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Norman to consider new animal welfare regulations

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 5:25pm

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — City leaders are considering new regulations that will directly impact pet owners.

On Nov.

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Norman taps headhunting firm for city manager search

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 7:15pm

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Officials here cleared an initial hurdle this week in their hunt for a new city manager.

In a 5-4 vote Tuesday, the city council approved a $24,500 contract with Minnesota-based executive recruitment firm Springsted Waters to search for a replacement for Steve Lewis, who left the post in September for a similar job in Texas.

Springsted Waters competed against SGR, a firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Kate Bierman voted for Springsted Waters based on their pitch to the city.

“What struck me the most is that they sent their A squad,” Bierman told the council.

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I-35 northbound lanes shut down Wednesday north of Purcell

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 8:10am

From Staff Reports

A jack-knifed tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 has shut down northbound lanes Wednesday north of Purcell in McClain County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The wreck happened about 5 a.m.

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Re-enactor shares life of a drover at genealogy meeting

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 4:09pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The public is invited to hear a drover's description of life on the Chisholm Trail presented by the Cleveland County Genealogical Society.

Mike Sheriff will don his drover's authentic period attire as he tells what it was like on the Chisholm Trail in the 1870s.

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$68 million to help 12,000 Oklahoma students GEAR UP for college

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 6:25pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Three federal grants to boost success beyond high school will target 12,000 pupils in 46 schools across the state, including every sixth- and seventh-grader in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The University of Oklahoma K20 Center announced Wednesday it was awarded GEAR UP grants totaling $68 million to work with three cohorts of middle-schoolers — one urban, one rural and one suburban.

"This is absolutely a game-changer," said Gregg Garn, dean of the OU College of Education and executive director of the K20 Center.

"The GEAR up program is focused on getting kids ready academically, financially and emotionally to get into college and successfully graduate," Garn said.

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Holiday shopping to pop up in Norman

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 9:22pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — STASH will be hosting its third annual holiday pop-up shopping party from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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University of Oklahoma lays off 50 in first phase of staff reductions

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:34pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com  

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma cut approximately 50 staff positions Thursday in ongoing efforts to bring expenses in line with income.

A university spokeswoman said this is the first phase of layoffs and further layoffs may come next year as departmental efficiency plans are submitted and refined.

"Because this will be a constant process of evaluating efficiencies within the university, there is no timeline for layoffs," she said.

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