Oklahoma City

For three weeks, local historians have been working to figure out who two Oklahoma City Public Schools are named after. Now, they think they’ve figured it out.

The mystery arose when Oklahoma City Public School officials announced they were thinking about changing the names of four schools thought to be named for Confederate generals. This worried local historians who said that two of those schools may actually named after former city leaders.

District leaders in the Oklahoma City Public Schools will soon head out into the community to ask this question: Should the four elementary schools they believe are the namesake of Confederate generals be renamed?

The origin of that question goes back several weeks. Right after the violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va., Charles Henry, a school board member in Oklahoma City, voiced his concern about the name of Jackson Elementary, which he says had been bothering him for a while.

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The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century will cross the United States on Monday. The last time that happened was 99 years ago, and Oklahoma was right in the middle of the path of total darkness.

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Thousands of fans of the hip hop music duo Insane Clown Posse are convening at Oklahoma City’s Lost Lakes Amphitheater this week for the annual music festival known as the “Gathering of the Juggalos.”

Fans of the Insane Clown Posse and other Psychopathic Records musical groups refer to themselves as “Juggalos.” Rappers in a genre known as “horrorcore,” Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler attract legions of their enthusiastic fans from across the United States.

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A new craft brewery and taproom opens this weekend on the west side of downtown Oklahoma City.

Stonecloud Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Joel Irby is a Stillwater native, who spent the last decade working at breweries in Colorado. He says it's an exciting time for the beer market in Oklahoma.

Patrons Rally For Local Oklahoma City Businesses

Jul 14, 2017
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Patrons of several local businesses protested Thursday on Classen Circle in Oklahoma City.

The protest came after Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store asked the city to rezone a portion of the property to build a new restaurant. Construction plans include demolishing the Donnay Building, built in 1954 and home to the HiLo Club, The Drunken Fry and Charlie’s Records.

Musician Marilyn Tate lives in the area. She played her first show at the HiLo Club 21 years ago.

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A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

MAPS 3 Park To Be Named 'Scissortail Park'

Jun 29, 2017
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The Scissortail Park will be the newest project to join the MAPS 3 series of renovations.

Community leaders announced the name Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says the 70-acre park will become a source of pride for the city.

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Thousands lined the OKC Pride parade route along NW 39th Street on Sunday evening.

The parade capped off a weekend of events for OKC Pride, which was celebrating 30 years since its first parade in 1987. Small gay pride celebrations in Oklahoma City date back to the 1970s.

Above are some photos we took during the parade.

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