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Rain moving into Oklahoma City area Monday

FROM STAFF REPORTSRain moved across central Oklahoma early Monday morning.
Temperatures will be in the upper 80s Monday, the National Weather Service reports.
The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning then mostly sunny in the afternoon.Read more on NewsOK.com

Ashes to joy: Church enjoys a ‘fresh start’

By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.comThe Rev. Johnny Moore said he couldn't stop weeping in the early morning hours Sunday as he prepared for one of the most memorable days of his life.
In a full-scale celebration they had anticipated for four years, Moore and members of Harrison Bethel Baptist Church dedicated their new house of worship Sunday in a rural area of northeast Oklahoma City.
The former church building at 6300 NE 71 burned down when wildfires swept through the area in 2011.
The new building, constructed on the same property, drew about 250 church members, guests and friends Sunday as Moore, the church's senior pastor, shared his congregation's testimony of faith.
He said the new church building represented “a new birth, a fresh start” of sorts.
“To me, it's such an exciting moment after four years to be able to come home and worship in a new building,” he said.Read more on NewsOK.com

Oklahoma City congregation gets ‘fresh start’ in new church building

The Rev. Johnny Moore said he couldn't stop weeping in the early morning hours Sunday as he prepared for one of the most memorable days of his life.
In a full-scale celebration they had been anticipating for four years, Moore and members of Harrison Bethel Baptist Church dedicated their new house of worship Sunday in a rural area of northeast Oklahoma City.
The former church building at 6300 NE 71 burned down when wildfires swept through the area in 2011.
The new building constructed on the same property drew about 250 church members, guests and friends Sunday as Moore, the church's senior pastor, shared his congregation's testimony of faith.
He said the new church building represented "a new birth, a fresh start" of sorts.
"To me, it's such an exciting moment after four years to be able to come home and worship in a new building," he said.Read more on NewsOK.com

Two buildings imploded to make way for a 27-story tower in downtown Oklahoma City

BY STEVE LACKMEYERThe ground shook as 15 charges could be heard going off Sunday morning inside the 11-story Hotel Black and the eight-story Motor Hotel, setting off what some say may be the last such implosions downtown for the foreseeable future.
Chris Kates, owner of Midwest Wrecking, oversaw the job that his father, Ben Kates, had hoped to see before his death in July at age 63.Read more on NewsOK.com

Oklahoma City councilwoman introduces law on panhandling

By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.comProposed restrictions on panhandling are part of a broad effort to attack “explosive” growth in activities that frighten and intimidate many residents, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer said Friday.
Salyer said the mayor and six of the other seven council members have signed on as co-authors of her proposal to make it a misdemeanor to panhandle from the median of city streets.
The measure also would eliminate exceptions for charitable solicitations.
That is prompting dismay on the part of firefighters whose “Fill the Boot” campaigns collect hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Salyer said she receives complaints “in the multiples every day” about panhandlers.
She said residents tell her their quality of life is destroyed every morning as they drive through the intersection of NW 23 and Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Why should that have to be in our community?” Salyer said.Read more on NewsOK.com

VOTE: Week 2 Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll

Jacob UnruhThe second week of the season belonged primarily to quarterbacks around the Oklahoma City area, and now fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance.
The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity.
Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors.
Voting ends at 4 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com