collies she brought from Mantua, Ohio, for the 2015 Collie Club of America National Specialty Show at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Last week, Oklahoma City said it would reopen the search process for the site of the MAPS 3 convention center, and on Tuesday the city council voted to abandon the originally planned location near the Myriad Gardens.

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In 2013, Oklahoma was ranked the 5th worst state in the nation for extent childhood homelessness by The National Center of Family Homelessness. 1,481 homeless people can be found in a single night in Oklahoma City. City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City works to fix these problems. Sonny is one of the 600 people that lives there and he says he hasn’t always gone without.

The previous site plan for the downtown Oklahoma City convention center.
Courtesy rendering / The Journal Record

Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City leaders announced they would start looking for a new site for the convention center that's part of the Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3, proposal voters approved in 2009.

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, at Interstates 35 and 240 in Oklahoma City, has merchant tenancy above 50 percent.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

On Tuesday the city council of Oklahoma City voted to create two new business improvement districts, or BIDs, in south Oklahoma City.

One will be along SW 29th Street between May Ave. and Shields Blvd., and the other calls for spending $22,000 with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to improve the area around Interstate 240 that runs from I-35 to I-44.

The proposed Core to Shore tax increment financing district boundary.
The Journal Record

This week the Oklahoma City Council voted 8-1 to authorize Mayor Mick Cornett explore the idea of creating two new tax increment financing, or TIF, districts in downtown Oklahoma City.

These subsidies for redevelopment and community improvement projects embody the idea of “public-private partnerships” between cities and businesses.

Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid cast the lone “no” vote.

Traffic passes in front of the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Tuesday the Oklahoma City Council approved a request for proposals for a hotel catering to the convention center that will be built as part of the series of projects funded by the MAPS 3 temporary sales tax extension.

During the meeting, the council heavily stressed the importance of building enough parking for the hotel, convention center, and other uses around town, as well as alternate funding to make sure developers can complete the project.

Oklahoma City skyline
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Oklahoma City residents can review the product of years of their work and offer input on the city's draft comprehensive plan - planokc - during a 60-day public review and comment period that began last week.

The comprehensive plan is a policy document that guides future development and decisions about how the city grows over the next several decades.

To begin the public review process, a presentation and open house will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett delivered his annual State of the City address during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's luncheon Wednesday.

In the half-hour address outlining the city's accomplishments, Cornett said Oklahoma City is one of only three in the United States with gross domestic product growth of more than 3.5 percent in three consecutive years.

Oklahoma City skyline at night
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Last month National Geographic Traveler unveiled its annual Best Trips list online – 20 places editors say travelers have to see next year.

Oklahoma City and three other American locales appear in the December/January issue on newsstands Tuesday – alongside destinations as diverse as Choquequirao, Peru, Esteros del Iberá, Argentina, and the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar.

A worker repairs a sign above the Chevy Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Reocrd

There's no shortage of large and small live music venues across Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma City, the owners of the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown told The Journal Record's Molly Fleming they're partnering with a Colorado investor to open a 4,200-person venue sometime late next year. But some promoters are concerned.

Oklahoma City skyline
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On Tuesday the City Council of Oklahoma City met for a “rare joint workshop” meeting with the Oklahoma City Planning Commission.

They were looking over planokc - sort-of a guideline for growth over the 621 square mile community that’s one of the largest in the country based on geographic boundaries.

The recently opened Bleu Garten food truck park along NW 10th Street in Oklahoma City
Corbin Greer / KGOU

One side effect of Oklahoma City’s urban renewal has been a booming food truck industry.

The popular monthly H&8th festival closes out its seven month-long 2014 season October 31, and last month a permanent food truck park opened along NW 10th Street between the Midtown and Automobile Alley areas of Oklahoma City.

A townhome at The Hill at Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Over a seven-year period, the number of homes in downtown Oklahoma City will more than quadruple, and almost none of them will be for sale.

Oklahoma City Assistant City Planner Ian Colgan says 96 percent of the homes downtown are rentals - demonstrating a growing trend of lease properties, as opposed to traditional, single-family homes for sale.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett participated in a discussion Sunday about how mayors in several major American cities are changing the way government works. Cornett appeared alongside Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Tacoma, Washington Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Sunday's episode of Meet The Press.

Oklahoma City's Republican chief executive has advocated for tax increases in the past, and he told the show's moderator Chuck Todd residents differentiate between the type of government they don't mind paying for and the type they don't like to pay for.

Americans have never hesitated to pack up the U-Haul in search of the big time, a better job or just warmer weather. But these days, domestic migrants are increasingly driven by the quest for cheaper housing.

Sooner Theatre

Central Oklahoma feels the rhythm with a musical that’s a family favorite and two long-awaited returning acts. 

Families can travel to a land far, far away, or actually just to Main Street in Norman, to watch Sooner Theatre perform Shrek The Musical this weekend.

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Author and Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program fellow Jennifer Bradley argues that cities like Oklahoma City are vital to a post-recession economy. During Oklahoma City’s 2014 Mayor’s Development Roundtable in May, she said she admires Oklahoma’s progress and improvement.

“When it comes to building a livable, sustainable, and economically viable place, there’s no such thing as finished,” Bradley says.

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