OKGazette.com - News http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-10-1-news.html <![CDATA[Sidewalks are some of earliest MAPS 3 projects to be complete - ]]> Sidewalks don’t grab the spotlight like convention centers and streetcars, but Mayor Mick Cornett called the planned addition of nearly 65 miles of new sidewalks across the city one of the most important parts of Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3.]]> <![CDATA[Circuit Court hears case for Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban - ]]> <![CDATA[Take a ride - Oklahoma City looks to return to its transit-rich past.]]> The history of public transportation in Oklahoma City shows a thriving system of buses and streetcars and an era to which today’s city leaders have talked about returning.]]> <![CDATA[Back to church - A downtown congregation bought a church built in 1920 and plans its first service for Easter.]]> Tucked into a lot on just under one acre between NW 13th Street and Classen Drive sits a long-neglected church built in 1920.]]> <![CDATA[Spokie dokie - A downtown bike share program offers free one-month memberships to celebrate Earth Day.]]> More motorists than bicyclists is a problem that Downtown OKC Inc. has been trying to rectify. Since the 2011 launch of the Spokies bike share program, which provides downtown residents, employees and visitors a healthy and economical way to get around the area, the number of people who are taking advantage of it continues to grow, according to Jill Brown DeLozier, marketing director at DOKC.]]> <![CDATA[Fowl play - The Oklahoma City Council will reconsider a measure to allow residents to keep chickens in residential areas.]]> In Oklahoma City, cock-a-doodle-do has been cock-adoodle-don’t for those who want to keep chickens in their yards. But that could change soon.]]> <![CDATA[Murder on the rise - Oklahoma City homicide rates show a steady increase in recent years.]]> Yellow police tape fluttered in the spring wind as homicide detectives filed into a south Oklahoma City home.]]> <![CDATA[Eminent development? - The city is expected to apply eminent domain in order to acquire the site of the proposed downtown convention center.]]> Oklahoma City is moving forward with eminent domain proceedings in order to acquire land for a proposed downtown convention center. ]]> <![CDATA[Biker life - Our city’s cycling community might be small, but it’s growing.]]> When Cassi Poor and her roommate go to the same event, it’s not uncommon for the two to race.]]> <![CDATA[MOB mentality - Young OKC Beautiful volunteers chip in to clean up the city. ]]> Shuffle over Baby Boomers and Generation Xers because OKC Beautiful is tapping a group of civic- and community-minded Millennials as volunteers through its Making Oklahoma City Beautiful (MOB) Young Professionals group. Membership is open to those 22 to 35 years old.]]> <![CDATA[Five things to know about Thursday’s same-sex marriage hearing - ]]> <![CDATA[City’s bus system ready to Embark on new chapter - ]]> Oklahoma City’s transit system is preparing for a new name, new routes and a new focus.]]> <![CDATA[Eminent development? - The city is expected to apply eminent domain claim in order to acquire the proposed downtown convention center. ]]> Oklahoma City is moving forward with eminent domain proceedings in order to acquire land for a proposed downtown convention center.]]> <![CDATA[National spotlight - Two Tulsa women have become national icons for equality as they fight Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage.]]> Oklahoma couple Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin experienced a strange, dreamlike moment when they heard the words “Bishop v. the United States of America” in a courtroom.]]> <![CDATA[TIF love - Increased use of tax incentive districts help support the development of some of OKC’s largest projects.]]> Some of Oklahoma City’s largest developments — the revitalized Skirvin Hilton Hotel, the Oklahoma Health Center complex and the massive Project 180 downtown streetscape renewal program — would not have been possible without the use of tax incentives, say city officials and economic developers.]]> <![CDATA[Council offers tax incentives for two companies - ]]> <![CDATA[Take Shelter Oklahoma files lawsuit against attorney general - ]]> Take Shelter Oklahoma, a group that had been collecting signatures to force a ballot question to use $500 million in state bonds to build shelters, filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Scott Pruitt last year after he changed the language on its petition and ballot. ]]> <![CDATA[Residents asked to register storm shelters - ]]> <![CDATA[Booze clues - Now that festival season is upon us, follow this simple primer on what’s legal.]]> As Oklahoma City welcomes the winter-weary to enjoy outdoor spring festivals, it’s time for a friendly reminder about drinking do’s and don’ts.]]> <![CDATA[Building hope - A northeast OKC community looks for opportunity in new retail development.]]> As John Pettis Jr. strolls across NE 23rd Street, a man stopped at a red light opens his door to give the Ward 7 councilman a wave and a thank-you.]]>