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An estimated crowd of 1,660 people attended Mick Cornett’s 12th State of the City address on Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center.

Calling 2016 the biggest year yet for the MAPS 3 initiative, Cornett boasted about a fairground expo center, senior wellness centers, and the construction of whitewater rapids along the Oklahoma River. Cornett also previewed several MAPS 3 projects that will be completed in the coming years.

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By a 7-2 vote, the Oklahoma City Council bans activities in medians less than 30 feet wide.

For more than two hours, several organizations who help the poor and homeless spoke in opposition to the measure. Only one group spoke in support.

Councilwoman Meg Salyer says she pushed the bill and amended it to deal with public safety.

"The ordinance before us today, amending Chapter 32 of the municipal code about motor vehicles and traffic, addresses the public safety issue of both pedestrians and drivers," says Salyer.

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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance banning activities in city medians with an emphasis on ending panhandling.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan about what this means for Oklahoma City's indigent community.

 

Mayor Mick Cornett and representatives from Google gathered on the rooftop of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Wednesday to announce Google Fiber, a high-speed internet service, might come to Oklahoma City.

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Norman voters in January approved a water rate increase to pay for much needed improvements at the city’s water treatment plant, and in 2014, the city council decided to meet Norman’s future water needs through reuse and wells, rather than rely mor

The New York Times entered the tiny Oklahoma City spot to find fried catfish, tiki drinks, and a great music selection.

Math teacher Sherry Read's classroom is a total mess. The students are gone for the summer, and light fixtures dangle from the ceiling. The floor has a layer of dust. Down the hallway, workers make a racket while they renovate the school, which dates back to the 1890s. They're working in what has become an archaeological site.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin and other state officials visiting Europe to promote Oklahoma at the Paris Air Show as well as Germany and Italy and Oklahoma City inherits the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum from the state.

The trio also discuss plans to revive a bill forcing lawmakers to consider only the budget every two years and work by third parties to get candidates on the ballot in 2016.

The new American Fitness Index is out, with some good news and bad news. Five metro areas fell five or more slots; nine others rose by five or more places. The rankings tally several criteria, from rates of smoking, diabetes and obesity to access to parks.

Hear the radio version of Mayor Cornett's TED Talk here.

About Mick Cornett's TED Talk

Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make Oklahoma City a great place to live, it had to become healthier and cope with gluttony. He explains step-by-step how the city dropped a collective million pounds.

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