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Pedestrians walk in front of Cafe 7 at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
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Downtown Oklahoma City has been buzzing about the fate of First National Center.

The 84-year-old Art Deco skyscraper heavily inspired by the Empire State Building dominated the Oklahoma City horizon for four decades. But it’s had a rocky quarter century since its namesake bank folded in the mid-80s after the oil bust, and occupancy has been down since Devon Energy consolidated its operations in its flagship headquarters on Sheridan Ave.

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The threat of Ebola has caused some Tulsa organizations to rethink their mission efforts in west Africa.

David Rogers with Youth Vision International tells the Tulsa World that he's directed his leaders to stop holding weekly Christian youth meetings in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Those nations have suffered some of the heaviest casualties from the deadly disease.

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More than 100 Tulsa police vehicles have yet to be outfitted with dashboard cameras four years after the process of installing them began.

The project began in 2010 after officials agreed to pay more than $4 million to purchase and install cameras in all police vehicles as part of the settlement of a long-running racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.

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Federal authorities say Tulsa gang members have distributed $10 million worth of cocaine from Mexican cartels and murdered at least one witness since 2011.

A federal indictment states more than 50 members and associates of the Hoover Crips have been charged with a total of about 240 criminal offenses. Authorities released the findings of the three-year, multi-agency investigation on Tuesday.

Tulsa skyline
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The city of Tulsa is conducting a study on barriers to housing choices in Oklahoma's second largest city.

The goal is to identify whether there are barriers or adverse policies in housing rentals and sales, lending, insurance and the public sector. Part of the study includes collecting the opinions and experiences of people who are involved in the housing industry, including housing consumers.

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Tulsa's Dennis R. Neill Equality Center and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are teaming up for Friday's National Gay Men's Blood Drive.

Officials at the center say that gay and bisexual men have been banned since 1983 from donating blood. The ban was instituted shortly after the start of AIDS. Officials at the center say it has been left in place since that time.

Bryan Richter, Journal Record

Despite Last Year’s Devastating Tornado, Business Is Booming In Moore.

Sales tax revenues for the first part of the year are 8.7 percent higher than in 2013. In fact, collections grew more than in other metro cities. Norman grew 5.7 percent, and Edmond and Oklahoma City each posted 2.7 percent gains.

Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said the surge comes from more than just reconstruction.

He said growing retail activity made up 6 percent of the growth. Sales tax collections in June were
12.3 percent higher than a year ago.

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American Airlines says it will use voluntary buyouts and attrition to avert the need for layoffs this year at its Tulsa maintenance hub.

The airline previously projected that 400 layoffs were necessary this year in Tulsa because its newer fleet of aircraft required less maintenance. But the company said in a statement to the Tulsa World Wednesday that it's making other changes to avoid layoffs in Tulsa this year.

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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A January licensure hearing for a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions has been postponed at least until April because an investigation of his practices is still ongoing.

Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Executive Director Susan Rogers says the continuation was agreed to by her office and attorneys for Dr. W. Scott Harrington, whose two Tulsa-area clinics were shuttered last March.

Rogers says depositions of up to 40 patients, clinic employees and other witnesses are causing the delay.

Gov. Mary Fallin at the Tulsa Regional Chamber to announce a $170 million Macy's fulfillment center in the Tulsa area - December 17, 2013.
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Macy's Inc. could receive up to $21 million in tax breaks and incentives for its $170 million order fulfillment center to be built in Tulsa County.

The Tulsa World reports the largest of those tax breaks would come from Tulsa County, pending approval from county commissioners.

The commissioners recently agreed to pursue the creation of a Tax Incentive Finance District that would exempt Macy's from property taxes on new construction for four years at its planned site for the center.

The University of Oklahoma's Institute for Quality Communities reviewed some of the best things that happened in Oklahoma’s towns in 2013, from big time music festivals to smartphone apps (H/t to "World Views" contributor Rebecca Cruise).

A view of the Tulsa skyline from the Arkansas River.
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A film festival that started in Oklahoma and expanded to include cities like New York and Los Angeles is returning to its roots in Tulsa next month.

The United Film Festival will be held at Tulsa's Circle Cinema on Dec. 6-8. The festival was started by Oklahoma native Jason Connell in 2002. It soon grew to include five additional cities: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.

The Tulsa festival will feature several locally produced films in a variety of genres and formats.

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Gov. Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Tulsa Regional Chamber President Mike Neal are praising an agreement that allows American Airlines and US Airways to merge.

The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that the agreement allows the merger that creates the world's biggest airline. The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at certain airports in large cities.

In recent weeks, economists have been worrying about the negative impact of the now-ended government shutdown and potential debt crisis.

But away from Capitol Hill, the economy has been getting a big boost: Gasoline prices have been declining, week after week. In some parts of the country, a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is now down to less than $3 a gallon — a price most Americans haven't seen in three years.

And any time the pump price starts dropping, consumer spirits start rising.

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
KWGS News

An Oklahoma judge has tossed out a lawsuit against an oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions at his two Tulsa-area clinics.

Judge Rebecca Nightingale dismissed Sharon Fairchilds' lawsuit against Dr. W. Scott Harrington after Fairchilds' lawyer failed to show up for a hearing on Monday in Tulsa.

Fairchilds sued saying that Harrington was negligent when he allowed two of his office clerks to perform sedation on a child.

Harrington's attorneys had asked that Fairchilds' lawsuit be dismissed.

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A Republican state senator from Tulsa says he plans to run for Tulsa County district attorney in 2014.

Sen. Brian Crain said he filed campaign documents on Wednesday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicating his plans to seek the post.

A mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Tulsa's City Council has postponed a vote on whether to rename a popular downtown street celebrating a town founder with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a race riot.

After Thursday's three-hour-plus public hearing from residents on whether to changeBrady Street, the council reached a 4-4 tie based on their debate but never took a formal vote.

Councilors decided to delay voting until next week because a ninth councilman, who could break the tie, was out of town.

A mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A Tulsa city councilor says he'll have the votes needed to rename a popular downtown street that is linked to a town father involved with the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a 1921 race riot.

The vote to rename Brady Street is Thursday.

Councilman Jack Henderson says the change is needed to send a message that hate and racism won't be tolerated in Tulsa.

The street is named after prominent Tulsa figure Wyatt Tate Brady, who was in the Klan and could have possibly had a role in the 1921 race riot, when some 300 blacks were killed in the city.

A view of the Tulsa skyline from the Arkansas River.
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Authorities say the body of a third fisherman has been recovered after they all accidentally fell into the Arkansas River early Thursday.

Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May says the third man was pulled out of the river late Thursday afternoon after an all-day recovery effort in and along the river.

Authorities say one of the men went into rushing water near a low-water dam in midtown to go noodling — or attempt to catch a fish with his hands.

May says the first man started to struggle in the water, so two others went in to help him.

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Public meetings on the recently approved draft of what would be Tulsa’s biggest ever capital improvement initiative continue through August. The list of potential projects range from widening streets and repairing bridges to replacing city pools with aquatic centers and building new zoo exhibits.

But paying the nearly $1 billion price tag is forcing Tulsa to get creative, as the Tulsa World‘s Zack Stoycoff reports:

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