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Norman City Council votes in favor of ordinance mandating masks

5 hours 1 min ago

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — On a day when new COVID-19 infections in Oklahoma skyrocketed by 858, including 26 new cases in Norman, the city council approved a mandatory mask policy late Tuesday night it hopes will slow the spread of the virus and keep businesses open.

The council voted 8-1 in favor of the emergency ordinance, which goes into effect immediately and requires individuals to wear face coverings in stores and other retail establishments, including hair salons, spas, restaurants and bars.

Face coverings also must be worn in public settings where people congregate, including offices, workplaces, houses of worship, child care facilities, hospital and health facilities, gymnasiums and physical fitness facilities, and adult and youth sports facilities, according to the ordinance.

Exceptions would include children under the age of 6, the hearing impaired and those with certain developmental disabilities or medical or mental health conditions.

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Norman sailor is aboard USS Donald Cook in Atlantic Ocean

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 8:27pm

Damage Controlman 2nd Class George Carter, of Norman, prepares for deck landing qualifications onboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in June in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 5:31am

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Departures save four Norman police jobs

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 8:20pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Four police officers facing layoffs will get to keep their jobs following the recent resignations of three officers and the retirement of two others, a Norman Police Department spokesman said Thursday.

The resignations — two are effective Monday — were unanticipated and the officers have been on the job for four years or less, Capt.

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Senate District 15 primary: Scott will face Standridge in general election

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 8:23pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Absentee and early voters helped propel Norman City Council member Alex Scott to an easy win over Matt Hecox in the Democratic primary for Senate District 15 and a spot in the November general election.

With all 31 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Scott received 5,070 votes (61.17%) to 3,218 votes (38.83 percent) for Hecox, a middle school teacher with Norman roots.

Perhaps most impressive was the big lead Scott built on the strength of 1,894 mail-in votes and 246 early votes.

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City of Norman accepting applications for 2020-21 Norman Youth Council Class

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community and are interested in learning about local government.

The city is accepting applications for the 2020-21 Norman Youth Council Class.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 8:20pm

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Oklahoma family rejects coronavirus as cause of loved one's death

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:18pm

By Jordan Green
Staff writer jgreen@oklahoman.com

Jack Dake was a loving father, husband, military veteran and lifelong blue-collar worker. That’s how his family remembers him.

He died May 6, and he became a coronavirus statistic on May 14.

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OSBI takes over Norman sexual assault investigation

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:18pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer
twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN —The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, at the request of the Norman Police Department, is taking over the investigation into an alleged sexual assault after allegations surfaced that officers may have publicly shared the address of a city council member who lives next door to the victim.

The council member is believed to be Alex Scott, though she was not named by Norman police in a news release Monday.

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Former state health commissioner Gary Cox returning to OU

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:17pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

A recently replaced commissioner of the Oklahoma Health Department is expected to become an associate dean at the University of Oklahoma.

The university announced on Monday that former Gary Cox has been appointed to the Hudson College of Public Health, pending approval from the OU Board of Regents.

“Gary Cox is a nationally recognized leader in public health practice with a track record of outstanding service at the city-county, state and national level,” said Gary Raskob, dean of the Hudson College of Public Health.

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Norman considering options as COVID-19 cases rise

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 8:22pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The City of Norman, in response to a spike in positive COVID 19 cases, is asking residents if they're willing to wear masks and social distance, and if they think business owners and patrons should do the same instead of re-implementing restrictions.

New confirmed cases in Norman doubled from 10 on Wednesday to 20 on Thursday, according to figures provided by the city.

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2020 Norman Music Festival canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 8:22pm

By Brandy McDonnell
Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The 2020 Norman Music Festival has been canceled in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"NMF is looking at new ways to support local music and engage Oklahoma music lovers in 2020, but it's become clear that — despite our initial hopes — our festival can't be a part of that this year," the Norman Music Festival team announced Wednesday on social media.

"Norman Music Festival has become a centerpiece of the city's cultural identity since starting in 2008, and we look forward to bringing the noise again, loud as ever, in 2021.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 8:24pm

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 8:24pm

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed.

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Intersection of Flood Avenue and Kansas Street to be closed June 24

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 2:38am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The intersection of Flood Avenue and Kansas Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Norman councilwoman defends Tulsa arrest

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 8:23pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A councilwoman and candidate for state Senate arrested over the weekend in Tulsa on a complaint of obstructing police said Monday she is "committed" to her convictions as her primary election approaches.

Alex Scott, 26, will face Matt Hecox in a Democratic primary on June 30.

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OU, Cameron, Rogers State prepare for revenue shortfalls next year

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 8:20pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

The “enormous challenge” of budget crafting during COVID-19 is now complete for the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University.

The OU Board of Regents approved Fiscal Year 2021 budgets for the three universities during a virtual meeting Thursday.

All three schools project deficits requiring cost-cutting measures and possible use of reserve funds.

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Norman City Council votes to cut police funding

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 8:17pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Calling it a "very small gesture" and "an important time in Norman's history," the city council voted early Wednesday morning to cut more than $800,000 from the police department budget in response to calls to fund alternatives to armed policing.

The meeting, which started at 7 p.m.

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OU Provost Kyle Harper to step down, return to faculty

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 8:17pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Provost Kyle Harper will step down at the University of Oklahoma to return to a teaching position among the faculty.

The transition will be effective July 1.

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Norman water customers encouraged to use odd/even watering schedule

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman is asking water customers to use odd/even watering schedules during hot summer months.

With temperatures near 100 F, water demand is up.

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